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Change of plans. it seems the meeting in San An is mandatory for everyone in my company, except me. I will not be coming that weekend and am planning on Houston instead.

 

What week?


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:titelist-small: TS2 Driver Hzrdous Smoke Shaft (Stiff Flex)
:titelist-small: TS2 Hybrids  Mitsubishi Tensei Shaft (Stiff Flex)
:mizuno-small:  MP-59 5-PW; KBS Tour (Regular Flex)
 :callaway-small: PM Grind Wedges
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I received the same email and am also in the consideration phase.  I'm receiving an honorarium for a funeral tomorrow and a wedding the next week.  That would cover the cost if I like them.  It's very tempting.

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Tour Exotics EX 10 3 wood

Ping G410 5-9 wood

G30 6-PW -  Aerotech FT 500 shafts

SCOR 48,52,58

EVNRoll ER 5

Titleist Pro VIx optic yellow with revkev stamped on them

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Just got an email from Hogan.......after a page or so of advertising stuff the following was excerpted:

 

You have been selected from our rapidly-growing database of HoganFit takers to personally try the new Hogans absolutely RISK-FREE. We would like to send you a DEMO set of three irons – long, medium and short – in the standard shaft closest to that in your HoganFit ‘prescription”. Play them for up to 30 days and then let us know what you think.

There is no obligation to buy. All we ask is that you pay $29.95 to cover shipping and handling both ways.

 

Not bad for a trial 30 day period.....what do you think?  

 

 

I think it's a very good deal, providing you are truly interested in purchasing the clubs sometime in the future. Most companies wouldn't be so generous, I think, and it's a great way to try them out risk-free. That said, I've expressed in the past on this forum how much I love my Hogans; they will be my last set of clubs until (if and when) the company improves upon them. I'm very proud of the fact that I own a fitted set of the irons, and often find myself promoting them to other golfers. Did so today at a Knights of Columbus tournament here in San Antonio. I let one guy try them, next thing you know, another wanted to check them out. When I move back to the Dallas/Fort worth area next year, maybe I should try and see if they'd hire this ex-media guy to work for them ;-)

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I think it's a very good deal, providing you are truly interested in purchasing the clubs sometime in the future. Most companies wouldn't be so generous, I think, and it's a great way to try them out risk-free. That said, I've expressed in the past on this forum how much I love my Hogans; they will be my last set of clubs until (if and when) the company improves upon them. I'm very proud of the fact that I own a fitted set of the irons, and often find myself promoting them to other golfers. Did so today at a Knights of Columbus tournament here in San Antonio. I let one guy try them, next thing you know, another wanted to check them out. When I move back to the Dallas/Fort worth area next year, maybe I should try and see if they'd hire this ex-media guy to work for them ;-)

I was excited for them as I am a SCOR owner. Then they happily took my $500 deposit on Christmas day with no mention that they had no intentions of making a LH version of the irons. If you're going to specialize in only irons and wedges, is it that difficult to make them available in LH? I guess I'm still bitter.


Driver -  :taylormade-small: M1 9.5* w/ Aldila Rogue Silver 70X

Fairway -   :taylormade-small: M1 5W 19* w/ Aldila Rogue Silver 70X

Hybrids -   :ping-small: G25 4H 23*

Irons -  :mizuno-small: JPX 850 Forged 4-PW w/ Nippon N.S. Pro 1150S

Wedges - :mizuno-small: S5 50*07, 54*12, 58*12 w/ Nippon N.S. Pro 1150S

Putter - Oddyssey Metal-X #7 w/ SuperStroke Pistol GT 2.0

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I got the email too...consideration in progress.


In the bag:
:taylormade-small: M5 Project X Even Flow Blue 6.0
Fairway: Sub 70 939X 15° Project X Even Flow Blue 6.0
:755178188_TourEdge: CBX 119 19° hybrid Project X Even Flow Blue 6.0
:bridgestone-small: Tour B JGR 4-GW UST Mamiya Recoil 680 F4
:cleveland-small: Smartsole S
:yes-small: Tracy
Bag: 
:Ogio: Alpha Convoy 514
Balls::Snell: MTB-X

Cart: :CaddyTek: CaddyLite ONE Ver. 8

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Me too. But I don't need a long, middle and short club. I would only consider 5-8 iron equivalents, because I am keeping my SCORs. Wonder if they would do 2 clubs? Guess I'll ask.


