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If you're involved with the installation or the day-to-day care
and maintenance of athletic fields, golf courses or high-end commercial and residential lawns, you'll really like how TifSport compares to Tifway, Midiron and the popular common bermudagrasses in use today.

1. Closer Mowing Heights 7. Good Lateral Growth
After three-times-per-week mowings at 1/4”, research conducted in Tifton shows that TifSport can tolerate closer mowing heights than Tifway and Midiron. Sod density was also excellent TifSport is more aggressive than genetically pure Tifway, especially during the cool weather months. This may account for TifSport’s rapid grow-in and repair time.
2. Upright Leaf Blade Orientation 8. Cold Tolerant

TifSport’s leaf blade orientation and stiffness is being touted by many knowledgeable golf course superintendents. They feel TifSport gives a better ball lie in cut fairways and roughs.

TifSport is expected to push the northern limits for warm season Bermudagrass. It has survived several winters in Oklahoma City and Nashville TN, while Tifway showed severe damage
3. Impressive Leaf Texture 9. Superior Sod Strength
TifSport has a similar leaf texture to Tifway, and a finer leaf texture than most other grasses used on fairways and tees.This also helps promote good footing on athletic fields. TifSport seems to have superior sod strength. This should translate into improved playing conditions and improved resistance to divot injury in golf, football and baseball.
4. Dark Green Color 10. Pest Resistant
TifSport has a dark emerald green color versus the somewhat pastel green of Tifway and the significantly lighter green of Vamont and Quickstand Research in Tifton has shown a non-preference by mole crickets for TifSport. This has also been confirmed in a golf course environment in Naples FL on a USGA test green where TifSport was planted in the approaches.
5. Superior Turf Density 11. Excellent Traffic Tolerance
TifSport has a greater density than Tifway - about a 1 point difference on a 10 point scale during the peak growing season. When compared to Midiron, Quickstand, Vamont and the common Bermudas there’s about a 3 point difference. TifSport’s density, sod strength and good lateral growth rate give it a high ranking for traffic tolerance. Athletic field managers and golf course superintendents are reporting outstanding re-growth from normal play and injury.
6. Nutritional Requirements 12. Impressive Root System
Tests at Tifton GA showed that TifSport produced a better quality and greener leaf blade than Tifway under low nutrition and minimal management . A typical TifSport plug shows TifSport’s impressive root, stolon and rhizome system, exhibiting strong lateral stolon growth and a deep, complex vertical root structure.
13. Drought Tolerant
TifSport developer Wayne Hanna has data from a 2-year study showing that TifSport has good drought tolerance. It not only stays green longer but also recovers faster.
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For More Information Contact Shelley Fincher
 Director, Plant Licensing
 University of Georgia Research Foundation, Inc.
 706) 542-1404
  shelleyf@uga.edu