How to get uniform speed on every green

Friday, July 30, 2010

SAMMAMISH, Wash. – At the U.S. Senior Open, how does the USGA achieve uniform speed on all 18 greens?

In Friday’s second round, the USGA said all greens were running at 12 feet-8 inches on the Stimpmeter. Here’s how they did it:

All greens were single cut in the morning, after which Stimpmeter readings were taken. Eight of the greens required a second cut. After that, five needed to be rolled.

As demonstrated by this procedure, it is relatively easy to make a slow green roll faster. On the other hand, attempts to make a fast green roll slower can create a nightmarish situation, such as the wind-blown final round of the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills in 2004 readers: We value your input and welcome your comments, but please be respectful in this forum.