March 22, 2021

Your manual to understand the importance of bounce on artificial turf.

Natural Bounce — Why It Matters

Visualize this. You are working on your chip shot, and the artificial putting green you are playing on will just not receive the ball properly. No matter how precise the shot is, the ball bounces and flies off the green. As a passionate golfer, you want a putting green that plays like natural.

Excellent synthetic golf green characteristics should feature these priority reactions:

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

The important idea here is to have the artificial turf act as normally as real grass does. From the moment your ball lands on the green, you can tell if you’re playing on first-class turf or not. If you’re hitting a chip shot, you should be able to conclude it will be accepted by the grass properly, bounce appropriately, and roll as planned.

If these key elements aren’t present, how could you conceivably better your putting or chipping uniformity?

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 mirror natural greens.

Test methods were recognized to establish what variables actually impact performance. Spin, firmness, and bounce were assessed by employing a combination of GSGA and proprietary testing methods. These tests reflect common shot and surface interactions.

Bounce Test-

  1. Tru Firm Measures, the displacement of the surface to see how surface influences 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 gauge the surface interaction to grasp how the friction of the surface affects ball spin will translate to performance.

The Southwest Greens Difference

At Southwest Greens Flagstaff, we have refined the art of installation to give you the best playing surface conceivable. This is how we create our turfs:


Taking into account the place where you live, the earth may range from sand to clay and rock. Accurately installed synthetic turf accounts for this, with a base developed to facilitate proper drainage.

Aggregate Base

Stone is used on top of the subgrade (ground) to help in drainage and provide a properly constructed surface. It is essential that the aggregate be created and compacted to the correct depths. For golf uses, a second shaping aggregate is added to forge undulations and breaks.


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


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

Turf Fiber

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

Take a look at this installation video to discover how we determine the correct infill layers and synthetic green surface for your situation.

On the search for 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 diverge significantly from typical lawn turf. Base work, cup placement, undulations, and turf selections are all crucial 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 natural grass. It’s the turf chosen by amateurs as well as PGA Tour players for their homes. In other words — it’s the most accurate playing surface for sale on the market today. Our artificial turf is an ideal choice for more regularity, predictability and even aids in preventing accidents caused by irregular playing surfaces. Although created with golf in mind, this long-lasting, high-quality turf can also be installed at heavy-traffic areas like playgrounds and recreational areas.

The alliance with Southwest Greens and Nicklaus Design commenced in 2004 and has grown greatly 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 consolidating professional design, installation, and Golden Bear exclusive turf products.

Golden Bear Turf is the ultimate 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 precise aim of any putting surface. Playability that is so real, you will think you’re playing golf on an official course. It’s easily the best turf on the planet, and you will find it at Southwest Greens Flagstaff.

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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