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Clarifying Wedge Bounce in Golf

In the intricate world of golf, mastering the subtleties of wedge bounce can make all the difference in your short game. Bounce, the angle between the club’s leading edge and the sole, plays a pivotal role in how your wedge interacts with different turf conditions.

Standard Bounce (8-12 degrees): The jack-of-all-trades among wedges, standard bounce is versatile for various lies. With a moderate angle, it suits players who encounter a mix of conditions on the course.

Low Bounce (4-8 degrees): For those playing on tight lies or firm surfaces, low bounce wedges are the weapon of choice. The reduced angle helps prevent the club from bouncing too much off of the tight lie (causing thinner shots), allowing for cleaner shots.

High Bounce (more than 12 degrees): Soft turf and bunkers pose no challenge to high bounce wedges. The increased angle prevents the wedge from digging too deep, making them indispensable for players navigating plush fairways or tackling sandy hazards.

Selecting the right wedge bounce is similar to choosing the right tool for the job. Consider your swing style, course conditions, and the shots you frequently encounter. Armed with this knowledge, you can elevate your short game, turning potential challenges into opportunities for success on the golf course. If you are unsure, get in touch with your favourite wedge brand to book a wedge fitting to see which bounces your swing favours.

“Bounce is forgiveness in a wedge. The better the bounce matches your swing type the better your wedge game will be.”
Bob Vokey

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Tyrone Lorusso

Tyrone Lorusso

Parkview Golf Club Head Coach
Class AAA PGA Professional