Pitching Tips

What are the ideal lofts? What exactly is bounce angle and how will it help? These are the questions you should all be asking.


Carrying a range of lofts that leave as few awkward pitching distances as possible is a great place to start. A popular option is to carry a set pitching wedge, (approx 46) a 52° gap wedge, a 56° sand wedge and a 60° lob wedge. However, this can alter due to individuals requirements.


What is bounce?
The other main consideration is bounce. Before we get into the bounce angles you should be thinking about, first I need to explain what exactly it is. If you hold the wedge upside down, the angle between the leading edge of the club and the highest point on the sole represents the bounce angle.

The bounce angle will help the club to glide through thick grass and sand without the wedge digging, losing energy and affecting strike. The simple rule relating to bounce is that the harder the surface, the less you need. From tight lies on the fairway, you need the leading edge to sit as close as possible so that you can nip in behind the ball. From fluffy lies in the sand or rough, more bounce will help the club retain speed through impact for those high-flying, soft landing shots. Having more options of wedges with different lofts and bounce angles is the key to having a solution to every on-course scenario.


Of course, in order to use the bounce correctly, you'll need the right technique. For more advice please don't hesitate to come into the pro shop and book a lesson. 

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