You hear people talking about bounce and how it applies to wedges. Bounce is the angle created between the sole line of the golf club and the ground. It’s important to understand how bounce works and what degree of bounce fits your game. First thing is to identifying what type of playing conditions you encounter on a regular basis. For those of you who are playing on dry tight surfaces this may require wedges with less bounce, this will allow the club to dig easier in return striking more at the bottom of the ball. The opposite is true for those of you playing on softer more plush conditions, you may need a club with more bounce that slides underneath the ball and doesn’t dig. Also if you are a player with a steeper angle of attack and have the tendency to dig your wedges you may want to look into getting more bounce. If you are a player who is very shallow through impact and have a hard time striking the bottom of the ball less bounce might be what you are looking for.
When hitting wedge shots no matter what degree of bounce you have on your wedge its imperative that you understand hitting down on the ball does not create more spin. The leading edge of the golf club is your enemy when trying to hit consistent wedge shots with spin and distance control. The bounce is your friend ! Now say it with me “Its all about that bounce bout that bounce no digging”. The best wedge players in the world work the club through impact with very little dig. This is how they achieve maximum spin with incredible distance control.
Setup for the consistent wedge shot
1) 60% of your weight on your lead foot
2) Ball location middle of your stance
3) Handle of the club inside of your left thigh
4) Lead foot slightly open to the target
These are are some simple setup characteristics you can take to the driving range and start applying to your game. Always remember “Its all about that bounce bout that bounce no digging”.