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MiniTec & Zen Green Stage create pitch perfect golf training platform

10 January 2018

Zen Green Stage created a computer controlled adjustable playing surface which is perfect for players to practise breaking putts and shots from sloping lies.

The digitally adjustable playing surface is ideal for both putting and full swing shots.  Designed to help golfers master the art of green reading and putting it is also ideal as an indoor platform for any club in the bag.

The equipment and how MiniTec played its part

The latest version of the putting platform now incorporates the MiniTec profile system and corner connects which have helped to provide increased stiffness and reduced weight of the 4.8m long x 1.8m wide structure.

The structure uses 45mm x 135mm profile rails with twin beams running the length of the structure and cross members connected with flexible angle brackets. This design allows for a certain amount of vertical flexure whilst maintaining high rigidity and stiffness in the horizontal plane.

Major coup for the invention at the British Open

Earlier this year the playing surface was featured at the Royal Birkdale Open Championship where it was used to enable presenters and players to demonstrate breaking putts and shots from sloping surfaces. The device made such an impact that Sky Sports Golf TV channel will feature it regularly in the future.

The Zen Green Stage was installed in the newly designed Sky Sports Golf TV studio to enable the recreation of shots seen live. “Imagine watching live coverage of an event and you have the possibility to recreate that exact putt just seen on TV” comments ne of the inventors, Nick Middleton. “That is possible now with the Green Stage. Its rapid transformations add an element of uncertainty posing addictive new putting challenges which fire the imagination.”

MiniTec offers cost saving logistics and re-useability

The lightweight, durable MiniTec system which is simple to assemble and disassemble without the need for special tools is a real benefit to the need for Zen to be able to assemble the platforms local to the installation. An equally important consideration was that Zen had concerns that their global sales of the platform may be hindered if a suitable “global” framing supplier could not be found. This was happily solved after discussions with MiniTec who have a global manufacturing, sales and distribution network stretching over five continents. This tried and tested support network led Zen’s Andy McCague to comment: “We looked into aluminium profiles to replace the prototype materials for our market-ready range of putting greens.

MiniTec was the only system that had the size and strength that fitted our requirements and allowed us the ability to offer our product all over the world by shipping heavy parts from local divisions without increasing our costs. The support service and rapid attendance we received from MiniTec during the proving stage was also essential which enabled us to meet delivery ahead of our programme”.

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