By Geoff Mangum

The “urban myth” of “grain” — the USGA agronomy experts have long told golfers that grain has not been a significant factor on ball roll for the vast majority of greens since about 1980. Even if detectable, at today’s mow heights and greens maintenance practices, grain has only inconsequential effect on ball roll, and wind and surface defects (“not true” surfaces) have much more effect on ball roll. Here is the USGA article entitled “Grain on the Brain”:

In the early 1980s, university agronomists engineered better grasses , growing deeper roots, able to withstand low cuts and…

Read the rest of what Geoff has to say about Forget Grain on the Green in the February 2015 Monthly Handicap Improver here: