A common misconception is that blades are for “players” and the wide
soles are for the “average guy.” But take a look at what the PGA touring
pros have in their bag and you may become a little confused.
More and more touring pros are turning to wider soled irons to help them win on the biggest stages in golf. Is this because the best players in the world are getting worse? Probably not. The idea is to get the right sole design for your swing. With modern advances in production, golf companies are able to maintain a club that can shape the ball easily, but still provides the golfer with the proper turf interaction.
If you tend to be a picker of the ball, your divots will be shallow or non existent. Playing a club that has a thinner sole will improve how it moves through the earth. Conversely, if you are a player who takes big divots or your miss is usually a fat shot, start looking at irons with a wider sole. The wider sole adds effective bounce which will help glide the club through impact with more consistency.
The other major factor to look at is the leading edge. Some clubs are more rounded from heel to toe (camber) than others. Some have a sharper leading edge than others. Getting these two factors right will help to improve your ball striking. A club that has more camber and a blunter leading edge will be better for divot takers. This will allow you to get the club face on the ball quicker from more adverse lies. A sharper, more square leading edge will benefit the picker as there is less room between your club face and the ball.
The next time you are shopping for new irons or wedges, make sure to examine the sole design and choose one that fits your swing type.
Todd Daignault is the owner and club fitter at Prove It Golf in Wethersfield, CT. www.ProveItGolf.com