March 22, 2021

Your manual to understand the value of bounce on artificial turf.

Natural Bounce — Why It Matters

Envision this. You are practicing your chip shot, and the artificial putting green you are utilizing will just not receive the ball accurately. No matter how good the shot is, the ball bounces and flies off the green. As an avid golfer, you want a putting green that plays like natural.

Worthy 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 impact when your ball hits the green, you can witness if you’re playing on first-class 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 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 uniformity?

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 mirror natural greens.

Test methods were diagnosed to comprehend what variables actually impact performance. Spin, firmness, and bounce were quantified by applying a mixture of GSGA and proprietary testing methods. These tests reflect normal 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 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 comprehend how the friction of the surface influences ball spin will translate to performance.

The Southwest Greens Difference

At Southwest Greens of Austin, we have perfected the art of installation to provide you with the best playing surface attainable. This is how we create our turfs:


Taking into account the area you live, the soil may range from sand to clay and rock. Properly installed synthetic turf takes this into account, with a base developed to promote proper drainage.

Aggregate Base

Stone is placed on top of the subgrade (ground) to help in drainage and create a properly constructed surface. It is essential that the aggregate be constructed and compacted to proper depths. For golf applications, a second shaping aggregate is added to create 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 secure the stitches.


intrinsic to the turf system, infill is made up of rounded washed silica. Infill gives ballast, aids drainage, and directly 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 see how we figure out the appropriate infill layers and synthetic green surface for your situation.

On the search 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 vary a lot from standard lawn turf. Base work, cup placement, undulations, and turf selections are all important features of an artificial golf green that adds value to your game, your family, and your home, all while reducing 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 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 authentic playing surface available on the market today. Our artificial turf is a fine option for more regularity, predictability and even aids in preventing accidents brought about by irregular playing surfaces. Although constructed 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 grown appreciably 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 experience best-in-class incorporating professional design, installation, and Golden Bear exclusive turf products.

Golden Bear Turf is the best 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 rigorous aim of any putting surface. Playability that is so real, you will think you’re playing golf on an official course. It’s easily the best turf on the planet, and you can even find it at Southwest Greens of Austin.

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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