The sand wedge was invented by golf legend Gene Sarazen, who added bulk to the club’s sole to displace more bunker sand than a traditional wedge. The sole protrusion, called bounce, differentiates the sand wedge from the pitching, gap and lob wedges. Typical loft for a sand wedge is 56°.
The more bounce a sand wedge has, the more sand it will displace when passing beneath the ball in a bunker. A wedge with high bounce (up to 14°) is best for fine or light sand, while a low-bounce wedge (around 8°) works better from heavy or wet sand.
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