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One of the greens at Bridgestone's test site in Covington GA.  There are several greens at various yardages, each having a different grass surface.  Each bunker also has a different type of sand to test how the ball performs from each one.  In addition, the range has gauges which reads the direction and speed of the wind in multiple locations, temperature, humidity, and even sensors in the ground for how much moisture is in the turf.

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Very cool. The moisture sensors seem like overkill...but "no stone unturned", I guess!

Do you work there? Or did you get to visit/tour?

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On 1/8/2017 at 2:13 PM, Hardspoon said:

Very cool. The moisture sensors seem like overkill...but "no stone unturned", I guess!

Do you work there? Or did you get to visit/tour?

I worked for Bridgestone for over 9 years up until a few months ago.  

The moisture sensors help when measuring how much roll-out a particular model has when the ground is soft vs. normal vs. hard, which can then be compared to the other models as well as competitor models.

There is also a green right in front of the tee box which is laser leveled perfectly flat that is used for testing chip and pitch shots.  This eliminates undulations in the green from influencing how the ball reacts, which can then be compared to other models.  It's very cool.  The control room has so many computers and monitors and hi-tech electronics that if needed they could probably launch one of the space shuttles. 

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8 hours ago, 1badbadger said:

There is also a green right in front of the tee box which is laser leveled perfectly flat that is used for testing chip and pitch shots.  This eliminates undulations in the green from influencing how the ball reacts, which can then be compared to other models.  It's very cool.  The control room has so many computers and monitors and hi-tech electronics that if needed they could probably launch one of the space shuttles. 

That's awesome.

(I have nothing else to add)

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