Agronomy and Horticulture Department


Date of this Version



HORTSCIENCE 30(3):547–548. 1995


Copyright 1995 American Society for Horticultural Science. Used by Permission.


Golf ball roll is measured with a United States Golf Association (USGA) Stimpmeter. Three Stimpmeters were fabricated identically to the USGA Stimpmeter, except for the location of the ball release notch. The modified Stimpmeters had ball release notches located at 57, 38, and 19 cm, rather than at 76 cm from the beveled end. The modified Stimpmeters were tested on a creeping bentgrass green located at Mead, Neb., at three mowing heights (4.8, 4.0, and 3.2 mm). The Stimpmeters were effective in measuring golf ball roll distance and provided reasonable and consistent estimates of friction. Modified Stimpmeters are relatively inexpensive to construct and can be used on small turfgrass research plots