USGA Presents Using the TruFirm Today & Tomorrow

USGA Expert Panel

Developed by the USGA  for use at USGA Championships, TruFirm is a system that lets the golf course superintendent measure and analyze the firmness of turf and bunker sands over the course of a tournament, the playing season, or many years. Maintaining the desired firmness for important turf areas depends on managing water usage and controlling the buildup of organic matter. TruFirm gives the superintendent an objective measure of turf firmness to aid in irrigation and maintenance decisions.

Topics covered include:

  • Background and future development
  • Use of the TruFirm system at USGA championships
  • Practical applications for daily play
  • Firmness and ball reaction
  • Thatch, moisture and rolling – impact on firmness
  • TruFirm and bunker sand testing

Original presentation date: May 3, 2012

USGA experts

Matt Pringle, Ph.D., and TruFirm inventor
Larry Gilhuly, Director, Northwest Region
Pat Gross, Director, Southwest Region
Derf Soller, Agronomist, Northwest Region
Darin Bevard, Senior Agronomist, Mid-Atlantic Region
Brian Whitlark, Agronomist, Southwest Region
Jim Moore, Director, Green Section Education


Member price: Free
Nonmember price: $60
Chapter price: $100
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