How To Use The Bounce On Your Wedges

Wedge bounce is the angle created between the leading edge and the lowest point of the sole or trailing edge. This is the area of the club that hits through the ground as it contacts the ball.

The greater the wedge bounce degree, the higher the leading edge is off the surface at address. Having proper bounce promotes optimal contact, control, and spin.

“Bounce is your friend,” because it provides forgiveness on all wedge shots, allowing you to still strike the ball properly even if you make mistakes.

How to use the bounce on your wedges:

Hold your wedge like you would preparing to hit a shot. Open the clubface about 5 degrees. This will make your turf interaction easier and stop you from chunking shots. You are now using the bottom of the club to slide your wedge under the ball and create more loft. The higher the bounce the more forgiveness.

Meet the pro


Duke Trombetti has been the Assistant Golf Professional at Boca Woods Country Club since 2019 and runs tournaments for both the Men’s and Women’s Golf Associations. He also teaches private lessons and is a Titleist Certified Club Fitter. The PGA Class “A” Member is also a Titleist and FootJoy Brand Ambassador, Titleist Performance Institute Certified Professional, and FlightScope Certified and experienced with TrackMan technologies. The Director of Instruction for Duke’s Golf Academy was also the Head Golf Professional from 2011-18 at Boca Grove Golf and Tennis.

How I got started

I grew up in Columbus, Ohio near the Nicklaus Pharmacy that his father owned. Jack went to Upper Arlington High School and I went to Upper Arlington High School. I caddied at Ohio State University and Jack played at Ohio State. My father taught me how to play golf.

Dream Foursome?

Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, and my father, Peter. Tiger Woods is as good as it gets right now.

Teaching Goals

I teach simple. I will take something you have and try and make it better so you can enjoy the game. I am TPI certified so I will ask what are your ailments and work to make you better. I can teach you how to swing like Jack Nicklaus, but you are not going to play like him.

Favorite course?

Monterey Peninsula Country Club in California. The views are just breathtaking.

Greatest accomplishment?

When I got elected to the membership of the PGA and got my PGA card. I was late to the PGA. I did it in my 40s. I love the brand and I am all about the logo. I get goosebumps thinking about it. It was a lot of work, but well worth it. I turned pro when I was 48 and got elected to membership when I was about 50.


Golf is more than a game. It is a lifestyle. It is not like football, baseball or basketball. You can play it your whole life. Some don’t get into it their later years in life and I have a lot of students who don’t play until they are in their 50s. I also teach a lot of juniors. I teach people who are very accomplished in the game and some that just want to have fun.

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