Originally Posted by TJBam
mvmac & golfingdad:
I concede!! However, I have always read that lower bounce is better off of fairways and flat lies. This advice has worked for me. My lob has 4* bounce and it's very sturdy from the fairway onto the green. Different strokes for different folks.
I guess our conclusion here is that the OP needs to read all of the posts and make up his mind.
(OP keep in mind however that of the two players that disagree with me, one is a pro instructor and one has a much lower handicap than myself.. )
We're not saying that you cannot hit good shots with a wedge with low bounce by any means. Like I said, even clubs with high bounce - when being used for 'normal' shots, not pitch shots - are not going to be using that bounce when the hands are forward. So you certainly can hit good shots from the fairway with low bounce, but there is less room for error.
Your lob wedge, with 4 degrees of bounce, is practically a knife edge ... so think about what would happen IF you hit the ground 1/8", 1/4", 1/2" behind the ball. On the other hand, if you have more bounce, the club will have more of a tendency to glide along the ground some, rather than slicing right through, and your "fat" shots will be a lot less fat.
For thin shots it makes little difference. I say 'little' instead of 'no' difference, because when you know that your club isn't going to dig into the ground if you hit a little behind the ball, you can "cheat" that direction a little more and then, consequently, you will be less apt to hit it thin. :)
All in all, bounce is good. I would bet that you could add another 4, 6 or more degrees of bounce to your lob wedge and you'd still be able to hit the same good shots you already hit with it, along with a few others.