Ironing Greens

Ironing Greens

As golfers demand increased green speed the ability to ‘iron’ greens is vital in producing decent surfaces. It has the benefit of allowing speed and consistency to be maintained during times of stress negating the need to mow constantly. The Tru-Turf Iron is a self-propelled unit that is operated by pedals and a joy stick. Rolling is a quick and efficient operation that requires one operator and takes no longer to complete than mowing greens, while adding up to 1.5ft of pace. Ironing alone does not produce quick smooth surfaces, but is the final piece of the jig-saw in a good cultural programme that includes aeration, scarifying, verti cutting and top-dressing. An important skill in managing the golf course is understanding how and when to push the plant without adding increased amounts of stress for extended periods of time. Greens are at their quickest when they are firm, dry and starting to go ‘hungry’. Professional Tournament golf requires quick, smooth greens placing the grass under considerable stress through lower cutting heights and minimal aeration work. The biggest influencing factor in speed and conditioning across the golf course is the one thing we have no control over – the weather. Looking at our records the greens here at East Berkshire were running between 8.7ft – 10.2ft throughout the 2010 season, peaking at 11.6ft for the Stag. The turfing iron is a key piece of kit as we strive to produce and maintain decent surfaces, meeting expectation.

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One response to “Ironing Greens

  1. Great post this one. In my experience turf irons are perceived as either the solution to poor green surfaces or the cause of various problems. It’s good to hear some sensible comments which acknowledge that turf irons are not a miracle cure but do have a role to play in greens preparation. I look forward to seeing the results.

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