The Speed Limit For Putting Greens
Maintaining appropriate putting green speeds is challenging because it involves both science and subjectivity. Green speed can
also be a very emotional subject among golfers. Some see faster green speeds as more desirable, but they may not appreciate the
increased maintenance costs and slower pace of play that often accompany faster greens.
Into the late 1970s, when the USGA Stimpmeter® was introduced, green speeds were much slower than they are today. The average putting
green speed in 1978, measured by USGA agronomists at hundreds of courses around the United States, was 6 feet 6 inches.
The average green speed today is considerably faster.