Titleist Tips: How to Use Bounce on a Sand Wedge

Using Wedge Bounce with Jack Druga

You might be saying to yourself, “I thought wedge bounce was only for pros.” It’s true, the best golfers use wedge bounce to their advantage. What’s their secret? Practice.

Today, we’ll learn how to use wedge bounce with Titleist Staff Member Jack Druga, the PGA Professional at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club (host of the 2018 U.S. Open). In the video above, Jack provides you with a simple wedge bounce practice tip passed down to him from legendary player and instructor Davis Love, Jr. 

Watch the video above and try Jack’s tip for yourself. Then let us know if it helps you to improve your wedge shots, especially in the sand.

For golfers who are learning, you may still have some questions about your wedges. Don’t worry. Titleist is here to help. Read on and find answers to some common questions we hear about wedges.

What is bounce on a wedge?

The bounce on a wedge is the area of the club that strikes the ground as you contact the ball. It’s this area on the club reacting with the turf that causes the wedge to “bounce” off the ground. Wedge bounce is measured as the angle between the leading edge and the trailing edge (i.e. the lowest point of the sole) of your wedge.

What bounce wedge do I need?

The amount (low/mid/high) of wedge bounce you’ll need will depend on the shot you’re taking, and your swing style. Low bounce wedges are helpful for high flop shots and tight lies near the green. Mid bounce wedges are more versatile, helping players create shots around the green with precise distance and trajectory. High bounce wedges create a lot of spin for short-game control, and their greater angle keeps the leading edge from dragging in the dirt if you tend to take deep divots.

If you still have questions about wedges, we’re here to help. Learn more about wedges with Vokey’s Guide to Wedge Bounce.

If you’re looking for more ways to improve your play on long, demanding courses, check out some of our other golf tips:

Mark Blackburn - Driving Efficiency and Boosting Ball Speed

Justin Parsons - Getting Strategic on Long Par-3 Holes

Jonathan Yarwood - Whip It for More Driver Speed

Mark Crossfield - Use the Ground for Longer Golf Shots