A Closer Look at Frequency-of-Clip: FOC and height of cut

By Adam C. Slick

On fairways and other higher-cut areas, some turf professionals suggest frequency-of-clip (FOC) should be within 10 per cent (higher or lower) of the height of cut. At these higher heights, when the FOC is greater than 10 per cent of the height, short, choppy wave patterns may appear, known as marcelling. Keeping FOC approximately equal to or less than the height of cut eliminates marcelling and improves ball roll.

On greens and lower heights of cut, the relationship between FOC and height of cut is not as intrinsically related. Superintendents and technicians should experiment with different settings to see what works best.

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