Golf Equipment 101: The Beauty of Bounce
A participant hits his shot during the 2022 National Car Rental Assistant PGA Professional Championship at PGA Golf Club on Friday, November 18, 2022 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. (Photo by Austen Amacker/PGA of America)
leading edge is off the surface. The angle of that gap is the “bounce angle.” The more your
leading edge is raised off the ground, the larger the bounce angle. The more bounce your club has, the better chance it will help you plow through trouble. Although all clubs have some bounce, this discussion is about the bounce angle of your wedges.
- Even though you may play on tight sandy soils all the time (Florida, Arizona, New Mexico, etc.), the benefit of bounce in bunkers and the rough cannot be understated.
- How much bounce am I using now in my wedge(s)? Most wedges list the bounce
angle after the loft. If your wedge says 56-12, that wedge has 56 degrees of loft and 12
degrees of bounce. Anything over 10 degrees of bounce is considered a high bounce
- If bounce is good, why would I want less bounce? Golfers who play on very firm turf
conditions such as Florida and Arizona might want less bounce. It is tougher to hit the
ball when it is sitting down on a firm surface with a high bounce club. A better short
game player hitting off tight Bermudagrass lies in the south might want less bounce. The
leading edge will sit closer to the ground and allow the player to slide under the ball
- Why is bounce helpful? In the bunker your trailing edge encounters the sand before
the leading edge. When that happens, the larger your bounce angle, the better the club
will displace sand and help you lift the ball.
- Does my angle of attack on the ball help decide what bounce I should use? Yes.
Ask your PGA Coach if you have a steep or shallow angle of attack. The steeper it is,
the more bounce you should employ.