March 22, 2021

Your manual to appreciating the significance 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 using will just not receive the ball properly. Regardless how good the shot is, the ball bounces and flies off the green. As a fervent golfer, you want a putting green that plays like natural.

Top synthetic golf green characteristics should include these top reactions:

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

The important idea here is to have the artificial turf react as uniformly as real grass does. From the point your ball lands on the green, you can observe 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 properly, and roll as intended.

If these key elements are missing, how could you possibly improve your putting or chipping uniformity?

The Science Behind Turf Bounce

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

Test methods were created to understand what variables actually affect performance. Spin, firmness, and bounce were assessed by employing a blend of GSGA and proprietary testing techniques. These tests replicate general 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 assess 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 Metro New York, we have refined the art of installation to provide you with the best playing surface possible. Here’s an example of how we develop our turfs:


Depending upon the place where you live, the land may vary from sand to clay and rock. Accurately installed synthetic turf takes this into account, with a base designed to aid proper drainage.

Aggregate Base

Stone is placed on top of the subgrade (ground) to assist in drainage and provide a properly constructed surface. It is essential that the aggregate be formed and compacted to valid depths. For golf uses, a second shaping aggregate is added to build undulations and breaks.


Artificial turf is made by sewing the fiber through two layers of backing. The backing, in turn, is covered with high-grade polyurethane to preserve the stitches.


Essential to the turf system, infill consists of rounded washed silica. Infill implements 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.

Check out this installation video to learn 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 close to a real golf green as possible?

Residential putting greens vary 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 reducing 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 authentic grass. It’s the turf selected by amateurs as well as PGA Tour players for their homes. In other words — it’s the most accurate playing surface available on the market today. Our artificial turf is a great option for more regularity, predictability and even aids in preventing injuries generated by uneven 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 commenced in 2004 and has evolved 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 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 accurate aim of any putting surface. Playability that is so real, you will think you’re playing golf on an official course. It’s plainly the best turf on the planet, and you can even find it at Southwest Greens of Metro New York.

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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