A marriage made in sports heaven.
Synthetic turf and field hockey are inseparable. In 1975, the FIH was the first sports federation to permit field hockey on synthetic turf. Today, synthetic turf is a requirement for successful field hockey.
Faster, more technical, more popular.
Since the introduction of synthetic turf the sport of field hockey has undergone considerable changes, owing in part to the field itself. The game has become more rapid and more technical, demanding greater speed and technique from players. This has kept the sport's popularity undiminished. In fact, the number of field hockey players is increasing. Which, in turn, creates a greater need for durable synthetic turf fields of high quality.
Three top-layer constructions.
Synthetic turf for field hockey is tuned to the fundamental playing characteristics of the game. There are three synthetic turf constructions that are suitable, each with its own specific performance.
At the highest, most international level, full synthetic or water-based turf is the norm. The pile is unfilled and requires irrigation. Players love the excellent bounce properties that result in better-executed stroke technique and the sliding friendly characteristics. All in all, this system offers more rapid, more attractive field hockey.
At other (semi) levels, sand-filled and sand dressed turfs predominate. On sand-filled turf, the pile of the carpet is filled almost to the top with sand to create an even, stable playing surface. On sand-dressed turf the pile of the carpet is filled to within 5-8 mm from the tips of the fiber with fine sand particles. When sprinkled with water, it has characteristics similar to a water-based turf. Un-sprinkled, it plays more like sand-filled.
The right turf for your field.
TenCate has a wide variety of turf blades and backings available for field hockey applications. This range of products with different characteristics provides a suitable solution for every need. To determine which is appropriate for your installation, use our Product Selector.