For an experiment, I tried playing a shovel over the weekend for 9. I don't usually play wide sole ultra game improvement heads. Heads I put in play were Swing Science FC-One Plus 6i, 8i, PW, SW (Jeff Sheets design). Other than lower offset (3.3mm in the 6i to 1.1mm in the PW) they are the widest iron sole I know of in component form (bounce 1 deg. in 6i and 7 deg. in PW.) I am not overly steep in descent angle more of a shallow picker. Shaft is a Swing Science graphite Series 200 "R". I was very surprised at the contact and impact of these heads. Huge topline which I can get over. For some reason iron optical's aren't as important to me as putter optical's. Seemed to me that the leading edge which I wouldn't call sharp but not blunted either got under the ball better. Muni turf is tight right now and very short is why I tried the experiment. I always thought the wide sole iron shovels worked better on lush thick turf. Maybe not so? What say you?
Pic of sole width 5i - 9i.