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We see a lot of different letters and numbers on the bottom of wedges which make up the bounce and grind of a wedge.

But what’s the difference between bounce and grind in golf wedges?

I think we can all agree that choosing a wedge can be a bit daunting with so many options. So, where do we start? Firstly, you want to see what gapping you have between your wedges.

A 4-degree difference is roughly what you want between each one. For example, if you’re pitching wedge is 46 degrees, you’ll want a 50, 54 and 58 keeping that gapping consistent. 

Then you’ll want to look at each club individually for how you want them to perform on fuller shots but also around the greens. 

Titleist SM10 visual on how bounce angle and grind work in wedge design

Bounce Explained 

This is where we look at the bounce and grind for each wedge and how it differs. The bounce on a wedge is the angle at which the leading edge sits above the ground at address, acting to prevent the leading edge from digging into the turf whilst also reducing the resistance of the clubhead when hitting through the sand in a bunker.

What you will find is the higher the bounce, the higher the leading edge will sit off the ground and the lower the bounce, the closer the leading edge will sit to the ground. 

Titleist SM10 outlining the M grind on this 56 degree wedge

Grind Explained 

Looking at the grind of a wedge can get quite complicated but, essentially, it is how the curve of the leading edge and curve of the sole from the leading to trailing edge sits behind the ball.

When opening the face of a wedge it will present more bounce and closing it will present less. Essentially, it is all down to what you prefer and need when playing versatile shots around the greens.

The pros will grind a little off the leading edge and the trailing edge so it’s more round, reducing the drag. Other pros like Tiger Woods will grind down the sole closer to the heel, so that when they lay the club open, the bounce doesn’t increase as much.  

Choosing a wedge

Determining your angle of attack is the first step when deciding what bounce you should be playing with. If you have a steep angle of attack and often take large divots, then you are a digger.

If, however, you have a shallow angle of attack, take small divots and clip the ball off the turf, you are a sweeper. Diggers will benefit more from wedges with a higher bounce, whereas sweepers want less. 

Other factors that may affect you choice of bounce include the type of course you play on and the turf conditions. If you play on a course that is firm and dry, you will see the benefits of playing a wedge with less bounce and a narrow sole grind. If you find yourself often thinning the ball with your wedges, then less bounce is also likely to help you. 

The opposite is true for those who tend to play on softer and wetter courses. Higher bounce and a wider sole will help the club to glide out of the turf with greater ease and help you if you tend to hit the ball fat. 


With so many variables to choose from, it can be confusing and difficult to choose the right wedge for your game. If in doubt, get fitted, consult with a professional and you’ll likely see your short game improve. 

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James Tait is bunkered’s Gear Editor. Want to know how the latest Callaway driver, Vokey wedge or Scotty Cameron putter performs? He’s the guy to ask. Better yet, just watch his videos on the bunkered YouTube channel. One of the biggest hitters in the UK, James also competes on the World Long Drive circuit and is a descendent of former Amateur champion Freddie Tait.

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