US Open: What on Earth is a Stimpmeter?
Darin Bevard, the director of Championship Agronomy for the USGA Green Section tells Fox News what a Stimpmeter is and how he is maintaining the greens at Shinnecock Hills Golf Course for the 118th us Open.
The 10-metre putt for the win, the grip trophy, the fist pump—all the iconic moments in golf, for professional and recreational golfers. These events take place on the putting greens and the greens at Shinnecock Hills very well could be the stage for legendary moments on the 118th us Open.
Fox News wanted to learn about the technology that goes in the direction of the preservation of the greens for tournaments like the us Open and consulted Darin Bevard, the director of Championship Agronomy for the USGA Green Section.
“We like to refer to the us Open as the ultimate test in golf,” Bevard explained. “And to do that, we generally like faster greens and the firmer the greens offer a bit more of a challenge for the players.”
So how agronomists such as Bevard maintain the greens and keep them challenging for the pros? They make use of a device known as a Stimpmeter.
“A Stimpmeter is what we use to measure green speed,” Bevard said. “It’s quite simple, it has a notch in it, you put the ball in the notch, and if he is on the ground you raise it up and when it gets to a certain height, the ball is released.”
Bevard and his crew then rolls the ball three times in one direction. They go to the place where the three balls landed, and repeat the process in reverse. Finally, they take the average of the two and that is the green speed.
Not only Bevard keep an eye on the green speed, but he is also to ensure that the greens at Shinnecock are maintained below a tenth of an inch in height. “If you stack a few dimes on top of each other, which is not too far away from a tenth of an inch, that is all the grass on these greens,” he explained.
To see Darin Bevard use the Stimpneter, check out the full interview above.