Effective Mower Configurations to Optimize Putting Green Playability - On Demand

John C. Sorochan, Ph.D.
Start Date
60 Minutes

Preparing the playing field is a critical element for golf course superintendents. Mowing is one of the most important aspects – and a direct impact on the equipment management function. John Sorochan, Ph.D., presents, in this 60-minute webinar, the latest mower engineering configurations to let you develop mowing practices that successfully manage putting greens. Discussion will include:

  • Understanding and incorporating grooming brushes into your putting green mowing schedule
  • Understanding “Behind Center Distance” (BCD), and how aggressive BCD mower configurations impact effective height of cut
  • Understanding “Behind Center Distance” (BCD), and how aggressive BCD mower configurations impact clipping yield and sand topdressing incorporation
  • Understanding “Frequency of Clip” (FOC) and effective mowing height for putting green speed

Original presentation date: Aug. 26, 2015
Education points: 0.1
This recording has the option to play closed captioning.

About the instructor

John Sorochan PhDJohn C. Sorochan, Ph.D., is a professor and distinguished scientist at the University of Tennessee. He earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees as well as his Ph.D. at Michigan State University. Sorochan is the co-director for the Center for Athletic Field safety and his research focuses on cool- and warm-season putting green stress physiology and management. Sorochan’s excellence in the turfgrass industry has been well-documented through the numerous awards he has received, including the Outstanding Advisor Award and the W.F. & Gold Moss Outstanding Teaching Award, both from the University of Tennessee CASNR, the Turfgrass Professional of the Year from the Tennessee Turfgrass Association and The William H. Daniel Founders Award from the Sports Turf Managers Association of America. In addition to participation in many state and regional turfgrass conferences around the U.S., Sorochan has lectured internationally on golf course shade, mowing and rolling, and plant growth. He has been a GCSAA faculty member since 2011, teaching both seminars and webcasts.

Member price: Free
Nonmember price: $45

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Brandon Haynes - 02/17/2020

Going to have my Equipment Tech watch this.

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