Used from entry level right up to the highest level of competition, water-based artificial grass pitches are considered one of the best playing surfaces for hockey. But what are they actually made of, and what benefits of keeping these pitches irrigated with water?
The playing surface: artificial grass
The top layer of a water-based hockey pitch is a synthetic fibre carpet, also known as artificial grass. The tuft is very dense and short, and no sand infill or “rubber crumb” is required.
This carpet is then bound to a shockpad. The shockpad usually consists of a rubber padding, which protects the players from stress to the knees and ankles thanks to its shock absorbent qualities.
To enhance the durability of the water-based hockey pitch, an ‘engineered’ base of tarmac is underneath the shockpad. Thanks to its porous nature, this provides great irrigation as the water can easily drain away, helping to maintain the surfaces quality.
Finally, the base usually consists of a stone layer and textile membrane, sitting on top of prepared soil.
But why water? What are the benefits?
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