March 22, 2021

Your handbook to appreciating the significance of bounce on artificial turf.

Natural Bounce — Why It Matters

Visualize this. You are perfecting your chip shot, and the artificial putting green you are using will just not receive the ball accurately. No matter how good the shot is, the ball bounces and travels off the green. As an avid golfer, you need a putting green that plays like natural.

Excellent synthetic golf green characteristics should include these priority reactions:

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

The fundamental fact here is to have the artificial turf behave as uniformly as real grass does. From the moment your ball hits the green, you can identify if you’re playing on really good turf or not. If you’re hitting a chip shot, you should be able to conclude it will be taken in by the grass properly, bounce appropriately, and roll as intended.

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

The Science Behind Turf Bounce

Southwest Greens has been able to evaluate key performance indicators. By acknowledging what variables affect performance we are able to duplicate natural greens.

Test methods were created to understand what variables actually affect performance. Spin, firmness, and bounce were assessed utilizing a merger of GSGA and proprietary testing methods. These tests replicate normal shot and surface interactions.

Bounce Test-

  1. Tru Firm Measures, the displacement of the surface to see how surface affects energy transfer.
  2. Bounce. Proprietary device that reflects 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 gauge the surface interaction to see how the friction of the surface affects ball spin will translate to performance.

The Southwest Greens Difference

At Southwest Greens Northern CA West, we have honed the art of installation to give you the best playing surface available. Here is how we build our turfs:


Depending upon the place where you live, the soil may range from sand to clay and rock. Accurately installed synthetic turf takes this into account, with a base designed to promote proper drainage.

Aggregate Base

Stone is applied on top of the subgrade (ground) to aid in drainage and create a properly constructed surface. It is essential that the aggregate be set up and compacted to the correct depths. For golf operations, a second shaping aggregate is added to forge undulations and breaks.


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


Essential to the turf system, infill is made up of rounded washed silica. Infill gives ballast, helps drainage, and immediately 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.

Watch this installation video to learn how we determine the correct infill layers and synthetic green surface for your situation.

Trying to find a product where a chip shot will land, bounce, roll, stop, and react as realistically to a real golf green as possible?

Residential putting greens differ a lot from standard lawn turf. Base work, cup placement, undulations, and turf selections are all important features of an artificial golf green that adds value to your game, your family, and your home, all while lowering 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 authentic 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 an ideal option for more regularity, predictability and even aids in preventing injuries generated by uneven playing surfaces. Although created with golf in mind, this long-lasting, high-quality turf can also be installed at heavy-traffic points like playgrounds and recreational areas.

The alliance with Southwest Greens and Nicklaus Design started in 2004 and has grown considerably over the years in both design and turf technology. All customers can enjoy custom-designed golf greens installed by certified Southwest Greens dealers. Now everyone can take part in 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 rigorous aim of any putting surface. Playability that is so real, you will think you’re playing out on the local course. It’s easily the best turf on the planet, and you can even find it at Southwest Greens Northern CA West.

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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