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WHAT IS BOUNCE IN GOLF?

In layman’s terms what the pros mean by ” bounce” on the wedge?

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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 simple definition of bounce explains the rationale behind the “bounce on a club. Bounce helps glide the front edge of the club face between the ball and the ground or put another way, the wedge bounces off the ground into the ball, in turn, creating crisp and clean contact.

It’s been said that selecting the right bounce with your wedge is crucial. 

The following is a guide of relationship of bounce to a Golfsmith wedge, and although not 100% accurate, it helps to understand 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

Bounce is important to improving your short game. Understanding which bounce works best for you will help lower your scores.

 

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