Helpful knowledge you need to know when buying artificial turf.

img_0914_small.jpg has many styles of turf to choose from. In today’s artificial putting green turf marketplace there are 2 major types…Nylon and Polypropylene. Nylon is the “new school” product…it is the latest in textile technology. Polypropylene is the “old school” turf and, in textile terms, is just a fancy word for plastic. When you compare plastic to nylon…nylon is a much superior material. To further compare the 2 types of artificial turfs available, you have to understand that there are pluses and minuses to both products, which is why both products still exist in the marketplace today.

Let's talk about nylon artificial turf...

The putting quality in a nylon turf is more superior than a polypropylene turf. It also has less maintenance than a polypropylene turf.   It is recommended for shots under 30 yards , as anything beyond that will not provide consistent holdability because the ball becomes to bouncy.  (Note the club and ball selection will vary the holdability characteristics.) The fibers in a nylon putting green turf are curly in nature. This is due to the typical texturizing process that takes place during the manufacturing of the fiber, or yarn, itself. During the later stage of manufacturing, the turf goes through a hot oven. At this stage, the fibers are “heat set” creating a memory. This memory is a significant characteristic of nylon compared to polypropylene putting turf because it allows you the freedom of not having to install a topdressing or an infill. (Polypropylene requires infill.)

There are 2 reasons to use infill on a nylon putting green.  The first is to adjust the speed of the green. In elementary terms…the shorter the fiber, the stiffer the fiber…the faster the ball will roll. This allows you to match the speed at your local country club.  The second reason one would add an infill to their nylon putting green turf is if they plan on chipping to it from any distance. The infill will act like a hidden bunker within the fibers thus dispersing the energy of the ball when it lands on the green, giving the ball a better, more natural performance characteristic. That said, should you want a nylon putting green to hold a shot from any sort of distance, you would want to purchase a nylon turf with a high pile height. A higher pile height will allow you to have more infill within the fibers, thus giving you a better chipping ball performance by reducing the bounce of the ball.

Let's talk about polypropylene artificial turf...

Polypropylene is the more economical choice for artificial turf in the marketplace today. As stated earlier, polypropylene is just a fancy word for plastic. The fibers in a polypropylene turf are made of a thick unstable fiber that requires infill in order for the fibers to stand up straight. The infill required in a polypropylene turf is anywhere from 4 to 12 pounds per square foot depending on the height of the fiber being used. Polypropylene is a good product for longer approach shots (from distances beyond 50 yards) because of the amount of infill it has within the fibers.  Like the nylon, this infill acts as hidden bunker absorbing the energy of the ball. Since polypropylene is less dense than nylon, it allows more infill…giving the turf a better, more natural holdability characteristic. The putting characteristics of a polypropylene turf will have a grain to it. This grain will create putts faster in one direction than another. Poly will require more attention to maintenance to make sure that the turf is putting as well as it can. The poly fibers will crush with extended use, creating a firmer and faster surface. Once this happens, you will need to maintain the turf by brushing the fibers (to ‘fluff’ them back up) and re-roll the green to crimp the fibers back down. (Note: A lawn roller is an added purchase needed, and often over-looked, when buying a polypropylene putting green over a nylon putting green.) Polypropylene turf does make a great alternative to nylon when chipping performance characteristics (from distances beyond 50 yards) are more of a priority than the turf’s putting performance.

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