October 2014

SportsTurf provides current, practical and technical content on issues relevant to sports turf managers, including facilities managers. Most readers are athletic field managers from the professional level through parks and recreation, universities.

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I f you really think about it, you could say that athletic fields are the cool kids of turf management. People will drive for hours, pay hundreds of dollars, and brave the worst weather conditions imaginable just to get a seat as close to them as possible. National and international television broadcasts are fixated on them for hours at a time. Heck, athletic fields have even been showing up fashionably late to the turfgrass management party for decades. Taking a quick look at the methods used to manage both athletic fields and golf course greens, it is rather easy to pick up on the similarities. When you glance a little closer, you'll find that virtually every one of these methods was originally honed by golf course superintendents across the world and then, typi- cally years later, adopted by sports field managers everywhere. Tactics such as stripe mowing, applying sand topdressing, and core cultivation were at one time unique to putting green management and have since become commonplace on virtually every competition athletic field in the world; and because of it, the quality of those fields has improved dramatically! "So who's showing up next to the party?" One common management technique used daily (and sometimes more) by managers of golf course greens is routine lightweight rolling. Although, it has yet to gain similar popu- 12 SportsTurf | October 2014 Field Science | By Nick Binder Rolling with the cool kids Research has proven that frequent and consis- tent rolling can provide a faster (smoother) putting surface, along with many other ben- efits that may not seem quite as obvious ››

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