March 22, 2021

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

Natural Bounce — Why It Matters

Visualize 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 travels off the green. As a passionate golfer, you desire a putting green that plays like natural.

Top synthetic golf green characteristics should feature these top reactions:

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

The key here is to have the artificial turf perform as naturally as real grass does. From the moment your ball collides with the green, you can tell if you’re playing on really good turf or not. If you’re hitting a chip shot, you should be able to conclude it will be taken in by the grass correctly, bounce appropriately, and roll as planned.

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

The Science Behind Turf Bounce

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

Test methods were created to understand what variables actually affect performance. Spin, firmness, and bounce were assessed utilizing a merger of GSGA and proprietary testing procedures. These tests imitate common 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 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 gauge the surface interaction to understand how the friction of the surface influences ball spin will translate to performance.

The Southwest Greens Difference

At Southwest Greens of Illinois, we have refined the art of installation to give you the best playing surface attainable. Here’s an example of how we develop our turfs:


Taking into account the place where you live, the ground may vary from sand to clay and rock. Suitably installed synthetic turf accounts for this, with a base designed to facilitate proper drainage.

Aggregate Base

Stone is applied on top of the subgrade (ground) to help in drainage and allow for a perfectly constructed surface. It is important that the aggregate be formed and compacted to the right depths. For golf uses, 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 covered with high-grade polyurethane to safeguard the stitches.


Integral to the turf system, infill is made up of rounded washed silica. Infill provides ballast, aids drainage, and immediately 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.

Watch 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 close to a real golf green as possible?

Residential putting greens differ a lot 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 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 natural grass. It’s the turf preferred 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 an ideal option for more regularity, predictability and even helps to prevent injuries caused by uneven 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 alliance with Southwest Greens and Nicklaus Design commenced in 2004 and has expanded significantly 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 high-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 plainly the best turf on the planet, and you can even find it at Southwest Greens of Illinois.

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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