Illustrated Definition

bounceThe bounce is the angle formed by the line of the sole of the club in relation to the line of the ground. When a club has no bounce the sole lies completely flat against the ground. Conversely, a club with a big bounce will prevent the leading edge from touching the ground, the trailing edge being grounded instead.

Normal Guidelines for Bounce

bounce-guidelinesWedges have varying degrees of bounce depending on the type of wedge but also depending on the golfer’s playing preference. A lob wedge will usually have very little bounce whereas a sand wedge will usually have the most. However, some prefer their sand wedge to have more bounce than others, for use in bunkers with very fluffy sand for example.

A pitching wedge will normally have between 2 and 5 degrees of bounce; a gap wedge between 5 and 10; a sand wedge between 10 and 16; and finally a low wedge between 0 and 10.