Sports turf body STRI shortlisted twice for awards for its device that measures the trueness of golf greens

STRI has been announced as a finalist in the categories for Best Technology in a Single Sport and Best use of Technology by a Governing Body for its Trueness Meter, now used at more than 400 golf courses.

The device, which measures the smoothness and trueness of golf greens, was originally developed in 2006 by STRI scientists, Dr Stephen Baker and Dr Christian Spring in conjunction with Sheffield Hallam University and with funding from golf governing body The R&A.

The technology tracks the vertical and lateral movements of golf balls across the surface of the course, which provides golf clubs with an accurate measurement of the smoothness and trueness of ball roll on greens.

STRI chief executive Gordon McKillop said: "What the STRI Trueness Meter has achieved in a relatively short period of time is nothing short of revolutionary in the way golf clubs and The R&A now measure the performance of greens.

"There was nothing previously in existence to determine the quality of smoothness and trueness of golf courses. It has made a vast difference to the surface performance of golf greens, supporting how the sport is played and enjoyed all over the world."

There are 19 categories in the awards which is open to entries worldwide. Entrants will find out if they have won at the award ceremony at The Brewery in London on April 4.

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