What is wedge bounce?

Learn what wedge bounce is and the difference between low, standard, and high bounce golf wedges.

Examples of Low, Standard and High Bounce Angle - primary image
Examples of Low, Standard and High Bounce Angle

What is wedge bounce?

Wedge bounce describes how high the club's leading edge sits when the sole is rested on the ground. The bounce angle is the angle between the flat ground and the club sole surface from the point of contact with the ground to its leading edge.

Wedges come in three kinds of bounce: low, standard, and high.

Low-bounce #

A wedge with a low-bounce angle will have its leading edge sit very close to the ground when it is resting on flat turf. This leads to excellent resistance from digging into the course's playing surface at impact but makes for poor performance when hitting from higher rough or sand.

High-bounce #

A wedge with a high-bounce angle will have its leading edge sit far above the ground and is better for getting the ball out of tight lies and bunkers, but can be more difficult to control when hitting off of flat turf.

Standard-bounce #

A standard-bounce (also known as medium-bounce) wedge falls in between these two extremes. This wedge gives the golfer a good mix of playability from both types of lies while still allowing for superior turf resistance when needed.

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