Ever since I can remember I wanted a backyard putting green. Not just any green, but one with contour and slope that would allow for all sorts of putts, of both decent length and decent break. With the arrival of the synthetic putting green the dream got closer, but also more confusing. The last thing I wanted was a pancake flat green, or worse, something with a funky shape that nobody used because it was impossible to putt on. The balance is more difficult to get right with synthetic grass than real grass, because you can’t adjust mowing heights or change maintenance practices. That’s the appeal of maintenance free lawn, but it’s also the problem. The grass you install is the grass that you live with – so get your green wrong and you live with the mistake every single day.