# What is a Stimpmeter used for?

May 25, 2020 Off By idswater

## What is a Stimpmeter used for?

The Stimpmeter is a simple, accurate device manufac- tured by the USGA that allows one to make a standard measurement of, and place a numerical figure on, the speed of a putting green. It does so by measuring ball roll distance.

## Is 10 on the Stimpmeter fast?

A stimpmeter is useful for greenkeepers to be able to check the pace of their greens. For everyday club golf between 9 or 10 on the stimpmeter would be a good pace. When the greens get up to 11, 12 or even 13 – that’s extremely quick.

## What is fast on the Stimpmeter?

What is fast on the stimpmeter? Fast or slow is arbitrary but in general, anything over an 11 is considered fast amongst most golfers. Some of the fastest green readings are around 14 or 15 (like Augusta National) and are nearly impossible to putt on for most amateur golfers as the golf ball rolls forever.

## How fast is 13 on the Stimpmeter?

A stimp rating of 13 or 14 is considered lightning-fast. Most PGA Tour venues have green speeds of around 12.

## What is the average Stimpmeter reading?

A typical golf club usually aims for a Stimpmeter reading of 9 or 10. This is generally considered to be the goldilocks zone of green speeds; not too fast, not too slow. For golfing competitions, it’s not uncommon to see stimpmeter readings creep up to 11 or 12, which is the average stimpmeter reading on the PGA Tour.

## Why are Augusta greens so fast?

This ramp style device has a notch and the ball is pulled out of that notch by gravity when the device is slowly raised to an angle of about 20°, rolling onto the green at a repeatable velocity of 6.00 feet per second. How many feet it then rolls on a flat putting green is the green speed.

## How fast are greens at Augusta?

6.00 feet per second
This ramp style device has a notch and the ball is pulled out of that notch by gravity when the device is slowly raised to an angle of about 20°, rolling onto the green at a repeatable velocity of 6.00 feet per second. How many feet it then rolls on a flat putting green is the green speed.

## What can a stimpmeter be used for in golf?

Brent Kelley is an award-winning sports journalist and golf expert with over 30 years in print and online journalism. A Stimpmeter is a simple tool used to measure the speed of putting greens: how easily a golf ball rolls across the surface of the green.

## What kind of equipment do you need for a stimpmeter?

Equipment Required: • Stimpmeter • Three golf balls • Three tees • 12- or 15-foot measuring tape • Data Sheet Step 1: Select a level area on the green, approximate- ly several feet wide and 10 to 12 feet in one direction. Step 2: Insert a tee in the green at one end of the level area to serve as a starting point.

## Where did the idea for the Stimpmeter come from?

According to Wikipedia, the original stimpmeter was designed by a golfer named Edward Stimpson SR. in 1935. He was a Massachusetts state amateur golfer and former Harvard team captain who first got the idea to measure green speed after watching the 1935 U.S. Open at Oakmont.

## When did the USGA start using the Stimpmeter?

In 1978, the Stimpmeter was finally adopted by the USGA for use at golf courses around the United States, and the American governing body began making them available to courses, along with instructing superintendents in their use. The Stimpmeter’s use spread around the world in the years after.

Brent Kelley is an award-winning sports journalist and golf expert with over 30 years in print and online journalism. A Stimpmeter is a simple tool used to measure the speed of putting greens: how easily a golf ball rolls across the surface of the green.

Equipment Required: • Stimpmeter • Three golf balls • Three tees • 12- or 15-foot measuring tape • Data Sheet Step 1: Select a level area on the green, approximate- ly several feet wide and 10 to 12 feet in one direction. Step 2: Insert a tee in the green at one end of the level area to serve as a starting point.

## What do you need to know about the Stimp meter?

In order for a reading to be official the test must be done on a flat part of a green and at least 3 rolls or stimp tests in either direction must be performed. The average of the tests is the official stimpmeter reading of that particular golf course, for that particular cut, on that day.

## How does a golf ball roll on a stimp meter?

A metal “track” would hold the golf ball and the golf ball would rest in a notch in the track until the device reached an angle of 20 degrees. Once 20 degrees was reached the golf ball would come out of the small notch and roll down the track. The distance the ball rolls on the green once it has left the track is the “Stimp” reading.