Aside from the unique crown design, the first thing that everyone notices about the SightLine is the very distinctive sound that it makes at impact. When a ball is struck, a metallic-sounding “dink” is made. It is a substantially loud and assertive sound. Some found this to be distracting; others liked it. After testers witnessed consistently good results with the wood, most grew to like the sound. It is appropriate to the hard, solidly metallic feel at impact that the SightLine has.
The SightLine woods are available from Thomas as assembled clubs or in component form. Our test club was assembled at the factory with their standard Aldila TGw 60 graphite. This is a fine, mid-range shaft that has always appealed to more than a few of our testers. It is a mid-bend point shaft that weighs 64 grams and has a torque of 3.8 degrees. The mellow feel of the Aldila complements the metallic feel of this head very well. This combination should appeal to a wide range of golfers
As to the alignment feature: Yes, it does work well when a player takes the time to stand behind the ball and find an online, target spot immediately in front of the ball. For those that don’t, the alignment line can act as an alignment reminder – or, since many golfers do not hit perfectly straight down the line with a perfectly square face, it can act as a distraction. Reactions will vary from player to player. Overall, we have seen good, online consistency from the SightLine with a slight tendency to hit left. Whether that is due to the structure of the head, or to the influence of the strong alignment line, we cannot say.
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The trajectory created by the SightLine 4-wood is much closer to that of a 3-wood than to a 5-wood. Balls launch hot and low with a flat, penetrating trajectory for most testers. Distances have been good for a 4-wood as would be indicated by a 43” shaft with a heavy swingweight of D6. Other true 3-woods hit longer, but few, if any, hit with more consistent ease. Each of our testers has been able to repeatedly produce good results with the SightLine. One tester who plays Cleveland and Callaway woods took immediately to the SightLine. He liked the look and the way it felt. Shots flew straight, strong and long from the first hit on. For him, it behaved as a high-flying 3-wood. Most others hit the SightLine lower.
While the SightLine has worked very, very well for us, it does have a distinctive personality. We cannot say just which golfers will or will not find it appealing. For those that have persistent troubles with accuracy when hitting fairway woods it is a definite must try, however. The multi-cambered sole of the Sightline gives it good functionality from grassy lies and light rough. Though there are no weight inserts in the beveled sole, the ball gets up well. Those looking for a 4-wood that doubles as a trouble wood from heavy rough and tight, hard lies may be happier with Orlimar or Adams styled woods that have flat-bottomed, sole-weighted designs.