Monitoring and Managing Putting Green Firmness

Doug Linde, Ph.D.

Maintaining firmer and drier putting greens has become a popular management philosophy for many superintendents. If you let greens dry down in order to provide the firmness desired by your golfers or tournament director, you’ll want to hear Doug Linde, Ph.D., review critical information on monitoring firmness and soil moisture. Data collected from 53 golf courses can help you understand the factors that influence firmness so you can better manage it.

Two common devices – the Clegg Impact Soil Tester and the USGA TruFirm – were compared. You'll learn more about the high correlation between the devices and get tips on practices that can be used to manage green firmness.

Original presentation date: Feb. 9, 2012

About the instructor

Doug Linde, Ph.D., has been a professor of turf management at Delaware Valley College since 1996 and is head of the college’s turf program. Linde specializes in preparing college students for a career in the turf industry. His recent research has been with putting green firmness, alternatives to synthetic herbicides, and herbicide efficacy. Linde regularly volunteers on the grounds crew at professional golf tournaments and is also the college’s head golf coach.


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Non-member price: $60
Chapter price: $100
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