Which Sports Can Use Artificial Grass?
The difference between the grass you have in your garden to look at and the grass required for a sports surface, is repetition. While different sports are played at different speeds and at different levels of aggression, they all feature one thing in common: repetitive action.
This means the surface has to be hard-wearing, and the one thing we know about natural turf is that it’s hard to maintain if subjected to constant foot traffic, not to mention any sporting equipment. Turf that cuts, turns muddy or starts to become uneven will ruin any games and put people off playing, whether at professional or amateur level.
That’s why when it comes to sports, artificial grass is a fantastic alternative. Giving you less to worry about with ground maintenance, as well as the option to play in almost any weather, it’s ideal for a range of sports. This month at Easigrass Surrey, we’re going to highlight some of the sports you can use artificial grass for.
A sport loved up and down the country and an early adopter of artificial pitches, football benefits greatly from fake grass. The demands on a pitch are huge, with as many as 22 players and the officials running up and down for 90 minutes. Even with smaller 5-a-side games, there is that same constant battering for the surface present.
Plus, when bad weather hits, normal football pitches tend to either become flooded or muddy. The recovery period for the grass is then further restrictive for playing, which is why an artificial pitch makes perfect sense. Guaranteeing a playable surface in anything other than heavy snowfall, artificial grass is widely used by professional teams in Europe and even some Premier League teams use a blend of natural and artificial grass.
Since the game of golf can hinge on the smallest of changes, the grass on the green has to be in top condition at all times. And while golf isn’t played with the same intensity as football or rugby, it still sees plenty of foot traffic once you reach the putting green. Adverse weather is always a risk in the UK, so keeping the pristine surfaces required across all 18 holes can be time and resource-intensive – that’s why artificial grass is often used in the specific area around the holes on courses.
Of course, getting in a little putting practise at home doesn’t hurt either, which is why we offer our specific artificial grass for putting greens – why not try it and improve your game for the next time you hit the course?
One of the most punishing sports for any turf, rugby has the same issue as football but is intensified by the increased physicality of the game. Delivering better support for your scrums and leaving you with less maintenance to do overall, artificial grass has become a popular alternative – even at professional levels.
It’s also an excellent idea for any school with a sports surface that needs to be used for multiple sports, allowing rugby lessons and games to be played without spoiling the surface for other sports.
While bowls doesn’t seem like a very intensive game when you’re watching, the conditions the surface provides are crucial to a good game. You need even speed and non-directional surfacing, as well as something durable to take the repeated weight of the bowls themselves. All this means that the maintenance and upkeep of bowling greens can be costly.
Artificial grass for bowling greens is a perfect alternative since it needs little maintenance to be kept in top condition and it won’t be ruined by heavy rain. That means it’s a more cost-effective solution for everyone.
While it’s understandable that famous courts like Wimbledon use real grass, the use of artificial grass for tennis courts is becoming more and more popular. That’s because, like all the other sports mentioned in this list, you need consistent performance. Grip is important, but so is sliding, and an artificial surface allows for both without the risk of wearing away the grass to create bald patches. You can also play tennis in any weather or straight after heavy rain due to how it drains instead of becoming waterlogged.
Maintenance of tennis courts can be costly, so by installing artificial grass, you not only get a multipurpose playing space if you need it for other sports like badminton, but you also save time and money on keeping the surface in top condition.
Whether you have one specific sport you need artificial grass for or you require a multipurpose artificial surface for a variety of sports and games, at Easigrass Surrey we’re here to help. Providing businesses, councils, schools and homeowners with the perfect, low-maintenance alternative to grass, our quality products will ensure you can keep the play going whatever the weather may do.
Contact us today to discuss artificial sports grass with our team.