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I was excited for them as I am a SCOR owner. Then they happily took my $500 deposit on Christmas day with no mention that they had no intentions of making a LH version of the irons. If you're going to specialize in only irons and wedges, is it that difficult to make them available in LH? I guess I'm still bitter.

 

I'll get a hold of the guys in the customer service dept. that I know and get an answer for you. I think they simply started out with RH clubs because most players are RH. Hard to believe that they wouldn't offer LH clubs sometime down the line.

 

Fred

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I got the same offer yesterday in my email, but since my local fitter was already a SCOR vendor, I'm going to wait an see if they decide to carry the Ben Hogans.  I have no desire to use an online fitting, if I can get fit for them locally?

 

Even if my local fitter passes on the Hogans, I confirmed 2nd Swing will carry the line, so I can still get personally fit.  2nd Swing also carries the Srixons, so I can compare the sets side by side.

 

Now that we've finished loft/lie adjustements on my current set of irons, I'm in no hurry to make any changes there, for awhile anyway - lol


What's In The Bag

Driver :titelist-small:

Titleist 913 D2 10.5* (set to 9.75* / Neutral) 46" Paderson KINETIXX Kevlar Green - R

Fairway Wood

Tom Wishon 949 MC 16.5* Fujikura Speeder 569-A

Hybrid  :cleveland-small: Hibore 22* Aldila VS Proto Blue

Irons  :ping-small: G series 5-P

Wedges :ping-small:Glide 54* SS / 60* TS - SCOR 53*

Putter     :nike-small: Nike Method 001 / P2 Reflex grip 35"

Ball

Master Grip Tour C4

Bag

Datrek DG Lite  

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I didn't get the offer (pouting), but thinking that maybe this was because I completed my Hoganfit when is was still in the experimental pre-reveal stages, I went back in and did it again.

 

I got different results the second time.   Still very close to what I'd want, but different.   And it appeared that they'd changed it a bit.  

 

Anyway, I'd love to get the offer, because my one point of hesitation is whether or not I'd be able to hit the long and mid irons well.   But all I'd really want is the 5 thru 8 anyway.


bag - SunMountain Synch with Ogio Synergy X4 cart
driver - :callaway-small: Optiforce 440, Paderson Kevlar Green stiff 46.5"
fwoods - :taylormade-small: Jetspeed, 3HL regular
irons - :taylormade-small:  Speedblades 3-8, 85g stiff steel, 2 up
wedges - :edilon-small: Scor 40, 45, 50, 54, 58
putter - :ping-small: Ketsch 35" slight arc, SuperStroke 2.0 mid-slim
ball - :titelist-small: ProV1x

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I was excited for them as I am a SCOR owner. Then they happily took my $500 deposit on Christmas day with no mention that they had no intentions of making a LH version of the irons. If you're going to specialize in only irons and wedges, is it that difficult to make them available in LH? I guess I'm still bitter.

 

Here's the response I got from Hogan about LH clubs. Sorry, looks like it's going to be while. They're probably going to have to be more established before they can start offering clubs for LHers.

 

 

Hi Fred,

 

As of today, there is no timetable on when we will have left handed clubs.  I will keep your name on a list of lefties and will keep you in the loop on a release date.

 

Let me know if I can be of further assistance

 

Bill Totten

Trade Partner Customer Service Representative

BillT@BenHoganGolf.com 

Direct Line 1-817-576-8612 | Cell 1262-271-1956

Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company

685 John B. Sias Memorial Parkway, Ste 515

Fort Worth, TX 76134

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Well, sadly i wasnt sent the Hogan email offer...........

 

But I did get an email from Warrior Golf for a free hybrid....... :wacko:

 

are the golf gods trying to tell me something?

