So, you are shopping for a new wedge and are confused by all these bounce numbers floating around? That is completely understandable.
Between bounce angles and different grinds (a topic for another time) there are plenty of confusing options. Today we will try to simplify the process for you!
Definition of Bounce Angle
The textbook definition according to Titleist is “The angle created between the leading edge and the lowest point of the sole or trailing edge”. Sadly, that does not exactly make things crystal clear. What does that definition mean? A good way to think about it is that a hypothetical 0-degree bounce would equate to a hard 90-degree edge on the leading edge of your wedge. It would not be a smooth leading edge but a knifelike corner that would dig into the ground horribly.
Clearly, sharp corners on the edge of a golf club are bad. Therefore, manufacturers remove or add material to create a more rounded edge that slides much better over grass, sand, and dirt. The angle at which that bottom edge contacts the ground is called the “bounce angle”. The higher the bounce angle, the more gradual that leading-edge becomes.
What are the Benefits and High and Low Bounce Angles?
A high bounce angle wedge (more than 10-degrees) has a very gradual sloped leading edge. This makes it ideal for players to typically leave large divots and for slicing through thick
grass and sand. The high bounce angle enables the wedge to slide much easier over obstacles. If you find yourself digging too below the ball in your swing, then a higher bounce wedge will “raise” that sweet spot for you.
Meanwhile, a low bounce angle (less than 6-degrees) wedge will have a sharper leading edge. It is designed for a player that rarely leaves large divots. Low bounce allows a player to make very precise shots.
There are also a range of angles considered “mid bounce” angles. These as you would imagine are in between the benefits and drawbacks of each.
Which One is Right for You?
If you know what type of swing you have, then you can probably make an educated guess as to which bounce angle will work best for you. It is also immensely helpful if there is a facility nearby that allows you to demo a few different angles.