This post was most recently updated on January 20th, 2022
Cleveland wedges are some of the most popular and well-performing clubs in the golf world and have been for years. Many professionals and amateurs have chosen to rely on this brand of wedges for green side chip shots or approach shots.
Not many people know what the one, two or three dots on Cleveland’s wedges mean though. This article will explain what those dots signify.
Cleveland Wedge Dot System
The Cleveland wedge dot system indicates the amount of bounce for each wedge.
One dot represents a low bounce grind. This bounce is good for golfers who play on harder grounds and with a shallow attack angle.
The two dots represent a standard (medium) bounce and a mid bounce grind. This is ideal for a variety of course conditions and course types. Players, including beginners, who have many different swing styles around the greens can use a standard bounce.
Three dots signifies high bounce and a full sole grind. This is ideal for golfers who swing at the ball with a steep angle. This bounce works well with soft and wet conditions.
What Is Bounce On Cleveland Wedges?
For Cleveland’s blade wedges, one dot would represent six degrees of bounce. If using a 56 degree sand wedge with an eight degree bounce, that would also be marked with one dot.
The most common among the wedges are two dots. A 46 or 48 degree wedge with eight degrees of bounce would be considered medium. Same goes for a 60 degree wedge with a 10 degrees bounce.
A sand wedge (56) with a 14 degree bounce would be considered 3 dots as well as a lob wedge (60) with a 12 degree bounce.
Importance Of Bounce In Wedges
Golfers need to know what bounce is in order to maximize their short game potential and figure out which one they are most comfortable with.
On a clubhead, the bounce is a thick and curving piece that lies on the ground.
Bounce helps players make clean contact rather than skulling their club.
The club’s leading edge determines how much bounce it has. If the edge is lower to the ground or vice versa, the higher or lower the bounce of the club will be.
Bounces ranging from 0-10 are meant for dry grounds. Bounces from 10-16 degrees are ideal for wet or softer courses.
Now that you’re familiar with Cleveland’s 3 dot bounce system, you can brag to your friends and try them out for yourself. Cleveland RTX wedges are available at more competitive prices than many 2020 wedges.
They were used by Graeme McDowell and might be worth experimenting with at your local golf store. Be sure to mention if you’ve used three dot wedges in the comment section.
Lawrence Smelser is part of the Golfible editorial staff and is a freelance golf writer. Smelser has covered the PGA Tour and most recently the 2019 Masters. He holds a journalism Bachelor's degree from Texas A&M and a Master’s journalism degree from the University of North Texas