By Ronny Glanton, Sherrill Park
The angle created between your
wedges’ leading edges and the lowest point of the soles of the trailing edges
is called the “bounce.” This is the area of the club that hits through the
ground as the clubface contacts the ball. The greater the wedge bounce degree,
the higher the leading edge is off the surface at address.
In general, low bounce wedges have an angle between 4-6
degrees and are ideal for firm turf conditions and bunkers with harder or
coarse sand. Mid bounce wedge angles range between 7-10 degrees and are good
choices for firm to normal turf and bunker sand. High bounce wedges, those with
angles greater than 10 degrees, are designed for softer turf and bunker sand.
Having the proper bounce for your wedges – ones that match your swing
type and course conditions – is essential for achieving optimal contact
and ball spin. Consult with your local PGA Professional for a fitting to ensure
you’ve got the correct bounce configuration for best results from around the
Ronny Glanton has spent the past 35 years as Head Professional at
Sherrill Park Golf Course in Richardson. In 2020, he was recognized as the PGA
of America’s Golf Professional of the Year, the organization’s highest annual
honor awarded for leadership and longstanding service to the game of golf. For
more tips from Ronny Glanton and the entire teaching staff at Sherill Park GC, click here.