March 22, 2021

Your guide to understand the importance 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 using will just not receive the ball correctly. No matter how good the shot is, the ball bounces and rolls off the green. As a fervent golfer, you crave a putting green that plays like natural.

Excellent synthetic golf green characteristics should include 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 behave as naturally as real grass does. From the impact when your ball strikes the green, you can identify if you’re playing on first-class 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 are missing, how could you conceivably correct your putting or chipping regularity?

The Science Behind Turf Bounce

Southwest Greens has been able to quantify key performance indicators. By appreciating what variables affect performance we are able to replicate natural greens.

Test methods were identified to establish what variables actually influence performance. Spin, firmness, and bounce were quantified by applying a blend of GSGA and proprietary testing procedures. These tests replicate normal 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 quantify the surface interaction to comprehend how the friction of the surface affects ball spin will translate to performance.

The Southwest Greens Difference

At Southwest Greens of Western Canada, we have honed the art of installation to give you the best playing surface available. Here’s an example of how we develop our turfs:


Depending upon the place where you live, the earth may change from sand to clay and rock. Accurately installed synthetic turf accounts for this, with a base created to aid proper drainage.

Aggregate Base

Stone is applied on top of the subgrade (ground) to assist in drainage and create a perfectly constructed surface. It is vital that the aggregate be created and compacted to the right depths. For golf operations, a second shaping aggregate is added to shape 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 protect the stitches.


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

Take a look at this installation video to see how we figure out the correct 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 diverge significantly 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 downsizing maintenance costs.

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

Golden Bear is our premium-grade synthetic turf with the look, feel, and bite of natural grass. It’s the turf preferred by amateurs as well as PGA Tour players for their homes. In simple terms — it’s the most precise playing surface for sale on the market today. Our artificial turf is a fine option for more regularity, predictability and even aids in preventing injuries brought about by irregular playing surfaces. Although designed 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 commenced 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 incorporating 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 golf on an official course. It’s simply the best turf on the planet, and you will find it at Southwest Greens of Western Canada.

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 know more about the science.

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