March 22, 2021

Your guide to understand the value 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 precise the shot is, the ball bounces and rolls off the green. As a passionate golfer, you need a putting green that plays like natural.

Quality synthetic golf green characteristics should consist of these priority reactions:

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

The key here is to have the artificial turf behave as naturally as real grass does. From the point your ball hits 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 expect it will be received by the grass correctly, bounce properly, and roll as intended.

If these key elements aren’t a part of the green, how could you possibly improve your putting or chipping regularity?

The Science Behind Turf Bounce

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

Test methods were diagnosed to comprehend what variables genuinely affect performance. Spin, firmness, and bounce were assessed by employing a merger of GSGA and proprietary testing procedures. These tests imitate 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 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 affects ball spin will translate to performance.

The Southwest Greens Difference

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


Depending upon the place where you live, the earth may vary from sand to clay and rock. Properly installed synthetic turf takes this into account, with a base created to facilitate proper drainage.

Aggregate Base

Stone is placed on top of the subgrade (ground) to aid in drainage and allow for a properly constructed surface. It is important that the aggregate be constructed and compacted to the correct depths. For golf uses, a second shaping aggregate is added to establish undulations and breaks.


Artificial turf is built 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, aids drainage, and directly 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.

Check out this installation video to discover how we decide on the proper 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 diverge significantly from typical lawn turf. Base work, cup placement, undulations, and turf selections are all critical features of an artificial golf green that adds value to your game, your family, and your home, all while lowering maintenance costs.

Consider one of our fan-favorites: Golden Bear Turf

Golden Bear is our premium-grade synthetic turf with the look, 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 precise playing surface for sale on the market today. Our artificial turf is a fine pick for more regularity, predictability and even helps to prevent accidents brought about 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 alliance with Southwest Greens and Nicklaus Design began 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 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 top-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 out on the local course. It’s simply the best turf on the planet, and you can even find it at Southwest Greens Ontario.

Our Golden Bear Turf brings you championship-level bounce right in your own backyard. Scientifically developed 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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