March 22, 2021

Your guide to understand the significance of bounce on artificial turf.

Natural Bounce — Why It Matters

Picture this. You are perfecting your chip shot, and the artificial putting green you are setting up on will just not receive the ball properly. It doesn’t matter how good the shot is, the ball bounces and rolls off the green. As a passionate golfer, you crave a putting green that plays like natural.

Quality synthetic golf green characteristics should include these top reactions:

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

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

If these key elements aren’t a part of the green, how could you possibly 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 mirror natural greens.

Test methods were created to establish what variables actually influence performance. Spin, firmness, and bounce were evaluated by applying a blend of GSGA and proprietary testing procedures. These tests replicate common 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 assess the surface interaction to grasp how the friction of the surface affects ball spin will translate to performance.

The Southwest Greens Difference

At Southwest Greens Vancouver (Second Generation Landscapes), we have perfected the art of installation to give you the best playing surface available. Here is how we build our turfs:


Taking into account where you live, the ground may range from sand to clay and rock. Accurately installed synthetic turf takes this into account, with a base created 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 uses, a second shaping aggregate is added to forge undulations and breaks.


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


Essential to the turf system, infill is made up 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 see how we decide on 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 realistically to a real golf green as possible?

Residential putting greens vary significantly from standard 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 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 authentic playing surface available on the market today. Our artificial turf is a fine choice for more regularity, predictability and even helps to prevent injuries caused by uneven playing surfaces. Although designed with golf in mind, this long-lasting, high-quality turf can also be installed at heavy-traffic areas like playgrounds and recreational areas.

The partnership with Southwest Greens and Nicklaus Design started in 2004 and has grown significantly 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 consolidating 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 precise aim of any putting surface. Playability that is so real, you will think you’re playing out on the local course. It’s plainly the best turf on the planet, and you can even find it at Southwest Greens Vancouver (Second Generation Landscapes).

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 find out more about the science.

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