Not only are there many companies who specialise in producing artificial putting greens but there are many different types of artificial grass used to make these greens. The type of grass that you might require could prove to be difficult to determine what type will suit your purposes best.

First of all there are two types of synthetic grass yarn to choose from: nylon and polypropylene and they provide you with different properties. A good way of working out whether you want a nylon or polypropylene putting green might be to figure out how you are more likely to use the green. If you are planning on using the green to hit short to mid-range chip shots into, it might be best to go with a polypropylene green. For a small green that is going to be installed in the backyard, you would be better to install a nylon putting green.

A polypropylene golf green will hold a ball that has been chipped to it from a distance much better than a nylon green. The reason is due to the amount of infill that a polypropylene surface uses. Polypropylene allows more room for infill which has the result of being more receptive to a bal landing on it at speed. A nylon surface will also handle balls hit to it from short distances but you would have to add extra infill to the surface.

As a backyard putting green surface the best material to use would be a nylon-based artificial grass. Nylon will give you a truer ball roll and this would be the case over a longer period of time, too. It is a durable material so it is going to withstand adverse conditions very well. The maintenance requirements are lower with nylon, mainly because of higher proportion of infill that is required with polypropylene.

The only caution with installing a nylon artificial grass putting green is the possibility of a characteristic known as “moisture regain”. This is something that can be mitigated by putting the grass through a pre-shrinking process but otherwise it will result in the turf expanding and contracting depending on the humidity level. For this reason it is recommended to only use nylon for putting greens that are less than 30’ x 30’.

When looking for a suitable artificial grass surface you might notice a figure for something called denier. Denier is a textile term that refers to the density of a fiber or fibers that comprise a cloth or, in this case, artificial turf. The standard way that denier is calculated is to weigh nine thousand meters of the material with the figure being the weight in grams. The higher the denier of an artificial grass for putting greens the bulkier it is and the longer it will take to soften. An artificial grass denier might start at around 5700 and the highest you might look for at 7600 denier. This figure will give you an idea of the durability of the surface.

For most people who are planning on installing a backyard putting green the durability of the grass fibers is not going to be a big issue. The most likely scenario is that you will want to buy a nylon-based artificial grass because it requires less maintenance, there is less infill and the ball will roll truer.

Another factor that is going to have to be taken into consideration when choosing the product that you are going to buy is the issue of the backing that is going to be used on your grass. In order to get the best results with a nylon artificial grass you will need thick rubber backing to support the fact that it is most likely going to expand and contract with the weather. You don’t want your puting green to develop wrinkes and inconsistencies in the surface and the weight of a thick rubber backing will help in this situation.

Make sure you do your research when buying an artificial grass putting green and understand why you might need nylon over polypropylene or vice versa.

Thought will also have to be given to the position of the backyard putting green, particularly where shade is concerned. A putting green that is placed in an overly shady spot may develop a problem with moss growth which is going to require a great deal of regular maintenance. Although positioning the green in a sunny spot won’t mean there will be no moss problems, it will certainly inhibit the growth.