History of Golf Green Speed Dates to Early 1900’s

We golfers in America are sometimes spoiled by the perfect conditions on our putting surfaces, or greens.

At the very least our expectations are for a perfect roll, and anything else certainly can be blamed on that bump or spike mark in our line.

Going back only to the 1960’s turf was cut at heights of one quarter inch on the professional tour – as compared to half that on today’s regular courses.

An interesting tidbit of golf history has to do with an invention in the early 1900’s that was intended to create more fairness in the game of golf. A man named Edward Stimpson developed the device intended to compare greens on the same course, as opposed to other courses. Specifically, the goal was to have all greens on a particular course all the same speed.

For very interesting and in-depth information on this device click here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stimpmeter

So when you hear the television commentator refer to the speed of a green, you’ll know they are talking about a ‘Stimpmeter’.

Now you know the rest of the story.

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