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I'm partial to a thin top line.   I've been playing this set since I bought them Wilson Dynapower II  in 1986.    

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Not at all.  I dislike wide soles, offset, and v-soles.  I find it easier to hit clubs that have what most would consider traditional design aspects.

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I'm a 17 and I love thin top lines. The fat, chunky super game improvement irons look unwieldy to me. 

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1 hour ago, gumpwine said:

I'm a 17 and I love thin top lines. The fat, chunky super game improvement irons look unwieldy to me. 

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I worry about offset more than topline!  I want a little but when there is none it’s intimidating, too much off set and I fear the hooks!!

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I’ve often wished someone would make a smaller club head with a ton of weight down low. Thin top line, short blade length, but with enough tungsten in the sole to give it a very low center of gravity. Of course, I might be the only person in the world who would buy them. 

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On 8/2/2021 at 3:30 PM, Shankster said:

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

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On 8/10/2021 at 1:18 AM, tucker_jct said:

I'm partial to a thin top line.   I've been playing this set since I bought them Wilson Dynapower II  in 1986.    

I've finally decided to make the jump to current technology and am scheduled for a Club Champion fitting tomorrow.   I'm going in with an open mind and some ideas   Ben Hogan Players combo,  Wilson Staff CB,  

Please keep us up to date on Club Champion fitting.  Im interested

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Count me in the group that doesn't care for thick top lines and wide soles.  While some irons are rather thin, my preference is the "standard" top line as exhibited by the irons in the following picture. The irons are both Ben Hogan 6 irons. To the left is the 1999 Ben Hogan Apex blade and to the right is the 2020 Ben Hogan Icon blade.  Both have the right amount of top line thickness I prefer.

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It’s more a dislike of wide soles than thick top lines for me, and yet I game a vokey in a k grind 🤔. Clearly what works for me and what I like to look at are two different things…

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On 8/18/2021 at 9:03 AM, Hook DeLoft said:

I’ve often wished someone would make a smaller club head with a ton of weight down low. Thin top line, short blade length, but with enough tungsten in the sole to give it a very low center of gravity. Of course, I might be the only person in the world who would buy them. 

HDL, you did a fair job describing the new Titleist T200 - and I have a set on order for all the reasons you listed above.

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I prefer thin top lines, but I'm not bothered with thick top lines either. My thought is whatever will be the best for my game....

 

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On 8/18/2021 at 4:03 PM, Hook DeLoft said:

I’ve often wished someone would make a smaller club head with a ton of weight down low. Thin top line, short blade length, but with enough tungsten in the sole to give it a very low center of gravity. Of course, I might be the only person in the world who would buy them. 

Yep, you might well be a relatively rare bird on this one.
Tons of weight down low would push the ball up in the air. A lot of people who love a thin top line and short blade strike it well enough and don't struggle getting the ball airborne.... some, me included, have the opposite problem, their balls are too high for good control.
However, I guess that a thin top line, limited offset, a mid-to-long blade and tons of weight close to the sole may well be a recipe attractive to a very large swath of the golfing population (say from an slowish 8 to a 36, easy)

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I don’t pay attention to the top lines except in some pitch type shots 

Remember those Big Bertha irons?  What bother me more was the large offset.  Make me feel like I can shank more to the right than my minimum offset irons 

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On 8/2/2021 at 3:30 PM, Shankster said:

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

I'm in this zip code as well, but it's especially a problem for me with clubhead size.  That's where I start feeling like I can't get the clubhead on the ball, because it's so big.


 

On 8/9/2021 at 3:26 PM, BIG STU said:

Got to agree with you 150%--- Grew up on Mac and Spalding blades so no thin top line is too thin for me--- Still play Mac blades .  Thick bounce soles and chunky top lines mess with me--- I also do not like a lot of offset


Amusingly, when I got my Muirfield irons, I thought the topline was kind of thick.  Probably because I spent so much time playing Golden Rams, starting relatively soon after starting the game.

I don't think I have much in the way of topline pics, I should see what I could whip up....
 

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That top line doesn’t have to be razor thin. But it is all relative to personal preference. I think the MP-20, ZX-7, and Wilson Blades would look much better at address if their top lines weren’t so thick. 

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