March 22, 2021

Your guide to comprehending the relevance of bounce on artificial turf.

Natural Bounce — Why It Matters

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

Worthy synthetic golf green characteristics should include these top reactions:

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

The vital idea here is to have the artificial turf behave as uniformly as real grass does. From the moment your ball lands on the green, you can identify if you’re playing on top-notch turf or not. If you’re hitting a chip shot, you should be able to conclude it will be taken in by the grass accurately, bounce properly, and roll as intended.

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

The Science Behind Turf Bounce

Southwest Greens has been able to assess key performance signals. By acknowledging what variables affect performance we are able to replicate natural greens.

Test methods were identified to comprehend what variables truly influence performance. Spin, firmness, and bounce were evaluated by employing a combination of GSGA and proprietary testing techniques. These tests reflect typical 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 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 grasp how the friction of the surface affects ball spin will translate to performance.

The Southwest Greens Difference

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


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

Aggregate Base

Stone is applied on top of the subgrade (ground) to assist in drainage and allow for a properly constructed surface. It is imperative that the aggregate be formed and compacted to the right depths. For golf operations, a second shaping aggregate is added to create undulations and breaks.


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


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

Check out this installation video to learn how we determine the proper 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 naturally to a real golf green as possible?

Residential putting greens diverge quite a bit from traditional 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.

Contemplate 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 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 helps to prevent accidents generated by bumpy playing surfaces. Although constructed with golf in mind, this long-lasting, high-quality turf can also be installed at heavy-traffic locations like playgrounds and recreational areas.

The partnership with Southwest Greens and Nicklaus Design commenced in 2004 and has evolved considerably 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 integrating professional design, installation, and Golden Bear exclusive turf products.

Golden Bear Turf is the best 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 can even find it at Southwest Greens of Michigan.

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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