Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

This section was designed to provide the customer with a more extensive explanation about the features and uses of the Golf Green SpeedReader.

  • What are the uses of the Golf Green SpeedReader™?
  • Can I use it when playing on a course?
  • What is the correct way to use the Golf Green SpeedReader™?
  • How do I get the most out of my Golf Green SpeedReader?
  • How do I measure the distance the ball rolls?
  • How do I know how fast the green is?
  • What if a green doesn't have any level surfaces?
  • What if I want to practice shorter putts on the same surface?
  • What if I want to practice longer putts on the same surface?
  • Is the Golf Green SpeedReader™ meant to replace the Stimpmeter®?
  • Is there a USGA Stimpmeter speed comparison chart?

  • What are the uses of the Golf Green SpeedReader™? It can be used to measure the golf greens while you are playing, a personal guide to learn to master different putting distances and different golf green speeds, a professional golf instructor's aid for students, and/or a greenskeepers portable aid for regular maintenance duties. Please note that when using it on the course with other players, sharing the "speed reading" is usually greatly appreciated.

    Can I use it when playing on a course? That is the intent. Since it is new to most golfers, it generally takes them a few holes to begin to understand the enormous benefits. Afterwards, they are very interested to know the speed of the next green. Common courtesy dictates that you should share the green speed with all players. Please be aware that some tournaments do not allow the use of devices during play.

    What is the correct way to use the Golf Green SpeedReader™? It is so simple you can use it any way you wish. The most precise method is to find a level area on the green, open the meter, and extend the ramp to its preset position. Mark the end of the ramp with a golf ball or a tee. Using two or three balls, place one against the top abutment at the top of the ramp and release it.

    How do I get the most out of my Golf Green SpeedReader? The most effective technique is to initially learn a "base" speed. We recommend that you learn this speed on a surface that can be practiced regularly and isn't susceptible to the normal variables that affect green speeds. An indoor putting surface or home carpet is ideal. Spend plenty of time mastering the speed of this surface. When you hit the golf course, measure the current golf green speed and make your speed adjustments based off your "base" speed you already know well. The next step is to learn the different variables that affect golf green speeds and apply them to your understanding of green speeds. See the "golf tips" section for more.

    How do I measure the distance the ball rolls? Measure the distance from the end of the ramp to the middle of the ball or balls.  The speed meter has a 24 inch ruler on its edge when extended. It is used to measure this distance. By marking the position of the front of the ruler and sliding it forward to the new position any distance can be measured. Rarely is this distance longer than 3-4 ruler lengths.

    How do I know how fast the green is? After you measure the distance, read the Green Speed Guide on the side of the Green Speedreader. For example, if the ball rolled only four feet, this would be a "medium slow" green speed.

    What if a green doesn't have any level surfaces? Easy. You find the surface closest to level and take two measurments, one in each direction. Add the two distances together and divide by two! This will give you the average, which you will use for the green speed. This is the same technique used by the USGA™ in professional tournaments.

    What if I want to practice shorter putts on the same surface? Simple. The Golf Green SpeedReader was designed with a ruler on the side of the ramp to measure distances. The ruler can also be used to vary the distances you wish to practice. Measure the speed of the surface and then use the ruler to incrementally mark off shorter distances to practice. The distance matching games in the "games" section of this web site are the most effective for practicing different distances at one particular speed.

    What if I want to practice longer putts on the same surface? The engraved ruler can be used to practice long distance putts. The Golf Green SpeedReader will provide you with an initial reading of the surface speed. Leave the ball at this position and mark the position of the Golf Green SpeedReader. Now use the ruler to measure a desired practice distance beyond the initial roll. You can now practice perfectly calculated longer putts at a specific surface speed. See "distance matching" in the "games" section.

    Is the Golf Green SpeedReader™ meant to replace the Stimpmeter®? The Greens Speedmeter™ is not intended to take the place of the official Stimpmeter®. It is only intended to help the golfer learn about green speeds in an inexpensive way and to improve his/her read of the green and putting. It can also be used by professional greenskeepers as a more portable green speed measuring device.

    Is there a USGA Stimpmeter speed comparison chart? Yes, the Golf Green SpeedReader vs. Stimpmeter comparison table is on the inside of the of the support tower. The Golf Green SpeedReader table (Greens Speed Guide) is on the only table on the outside. We've found that most golfers get used to the Greens Speed Guide readings and don't require a comparison table. But, for those who are already used to Stimpmeter readings, the comparison table is still included.  

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