In the past, artificial turf felt more like a carpet than actual grass and dirt. The products were stiff, and not very responsive. Furthermore, they didn’t properly mimic real grass. If you are looking for synthetic grass, especially for a cricket pitch, you need a grass that properly mimics the lay, and response, of natural grass.
When you’re bowling, you need to make sure that the grass is responding the way a natural grass would. That’s the only way to properly train, and play, in an authentic fashion. The best technique is with a quality cricket pitch, made from synthetic grass.
Synthetic grass of the 21st century is made by mimicking natural grass, as closely as possible. Each individual blade of grass adds to the quality of the entire pitch. That’s how your synthetic cricket pitches should work as well.
Your pitch needs to be designed with individual blades of synthetic grass, sewn into a backing. Since they are made from individual strands, they will be nondirectional. That means they will respond much like natural grass. Cricket pitches are mowed in one direction or the other, but the grass is basically nondirectional. It changes with the wind and rain. So, that’s how your synthetic pitch should be created as well.
A cricket pitch is not the only use for synthetic grass; it can be used in many different contexts. To have a versatile pitch that can be used for multiple different purposes, it needs to be made from the right materials. It needs to be made from PET yarn.
PET yarn is a polyester yarn that is typically made from recycled plastics. The polyester yarn is important, because it is actually a fairly soft material. Unlike other types of plastics of polyesters, PET yarn is very soft. It’s used for making carpets for many different uses. When used as synthetic grass, it helps to mimic the softness of grass and soil.
Pace and Bounce
With a synthetic pitch, you can design it to act in a certain way. In the context of cricket pitches, you can control the pace and the bounce afforded by a certain grass. The pace is how quickly the ball moves across the surface of the ground. The bounce is how high it bounces when you are bowling it. If you are designing your pitch, you can design it to have natural pace and bounce. This means that it will mimic the pace and bounce of natural grass, as well as possible. Obviously, that will be somewhat subjective, because there are many different types of pace and bounce depending, on the grassy surface, and upon how well it’s maintained.
Alternately, you can choose a synthetic pitch, for various and specific contexts. If you are trying to emphasize a certain aspect of training, you can choose a medium pace, a high bounce, and many other conditions. A fast pace can help you and your team learn how to respond quickly to a ball that’s moving faster than game pace. Alternately, a slow pace could help you teach new players how to play.