The Difference Between 2G & 3G and How Does 3G Compare With a 4G Pitch

With improved technology, artificial grass is becoming more and more realistic with almost identical playing characteristics to natural grass sports surfaces. Every aspect of the grass has been improving, from the way it looks and how the grass stands to the bounce of the ball and general playability. Something we often get asked is what is the difference between a 2G and 3G artificial grass pitch and how does 3G compare with a 4G pitch?

2G second generation pitches are sand based and are perfect for hockey and multi-use games areas. The pile height is usually less than 24mm.

A 3G third generation artificial grass pitch is installed using both sand and rubber infill and ideal for football, rugby, and GAA. Typically, 3G carpet has a longer pile height (carpet pile height can vary from 40mm to 65mm) and is used in some of the world’s best artificial grass pitches. 3G grass has received accreditation as the latest artificial grass technology.

What is a 4G Pitch?

Some companies state that they offer 4G astroturf pitches and beyond technologies in artificial grass. However, officially we haven’t gone beyond 3G. While 4G fields do exist, surfaces similar to 3G but without crumb rubber, these new terminologies have not been officially rolled out yet and are not recognized by any sports governing bodies. So when you hear people reference the latest innovation of 4th generation artificial grass carpet it’s worth noting that these products have not been officially accredited as new technologies.

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