are the days when golfers will be able to blame the green after an easy putt has
scientists have invented a machine which could help greenkeepers keep their surfaces
as smooth as silk.
Ristometer detects the speed at which a ball travels across the green and highlights
where the imperfections lie.
light is used to track the ball and computer analysis of the results reveals any
bumps or uneven surfaces, invisible to the human eye, which can be ironed out
by dressing and rolling.
device has been developed by Roch Gaussoin, turf scientist at the University of
Nebraska, who said: "At the moment it's simply a research device that will
allow us to develop better management of greens."
not all traditionalists have welcomed the breakthrough. Chris Kennedy, head greenkeeper
at Wentworth, said: "God forbid the day that greens are perfectly flat. It
would be so boring."