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Driver:  :nike-small:  Nike Covert 2.0 Tour KK 70g Stiff

Fairway Wood: :nike-small: Nike Covert 2.0 Tour KK 60g Stiff
Hybrids:   :nike-small: Nike Covert 2.0 Tour KK Stiff

Irons:    :taylormade-small: R-11s KBS Stiff. 

Wedges:  :cleveland-small:  Cleveland 588 Rotax  56*

               Some no name 60* I got at Goodwill for $5

Putter::  :ping-small: MGS Ketsch Special Edition   

Ball: :bridgestone-small: :e7, normally. If not, whatever I found while looking for mine in the Tall Grass
Bag :Birdies for the Brave Org.14 Desert Camo 

Shoes : Oakley Cipher 2

                 Addidas Adizero One Wd

                 Nike Lunar Control

                 6 other pair "just in case"

 

Founder: Texas BBQ Curtain (according to Jdiddyesquire)

 

Favorite #TOURSAUCE Move:  signing a ball and tossing it to a non existent fan as I walk back to cart. 

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Hard to tell, Bogey. Do you low if any of the earlier Hogan irons from the past were available for left-handers?  

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Yes sir.

 

My father played the old Apex clubs as a lefty. 


Driver:  :nike-small:  Nike Covert 2.0 Tour KK 70g Stiff

Fairway Wood: :nike-small: Nike Covert 2.0 Tour KK 60g Stiff
Hybrids:   :nike-small: Nike Covert 2.0 Tour KK Stiff

Irons:    :taylormade-small: R-11s KBS Stiff. 

Wedges:  :cleveland-small:  Cleveland 588 Rotax  56*

               Some no name 60* I got at Goodwill for $5

Putter::  :ping-small: MGS Ketsch Special Edition   

Ball: :bridgestone-small: :e7, normally. If not, whatever I found while looking for mine in the Tall Grass
Bag :Birdies for the Brave Org.14 Desert Camo 

Shoes : Oakley Cipher 2

                 Addidas Adizero One Wd

                 Nike Lunar Control

                 6 other pair "just in case"

 

Founder: Texas BBQ Curtain (according to Jdiddyesquire)

 

Favorite #TOURSAUCE Move:  signing a ball and tossing it to a non existent fan as I walk back to cart. 

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If Hogan is like SCOR in regards to customer service my guess is that if you called and inquired they would include you in the offer and they would be flexible. I'm going to refrain for now, I'd like to but I made a promise to my wife.

 

It's killing me but I'm having success with what I currently bag. I'd need five clubs and that's some serious scratch just for looks and an unknown level of improvement. I'd love to try something around a 30 to see. But I could invest $185 on game golf, 3 lessons, a round at TPC with a friend, another pair of tru links wears or a gym membership and the wife would understand way before a club.

 

There's little doubt that I'm going to find a way to try a new Hogan, it's a question of when and after reflection and a 72 the when isn't now. :)

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Ping G410 - set at 12 degrees, fade setting - Alpha Distanza 40 weak R flex shaft

Tour Exotics EX 10 3 wood

Ping G410 5-9 wood

G30 6-PW -  Aerotech FT 500 shafts

SCOR 48,52,58

EVNRoll ER 5

Titleist Pro VIx optic yellow with revkev stamped on them

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If Hogan is like SCOR in regards to customer service my guess is that if you called and inquired they would include you in the offer and they would be flexible. I'm going to refrain for now, I'd like to but I made a promise to my wife.

 

It's killing me but I'm having success with what I currently bag. I'd need five clubs and that's some serious scratch just for looks and an unknown level of improvement. I'd love to try something around a 30 to see. But I could invest $185 on game golf, 3 lessons, a round at TPC with a friend, another pair of tru links wears or a gym membership and the wife would understand way before a club.

 

There's little doubt that I'm going to find a way to try a new Hogan, it's a question of when and after reflection and a 72 the when isn't now. :)

 

If nothing else, I suppose you could send a quick email to Bill Totten, the Hogan customer service rep who wrote me back and see if they'd let you try a 30 degree for the same 30-day period they're giving others. It would only be for one club, but if they think you might eventually buy more clubs, maybe they'd be flexible. and you'd get your money back if you weren't happy with the club. I suspect that those people Hogan made the 30-day offer to may be people who have contacted the company inquiring about the clubs. Otherwise, I'm not sure how the company would have gotten their names. Meanwhile shooting in the low 70s is certainly nothing to scoff at. 

