Grind and bounce

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By ASheppard

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  1. ASheppard

    Worthing UK

    Hi I was custom fitted for Titleist sm6 wedges. I am so confused about grind and bounce. I have tried to look online but get so confused can someone explain in plain English what they represent please

  2. Chuck Z

    Chuck Z
    Mt Pleasant, SC

    I am with you and at 74, I just go to my fitter. He asks ask me what types of conditions I will be using the wedge for and puts me in what works after testing numerous heads and shafts. They are good listeners and I seem to get good results. I avoid getting into that kind of stuff and confusing my old brain. I just want a good feeling club that gets me results. With respect, I just go with what works for me based on my fittings. Cheers...... No worries here.
  3. Diego D

    Diego D
    Miami, FL

    I totally agree with Chuck. Whatever my fitter has told me, I've gone with it.

    Having said that, this is what I understand about grind and bounce:

    Grind and bounce are our best friends if we want to play consistently and execute 'creative' shots with our wedges.

    Grind = remove material from the sole of the wedge

    Bounce = angle of the sole of the wedge

    High bounce = more forgiveness, less creativity NB From the sand = more spin, more control
    Mid bounce = more playability
    Low bounce = less forgiveness, more creativity

    My Vokey grind helps me manipulate my preferred bounce. Now, I am more consistent with turf interaction and thus control distance over my wedge shots.
  4. Simply put: the L, M and D grinds work best for guys that like to "open the face" more. The S, F and K and more "square" set ups.

    For bounce, picture a ball laying on very firm, concrete like lie. In order for the leading edge or "bottom groove" of the club to get lower on the ball (below the equator of the ball) you need a low bounce club that can get the bottom groove as low as possible on the ball. For high bounce it works best when the ball is sitting up in heavy rough (not hard at all to get the bottom groove lower than the equator of the ball) you want/need that bounce to make better contact out of the rough, bunkers, wet or soft fairways, reduces the "digging" effect on fuller shots. In simple terms, bounce is your friend, but it is nice to have a low bounce option available. I use the 56.14F and the 60.04L - by no means does mean you can't open the face of the F grind or play the L out of a bunker etc. There is just a fundamental design feature that makes certain shots easier.

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