Practice makes perfect – this is true for any sport but, in golf, a single putt can make the difference between winning that all-important hole in match play. According to GolfStateofMind.com, “fifty percent of shots are hit within forty yards of the hole.” Short game and putting expert Dave Pelz noted that PGA Tour Pros average just over twenty-nine putts per round compared with twenty to thirty handicappers who average thirty-five and more putts per round!
Since this is fact, why wouldn’t you spend most of your golf practice time on short game and improving your ability to putt?
Or, in many cases, time is at a premium and golfers may haphazardly pull out their electronic putting cup and roll putts along a wood floor or carpet hoping that this substitutes as practice, instead of traveling to the nearest course with a putting green. The problem with this form of “practice” is it will not teach true roll or speed of a green, not to mention that you’ll never figure out how to putt on hilly lies.
Wouldn’t it be great to have direct access to a green right in your own back yard? Leading short game golf guru, Dave Pelz, preaches regularly that direct access is the key to putting greatness. Okay, so Pelz has designed a wonderland of sorts in his own backyard – a masterfully created two acre SYNLawn Synthetic Golf haven, complete with reproductions of Augusta and Sawgrass greens that roll true …and never need water!
Not everyone can be Dave Pelz but many folks can easily create a short game area complete with putting green near a terrace or patio for daily enjoyment and will probably practice a whole lot more…and with much more accuracy, thus helping to lower your handicap.
Why go with a synthetic lawn and not create a grassy haven? As mentioned before, synthetic lawns don’t need to be watered, so you’ll save up to seventy percent on your water bill. Artificial turf is also always green, never needs fertilizer or mowing and even feels like real grass. Finally Dave Pelz, a former NASA physicist (nope, I did not know either), has helped develop this particular synthetic lawn for over five years to simulate a real golf green. Have I gotten your attention?
If so, and you are considering creating a short game area in your back yard, Mr. Pelz has a few tips to help build a unique and complex putting green so that you can’t wait to get out and practice.
- “Amateurs trail the Pros in Lag putting performance because it is one of the least practiced areas of their games. Creating a realistic ‘Tier’ in your backyard green complex will teach you how putts break as they traverse a Tier, and improve your touch for distance.”
- “Humps are an interesting addition to a putting surface: they increase the green-reading challenge.”
- “Valleys in rough areas can get as large as a grass bunker, or just run through an area and add to the natural contours. Valleys in rough areas add to the short game challenge and allow practice on sidehill lies.”
When amateurs do take the time to practice, several occurrences are the norm; a golf bag might be thrown into the trunk and carted off to the driving range where banging balls has become an obsession and putting is left as an afterthought.
SYNLawnGolf can build custom putting greens to specifically work on areas of focus, large or small, or you can make this a fun DIY project. Want to practice indoors? SYNLawn’s portable putting greens and mats can either substitute as fairway turf or a realistic putting surface right in the comfort of your home.