Originally Posted by godov
If I was to buy a 60º wedge, what would be the recommended bounce?
I really don't get the concept of bounce, but what would you say it's easier to play?
Okay, I've seen the responses, and some of them are traditional.
Tight conditions = low bounce
Lush conditions = high bounce
It's NOT that simple.
A guy who digs, traps (makes a nice divot) will not like a low bounce wedge, no matter what the conditions. In fact, most newbies won't like a low bounce wedge - why? Because it's relatively unforgiving. It won't glide (bounce helps with gliding) along the ground if you hit it a bit fat, if you come in aggressively with low bounce, you will stick that club in the ground before the ball and get nothing from the shot, whereas a higher bounce wedge will glide along the ground.
What I look for is a medium sole width, as opposed to thin or wide and high bounce AND relief (grinding away of) at the heel, toe, and trailing edge. I also look for relief upfront (towards the leading edge) so the leading edge sits low to the ground - so when the clubhead hits turf it acts like a low bounce wedge in getting under the ball, and then the high bounce takes over so the clubhead does not get stuck in the ground - the bounce helps to get it out of the divot you've created.
You see this in Edel Wedges - www.edelgolf.com Go to wedges and look at the various grind pics.
Your ideal bounce depends on your swing and how your wedge and your swing interact with the turf -- I spent about 10 years looking for a wedge that fit me -- finally I went to Edel for a custom fit.
At retail, you also see a low leading edge, moderate bounce in the new Callaway MacDaddy 2 Wedges - look at the Phil Grind (U Grind) - according to Roger Cleveland, the designer, it has low bounce up front, and then the bounce takes over (see that funky grind at the bottom). That sole is a bit chunky for me -- too wide, and it doesn't have sufficient bounce (10). I would be more likely to look at their C Grind with 14 of bounce, but would have to see how its leading edge sits on the ground.
Hope this helps - good luck.