Understanding the basics of wedge terminology and grinds

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Understanding the terminology behind picking the right wedges can help make you a better golfer

Ryan Barath/GOLF

Knowing which wedges to carry in your bag can be confusing, but what can be even more intimidating for golfers is understanding the terminology used when describing wedges — especially when it comes to grinds and bounce.

Although it might sound very complicated, once you break down wedge lingo into its individual components, it actually becomes a lot easier to understand the elements of wedge design and what is likely to work best for you and your golf game.

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From the fundamentals of sole grind to the details of sole shaping and geometry, being able to grasp the basics allows you to select a grind that is going to work best for the way you play shots around the green, and it also helps you select wedges based on your normal playing conditions.

Below is a video that explains the basics of wedge terminology and how to understand how and why certain wedge soles are shaped the way they are.

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Ryan Barath

Golf.com Editor

Ryan Barath is GOLF Magazine and GOLF.com’s senior editor for equipment. He has an extensive club-fitting and -building background with more than 20 years of experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour players. Before joining the staff, he was the lead content strategist for Tour Experience Golf, in Toronto, Canada.