September 23 2013
In this week's Equipment Report Mailbag, PGATOUR.COM Equipment Insider Jonathan Wall talks about Keegan Bradley's Jordan shoes, and why there isn't an average degree of bounce on a lob wedge.
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Do you have any info on the shoes Keegan Bradley's been wearing recently? They look awesome. -- Ben Coleman
Plenty of players on the PGA TOUR can claim to have a one-of-a-kind club in the bag, but I'm willing to bet Keegan Bradley is the one out there who's sporting a pair of Jordan golf shoes on the course.
The Jordan Brand -- as in Michael Jordan's shoe and apparel company -- doesn't make golf shoes for the general public; however, that didn't stop them from sending Keegan Bradley a modified pair of Jordan RCVR golf shoes to wear earlier this season at the Memorial. Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance.
Bradley, who considers Michael Jordan a friend and regularly plays golf with him in Jupiter, Fla., wore the shoes for the week before bouncing between a couple of different models, including Nike's Zoom TW '12 -- a traditional golf shoe that appears to be impetus behind the latest Jordan-designed shoe for Keegan Bradley.
The week of the Deutsche Bank Championship, Bradley showed up wearing a traditional all-white Jordan Brand golf shoe that featured a Zoom unit in the heel, similar to the Zoom TW '12, and a Jordan logo on the side of the shoe.
A few people noticed the kicks when Bradley was playing in Boston, but social media exploded when he posted a photo on Instagram with the caption, "It's gotta be the shoes."
Nike wouldn't comment on the details behind the shoe, or if the Jordan Brand will ever bring the modified RCVR or the shoe he's currently wearing to retail. For the moment, all golf fans can do is enjoy the one-of-a-kind shoe and hope the buzz surrounding it makes the Jordan Brand consider adding a golf shoe line.
What's the average degree of bounce on a lob wedge for a TOUR pro? Are they typically high or low, and with what grinds? -- Maxwell Hosking
To be honest, there really isn't an average degree of bounce when it comes to lob wedges on the PGA TOUR. That may sound like I'm ducking the question, but you have to remember that every player on the PGA TOUR is different.
You have to factor in angle of attack, personal preferences and course conditions when trying to select a lob wedge. All of that usually adds up to lob wedges that come in a variety of bounces.
For instance, Rickie Fowler has only 3 degrees of bounce on his 59-degree lob wedge, while Jason Dufner prefers a hand ground, mid bounce lob wedge with 8 degrees of bounce and extra heel relief.
Then you have players like Adam Scott and Keegan Bradley who prefer a beefier 10 and 12 degrees of bounce, respectively.
Aside from angle of attack and personal preference, you'll also see players go with more or less bounce depending on course conditions. While most don't like to change their wedges on a week-to-week basis, there are some tournaments, the Masters and British Open in particular, that require less bounce due to the tight and firm conditions.
Bottom line, every player is different — especially when it comes to the bounce on a lob wedge.