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Content Type:Q & A
Corporate Author(s):USGA Green Section
Title:A pitch shot will not stick on the green
Section:Our letter box
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Source:Turf Culture [II]. Vol. 1, No. 3, December 1939, p. 254.
Publishing Information:Washington, DC: United States Golf Association, Green Section
# of Pages:1
Question:"Our greens were raised a little too much when they were first built and it is very difficult to supply them with sufficient moisture. The stand of Bermuda grass is very good, however, and the putting surface is fairly good. Our trouble lies in the fact that it is impossible to make even a high pitch shot stick on the green. In other words, there is not enough of a mat or the mat is too hard to allow the ball to grab when it hits the putting surface. Is it possible to force something like peat moss into the green with a spiked roller? Can you offer another suggestion that might solve our problem?"
Source of Question:Georgia
Answer/Response:"Peat moss worked into the top soil of a putting green tends to make the surface somewhat softer. It is possible to work some of it into the soil by spreading it over the surface and running a spike roller back and forth over it. The most satisfactory moethod, however, is to mix the peat moss thoroughly with some top soil and apply this mixture in heavy topdressings. It may be that the more liberal use of fertilizers would encourage a stronger growth of Bermuda grass, which would provide a better mat to hold pitched shots. A heavier growth of grass will usually have much more of a beneficial effect on the holding of pitched shots than will soil improvement by the addition of material such as peat moss."
Keywords:TIC Keywords: Firmness; Golf green maintenance; Playability; Recommendations
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USGA Green Section. 1939. A pitch shot will not stick on the green. Turf Culture [II]. 1(3):p. 254.
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