The term ‘bounce’ is used to describe how much the trailing edge of the sole of a club is lower than the leading edge, and is measured in degrees. If you have ever set your sand wedge down on the floor in the Golf Shop with the shaft vertical you may have noticed that the leading edge of the club face is not sitting on the floor. The bounce works for a sand wedge like the curled up tips of your snow skis works in keeping your skis from just digging straight into the snow. I am often asked by students how many degrees of bounce they need in their wedges so here are some simple things to consider… the fluffier the sand, the deeper the sand, the lighter the sand, the longer the grass in the rough, or the steeper the student swings down into the ball (deeper divots), the more bounce on the sole and/or a wider sole is needed. On the other hand, the more coarse the sand, the more shallow the sand (not much sand before you hit clay), the heavier and wetter the sand, the shorter the grass in the rough, and the more level the student swings down onto the ball (shallow divots), the less bounce on the sole and/or the narrower the sole needs to be to work the best. There are all sorts of options available out there for wedges and I would recommend that you test a few to see which combination of loft and bounce works the best for you and the shots you need to play.
Play well, Dave Lengyel