March 22, 2021

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

Natural Bounce — Why It Matters

Visualize this. You are practicing your chip shot, and the artificial putting green you are using will just not receive the ball correctly. Regardless how perfect the shot is, the ball bounces and rolls off the green. As a devoted golfer, you need 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 fundamental fact here is to have the artificial turf behave as naturally as real grass does. From the impact when your ball hits the green, you can see if you’re playing on top-notch turf or not. If you’re hitting a chip shot, you should be able to assume it will be accepted by the grass properly, bounce appropriately, and roll as intended.

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

The Science Behind Turf Bounce

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

Test methods were diagnosed to comprehend what variables actually impact performance. Spin, firmness, and bounce were evaluated utilizing a mixture of GSGA and proprietary testing procedures. 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 simulates 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 of Eastern Washington, we have perfected the art of installation to offer the best playing surface attainable. Here is how we build our turfs:


Taking into account the place where you live, the land 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 aid in drainage and allow for a perfectly constructed surface. It is essential that the aggregate be created and compacted to valid depths. For golf uses, a second shaping aggregate is added to shape 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 protect the stitches.


intrinsic to the turf system, infill is made up of rounded washed silica. Infill gives ballast, assists with drainage, and directly 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 understand how we figure out the appropriate 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 diverge quite a bit from traditional 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 downsizing 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 simple terms — it’s the most authentic playing surface available on the market today. Our artificial turf is an excellent pick for more regularity, predictability and even helps to prevent accidents caused by bumpy playing surfaces. Although constructed 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 began in 2004 and has expanded 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 experience best-in-class consolidating 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 top-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 plainly the best turf on the planet, and you can even find it at Southwest Greens of Eastern Washington.

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 find out more about the science.

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