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Tom Edrington spent the first 10 years of his misguided youth as a sports writer for the Tampa Tribune. His career brought him face to face with many of sports greatest stars -- Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Muhammad Ali, Don Shula, countless Hall of Fame NFL stars, more PGA Tour players than he can count. In 1980 he was honored by the Golf Writers Association of America for writing the best news story that year, his coverage of Jack Nicklaus' U.S. Open victory at Baltusrol. Today, 36 years later, golf is still a great part of his life, thanks to competitive playing days and the wonderful people he has met on this fabulous journey.

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    baxter cepeda

    I grew up on poa but now do most of my golf on bermuda or paspalum.

    The flowering effect of poa is totally overrated in my opinion. The bigger issue with Poa is from needing plenty of water which creates visible shoe prints.

    The key imo to putting poa is acceptance. Just like any shot in golf; sometimes good shots are not rewarded and bad shots are. Taking the good with the bad and not letting missed putts reside in the head are key.

    On poa players make their share if they have short memories —think DJs success on poa despite being a southwest guy — and simply Keep reading greens well and keep hitting good putts. It’s that simple.

    Bermuda Grain has its own judgment issues which test patience. That’s golf imo. If a player expects courses to be fair all the time, they really don’t get golf.

    That being said I’m not sure why big tournament don’t refresh greens between the morning and afternoon waves. A quick cut and/or roll would solve a lot of issues with poa.

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      Tom Edrington

      Baxter, appreciate your observations and experience on this…….give me bent anytime, haven’t putted on it in years but last time I did, I believe I shot 76 up in Cleveland and had just 25 putts!!

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        baxter cepeda

        …issue with Bent is too many courses around the country especially in the south force it only to end up with a bunch of dead patches.

        Torrey north has Bent greens…having hung out by the two side by side putting greens there quite a bit-one bent and one poa- they seem equally bumpy or equally not that bumpy imo… bent can be a bit soft and fragil.

        Imo They are all good. They all have challenges. At its best bent is arguably the best; but like I said I’ve seen some bent disasters.

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          Tom Edrington

          Bent doesn’t do well in hot weather although I understand there are some new hybrids that do;

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