What is Ball Roll Testing?
Ball Roll Testing measures how far the ball rolls on synthetic grass compared to natural grass.
The distance the ball rolls is directly related to the speed of the synthetic turf system. The test is performed by following ASTM standards, and the results are compared to the Synthetic Turf Council performance guidelines for the type of field being tested.
Why Should You Perform this Test?
Often times, synthetic turf fibers can begin to “layover” and become compacted, resulting in a longer, faster ball roll than preferred. This test can identify this condition and alert the owner that the field requires better maintenance to avoid worsening the problem or that possibly the field is nearing the end of its life.
What is Vertical Rebound Testing?
Vertical Ball Rebound Testing measures how high the ball bounces when falling vertically onto a synthetic turf field. The test is performed in accordance with ASTM standards, and the results are compared to the Synthetic Turf Council performance guidelines for the type of field being tested.
What Type of Fields Benefit Most from This Test?
Ball Roll and Vertical Rebound Testing is particularly important for soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, baseball, and softball fields, where the ball interacts directly with the synthetic turf.