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Do I Always Have To Use My Sand Wedge From The Golf BunkerThe name sand wedge is becoming a thing of the past. Most wedges nowadays are specialist wedges. They are all designed with a specific loft, amount of bounce and vary in the sole grind.




These variances can be tailored to the players technique and also aid when playing from a variety of ground conditions.

Most set sand wedges are designed with 56 degrees of loft and around 12 degrees of bounce. The bounce is the angle between the leading edge of the club and the lowest point on the sole. When playing a bunker shot we want to make contact with the sand just before the golf ball. The bounce on the sole of the club helps the club glide through the sand without digging too deep, the higher the bounce, the less digging.

Most players carry a minimum of three wedges. When faced with a shot from the sand, you need to weigh up the best way to get the ball on the green and also close to the hole. This may require the use of a lob wedge to hit a high and soft shot, or even a 9 iron to hit a lower running shot.

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There is no rule which states you have to use only a sand wedge when you find yourself in a bunker. Some players dont carry a sand wedge as such, and will carry wedges with varying lofts to offer a variety of shot options when faced with a shot from the sand or around the green.

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When your set of irons comes with a sand wedge, this club will be designed with 56 degrees of loft and a high amount of bounce on the sole. This high bounce aids in helping the club glide through the sand rather than digging too deep. The sand wedges use isnt restricted to the sand though and can also be used when playing off a variety of lies around the course.

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Most sand wedges are designed with a high bounce to assist in playing bunker shots. Sometimes, you may need to use a different club when playing from a bunker in order to achieve the desired trajectory of shot. Vary the club you use in order to play the shot you are required to play. Use a lob wedge to help you hit a high, soft shot, and a pitching wedge to play a lower, running shot.