March 22, 2021

Your handbook to comprehending the importance of bounce on artificial turf.

Natural Bounce — Why It Matters

Imagine this. You are practicing your chip shot, and the artificial putting green you are using will just not receive the ball properly. It doesn’t matter how good the shot is, the ball bounces and rolls off the green. As a devoted golfer, you desire a putting green that plays like natural.

Quality 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 perform as normally as real grass does. From the second your ball collides with the green, you can witness if you’re playing on really good turf or not. If you’re hitting a chip shot, you should be able to expect it will be received by the grass accurately, bounce properly, and roll as expected.

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

The Science Behind Turf Bounce

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

Test methods were diagnosed to comprehend what variables truly impact performance. Spin, firmness, and bounce were quantified using a merger of GSGA and proprietary testing procedures. These tests reflect general 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 imitates 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 quantify the surface interaction to grasp how the friction of the surface alters ball spin will translate to performance.

The Southwest Greens Difference

At Southwest Greens of Tucson, we have refined the art of installation to offer the best playing surface possible. Here’s an example of how we develop our turfs:


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

Aggregate Base

Stone is applied on top of the subgrade (ground) to help in drainage and provide a perfectly constructed surface. It is important that the aggregate be set up and compacted to proper depths. For golf operations, a second shaping aggregate is added to build undulations and breaks.


Artificial turf is developed 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 is made up of rounded washed silica. Infill yields ballast, helps drainage, and immediately 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.

Take a look at this installation video to see how we figure out 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 naturally to a real golf green as possible?

Residential putting greens differ a lot 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.

Take a look at one of our fan-favorites: Golden Bear Turf

Golden Bear is our premium-grade synthetic turf with the appearance, feel, and bite of authentic grass. It’s the turf preferred by amateurs as well as PGA Tour players for their homes. In simple terms — it’s the most accurate playing surface available on the market today. Our artificial turf is an excellent pick for more regularity, predictability and even helps to prevent injuries 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 started in 2004 and has grown greatly 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 take part in best-in-class integrating 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 authentic aim of any putting surface. Playability that is so real, you will think you’re putting on the real thing. It’s plainly the best turf on the planet, and you can even find it at Southwest Greens of Tucson.

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 know more about the science.

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