“Can you explain to me in layman’s terms what the pros mean by ” bounce” on the wedge?” This is a great question from Clint, an avid reader of The Grateful Golfer. It is a question I have struggled with over the years, but I think I finally have a grip on the answer.
As defined by me in layman’s terms,
Bounce helps ensure solid contact between the club face and the ball by preventing the front bottom edge of the club head from digging into the ground.
This, of course is an overly simplified definition of bounce, however it explains the rationale behind bounce on a club. Bounce helps glide the front edge of the club face between the ball and the ground or in essence, the wedge bounces off the ground into the ball, thus creating crisp and clean contact.
After some research, I found that selecting the right bounce with your wedge is very important. The following is an overview of bounce and you can hit the links if you want a more detailed definition.
The following is a guide of relationship of bounce to a wedge from Golfsmith. It is not definitive, but illustrates the bounce associated on different clubs:
- Lob Wedge – 0 to 10 degrees
- Pitching Wedge – 2 to 5 degrees
- Gap Wedge – 5 to 12 degrees
- Sand Wedge – 10 to 16 degrees
Low Bounce – 0 to 8°
- Ideal for shots from tight lies, wet sand and firm turf conditions
- Perfect for players who have shallow attack angle through impact
- Low bounce wedges are typically found in pitching and gap wedges
- Used for longer approach shots
- Good for lower handicap players looking to put spin on the ball
Medium Bounce – 8° to 14°
- The best all-around for all types of conditions
- Most versatile for most swings
- Used by any handicap player
High Bounce – 14° to 18°
- Designed for play out of soft turf and light sand
- High bounce wedges do not mean higher lofts
- High Bounce wedges are a good choice for players with a steep attack angle in their swing
- More challenging to use
- Designed for lower handicap players
For those who would prefer watching a video:
I never paid much attention to bounce over the years and as a result, I bought clubs that did not work for my game. Now that I understand bounce, I gravitate towards the low to medium bounce on my wedges; this decision factors in my swing and the general course conditions in my area.
For those interested what is in my bag:
- Titleist Vokey Wedge – 52° Gap Wedge with 8° bounce
- Titleist Vokey Wedge – 56° Sand Wedge with 11° bounce
- Titleist Vokey Wedge – 60° Lob Wedge with 7° bounce
Bounce is important to improving your short game. Understanding which bounce works best for you game will help lower your scores. Thanks to Clint for the question, I hope this helps.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!