If you are a
golf enthusiast considering
purchasing a professional synthetic
putting green, you need to ask
yourself several important questions.
- Do you want to purchase direct
from the manufacturer?
- Do you want the highest quality
product in the industry at half the price of others?
- Do you want a product that
provides the look, true ball roll, and holding ability
of a natural grass putting green without the maintenance?
- Do you want an effective golf
training aid that will help you develop solid putting
and chipping techniques, read the green and alignment skills,
and build confidence in your short game?
- Do you want 24/7 technical support?
- Do you want to purchase from
the manufacturer that supplies 90% of the companies
on the Internet with putting greens?
- Do you want to work with a
company that not only manufactures but has been constantly
driven to improve and update the product and installation
- Do you want a systematic,
simple and easy step-by-step approach to installing
putting greens that produces a desired result — every
- Do you want an installation
procedure that requires materials that you have local access
- Do you want a 24/7 putting
and chipping practice facility with a product that
easily enhances and complements your existing landscape
and increases the value of your property?
- Do you want to be the envy
of your neighbors and your golf buddies?
If you have answered “yes” to
many of these questions then you are the person that is seriously
considering having a backyard paradise with a professional
synthetic putting green.
golf enthusiasts across the
country have improved their
short game and lowered their
handicap by installing a putting
green in their backyard. Many
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As a golf enthusiast there are several options to consider
when researching the synthetic putting green industry. While
there is quite a lot of information written about the subject
it can be confusing and misleading. Our competitors have created
information about synthetic putting greens that is either
inaccurate, half-truths, or completely false. All Pro Greens
is committed to providing you with accurate and factual information
before you make a purchase decision. We will arm you with
the facts - no misleading, false, or out-dated information.
In this article we will present several
options you may be faced with while considering adding a putting
green to your backyard. Plus we’ll show you how All
Pro Greens provides you with advantages over other products
in the industry.
You can purchase materials from a middleman
or buy directly from the manufacturer.
Many turf companies have claimed to be the
manufacturers of the product. But most of the time that’s
not the case. They purchase from a manufacturer and re-sell
the materials to you, usually with a hefty mark-up. You end
up buying a more expensive turf.
One problem with working with a middleman
is you never know what kind of condition the materials will
be in when they are sent to you. A middleman generally never
sees or inspects the product for quality because they are
in one location and the manufacturer is in another. As a result,
it becomes a common practice for these middlemen to send what
is called a factory “second.” A product may be
classified as a second if there is a color difference in the
yarn used, is fewer number of ounces per square yard (reduced
to save money), a flaw or streak in the size of the material,
or the backing material is defective. This puts you in an
awful position. You will be buying an inferior product that
will not preform like a synthetic green should.
Other companies that claim to be manufacturers
can actually be manufacturers of synthetic turf. But what
kinds of synthetic turf do they manufacture? Most of these
manufacturers make synthetic turf for soccer fields, football
fields, tennis courts, baseball fields or a variety of turf
for other applications. Generally, they try to adapt these
types of turf for putting. They try to accommodate all sporting
industries and don’t specialize in golf. Again, leaving
you in the middle when you’re unhappy with the product.
Another type of approach that companies
may try, is to sell many types and styles of putting greens.
They, too, are NOT manufacturing synthetic turf. These companies
think by offering various qualities and prices of putting
green turf they are giving you choices. But in reality it’s
only helping to confuse you. They’re really trying to
get your money any way they can. Their strategy is if you
have a little money, you can afford a low quality product
and if you have more money then you can afford a higher quality
- All Pro IS the manufacturer
of synthetic golf greens. You will only be dealing
with us and we guarantee that you will never receive a factory
- All Pro specializes in only
golf greens. We are constantly testing, installing
and improving our product and leading the industry.
- All Pro stands behind our products
AND we guarantee it 100%. We are the only manufacturer
and the only company in the industry to provide a 1 year
money-back guarantee on our product. We also provide a 10
year workmanship and 5 year no-fade warranties.
You can use filled or non-filled greens.
While doing research in this industry you
will come across several different types of putting green
material. Depending on the material, it may be required to
be sand filled or not. By examining the basic types of turf
and the filling process you can understand how the turf will
react when putting or chipping.
Filling the putting green fibers is the
mark of a professional synthetic golf green. The turf necessary
for filling is primarily manufactured using a fiber called
polypropylene. The polypropylene fibers are ideal for all
climates and designed to be filled. Having the right turf
is just the beginning of a good golf green — the materials
you chose to fill the green make all the difference. Other
companies may use polypropylene turf, but they usually fill
it with sand — which is not ideal for putting surfaces.
Infilling a green is the process of sweeping
materials like sand into the fibers of the turf. The fill
material causes the fibers to stand up vertically allowing
the ball to travel on only the tips of the fiber. This process
plays a couple important roles. How much fill material you
use will control the speed of the putting green. The more
material you use the faster the ball roll. The less material
the slower the ball roll. The fill material cushions the ball
when chipping to the green and gives the green a more realistic
feel. Understanding this concept will help you in your installations,
however, you also need to understand the characteristics of
the material you use to fill the greens.
Most companies use silica sand or sand blasting
sand. The disadvantage to this type of sand is that it absorbs
water and starts to compact. Over time, the sand hardens and
does not provide the realistic cushion it did when originally
installed. Most companies we know use silica sand in whole
or in part in their putting green installations. However,
silica sand is used primarily in sand blasting applications
and is known to be hazardous. Silica sand has been known to
cause “Silicosis” which is a degenerative disease
of the lungs.
