A Videos and slides

A.1 Recorded presentations

There is more information about clipping volume in presentation slides and videos.

The Leaves of Grass video describes clipping volume measurements (https://vimeo.com/micahwoods/clip1). As I explained in the video description, the quantity of clippings mown from golf course putting greens can be quickly measured by noting the volume of the clippings. This gives an indication of the growth rate, and a number of management practices can be adjusted and optimized based on these data.

The TurfNet (http://www.turfnet.com/) webinar archive contains a recording of my presentation about Five reasons why you should measure the clipping volume. It’s a bit hacky to embed the video here, so watch it at this direct link, (https://turfnet.wistia.com/medias/0tdfvy5qcr), or find it on the TurfNet website. There are a lot of other good webinars to watch there too!

Here’s what this TurfNet webinar was about:

Everyone checks the growth of the grass by counting basket empties or other more subjective evaluations of how rapidly the grass is growing. Measuring the volume of clippings mown from an area, and then reporting it as volume per area, is an exciting measurement that represents directly the overall objective of turfgrass management – modifying the growth rate of the grass to create the desired playing surface.

I shared data and case studies from around the world to explain how this measurement works and why the simple measurement of clipping volume has so many exciting implications for golf course maintenance. These include improved management (or optimization) of surface consistency, green speed, topdressing, and more.

A.2 Slide sets

Here are a selection of slide sets that you can view online or can download.

In these presentations, I generally express something like this:

  • If one thinks of turf management as adjusting the growth rate, then it can be especially useful to know just what the growth rate is.
  • It doesn’t take much time to measure the volume of clippings from putting greens. I used to think this was a silly measurement, but the particular case of preparing korai putting greens for tournament play quickly convinced me that these data are extremely useful.
  • There are a lot of other applications of this other than tournament preparation.
  • These applications can lead to improved turf conditions and more efficient work.

I’ve discussed this in similar ways, or with portions of presentations focusing on clipping volume and the many ways the data can be put to use, in seminars over the past few years. You can find almost all my presentation slides at https://speakerdeck.com/micahwoods.