March 22, 2021

Your handbook to understand 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 utilizing will just not receive the ball properly. Regardless how perfect the shot is, the ball bounces and flies off the green. As an avid golfer, you need a putting green that plays like natural.

Excellent synthetic golf green characteristics should feature these priority reactions:

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

The essential point here is to have the artificial turf react as naturally as real grass does. From the impact when your ball hits 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 assume it will be taken in by the grass properly, bounce properly, and roll as intended.

If these key elements aren’t present, how could you conceivably better 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 duplicate natural greens.

Test methods were recognized to comprehend what variables really impact performance. Spin, firmness, and bounce were appraised utilizing a combination of GSGA and proprietary testing procedures. These tests reflect general 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 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 see how the friction of the surface influences ball spin will translate to performance.

The Southwest Greens Difference

At Southwest Greens of Houston, we have refined the art of installation to provide you with the best playing surface conceivable. Here’s an example of how we develop our turfs:


Depending upon where you live, the earth may change from sand to clay and rock. Properly installed synthetic turf takes this into account, with a base created to facilitate proper drainage.

Aggregate Base

Stone is applied on top of the subgrade (ground) to assist in drainage and allow for a perfectly constructed surface. It is essential that the aggregate be set up and compacted to the right depths. For golf operations, a second shaping aggregate is added to forge 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 secure the stitches.


intrinsic to the turf system, infill consists 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 discover how we figure out the appropriate infill layers and synthetic green surface for your situation.

Looking for a product where a chip shot will land, bounce, roll, stop, and react as realistically 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 critical features of an artificial golf green that adds value to your game, your family, and your home, all while shrinking 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 natural grass. It’s the turf chosen by amateurs as well as PGA Tour players for their homes. In simple terms — it’s the most accurate playing surface available on the market today. Our artificial turf is a great choice for more regularity, predictability and even aids in preventing accidents caused 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 began in 2004 and has grown 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 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 out on the local course. It’s simply the best turf on the planet, and you will find it at Southwest Greens of Houston.

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 know more about the science.

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