March 22, 2021

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

Natural Bounce — Why It Matters

Envision this. You are perfecting your chip shot, and the artificial putting green you are setting up on will just not receive the ball correctly. Regardless how accurate the shot is, the ball bounces and travels off the green. As an avid golfer, you desire a putting green that plays like natural.

Excellent synthetic golf green characteristics should include these priority 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 naturally as real grass does. From the second your ball lands on the green, you can tell if you’re playing on superior turf or not. If you’re hitting a chip shot, you should be able to expect it will be accepted by the grass correctly, bounce appropriately, and roll as expected.

If these key elements aren’t present, how could you conceivably correct your putting or chipping regularity?

The Science Behind Turf Bounce

Southwest Greens has been able to evaluate key performance signals. By understanding what variables affect performance we are able to replicate natural greens.

Test methods were identified to establish what variables actually impact performance. Spin, firmness, and bounce were appraised by applying a mixture of GSGA and proprietary testing methods. These tests reflect common shot and surface interactions.

Bounce Test-

  1. Tru Firm Measures, the displacement of the surface to see how surface affects energy transfer.
  2. Bounce. Proprietary device that replicates 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 Asheville, we have honed the art of installation to provide you with the best playing surface conceivable. This is how we create our turfs:


Taking into account the area you live, the landscape may vary from sand to clay and rock. Properly installed synthetic turf takes this into account, with a base designed to facilitate proper drainage.

Aggregate Base

Stone is applied on top of the subgrade (ground) to aid in drainage and create a perfectly constructed surface. It is vital that the aggregate be set up and compacted to valid depths. For golf uses, a second shaping aggregate is added to shape 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 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 a whole host of constructions, colors, and lengths. Materials and product construction directly impact the surface interaction with the golf ball.

Check out this installation video to understand how we decide on 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 naturally to a real golf green as possible?

Residential putting greens diverge 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 downsizing maintenance costs.

Contemplate 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 chosen 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 an ideal choice for more regularity, predictability and even helps to prevent accidents brought about by uneven playing surfaces. Although created 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 began in 2004 and has expanded 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 take part in best-in-class integrating 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 precise aim of any putting surface. Playability that is so real, you will think you’re putting on the real thing. It’s easily the best turf on the planet, and you can even find it at Southwest Greens of Asheville.

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 find out more about the science.

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