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Bounce in wedges?

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When you guys mention different degrees of bounce in wedges what does that mean? I have a gap, sand, and lob in my bag and all three play well for me but I have no idea what bounce any of them have? Can you guys explain?
post #2 of 5
Originally Posted by Finn07
When you guys mention different degrees of bounce in wedges what does that mean? I have a gap, sand, and lob in my bag and all three play well for me but I have no idea what bounce any of them have? Can you guys explain?
Bounce is the angle the bottom of the club hangs down from level to the ground at address.

Sandwedges usually have the most bounce, this keeps them from digging in too far, where a PW with less bounce will just dig in and not get the ball out of the sand.

The more angle or bounce, the more the club will bounce off the ground toward the ball. But of course it depends on the ground.

The extra bounce on a SW when hitting from a hard pack/wet sand lie, is why they can be hard to hit. If you hit behind the ball it will bounce up and skull the ball, a PW with less bounce will dig in a little before it bounces and still hit the ball solid.
post #3 of 5
Yep,

Bounce can either help you or hurt you. It also depends on your swing and how you hit your shots. I prefer low bounce wedges cause I tend to sweep the ball and I play alot of hard sand and grass.
post #4 of 5
Cleveland Golf's website can answer a lot of your questions.

http://clevelandgolf.com/proshop/wedges/tech_info.php
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Sand wedges have more bounce because the extra material on the back of the sole helps the club power through the sand, like the keel of a boat. That's why wedges like the old Alien wedge or the newer MacGregor EZOut are popular with golfers that struggle with the sand: All that extra metal on the bottom of the club keeps the club moving through the sand even if you hit too far behind the ball. Pros, on the other hand, prefer less bounce because they're good at picking the ball more cleanly out of the sand, and because less bounce means more versatility in hitting the club off tight fairway lies.

Like Paco wrote, the Cleveland site has lots of good info on this.
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