Dry weather tips Ė Nick James


The secret is moisture. Donít be afraid to water heavily at the beginning of a week & control if possible by using covers whenever possible especially overnight. Do not over roll to dry it quickly; nature will do that for you; roll with 8 passes (once up & down a width is 2 passes) each time but sparingly.


Those clubs whose squares are Mendip loam based and/or have excessive thatch in their surfaces are particularly vulnerable. The surface thatch dries quickly forming a crust, the surface breaks up under ball impact causing very variable bounce so sympathetic use of water later in the week will help to retain moisture & reduce the possibility of the aforementioned problems. It is weather conditions like this that reveal the true quality of the playing surface.