Performance on Fast Greens

When talking green speeds, we reference the stimpmeter. It is a device that drops a golf ball onto a few different segments of a green surface and the stimpmeter is how many feet the ball rolls out.

Using the stimpmeter rating we can determine how fast a green is running. Most public courses will sit between 8-to-10 feet but 10 feet is considered quite slow by PGA TOUR standards. The fastest greens on TOUR, annually, are Augusta National and Muirfield Village Golf Club, and they run 13 feet or higher each year.

The Fantasy Golfanac considers Fast Greens to be all courses with a stimp exceeding 12 feet.

* Minimum 30 rounds to qualify. Stats are time-weighted and adjusted to the strength of competition.

Top 25 Performers on courses with Fast Greens (since 2014)

Dustin Johnson (3.278 sg:total)
Rory McIlroy (3.104 sg:total)
Justin Thomas (2.823 sg:total)
Justin Rose (2.759 sg:total)
Jason Day (2.751 sg:total)
Jon Rahm (2.695 sg:total)
Jordan Spieth (2.582 sg:total)
Rickie Fowler (2.553 sg:total)
Patrick Cantlay (2.544 sg:total)
Hideki Matsuyama (2.498 sg:total)
Brooks Koepka (2.485 sg:total)
Tommy Fleetwood (2.465 sg:total)
Adam Scott (2.459 sg:total)
Tiger Woods (2.454 sg:total)
Matt Kuchar (2.452 sg:total)
Bryson DeChambeau (2.405 sg:total)
Paul Casey (2.386 sg:total)
Francesco Molinari (2.278 sg:total)
Tony Finau (2.257 sg:total)
Henrik Stenson (2.231 sg:total)
Marc Leishman (2.23 sg:total)
Webb Simpson (2.124 sg:total)
Ian Poulter (2.073 sg:total)
Patrick Reed (2.061 sg:total)
Xander Schauffele (2.05 sg:total)

Top 25 Fast Green Specialists
(Fast Green Performance vs. Expected Strokes Gained)

Abraham Ancer (1.812 sg:fast greens vs. 1.124 sg:total)
Michael Thompson (1.547 sg:fast greens vs. 0.929 sg:total)
Kyle Stanley (1.97 sg:fast greens vs. 1.354 sg:total)
Sung Kang (1.6 sg:fast greens vs. 1.01 sg:total)
Thorbjorn Olesen (1.966 sg:fast greens vs. 1.441 sg:total)
Bryson DeChambeau (2.405 sg:fast greens vs. 1.888 sg:total)
David Hearn (1.249 sg:fast greens vs. 0.78 sg:total)
Bronson Burgoon (1.297 sg:fast greens vs. 0.834 sg:total)
Chesson Hadley (1.423 sg:fast greens vs. 0.96 sg:total)
Cameron Tringale (1.093 sg:fast greens vs. 0.64 sg:total)
Luke List (1.999 sg:fast greens vs. 1.576 sg:total)
Peter Uihlein (1.542 sg:fast greens vs. 1.131 sg:total)
Ian Poulter (2.073 sg:fast greens vs. 1.715 sg:total)
Carlos Ortiz (1.07 sg:fast greens vs. 0.717 sg:total)
Beau Hossler (1.588 sg:fast greens vs. 1.237 sg:total)
Ricky Barnes (0.856 sg:fast greens vs. 0.512 sg:total)
Aaron Wise (1.965 sg:fast greens vs. 1.622 sg:total)
Jonas Blixt (1.005 sg:fast greens vs. 0.681 sg:total)
Justin Thomas (2.823 sg:fast greens vs. 2.523 sg:total)
David Lingmerth (1.258 sg:fast greens vs. 0.993 sg:total)
Si Woo Kim (1.35 sg:fast greens vs. 1.097 sg:total)
Adam Scott (2.459 sg:fast greens vs. 2.218 sg:total)
Kevin Chappell (1.72 sg:fast greens vs. 1.486 sg:total)
Marc Leishman (2.23 sg:fast greens vs. 1.998 sg:total)
Nick Watney (1.362 sg:fast greens vs. 1.133 sg:total)

