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Fairway mowing pattern preferences


Fairway mowing patterns  

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  1. 1. Which fairway mowing pattern do you prefer?

    • Striping/checkerboard
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    • Contour mowing
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    • Half-and-half
      0
    • No preference
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Watching the PGA Tour back in action at Colonial last weekend got me thinking: do you have a preference for fairway mowing patterns?

I don't think I've ever played a course that used the half-and-half pattern - at least not that I was able to notice from the tee. In theory that should make it easier to identify the center of the fairway from the tee box. I definitely prefer contour mowing over a straight striping pattern though, I feel more comfortable standing over the ball when I can identify the curves of the fairway out of the corner of my eye.

Of course it would be nice if every course I played brought in a giant grounds crew to push cut every fairway to get that extra 10 yards of roll out, but that's obviously not feasible (plus I don't hit enough fairways to really take advantage of that).

Do you have a preference? Why?

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Contour or half and half I like. But as long as it is mown and has some sort of differential from fairway/rough/fringe I’m happy

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18 minutes ago, tchat07 said:

Augusta National fleet style!

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Ours was mown half and half last year... not this year.  I like mown short, don't care how, so I get as much roll as possible.

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1 hour ago, Kenny B said:

Ours was mown half and half last year... not this year.  I like mown short, don't care how, so I get as much roll as possible.

In the winter my local course mows very low and doesn't overseed. This causes some of the longest rolls of the year but, it is way tighter to the ground than I like for any shot at all. I prefer having some turf in the fairway to give just a tad allowing me to take a shallow divot without fear of hard ground.

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As long as its mowed and manicured, it doesnt matter to me.  Direction of the grass will effect how the ball rolls.  I hope no course has checkerboard greens because that will cause the ball to snake around.

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16 hours ago, tchat07 said:

Augusta National fleet style!

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I mean if the tour is really concerned about distance off the tee they could do that backwards (run the mowers from green to tee instead of tee to green). That would greatly reduce driver rollout.

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2 hours ago, 2puttbogey said:

I like the look of stripes/ checkerboard, but half/ half is my preference to play.

Do you make an effort to aim for the light-colored side to get the extra rollout?

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5 hours ago, gavinski91 said:

Do you make an effort to aim for the light-colored side to get the extra rollout?

I wish I was good enough that I could. It just is an easier way to see the fairway split is all.

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I don't really have a preference a far as my playing goes but I do appreciate it the aesthetics of a stripped fairway. Not really sure  why i like it so much but it always seems to make me enjoy the day a bit more. They were doing this a couple of weeks ago at my home course while I was walking 18. There were a couple of holes on the back 9 that were half-and-half which looked really nice but I do not possess the skills to pick half of the fairway off the tee, I'm happy with anything on the fairway.

 

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I'm in the don't care group as long as they are mowed neatly - closely..... and regularly. I hate fluffy/shaggy fairways.

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15 hours ago, 2puttbogey said:

I wish I was good enough that I could. It just is an easier way to see the fairway split is all.

I did specifically say aim - I aim for lots of things from the tee and never hit them! 😂

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Truth is I just want fairways mowed nice and tight and a clear delineation regarding 1st, 2nd, etc cuts. 

In a perfect world I prefer fancy nice stripped fairways like the nicer courses have.

Also it depends on turf type and how thick the turf is. Obviously would not want stripes on thin poor condition fairways, for those I only want them mowed evenly and as neat as possible all things considered. 

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