My handicap is currently 17.
The Hogan brand traditionally epitomized form + function = performance. For some players beauty lies in performance alone, for others the clubs' lines, finish and performance are equally important, and they'll view the Hogan brand's return as great news. These FWâ€¢15 irons and TKâ€¢15 wedges appear to me a modern interpretation of Hogan's 1999 Apex blades with a similar blade-on-blade design (albeit with a hint of Mizuno's MP32 Cut muscle), and a simply gorgeous satin finish.
The new website both celebrates Hogan Golf's heritage and offers a mostly excellent custom fitting process - It quite correctly identified the inconsistent distance gap issue in my game. The process is simple, focuses mainly on what's currently in your bag and how those clubs are performing for you. Based on the distances and trajectory that you hit certain clubs, it presents a set of irons with a recommended shaft and progression of lofts. The set it presents is their recommended set; you are free to change any fitting parameter, and the pricing adjusts on the fly as you do. Shortcomings? While the grip size is pre-filled based on your selection during the fitting process, it defaults to standard lie angles and shaft lengths, apparently assuming that the user will know what lie angle and shaft length they want. Also, curiously it doesn't disclose, nor allow the user to choose swing weight.
I started playing golf as a youngster which at my age meant playing blades, until 20 years later when Ping disrupted the game of golf with their Eye and then Eye 2 irons. 12 years ago I returned to playing blades after an impulse purchase of a set of lightly used Hogan 1999 Apex blades. As much as I'd enjoyed GI irons, the Apexes just looked and felt right, and were remarkably easy to hit. They certainly challenged my long game (but only until hybrids replaced my 3 and 4 irons) but they helped my short game a lot, and my golf became more enjoyable.
Three years ago I sustained a fairly serious injury to my left foot that prevented me from playing golf for close to a year. When I did resume playing my swing was a mess, I lost much of what little length I'd had, and my handicap blew up to 20 at one point. I switched to Ping G20's which helped me regain confidence, and then last year to graphite shafted TM Speedblades, which improved my club head speed despite my still restricted swing. Now another year later my mobility and swing are improving, and I'm starting to strike the ball more solidly, and have been taking those old Apex blades to the range and out to the course for midweek practice rounds. I don't expect them to help my scoring particularly, but I am delighting in their feel and touch around the greens. But now, I'm especially intrigued by the HoganFit's recommendation of Recoil 660 graphite shafts in these FWâ€¢15's.. One way or the other I can see Hogan irons back in my bag soon!