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Southern Grasses

Post by GBOGEY » Tue May 15, 2018 11:58 pm

Okay so I'm going to be playing a lot of southern grasses this weekend and in the future. By that I mean Bermuda and all the other varieties. To be blunt, I've learned golf in the Northeast and I love bent grass. I'm a former southerner and I can't stand this Bermuda stuff for playing golf. So any hints / advice out there for those of you who play in the South a lot?

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Re: Southern Grasses

Post by DougE » Wed May 16, 2018 7:32 am

I hate Bermuda grass. Gets in my head. Bermuda rough mostly. Like you, most of my golf is played on bent grasses too. However, I play a lot in Florida over the winters due to my Mom and sisters and their families all living in the Sarasota area since the 90s. So I go there at least a week or two a year and usually play 5-8 rounds each time I'm there.

One thought I would convey is to be sure to use your body (core/shoulders), not your hands and arms to get through the ball on chips and pitches. This applies on any type turf, but particularly so in Bermuda rough.

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Post by GBOGEY » Wed May 16, 2018 9:34 am

I chipped at the range for a long time last night. I've adopted a chipping style that has the ball closer to the middle of my stance but it seems with Bermuda it's best to put it a little further back. It also seems to me, not sure, that balls landing on the fringe have a less predictable bounce and that it's often a little easier to hit a flop if the ball is sitting up.

Don't get me started on fairway rough - I have no clue - but for some reason I feel that iron shots are going a little shorted than usual. Need more testing on that one.

Most of the greens are now this zioysia type stuff. Not as grainy as Bermuda but I find them harder to read. Plus, they seem to always be rock hard so stopping a ball does't seem as easy. That's my observations after a few rounds. Anybody have other thoughts?

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Post by jasonfish11 » Wed May 16, 2018 9:34 am

I grew up on bermuda grass. It took me a long time to get use to bent grass. To this day I prefer bermuda.

Reading the grain is super easy, bermuda grows with the slope. So up hill is into the grain down hill is with the grain. This sucks when you are chipping/pitching on an uphill lie. But if you remember to use the bounce (or hybrid if possible) it's not that bad. I grew up with high bounce clubs and learning to chip off the bounce and not the leading edge. Practice chipping on super soggy turf. Its basically the same. If you use the leading edge it will grab and you'll fat it.

For putts down hill will be faster and uphill will be slower than you think. Also play more break. When I switched to bent grass I was missing tons of putts on the high side, and my speed control was off. I honestly believe this was what actually led to my yipps. It took me nearly 5 years to get comfortable putting again. I grew up and never had putting issues, my dad use to joke about how hard I hit 3' putts because of my confidence in my putting stroke. Then I moved to TN and quickly picked up a case of the yipps.
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Re: Southern Grasses

Post by Duke of Hazards » Wed May 16, 2018 5:17 pm

I don't even know the difference, to be honest. I think we have warm season grasses here.

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Re: Southern Grasses

Post by GBOGEY » Sun May 20, 2018 4:48 pm

jasonfish11 wrote:
Wed May 16, 2018 9:34 am
Reading the grain is super easy, bermuda grows with the slope. So up hill is into the grain down hill is with the grain. This sucks when you are chipping/pitching on an uphill lie. But if you remember to use the bounce (or hybrid if possible) it's not that bad. I grew up with high bounce clubs and learning to chip off the bounce and not the leading edge. Practice chipping on super soggy turf. Its basically the same. If you use the leading edge it will grab and you'll fat it.

For putts down hill will be faster and uphill will be slower than you think. Also play more break. When I switched to bent grass I was missing tons of putts on the high side, and my speed control was off. I honestly believe this was what actually led to my yipps. It took me nearly 5 years to get comfortable putting again. I grew up and never had putting issues, my dad use to joke about how hard I hit 3' putts because of my confidence in my putting stroke. Then I moved to TN and quickly picked up a case of the yipps.
Did better with it today. Really tried to open the clubface to use the bounce - every chip was really good except for one that checked up.

Putting remains challenging on this stuff.

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