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The Best Putting Green Turf for Your Short Game

In golf, you know that first swing is crucial, but how much attention are you paying to the final putt? When you’re starting to get serious about your golf game, it’s time for a real putting green – not that cheap green carpet. You need a surface that acts like Bentgrass, where your ball always rolls true.

But how do you find the kind of quality putting green you want? What should you look for?

You might not know how to buy putting green turf yet, but don’t worry. You’re about to become an expert. This guide will walk you through the putting green turf essentials, including the different types, pros and cons, the best putting green turf options, and all the important accessories you need to succeed.

It’s time to get your short game up to par.

What is Putting Green Turf?

Putting green turf is a low pile artificial grass that allows golf balls to roll true. It is made from durable, synthetic fiber materials like Nylon, Polyethylene, or Polypropylene.

It’s different from standard turf because it’s less thick, or lower pile, than the type of artificial grass on your lawn. Because its surface is thinner and the pile is tight, the golf ball is able to roll and stop like it would on natural Bentgrass.

For a little bit more about what artificial grass even is, take a look at this helpful video.



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Putting Green Turf Explained

Now that you know the very basics of putting greens, it’s time to dig into the details. There are a few technical aspects of turf, such as face weight and material, that can affect its performance as a putting green.




Putting Green Turf Material

What is artificial turf made of? That depends. There are a few synthetic fibers that are popular for putting green turf, and they all have distinct traits that make them suited to different applications.

  • Nylon: This material is durable and can withstand high-traction applications. It’s fire-resistant as well, making it great for safety in indoor spaces. However, nylon fades and discolors when exposed to too much sunlight, so it shouldn’t be used outside.
  • Polypropylene: Unlike nylon, Polypropylene won’t fade in the sun. It’s softer and less abrasive than nylon as well, and it can be fire-resistant, though this isn’t always the case.
  • Polyethylene: A soft fiber made from recycled plastics, Polyethylene is non-abrasive and doesn’t fade in direct sunlight. It’s affordable and ideal for outdoor use in putting greens.



Putting Green Turf Stimp Reading

A stimp reading tells you how fast the ball will roll on putting green. The higher the stimp reading, the faster the ball will roll.

Stimp readings can vary depending on the infill and the material that is used. The turf material itself and how it tufts will affect how fast the ball will roll. Infill also helps to add a little more speed. Most of the stimp readings on our putting green turf is a 9 to 11.

If you want the ball to roll slower or faster, there’s ways to manipulate your putting green. For example, you could add more infill to increase the speed, or remove it to make the ball go a little bit slower.



Putting Green Turf Face Weight

Face weight measures the weight of the turf per square yard. The higher the face weight, the more material has been used.

Typically, more material means a more dense and durable product that can last longer. Putting greens perform best with a face weight between 40 and 60 ounces.



Putting Green Turf Pile Height

One of the most important qualities of your putting green is the pile height. Pile height is the thickness of your turf.

For lawns, a thicker pile high is good, because it’s more comfortable and lush, but that’s the opposite of what you want here. Putting greens should have a low pile height to ensure your ball rolls true. Imagine hacking away in tall grass. No thanks.

Most putting green surfaces are ½” thick to ¾” thick.



Indoor Putting Green vs. Outdoor Putting Green

Before you purchase your putting green, make sure it is suitable for the environment it’ll be in. You’ll be able to tell if a product is suited for indoor or outdoor use by determining the material.

Indoor Turf

Indoor putting green turf is typically going to be made from nylon, which can withstand high traction, and also offers some safety benefits with a Class 1 fire rating.

The only big downside is that it fades in direct sunlight, so the bright, beautiful green won’t last long outside.

Outdoor Turf

Outdoor putting green turf is designed to withstand the elements, and won’t fade in the sun. Putting greens made from polypropylene or polyethylene can be installed both indoors and outdoors. While these products aren’t always as fire-resistant as nylon, they’re just as durable.


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Benefits of Putting Green Turf



Putting green turf is designed to make your golf game easier, and to help you focus on the fun. Here are some of the many benefits you’ll enjoy from synthetic turf.

  • Maintenance-Free: One of the best things about artificial grass is that you don’t have to mow or water it. All that labor is gone. You can just golf.
  • Forever Green: When you think of golf, you think of rolling green hills. Our putting green stays forever green just like you remember it.
  • Great Practice: Perhaps most importantly, you get to practice your short game without leaving your home.
  • Great Fun: It’s also FUN! Teach your kids how to putt, or just have some friends over. Remember to have fun on your putting green.
  • No pests or dirt: Natural grass attracts insects and other pests, which isn’t the case with turf. Synthetic putting greens are also cleaner. You won’t track in dirt or mud after it rains.

Limitations of Putting Green Turf

Everything has its limitations, and artificial putting green is no different. Let’s look at some potential hiccups when it comes to buying putting green.

