March 22, 2021

Your handbook to comprehending the importance of bounce on artificial turf.

Natural Bounce — Why It Matters

Visualize this. You are practicing your chip shot, and the artificial putting green you are using will just not receive the ball accurately. Regardless how good the shot is, the ball bounces and travels off the green. As a fervent golfer, you desire a putting green that plays like natural.

Worthy synthetic golf green characteristics should include these priority reactions:

  • Realistic golf ball bounce
  • Accurate reaction to aim
  • True directional roll
  • Predictable playability

The essential point here is to have the artificial turf react as normally as real grass does. From the second your ball lands on the green, you can witness if you’re playing on top-notch turf or not. If you’re hitting a chip shot, you should be able to assume it will be received by the grass accurately, bounce appropriately, and roll as expected.

If these key elements are missing, how could you conceivably improve your putting or chipping consistency?

The Science Behind Turf Bounce

Southwest Greens has been able to evaluate key performance signals. By understanding what variables affect performance we are able to mirror natural greens.

Test methods were identified to comprehend what variables truly impact performance. Spin, firmness, and bounce were quantified by employing a combination of GSGA and proprietary testing techniques. These tests replicate normal shot and surface interactions.

Bounce Test-

  1. Tru Firm Measures, the displacement of the surface to see how surface impacts energy transfer.
  2. Bounce. Proprietary device that replicates natural pitch shot approach angle and spin. This will standardize and quantify the surface interaction to understand how the surface will accept a pitch shot.
  3. Spin. Proprietary device that replicates natural spin. Standardise and evaluate the surface interaction to grasp how the friction of the surface influences ball spin will translate to performance.

The Southwest Greens Difference

At Southwest Greens of Southern California, we have honed the art of installation to give you the best playing surface conceivable. Here is how we build our turfs:


Depending upon where you live, the land may change from sand to clay and rock. Suitably installed synthetic turf accounts for this, with a base created to aid proper drainage.

Aggregate Base

Stone is placed on top of the subgrade (ground) to assist in drainage and provide a properly constructed surface. It is imperative that the aggregate be set up and compacted to proper depths. For golf operations, a second shaping aggregate is added to build undulations and breaks.


Artificial turf is created by sewing the fiber through two layers of backing. The backing, in turn, is coated with high-grade polyurethane to protect the stitches.


Essential to the turf system, infill is made up of rounded washed silica. Infill gives ballast, assists with drainage, and directly impacts the key bounce indicators.

Turf Fiber

Extruded, PP/PE/ Nylon come in a large number of constructions, colors, and lengths. Materials and product construction directly impact the surface interaction with the golf ball.

Check out this installation video to see how we determine the correct infill layers and synthetic green surface for your situation.

Looking for a product where a chip shot will land, bounce, roll, stop, and react as naturally to a real golf green as possible?

Residential putting greens vary quite a bit from typical lawn turf. Base work, cup placement, undulations, and turf selections are all vital features of an artificial golf green that adds value to your game, your family, and your home, all while shrinking maintenance costs.

Take a look at one of our fan-favorites: Golden Bear Turf

Golden Bear is our premium-grade synthetic turf with the look, feel, and bite of real grass. It’s the turf preferred by amateurs as well as PGA Tour players for their homes. In other words — it’s the most accurate playing surface available on the market today. Our artificial turf is a fine choice for more regularity, predictability and even helps to prevent accidents caused by bumpy playing surfaces. Although designed with golf in mind, this long-lasting, high-quality turf can also be installed at heavy-traffic locations like playgrounds and recreational areas.

The alliance with Southwest Greens and Nicklaus Design commenced in 2004 and has grown appreciably over the years in both design and turf technology. All customers can benefit from custom-designed golf greens installed by certified Southwest Greens dealers. Now everyone can experience best-in-class incorporating professional design, installation, and Golden Bear exclusive turf products.

Golden Bear Turf is the preeminent in quality, look, and performance for synthetic turf products. This high-level artificial turf bounces, rolls, and receives just like a pro course. Shot after shot, Golden Bear has the most accurate aim of any putting surface. Playability that is so real, you will think you’re putting on the real thing. It’s simply the best turf on the planet, and you will find it at Southwest Greens of Southern California.

Our Golden Bear Turf brings you championship-level bounce right in your own backyard. Scientifically designed and tested to have 20-25% more ball retention than other leading artificial turf for real playability. Contact your local dealer if you want to find out more about the science.

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