Other companies use use a special blend
of silica sand and a “unique” top dressing or
infill product like crushed rubber. And that unique dressing
or infill product is only sold by one company. What company
you ask? Why, theirs, of course. As you may suspect, the people
making this claim are hoping customers will continue to come
back to them to purchase the “unique” top dressing
or infill product. And once again, you must purchase the product
from the company that sold you the green and pay its inflated
Non filled putting greens obviously do not
require infill. Typically this type of putting green is made
from nylon. Nylon is a great product for football fields but
not for putting greens. There are several disadvantages to
this type of synthetic turf. Because it is not filled with
sand, the fibers will start to “mat down” over
time. This causes the ball to roll very fast. What can you
do to fix that? Nothing.
Many companies selling nylon greens claim the fiber has “memory”
and will not mat down but this is simply not true. It just
makes common sense, if there is nothing to hold the fibers
up, then they will mat down over time. Also, read the “fine
print” of these other companies warranties about nylon
greens — “Normal matting is expressly excluded
from the warranty”. Once the fibers mat down there is
nothing you can do to bring them back up, making the ball
roll very fast.
Some companies have tried adding sand to
the nylon greens but the fiber was not designed to accept
sand thus causes additional problems. We have even had installers
of these companies selling the nylon greens that have ordered
our polypropylene greens because their customers were not
at all pleased with the performance of the nylon product.
Also, with nylon non-filled turf you can
not control the ball speed or cushion of the green. The inconsistency
of the surface is due, in part, to the texture of the fiber
itself. During the manufacturing process the nylon turf will
produce ridges on the surface of the product and cause the
ball to bounce or hop.
What happens when the you want your green
slower or faster? We know each golfer likes his or her green
speed a certain way. We accommodate your requests by only
offering polypropylene infilled greens. This puts you in control
of the speed of your green.
Nylon is typically a stiffer, more rigid
fiber. This creates problems when chipping to the green. The
ball has a tendency to bounce and not hold the green well.
If a rubber backing is used then the problem of ball bounce
Also, the nylon fiber is a darker fiber.
This darker color gives the surface an unnatural dark green
or blue-green look. Don’t take our word for it. Go on
the Internet and look at the “photo galleries”
of companies selling nylon greens. Notice photos of greens
that are abnormally dark or actually look blue-green. You
want the green looking as natural as possible to accentuate,
enhance, and blend into the surrounding landscape of your
yard — not stick out like a (blue) sore thumb!
Lastly, nylon putting greens are much more
expensive than polypropylene greens. This will require you
to pay more and profit less. All of these problems combined
will handicap your short game.
We have spent many years of research, have
talked with many contractors in the field and have determined
that the technology for a nylon putting green has yet to produce
a putting surface that will provide a true ball roll and holding
characteristics of a real golf green. All Pro Greens produces
polypropylene synthetic turf and provides you with the knowledge
to use your own local resources to fill the greens properly.
Our turf will remain vertical and will not mat down over time.
By using an easy-to-find local product called Black Beauty
coal slag, we are able to keep our greens from compacting
or hardening. The coal slag infill surrounds each fiber like
the natural ground holds a blade of grass. The infill provides
a non-compacting, flexible, natural putting green feel.
- All Pro’s infill process
creates an ideal putting surface. The combination
of the turf and the coal slag infill provide an effective
practice area with a natural green look. The black color
of the coal slag enhances the green making it appear rich
and natural in color. As opposed to silica sand, the coal
slag is not hazardous to your health.
- All Pro greens do not hold
water like sand. Our greens with the coal slag provide
a nice sponge-like cushion all year-round.
- All Pro does not sell costly
nylon turf, we specialize in only polypropylene.
This makes it more affordable to you and gives you a more
You can purchase a synthetic putting green or natural putting
When deciding whether or not to purchase
a synthetic putting green, you need to understand the advantages
it has over a natural putting green.
Natural putting greens are great if you
have a full-time greens-keeper but not for the average homeowner.
Natural greens often pick up diseases or fungus. Perhaps they
come from your golf shoes after coming home your local golf
course or they can come from the family pet. An entire green
can be dead from disease in as little as 10 days if not properly
treated. Or perhaps you or your landscaper applied too much
fertilizer or chemicals and accidentally burnt the green.
With natural greens you will spend more time taking care of
it than putting on it. And what about cold weather? In most
climates you can forget about putting on a natural green during
the winter months.
Homeowners that have tried a natural green
usually end up dissatisfied and usually blame the landscaper
that installed it or the sod farm that sold them the turf.
As a result, we are now selling to several turf sod farms
that grow real Bent grass and Bermuda sod, so that they can
offer customers an alternative to natural grass and keep them
satisfied. As you can imagine, we regularly have homeowners
call us saying they are tired of the maintenance of their
natural green and want the synthetic alternative.
Check out the comparison chart below to
see why All Pro greens are the obvious choice over natural
greens for backyard use.
A maintenance comparison
synthetic vs. natural putting greens
All Pro Green
||Mowing up to 7 days a
week, constant watering, disease control,pest control,
|| No maintenance besides
||Specialized mower sprayers,
pesticides, fungicides and aerator
||Irrigation system or constant
||Adversely affected by
severe heat, cold snow and rain
|Time of usage
||After grass matures (up
to 6 months)
||Susceptible to all
||Not susceptible to pests,
disease, drought, neglect, or family pet
- All Pro greens are weather
resistant, maintenance-free and can be used year-round.
They are very well suited for any climate condition and
don’t require the homeowner to take care of it constantly.