  • Expense: Buying putting green can have a steep upfront cost, but that also depends on how much area you are dedicating to your golfing zone. Additionally, it lasts for years, so in the long term, it pays for itself.
  • Heat: It can get hot out there, and unfortunately outdoor putting green can get a little hot from the sun. Overall, artificial grass is hotter to the touch than real grass.


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Types of Putting Green Turf

Not all putting greens are the same. Depending on how, and where, you plan to use your turf, one option may be a better fit than others. Learn more about the different types of putting green turf, so you can make an informed decision.



Mats

If you want a realistic playing surface in your yard or rec room, but space is limited, then a putting green mat is the perfect solution. Artificial turf mats provide a practice space that you can use indoors or outdoors, so you can play year round, regardless of weather.




Rolls

Turf rolls are the most traditional form of artificial putting greens. They cover a larger area than mats, so you have even more room to play. The surface acts just like real grass, so you can be sure that all your putts will roll true.




Tiles

With turf tiles you can quickly and easily create a practice area for your short game. Since the tiles interlock, it’s simple to remove and store them away if you need to use your space for something else. Turf tile surfaces are made from nylon, which can fade in the sun. That means that turf tiles are only suitable for indoor use.

Best Putting Green Turf Options

Alright, now that you’re ready to choose your putting green, it’s time to discover the best of the best. Here are our customers’ absolute favorite products.

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Putting Green Turf Rolls

Putting Green Turf offers the beauty of a manicured putting green at discount prices. This artificial turf roll provides all the realistic play of natural grass with none of the hassle. These turf rolls will allow golf balls to roll true in all weather with no divots or bad lies. Putting Green Turf features a realistic multi-green fiber and is UV Stable and heat/frost resistant.




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Pro Putt Premium Turf Rolls

Whether you want to add a putting green in your backyard or the golf course, Pro Putt Premium Turf Rolls are the perfect fit. This two-toned turf blend not only looks like real Bentgrass, but also performs just as good, if not better. Virtually maintenance-free, this turf will ensure that your balls roll true, no matter the weather.




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Premium Putting Green Turf Rolls

This turf roll replicates a natural Bentgrass surface for a quality putting green environment that will last for years to come. The 1/2″ pile height allows you to control the speed of the green and helps with a more realistic action when hitting pitch shots.

These rolls work perfectly in both residential and commercial settings. The backing boasts a uniquely formulated polyurethane coating providing greater seam strength and durability. This synthetic putting green also features UV-resistance, so the grass blades retain their color in the sun.




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Pro Putt Turf Rolls

Pro Putt Turf Rolls have the look and feel of natural Bentgrass without the maintenance time or costs of the real thing. These 1/2” thick rolls provide the ideal surface to practice your putts, allowing you to alter the surface speed so you’re prepared to play under any conditions.




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Floating Putting Green Mats

Pro Putt Turf Rolls have the look and feel of natural Bentgrass without the maintenance time or costs of the real thing. These 1/2” thick rolls provide the ideal surface to practice your putts, allowing you to alter the surface speed so you’re prepared to play under any conditions.




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Putting Green Mats

One of the most popular putting green rolls is now available in pre-cut mats for easier installation. Putting Green Mats come in a range of sizes to fit whatever space you’re using. Perfect for residential or commercial applications, these turf mats look, feel, and perform just like real Bentgrass.




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4′ x 10′ Putting Green Mats

Ready to get serious with your practice? The 4′ x 10′ Putting Green Mat features a Bentgrass surface with a rough all around, giving you the realistic gameplay you crave. These artificial grass mats are very easy to install and maintain and are great for both commercial and residential use.




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Elite Putting Green Mats

Our Elite Putting Green Mats allow you to putt true all year long. With a realistic look and feel, this putting green mat is great for indoor and outdoor use and has been used in both commercial and residential spaces. These synthetic grass mats come with two flags and two targets and are left/right hand friendly.

Putting Green Accessories

No putting green is complete without the right accessories! Finish out your practice space with the tools you need to succeed.

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Putting Green Infill

Stimp speed, or ball roll speed, is one of the most important aspects of a putting green surface. For most putting green surfaces, proper roll speed is only achieved with the addition of infill.

Putting Green Infill enhances the functionality of your turf without showing through like sand infill often does. The small granules can fill out all the gaps in your turf to provide a truly smooth surface. Just add it to your turf, and enjoy a fast, PGA-quality green.




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Cup and Flag Kit

What is a putting green with no holes? A lawn. So finish your new putting green with our Cup and Flag Kit. This kit includes (1) aluminum cup, (1) flag pole, and (1) black and white checkered flag. Then you can finally enjoy your game.

Conclusion

Alright, now that you know everything you need to know about putting green, it’s time to set up your own putting paradise and get swinging. You’re on your way to your perfect game.