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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Matt Adams's Tips for Buying Wedges (Video)

A few weeks back, Matt Adams did a Morning Drive segment on the basics of buying wedges. This may be elementary stuff to some of you, but wedge design confuses many golfers. Adams used some clear visuals to make the basics very plain in this video.



The basics are very simple. I'll summarize:
  • Bounce is the angle between the leading edge and sole of the wedge. (There's a very nice diagram, using an actual wedge, in the video.)
  • If you have a steep angle of attack on the ball -- that is, you're a "digger" -- you need more bounce.
  • If you have a shallow angle of attack on the ball -- that is, you're a "picker" -- you need less bounce.
  • If you play where the ground is very soft, you need more bounce.
  • If you play where the ground is very hard, you need less bounce.
Again, the basics are very simple. But Matt has some very nice video illustration in this piece, so take a look if the whole bounce thing makes you a bit nervous.

And if the concept of bounce confuses you, don't feel embarrassed. We all have to deal with it. I would have less trouble hitting from the sand earlier on if I had simply known how bounce worked.

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