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 Have you ever hammered a nail with a screw driver?

I have seen people try.

Have you ever struggled to hit a good green side bunker shot?
Have you ever considered you were using the wrong tool?

Sand wedges vary in design by the loft and degrees of bounce.
Depending upon your swing type, the type of sand you play from, the amount of sand in the bunker, and finally how compacted the sand is from moisture, will all have an impact on the effectiveness of your sand bunker shots.

The sand bunker matrix.

If you play from:
  • Soft sand
  • Round sand
  • Bunkers with so much sand that as you step into them your feet sink.
  • If you have a digging type swing that takes deep divots
  • then; you should be playing with a sand wedge with a high degree of bounce to preventthe club from digging into the sand deeper than it should to hit an effective sand shot.
If you play from:
  • Compact sand
  • Quartz sand
  • Wet sand
  • If you have a swing that produces very little sand movement,then; a wedge with a very low degree of bounce will serve you much better to get the ballon the green much more often.
If you play from greenside bunkers with high walls:
  • You should use at least a 60 degree wedge as your sand wedge
Tour players have varying wedges based upon the conditions they will face at a particular golf course.

Don't hammer nails with a screwdriver....Don't use a wedge that works against you and the conditions you play under every day. 

David Baril
PGA Professional
Browns Run CC

"PGA instruction is included within your membership."
Club fitting is a component of golf instruction.
There is no reason for you to struggle hitting this shot.