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Advantage/Disadvantage of a Wide Sole Iron


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#1 PingPoncho

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Posted 04 October 2007 - 06:41 AM

What is the reason Callaway etc irons have a Wide Sole on some models. What is the wide sole supposed to provide. Is it hype or does it work. Which Wide Sole iron has the most following?


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Posted 04 October 2007 - 06:49 AM

The wider the sole, the less chance of you digging into the turf.  (Kinda like how the bounce on a sandwedge doesn't allow you to dig too deep into the sand)  This helps a player not hit so many fat shots if you hit behind the ball.  But it does slow your swing down a lot in rough, and also is harder to perform a lot of trickier shots.

The thinner soles help a lot in the rough.  This way it's easier to dig through the taller grass to hit your ball.

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Posted 04 October 2007 - 07:33 AM

 JDorfler, on Oct 4 2007, 07:49 AM, said:

The wider the sole, the less chance of you digging into the turf.  (Kinda like how the bounce on a sandwedge doesn't allow you to dig too deep into the sand)  This helps a player not hit so many fat shots if you hit behind the ball.  But it does slow your swing down a lot in rough, and also is harder to perform a lot of trickier shots.

The thinner soles help a lot in the rough.  This way it's easier to dig through the taller grass to hit your ball.

Hmm . . . not to question you, but I've personally found that a wider sole actually helps reduces the tendency of the club to get caught up in the rough. Then again, there's not a lot about my game that's conventional ;) .

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Posted 04 October 2007 - 07:41 AM

 Baconator, on Oct 4 2007, 08:33 PM, said:

 JDorfler, on Oct 4 2007, 07:49 AM, said:

The wider the sole, the less chance of you digging into the turf.  (Kinda like how the bounce on a sandwedge doesn't allow you to dig too deep into the sand)  This helps a player not hit so many fat shots if you hit behind the ball.  But it does slow your swing down a lot in rough, and also is harder to perform a lot of trickier shots.

The thinner soles help a lot in the rough.  This way it's easier to dig through the taller grass to hit your ball.

Hmm . . . not to question you, but I've personally found that a wider sole actually helps reduces the tendency of the club to get caught up in the rough. Then again, there's not a lot about my game that's conventional ;) .

Hey, just repeating what's on the box so to speak.  If you hit better in the rough with a wider sole, then do it.  That's why there are so many products out there.  If everyone was the same this would be a very boring world.

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Posted 04 October 2007 - 11:26 AM

I find the wider soles really hard to "dig" a ball out of deep rough...or when the ball is sitting way down in the grass.
Out of short rough it's the same, but when the ball is buried, I can get a MUCH better contact with a thinner soled iron.
I hate my 4/5 irons from a buried lie (mx23) while I love my other irons, no matter what the rough is like (mp60s).

Going to pull the trigger on some mp60 4/5 irons because of this fact...especially since tournaments are really starting to stretch me out.
(7100-7400 yards)

Taylormade SLDR 430 10.5* w/ Ahina 70x
Callaway XHot Pro 15* w/ Ahina 80x
Callaway XHot Pro Hybrid w/ Ahina 80x
Mizuno MP60 3-PW w/ DG X100
Odyssey Black Series i #2
Mizuno MP-T4 52*, 60*, Vokey 64*




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