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We've just been mentioned in the Autralian TurfGrass Management Journal pages (39 to 41). Check out what they have to say about the 'perfect green' and how the greenstester can help. Click on the image to view the article.

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Greenstester

The Greenstester is a new and affordable tool used for objectively assessing the reliability of putting surfaces. It is an R&A approved device for improving the test performance of "The Holing Out Test" by delivering a rolling ball onto the green from a constant angle, through a specially curved plane, which ensures no ball bounce.

The device is aimed at the hole, usually from a distance of 6 feet, in such a fashion that a series of ten consecutive "putts" can be replicated. These putts have the characteristics of a normal putt, i.e. the ball is subject to variable velocity, slowing down as it gets near the hole. At lower velocities, the ball is more effected by the surface irregularities, which is exactly what happens to the golfer's putt.

On a good surface, 10/10 "putts" will be holed from distances which vary according to the growing season. The worse the surface, the fewer "putt's" will be holed. If more than 20% of "putts" miss the hole, concerns about the integrity of the surface may be justified.

The R&A, led by Park have recently (2012) Finalised a Protocol for such "Holing Out Test", which undergoes continual review as more experence of using it is gained. The test gives clubs an easy and affordable way of monitoring the reliadility of their putting surfaces throughout the year. Such testing should be carried out in conjuction with monitoring of firmness and speed. This test can be observed in the video below.


The Greenstester improves the test performance of "The Holing Out Test" by delivering a rolloing ball onto the green from a constant angle, through a specislly curved plane, which ensures no ball bounce. The ball is released by a special mechanical device, thus requiring no human intervention and constant delivery speeds. The Greenstester, in fact delivers both "The Holing Out Test" and The Stimp reading, uniquely delivering two test in one.

The device is aimed at the hole, usually from a distance of 6 feet, in such a fashion that a series of ten consecutive "putts" can be replicated. These putts have the characteristics of a normal putt, i.e. the ball is subject to variable velocity, slowing down as it gets near the hole. At lower velocities, the ball is more effected by the surface irregularities, which is exactly what happens to the golfer's putt.

On a good surface, 10/10 "putts" will be holed from distances which vary according to the growing season. The worse the surface, the fewer "putt's" will be holed. If more than 20% of "putts" miss the hole, concerns about the integrity of the surface may be justified.

Testimonials
  • "The Greenstester is a significant improvement over the Stimpmeter than not only provides an accurate assessment of green speed, but also can be used to assess putting trueness."
    A. J. Turgeon, Ph.D, Professor Emeritus of Turfgrass Management.

    "The Greenstester offers Greenkeepers and golf professionals the ability to measure the consistency of putting surfaces quickly and easily. For too long the focus of greens assessment has been solely on green speed; the Greenstester will provide an indication on how true the greens are actually putting. This will be useful for both greens management and golf teaching purposes."
    Megan Cushnahan, Agronomist New Zealand Sport Turf Institute
  • "The greens tester is a much more accurate way of defining both uniformity in green speed and also how true the surface is than any other tool available at an affordable price. The way it works in my opinion is more dependable than the traditional methods and is far more precise with less room for Human error.
    The ball release has far less room for bounce at the bottom of the slope thus giving a more consistent reading, it will be good to have in the armory for anyone endeavoring to produce quality putting surfaces."
    Chris Haspell, Course Manager Castle Stuart Golf Links.
  • "Having been a fascinated observer during the process which saw the Greenstester conceived, tested and manufactured, I can see nothing but benefit from its use. A simple and cost effective measuring tool that if used on a regular basis, will create a bank of meaningful and, more importantly, useful, statistical information relating to the performance of putting surfaces. From where I sit the golf industry is onto a winner and what's more golfers seem to be genuinely interested in finding out more when they have come across the Greenstester in use on the course.
    Without doubt all golf clubs should have access to one of these very affordable tools which will benefit Course Managers, Secretary/Managers, Green Committees and golfers. One of the most exciting and affordable developments to hit the course maintenance market for many years."
    Keith Adderley, Secretary, Temple Golf Club
  • List of customers so far:

    Walton Heath Golf Club
    The Berkshire Golf Club
    St Andrews Bay
    Royal Copenhagen Golf Club
    Queenswood Golf Club
    Spa Golf Club
    Royal County Down Golf Club
    University of Arkansas
    Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links
    Turnberry Resort
    The Castle Golf Club
    Elmwood College
    Silver Lakes Golf Estate
    Grange Golf Club
    R & A Competition Committee
    Portmarnock Golf Club
    The Island Golf Club
    The Rosslare Golf Club
    Moray Golf Club
    Hauger Golfklubb
Greenstester is endorsed by

Winston University

Fine Golf

Holing Out

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Documents
Holing Out Test Protocol Holing Out Test Protocol
225 KB PDF Document
Greenstester Data Collection Sheet Data Collection Sheet
28 KB MS Word Document
Holing Out Quick Start Holing Out Quick Start
288 KB PDF Document