All golfers know that the short game is the most important part of a successful game. The “drive for show, putt for dough” is one of those pithy realisms that remind us of how true it is at least once per round.

To improve the short game you must practice. But many of us don’t have the time to put our busy lives on hold and head down to the local golf course or driving range for an hour or two of practice. The time it takes to get there can now be spent on the first half of a relaxed practice session at home.

The answer is becoming more and more within the grasp of the average suburbanite every day. Synthetic lawn putting greens installed in the backyard gives you the opportunity you need. Synthetic grass, particularly of a golf green standard, has reached a point where it is incredibly “grass-like”.

Synthetic grass putting greens are low maintenance, require far less watering or fertilizing and are available for practice all year round. It also provides a great grounding for the kids to pick up the sport and develop the most important part of the game, almost making sinking 20 footers an instinctive habit. Just remember that low maintenance does not mean no maintenance. Your artificial grass putting green is going to require some attention on a regular basis to keep it looking and performing at its best. Regular brusing or raking of the surface will not only remove grit and debris it will stand the grass fibers up and reduce the chance of moss growth.

The whole point of the way in which greens are set up on a golf course is to make them look and feel as close to a short-pile carpet as possible. Is it any wonder, then that a backyard putting green that is made of synthetic grass is going to closely resemble a real grass green.

Finding a synthetic grass manufacturer who specializes in putting greens is not difficult either with reputable dealers covering all parts of the country. Names such as ProGreen, IntelliTurf, Pro-Tech Corp, Envy Lawn, SynLawn just tipping the iceberg.

The important factors that are required for installing backyard artificial grass to create an artificial putting green do not really involve the slope or otherwise of the yard. The vast majority of practice putting greens are built with slopes and humps designed into them in order to provide a green that resembles the types of greens that golfers are likely going to come across out on the course. When the backyard putting greens are created, then, it is important merely that there is enough space in the yard to install a putting green that is a reasonable size so that it will provide the opportunity to practice long putts as well as short putts.