March 22, 2021

Your guide to comprehending the value 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 playing on will just not receive the ball properly. Regardless how accurate the shot is, the ball bounces and rolls off the green. As a passionate golfer, you desire a putting green that plays like natural.

Quality synthetic golf green characteristics should consist of these priority reactions:

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

The vital idea here is to have the artificial turf behave as naturally as real grass does. From the moment your ball collides with the green, you can tell 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 accepted by the grass accurately, bounce appropriately, and roll as designed.

If these key elements aren’t a part of the green, how could you conceivably better your putting or chipping regularity?

The Science Behind Turf Bounce

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

Test methods were identified to understand what variables truly impact performance. Spin, firmness, and bounce were quantified by employing a mixture of GSGA and proprietary testing techniques. 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 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 assess the surface interaction to see how the friction of the surface alters ball spin will translate to performance.

The Southwest Greens Difference

At Southwest Greens of Atlanta, we have perfected the art of installation to give you the best playing surface available. This is how we create our turfs:


Depending upon the area you live, the earth may vary from sand to clay and rock. Suitably installed synthetic turf accounts for this, with a base designed to promote proper drainage.

Aggregate Base

Stone is applied on top of the subgrade (ground) to aid in drainage and create a properly constructed surface. It is imperative that the aggregate be formed and compacted to the correct depths. For golf uses, a second shaping aggregate is added to shape undulations and breaks.


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


Integral to the turf system, infill consists of rounded washed silica. Infill implements ballast, assists with 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.

Take a look at this installation video to understand how we determine 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 close to a real golf green as possible?

Residential putting greens vary a lot from typical 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 real grass. It’s the turf preferred by amateurs as well as PGA Tour players for their homes. In other words — it’s the most precise playing surface for sale on the market today. Our artificial turf is an excellent option for more regularity, predictability and even helps to prevent 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 areas like playgrounds and recreational areas.

The alliance with Southwest Greens and Nicklaus Design commenced in 2004 and has grown greatly 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 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 top-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 putting on the real thing. It’s easily the best turf on the planet, and you will find it at Southwest Greens of Atlanta.

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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