Top 25 Fast Green Anti-Specialists
Fast Green Performance vs. Expected Strokes Gained)

J.J. Spaun (0.067 sg:fast greens vs. 1.059 sg:total)
Andrew Putnam (0.187 sg:fast greens vs. 1.099 sg:total)
Patton Kizzire (0.137 sg:fast greens vs. 0.872 sg:total)
Richy Werenski (0.161 sg:fast greens vs. 0.779 sg:total)
Brandon Harkins (0.311 sg:fast greens vs. 0.92 sg:total)
Hao Tong Li (0.177 sg:fast greens vs. 0.77 sg:total)
Harris English (0.48 sg:fast greens vs. 1.071 sg:total)
Michael Kim (-0.234 sg:fast greens vs. 0.33 sg:total)
Rod Pampling (-0.628 sg:fast greens vs. -0.066 sg:total)
Brandt Snedeker (1.145 sg:fast greens vs. 1.705 sg:total)
Tyrrell Hatton (1.3 sg:fast greens vs. 1.855 sg:total)
Alex Noren (1.028 sg:fast greens vs. 1.578 sg:total)
Scott Stallings (0.364 sg:fast greens vs. 0.888 sg:total)
Rafa Cabrera Bello (1.451 sg:fast greens vs. 1.968 sg:total)
Danny Lee (0.567 sg:fast greens vs. 1.08 sg:total)
Jimmy Walker (0.842 sg:fast greens vs. 1.351 sg:total)
Fabian Gomez (0.095 sg:fast greens vs. 0.576 sg:total)
Branden Grace (1.11 sg:fast greens vs. 1.583 sg:total)
Russell Knox (1.011 sg:fast greens vs. 1.48 sg:total)
Chez Reavie (1.112 sg:fast greens vs. 1.566 sg:total)
Jonathan Byrd (0.214 sg:fast greens vs. 0.602 sg:total)
Peter Malnati (0.267 sg:fast greens vs. 0.652 sg:total)
Scott Langley (0.243 sg:fast greens vs. 0.622 sg:total)
Sean O’Hair (0.542 sg:fast greens vs. 0.919 sg:total)
Ollie Schniederjans (0.607 sg:fast greens vs. 0.976 sg:total)

Last Updated: May 14th, 2019

Golfer Quotes

Q. It looks like you feel very comfortable with the speed of the greens. It looks like quicker the greens you better you putt.
DUSTIN JOHNSON:
I like fast greens, I always have. I definitely putt better on fast greens I feel like. There’s a lot more feel involved and you got to have good speed, which I feel like I always have pretty good speed, but I definitely feel like I’m rolling the putter really nicely right now. -2018 Memorial

PATRICK CANTLAY: I really like the place, I like fast greens, and I like the premium the golf course sets for hitting the ball in the fairway. You cannot play from the rough this week. I hit in the rough on a couple par-5s today and just scrambling to make par from there. So got to be in the fairway and I like golf courses that are like that. -2018 Memorial

BROOKS KOEPKA: No, these greens aren’t fast by any means. They’re a little bit slow for I guess tour speed and even being home and practicing they’re a touch slow. I mean, I love fast greens. You barely just got to hit it and just get it started. Just had to be a little more aggressive. I felt like they were all tap-ins yesterday instead of hitting it two, three feet by. That’s kind of more my style, being a little bit more of an aggressive putter. Just made that adjustment this morning. -2018 Colonial

TIGER WOODS: It normally happens on slower greens. I’ve always putted faster greens well, and slower greens I’ve always kind of struggled. -2018 Quail Hollow

AARON BADDELEY: The greens are super quick. They’re the quickest in four, five years. I really like that. You can hit the putt the way it is it goes in. That plays to my strength. -2017 Houston Open