The Stimpmeter October 3, 2007Posted by Rambling Man in General Bloggery, Sports.
Tags: golf, stimpmeter
Many of the golfers among you may have at one point or another in your golfing lives, been caught out by a visiting tourist asking about your greens … “What do they run at on the Stimpmeter ?” you may have been asked, and looking agog at the tourist, not been able to make head nor golfing tail out of what they were asking …
Well, the Stimpmeter is the official USGA reading of the speed of a golf green. The higher the reading – in feet – the faster the green, and the more likely you are to miss the feckin’ putt.
The device is named after its creator – Edward Stimpson – who wanted to measure the speed of greens he deemed unfair, having watched the US Open at Oakmont in 1935.
Here is a Stimpmeter …
One must roll the ball down the chute (a known speed and force) and then take several readings from different parts of the green, as to how far the ball rolls – on the flat, on inclines and rises and average out the figure to give a final Stimpmeter reading in feet.
Thus a green running at 5 feet on the Stimpmeter is a slow green and the harder you have to hit the ball and vice versa. Tiger Woods and the lads on the PGA tour face greens of 10 feet and upwards every week which is insane ! My local club has greens that run at somewhere between 4 and 5.5 feet in the summer – like treacle in other words … and the ruination of many’s a decent round.
The Stimpmeter – so now you know !