Choosing the Best Artificial Putting Green for the Yard

Choosing the Best Artificial Putting Green for the Yard

If you are planning to install a putting green in your yard, it is important to decide carefully. You will have to consider a few factors before making the final decision. This includes considerations such as the type of yard used, the manufacturing, infill, and even the installation method. In this post, we discuss these factors to give you an idea about how to make the best choice about synthetic putting green.

Texturized or Slit-Film

The yarn that is used for the putting green is a non-ignorable factor to consider. It has been a long debated perspective.

The texturized yarn comes in either nylon or polypropylene. Most people refer the texturized yarn directly as polypropylene as it is the one with fewer problems. However, both materials are quite high-quality. The difference is that nylon can retain more moisture so there is more movement on the turf, which is a problematic issue.

On the other hand, the slit-film putting green is better if you are planning to hit shots from a distance. It can hold such shots. The reason is not the yarn composition but the infill. The infill is spread in-between the yarn’s composition. This is managed during the installation process.

The fact is that more the infill material in the putting green, the longer shots it can take. Even with texturized putting green, shots up to 30 yards are acceptable. The difference is that texturized putting green has a limited amount of infill.

If you want to have something friendly with long shots, then slit-film is definitely the best choice. But there are other factors as well. For example, the durability and appearance of the putting green. The texturized putting green is more durable but if the slit-film is maintained well, it can last pretty long too. In terms of appearance, both have a natural look.

For maintenance, the slit-film takes more effort. It is also quite saturated with the infill material, which makes it vulnerable to mold and mildew.


With texturized putting greens, you are likely to struggle with streaking problems. It means that the ball will roll more inconsistently on one side. It also features a higher bulk rate of material so the product is overall quite dense.  On the other hand, the slit-film has a better ball roll due to sheared tips of the tips of the fibers. However, you will have to consider the denier in this case, this is the bulk reading; the higher the denier, the denser the fiber.

Infill Requirements

We have already discussed that both use infill but the amount is different for texturized and slit-film. The slit-film uses way more of infill material while the texturized may use 2 pounds of silica sand per square foot. For slit-film, we recommend a combination of silica sand and some other material to prevent hardening and compacting of the infill.

With the NexGen Lawns tee mats, you can place the tee anywhere in the surface. It requires no sand infill and zero maintenance.


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