March 22, 2021

Your manual to comprehending the value of bounce on artificial turf.

Natural Bounce — Why It Matters

Imagine this. You are perfecting your chip shot, and the artificial putting green you are utilizing will just not receive the ball accurately. No matter how accurate the shot is, the ball bounces and flies off the green. As a devoted golfer, you need a putting green that plays like natural.

Top synthetic golf green characteristics should feature 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 perform as naturally as real grass does. From the point your ball collides with the green, you can identify if you’re playing on first-class turf or not. If you’re hitting a chip shot, you should be able to assume it will be taken in by the grass accurately, bounce appropriately, and roll as designed.

If these key elements are missing, how could you possibly correct your putting or chipping uniformity?

The Science Behind Turf Bounce

Southwest Greens has been able to quantify key performance signals. By appreciating what variables affect performance we are able to imitate natural greens.

Test methods were diagnosed to comprehend what variables truly influence performance. Spin, firmness, and bounce were evaluated by employing a combination of GSGA and proprietary testing processes. These tests imitate general 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 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 evaluate the surface interaction to understand how the friction of the surface alters ball spin will translate to performance.

The Southwest Greens Difference

At Southwest Greens East Bay, we have honed the art of installation to give you the best playing surface available. Here’s an example of how we develop our turfs:


Taking into account where you live, the ground may range from sand to clay and rock. Properly 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 help in drainage and create a properly constructed surface. It is essential that the aggregate be constructed and compacted to proper depths. For golf operations, a second shaping aggregate is added to shape 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 preserve the stitches.


Integral to the turf system, infill consists of rounded washed silica. Infill provides ballast, assists with drainage, and immediately impacts the key bounce indicators.

Turf Fiber

Extruded, PP/PE/ Nylon come in a whole host 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 appropriate 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 realistically to a real golf green as possible?

Residential putting greens differ significantly 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 reducing maintenance costs.

Contemplate one of our fan-favorites: Golden Bear Turf

Golden Bear is our premium-grade synthetic turf with the appearance, feel, and bite of genuine grass. It’s the turf chosen by amateurs as well as PGA Tour players for their homes. In other words — it’s the most authentic playing surface for sale on the market today. Our artificial turf is an excellent pick for more regularity, predictability and even aids in preventing accidents brought about by irregular 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 partnership 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 authentic 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 East Bay.

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 learn about the science.

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