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How Often Should I Change My Golf Wedges?

Golf is a sport that demands precision and accuracy, and having the right equipment is crucial for achieving success on the course. One of the most vital pieces of equipment for any golfer is their wedges. Wedges are used for short shots around the green and can make a significant difference in a golfer's game. In this article, I will discuss how often golf wedges should be changed, explain the concept of bounce in golf, and provide guidance on selecting the right wedge loft and bounce for your game.

First and foremost, it is important to understand how frequently golf wedges should be changed. Wedges are subject to wear and tear, and the grooves on the clubface can become worn down over time. As a general rule of thumb, it is recommended that golfers change their wedges every 100 rounds or every two years, whichever comes first. However, this can vary depending on how often a golfer plays and the amount of wear and tear their wedges endure.

Now, let's delve into the concept of bounce in golf. Bounce refers to the angle between the leading edge of the clubface and the sole of the club. A wedge with a high bounce angle will have more material on the sole, which can help prevent the club from digging into the ground on shots with a steep angle of attack.

Angles between 12 to 15 degrees are considered to have high bounce. In this case, the club’s sole lifts the leading edge considerably, and it might not touch the ground. Instead, the trailing edge will rest on the surface. Conversely, a golf club with low bounce has its leading edge almost fully touching the ground, while no bounce signifies that the sole is flush with the ground.

The intensity of wedge bounce can vary depending on the type of wedge you are using. Generally, a sand wedge typically has the highest bounce, while a lob wedge usually has the least. The bounce of a pitching wedge typically ranges from 2 to 5 degrees, a gap wedge from 5 to 10 degrees, a lob wedge from 0 to 10 degrees, and a sand wedge from 10 to 16 degrees.


The Bounce and Grind options above display the loft, bounce, and grinds available in the Vokey Design SM9 wedges. Vokey wedges are labeled loft first, followed by bounce and grind. (Image Vokey Design) .

Determining the ideal amount of bounce for your wedges depends on several factors, including your swing style, the course conditions, and the type of shots you typically play. Here are some tips to help you determine the right amount of bounce for your wedges:

  1. Consider your swing style: If you have a steep angle of attack and tend to take deep divots, you may benefit from a wedge with higher bounce. Conversely, if you have a shallow angle of attack and tend to sweep the ball off the turf, a wedge with lower bounce may be more suitable.

  2. Evaluate the course conditions: If you primarily play on courses with soft, fluffy turf, you may need a wedge with higher bounce to prevent it from digging into the ground. On the other hand, if you frequently play on courses with firm, tight turf, a wedge with lower bounce may be more appropriate.

Every golfer is unique, and determining the ideal bounce and loft for your wedges can be challenging. To simplify the selection process, I highly recommend using the Titleist Vokey Wedge Selector Tool. This convenient tool takes just 3 minutes to determine the best wedges for your game and course conditions, accurately assessing the proper loft and bounce for you. Alternatively, you can email us at, and we can connect you with your Club Master Fitter. Check out our current wedge offerings from Titleist (Vokey), TaylorMade, Callaway, and PING by clicking here.

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May the birdies be with you,


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