If you're around the table after your round and the topic of conversation turns to bounce on wedges (why would it???), you could, like a lot of others, just nod along, not understanding what's going on.
However, this article is going to change all that.
Knowing a little bit about bounce can make a massive difference to you having the right wedges in your bag and ones which work best for you and will improve your enjoyment of the game.
Bouce, a real-life example:
Picture yourself on a stony beach, you're about to skim some stones across the top of the water, and the search begins to find the perfect stone.
The Holy Grail - wide and flat with rounded edges so it will bounce, skip, and skim on the water. There's nothing worse than a stone that digs into the water and sinks on the first skip!
If that all rings a bell, then there's nothing you don't already know about the bounce in wedges, the theory is pretty much the same.
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What does bounce do?
When you hit a golf shot with your wedge, you don't want it to get stuck in the ground. At the moment of impact, you want your wedge to come down and bounce gently under the ball so that the grass or the turf doesn't snag up or slow your clubhead.
How much bounce do you need?
So bounce is your friend as it were and on the face of it, it looks like the more bounce you have on your wedges, the easier they will be to hit? In general, that is true.
But if you think of all the shots you can hit with your wedges; there are loads? Long ones, short ones, flop shots up high in the air, bunker shots, ones that are nipped off tightly mown grass and stop quickly.
Add to this all the different course conditions - hard links ground courses, parkland courses, soft and squelchy wet courses in winter, courses with lush grass, courses with tight grass.
Depending on the courses you play and the shots you like to play with your wedges, sometimes having more or less bounce is advantageous.
Yes, for the average club player having wedges with lots of bounce, say 7 to 10-degrees, will work.
If you play a lot in soft wet conditions or tend to dig the club in the ground or chunk the ball with your wedges, you could choose wedges with even more bounce.
But say for instance your regular course is a links course, hard ground, lots of roll, you don't want your wedge to bounce too much off the hard ground, the clubhead could bounce up off the ground causing you to skull your ball!! In that case, you might choose a low bounce wedge, maybe 4 to 6 degrees.
Lots of Tour professionals also use low bounce wedges, because they are so skilful they are able to pick the ball cleanly off pretty much any surface and don't really need the help that bounce gives.
So that's the basics of bounce - think skimming stones, and you're on a winner.
If you're ready to delve a little deeper in the terminology of wedges, there's also a thing called grind. You can learn all about that here.
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