What Are The Dots On Cleveland Wedges?

Last Updated on June 30, 2020 by Editorial Staff

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.

The bounce is the rounded curved part of the head on the wedge. The bounce is created to help players from getting their club stuck in the ground when swinging. If the club digs in a bad shot will more than likely be the result.

If you place a wedge flat on the ground, the leading edge will be barely off the floor. The higher that the edge is from the floor, the higher the bounce will be on the club.

If the bounce of a club is 0-10 degrees, it will be easier to hit off tighter lies and firmer, harder grounds.

If you play on wet courses or during a rainy day, the wedges with bounces of 10-16 degrees will be easier to hit and will have a lesser chance of getting stuck in the ground during a swing.


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

Lawrence Smelser - Staff Writer

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

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