Not all sand on a golf course is created equal. “With a little extra preparation, golfers should be able to put their fears to rest,” says Buck Deibel, Director of Golf and a PGA Master Professional, at The Club at Boca Pointe.
Golfers can be faced with different types of conditions in bunkers. Some courses have bunker beds with fluffy sand and others have tight compacted sand. One of the most important factors for successful bunker play is correct club selection. “Ensuring you have the proper wedge in your bag can lead to an immediate scoring improvement,” according to Mr. Deibel. Bounce is an important consideration in making the best wedge selection:
Bounce is the angle of the sole to the ground. Wedges with a higher bounce angle perform better in fluffy sand or high grass. A lower bounce wedge will perform better on courses with tight lies and thin bunker beds. To help, match the bounce recommendations below with the course conditions you encounter most:
• High Bounce (above 14Â°) for tall grass, deep rough, and fluffy sand.
• Standard bounce (10Â°-14Â°) for normal to soft conditions or those who leave shallow divots.
• Low bounce (0-10Â°) for tight lies, fairway shots, and tight, compacted sand.
“What I tell our members is that they should consider using a 56-degree wedge, which usually has 10 to 14 degrees of bounce, when they are playing out of soft sand and a 60-degree wedge, which typically has about 5 degrees of bounce, for thin, firm bunker beds.” explains Mr. Deibel.
Remember picking the proper wedge to match the course conditions is the first step in preparing for successful sand shots. Good luck and go low!