Originally Posted by Roblar
Wow.... when I play aerated greens the putts are all super slow and they have less break, but they still roll pretty straight. I wonder how much the variety of grass matters in that.
...and on topic: we aerate in Spring and again in Fall. It's a Muni, and they charge $12/round during the week after they aerate the greens.
The size of the holes and how well they were top dressed and swept or dragged in makes a lot of difference.
With the big plug holes it always messed up my chipping at least as much as it did my putting. Any ball landing on the edge of a hole was likely to do anything, especially when they skimped on sand the the holes didn't get filled.
I used to play with one guy that was a terrible putter. Seemed like after the greens were punched he putted twice as well.
I used to tell him it was because when the greens were smooth he had a 100% chance of his off line putt missing the hole. With the greens punched he had a 50% chance that one of the holes was going to knock his ball the right direction and he would make the putt.