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Reviewers like to mention that mid and high cappers find thin top lines to be intimidating to look at, but I don’t find that to be the case for me. Now, if an iron has a very small blade and an extremely thin sole I expect it to be unforgiving, but since you don’t hit the ball anywhere near the top line, I just don’t see that as intimidating. 

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1 hour ago, Hook DeLoft said:

Reviewers like to mention that mid and high cappers find thin top lines to be intimidating to look at, but I don’t find that to be the case for me. Now, if an iron has a very small blade and an extremely thin sole I expect it to be unforgiving, but since you don’t hit the ball anywhere near the top line, I just don’t see that as intimidating. 

Not at all.  I find it welcoming and something that is going to give me instant feedback.

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2 hours ago, Hook DeLoft said:

Reviewers like to mention that mid and high cappers find thin top lines to be intimidating to look at, but I don’t find that to be the case for me. Now, if an iron has a very small blade and an extremely thin sole I expect it to be unforgiving, but since you don’t hit the ball anywhere near the top line, I just don’t see that as intimidating. 

I've never liked thick top lines or clunky looking clubs.  Give me thin top lines and clean looks on the club every time!  Doesn't have to be a blade, but I don't want a Lego block on the end of the shaft!

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I grew up with MacGregor blades so no top line is too thin for me. I agree that the thick top line is a turn off, Callaway comes to mind. I guess it's all up to the person.

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My PXGs, although some part are GI, have thinner toplines than my Speedblades and i love that look.

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1 hour ago, DiscipleofPenick said:

I grew up with MacGregor blades so no top line is too thin for me. I agree that the thick top line is a turn off, Callaway comes to mind. I guess it's all up to the person.

The Callaway Apex line is the first set of Callaway irons that I liked the look of from address position (or maybe they've grown on me and their performance has overridden my eyesight).   The original Big Bertha irons remind me of that Lego I was talking about 😄 😄

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I didn’t think so until  tests the Titleist CNCPT CP-02 irons; the topline is so thin!

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I have a set of Hogan Apex II, that 2 iron can intimidate but I’ve found that I can still hit it.  Now if I just had the swing speed to make the stiff staff cooperate…

I had some college guys take some swings, they loved the club even though it was demanding.  They could launch it out there 220+.  Me?  180 is around my best.

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I prefer a thinner top line. Just gives the look of precision and control. I feel like the interaction with the turf is going to be better. Like a surgeon with a scalpel. Too think and it just feels like the club is going to either bounce right off the ground or dig in so hard that the shaft will break. 

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21 hours ago, Shankster said:

Big wide soles, and chunky top lines intimidate me.  I feel like I’m going to thin everything.

I'm the exact opposite. The more chunk and thick lines, the better. I still every now and again want to go find some Diablo Edge irons, when I had those I don't think I was ever more confident over the ball, and that was when I was still only a year or two into playing. 

Then again, my brain sees a hybrid and goes into all sorts of contortions. So who knows. Don't listen to me. I'm just weird. 

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I generally prefer thinner lines but everyone is going to be different. The problem most golfers don't realize with blades and thinner irons is the lack of forgiveness from the sole. Yeah, you may get more feedback with blades but where amateurs really lose strokes is when the sole doesn't impart any forgiveness. I would love to see more SGI designs with thinner top lines but the reality is that it's just not going to happen. Most people would agree that a thick topline is more visually appealing than seeing the sole stick out the back of the clubhead. 

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As long as it’s not a thin sole I’m good. I’m still pondering switching to something a little skinnier from my game improvement irons

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For hitting a golf ball no though still worry I might cut my hand picking up one that looks like this.

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I am not really intimidated by the look of any modern golf club. However, that doesn't mean i will actually hit it will. 

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22 hours ago, Hook DeLoft said:

Reviewers like to mention that mid and high cappers find thin top lines to be intimidating to look at, but I don’t find that to be the case for me. Now, if an iron has a very small blade and an extremely thin sole I expect it to be unforgiving, but since you don’t hit the ball anywhere near the top line, I just don’t see that as intimidating. 

I'm with you. The look of the club doesn't intimidate me as long as it performs the way I think it should. Now my preference is for a smaller head but that's just a personal preference. 

 

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23 hours ago, Hook DeLoft said:

Reviewers like to mention that mid and high cappers find thin top lines to be intimidating to look at, but I don’t find that to be the case for me. Now, if an iron has a very small blade and an extremely thin sole I expect it to be unforgiving, but since you don’t hit the ball anywhere near the top line, I just don’t see that as intimidating. 

I don't find thin top lines intimidating but there is a point where I don't like the look of wafer thin irons (as @ejgaudetteshared above) - much in the same way really thick top lines are off putting.  I'm a fan of irons that look small but play big 👍. From the soles, my ZX5's look like postage stamps as compared to the G410's, but from the face and top rail really similar.  In fact, I accurately layed the ZX5 7i on top of the G410 7i and was truly amazed how close they are... yet the Srixon's just appear smaller.  The OEM design teams are getting quite clever in their ability to make large and forgiving look small and demanding.

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1 hour ago, RollingGreens said:

As long as it’s not a thin sole I’m good. I’m still pondering switching to something a little skinnier from my game improvement irons

Add these to your shortlist.  The v-sole looks thin but isn't.

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Thin top line Preferred (I am struggling to find the HMB's pleasing to my eye... which in turn correlates to confidence over the ball... kinda kicking myself for not going with the MP20 MB's).  

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On 8/3/2021 at 11:11 AM, russtopherb said:

I'm the exact opposite. The more chunk and thick lines, the better. I still every now and again want to go find some Diablo Edge irons, when I had those I don't think I was ever more confident over the ball, and that was when I was still only a year or two into playing. 

Then again, my brain sees a hybrid and goes into all sorts of contortions. So who knows. Don't listen to me. I'm just weird. 

 

... It really shouldn't matter because once you line up your shot with the leading edge you should be focused on the ball, but of course it still does. I am reminded of playing a new set of MP33's and talking to the Mizuno Rep on Tour and asking if it is possible to order a tour issue set with thinner top lines. He told me not possible but let me know Tour Staff players can get custom irons and Darren Clark had MP33's made with a much thicker top line. Personally I prefer a thinner top line because it does not interfere with the leading edge when lining up a shot. My eye tends to drift to a thicker top line and it just throws my alignment off. It really is personal.

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