The Mysterious Stimpmeter – What Is It?

It’s a tool you’ve all heard about… but probably have never seen. It’s called the stimpmeter. This hugely important tool is used to measure the speed of a golf course putting green.

Green speed includes factors such as the length of the grass, mowing, grooming and brushing – all of which can affect the ball’s eventual resting place.

How does the stimpmeter work? It’s used by applying a known force to a golf ball and measuring the distance traveled in feet. The tool works by gravity, and measures the distance the ball rolls on the green.

The simple device, which is simply an extruded aluminum bar, measures 36 inches long and 1.75 inches wide. It has a V-shaped groove that extends down its entire length.

Below, Pound Ridge Golf Club’s superintendent Will Heintz breaks down how a stimpmeter works.