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Superintendent's Guide to Controlling Putting Green Speed

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ISBN-10: 0471472727

ISBN-13: 9780471472728

Edition: 2005

Authors: Thomas A. Nikolai, Thomas A. Nikolai

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Let renowned expert Thomas Nikolai bring you up to speed on establishing and maintaining the best green speeds for your course. He covers it all: playability, environmental and weather factors, mowing, turfgrass species selection... every consideration that influences how fast and how far a given putt will go. Dr. Nikolai -- turfgrass academic specialist at Michigan State and green speed specialist for The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America -- distills a wealth of research and first-hand experience into easy-to-follow advice on how to deal with the common problems associated with green speed, techniques on how to find the ideal speed for your greens, and the correct use of current technology, including the Stimpmeter. His non-technical language makes the information accessible whether you're a golf course superintendent or a student. Order your copy today.
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Book details

List price: $80.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/18/2004
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 160
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Preface
Introduction
Problems Associated with Green Speed
What Is Green Speed?
The Best Laid Plans
Researcher-Superintendent Communication Problems
Whose Golf Course Is It Anyway?
The History of Measuring Green Speed
The Development of the Stimpmeter
New Technology
Using the Stimpmeter for Its Intended Purpose: Creating the Ideal Green Speed
Twenty-Five-Year Anniversary
Uniformity
Uniformity 1
Uniformity 2
The Two Directives
Directive
Directive 2
The Morris Method
An Ideal Green Speed: What's in It for You?
Putting It All Together
The Weather: The Known Unknown in the Quest for the Ideal Green Speed
Controlling the Weather
Seasonal Variability
Diurnal Variability
Rain, Wind, Temperature, and Humidity
Conclusions about Weather and Green Speed
Putting Green Root Zones
Putting Green Root Zone History
The Effects of Root Zone on Green Speed
Root Zones and Management Practices
Turfgrass Species and Green Speed
The Birth of Golf Turf Research
Early Perceptions of Green Speed on Various Turfgrass Species
Current Research with Putting Green Turf Species
Conclusions about Turfgrass Species
Mowing Height
History of Putting Green Mowing Height
The Law of Diminishing Returns
Mower Height versus Height of Cut
Mower Types
Mower Type-Green Speed Study
Double Cutting
Conclusions about Mowing and Green Speed
Fertilization and Green Speed
The Importance of Fertilizing
Nitrogen as a Fertilizer
Recent History of Nitrogen Fertilization on Greens
Nitrogen and Green Speed
Annual Nitrogen Rate and the "4-inch Theory"
Root Zone-Nitrogen Rate Interactions
Nitrogen Frequency and Its Effect on Green Speed
Fast-Release versus Slow-Release Nitrogen Carriers
Monthly Applications of Nitrogen and Plant Growth Regulators
A Comparison of Liquid Nitrogen Programs
Monthly Applications versus Granular Spoon-Feeding
Ultralow Nitrogen Rates to Enhance Green Speed
Conclusions about Nitrogen and Green Speed
Potassium Fertilization on the Golf Course
Potassium and Green Speed
Phosphorous
Micronutrients
Conclusions Regarding Fertilization and Green Speed
Lightweight Rolling: A Most Vexing Practice for Many Superintendents
History of Rolling
In Search of a Safe Frequency for Lightweight Rolling
Lightweight Rollers and Green Speed
Research on Various Types of Lightweight Rollers
Lightweight Rolling and Turfgrass Pests
Dollar Spot
Moss and Broadleaf Weeds
Cutworms
Localized Dry Spot
Snow Mold
Conclusions about Lightweight Rolling
An Integrated Approach to Green Speed Management and Tournament Preparation
The Scenario
Cultivation
Topdressing
Vertical Mowing and Grooming
Water and Air Injection Cultivation
Plant Growth Regulators
Irrigation
Tournament Preparation
Sand Topdressing
Nitrogen Fertilization
Mowing Height Reduction
Double Cutting
Rolling
Rolling and Double Cutting
Silica
Pin Placement
Filling in the Missing Pieces
To Green Committee and Owners
To the Superintendent
Bibliography
Index