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^^^^Voice of reasonAlso missing from this conversation is the importance of soil testing. That's the starting point, as you need to know what's going on down there before you can embark on less invasive practices. How much organic matter do the greens have? What's the thatch/mat layer looking like? Similarly missing is the importance of managing the growth rate of the grass throughout the season primarily through nitrogen applications. The goal is an acceptable growth rate to recover from the stresses of golf, but no more than that. It's like trying to hit the speed limit perfectly while driving on the highway. Go too fast and the cops get you (excessive growth thus excessive thatch and the need to pull cores/vcut/disruptive practices). Go too slow and you get run into from behind (low N, low growth disease pressures).