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They were great to me when they were SCOR, I would not take advantage of their good will like that. I think that consumers have a responsibility also. The day will come when I will seriously consider purchasing Hogan irons. When it does, I will ask for that opportunity to try.

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Ping G410 - set at 12 degrees, fade setting - Alpha Distanza 40 weak R flex shaft

Tour Exotics EX 10 3 wood

Ping G410 5-9 wood

G30 6-PW -  Aerotech FT 500 shafts

SCOR 48,52,58

EVNRoll ER 5

Titleist Pro VIx optic yellow with revkev stamped on them

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In the late 1970s, I returned to golf after a layoff caused to some extent by marriage and the siring of two new fellow choppers.  My ball striking with my old Citations blades was not drawing gasps of admiration, so I invested in a set of the then new stainless steel game improvement irons.  My choice was a set of Spalding Executives, 2-SW, not especially expensive, and while they were uglier than a coyote's rectum, they were super easy to hit and allowed me to get back into the fray without too much discouragement.  As the ball striking got better, I started wanting to hit shots that the extreme sole and perimeter weighting weren't good for, so eventually, I went back to golf clubs that looked a little more like golf clubs.

 

In 1978, the Executive irons cost me exactly $257.00, $199 for the 3-PW and then $29 each for the 2-iron and sand wedge.  The laminated maple 3, 4, 5, and 7-woods were maybe thirty-five bucks each, my memory not being precise in their case.  I also spent about twenty bucks on a new Ray Cook mallet putter.  My equipment budget was exhausted at that point.

 

My new Hogans  were $168 EACH for nine clubs--23, 28, 33, 38, 43, 48, 53, 58, 63º.  If I didn't like them, I would be extremely agitated!  Fortunately, I do like them and wrote a little review elsewhere in these forums.

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In the late 1970s, I returned to golf after a layoff caused to some extent by marriage and the siring of two new fellow choppers.  My ball striking with my old Citations blades was not drawing gasps of admiration, so I invested in a set of the then new stainless steel game improvement irons.  My choice was a set of Spalding Executives, 2-SW, not especially expensive, and while they were uglier than a coyote's rectum, they were super easy to hit and allowed me to get back into the fray without too much discouragement.  As the ball striking got better, I started wanting to hit shots that the extreme sole and perimeter weighting weren't good for, so eventually, I went back to golf clubs that looked a little more like golf clubs.

 

In 1978, the Executive irons cost me exactly $257.00, $199 for the 3-PW and then $29 each for the 2-iron and sand wedge.  The laminated maple 3, 4, 5, and 7-woods were maybe thirty-five bucks each, my memory not being precise in their case.  I also spent about twenty bucks on a new Ray Cook mallet putter.  My equipment budget was exhausted at that point.

 

My new Hogans  were $168 EACH for nine clubs--23, 28, 33, 38, 43, 48, 53, 58, 63º.  If I didn't like them, I would be extremely agitated!  Fortunately, I do like them and wrote a little review elsewhere in these forums.

Why the 5* gap between clubs rather than the recommended 4* gap?


Driver: Tour Edge Exotics EXS w/Mitsubishi ck Blue regular shaft Fairways:  Cobra King F8 3W(14.5*) & 5W(18.5*) w/Mitsubishi ck Blue regular shaft Hybrids: Tour Edge CBX 119 4H(22*)  with Project X Evenflo regular shaft Irons: Wilson Staff D7 5 - PW w/Recoil 460 regular shafts Wedges: Wilson D7 GW(48*) & SW(54*) Cobra King F8 LW(58*)all wedges have Recoil 460 regular shafts Putter: 33" Bellum-Winmore 707 putter Bag: Cobra Ultralite Cart Bag(Peacoat Blue).

 

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23-27-31-35-39-43-47-51-55-59-63 =eleven clubs

23-28-33-38-43-48-53-58-63= nine clubs.

 

I've got four Titleist PT metals with these awesome Seamus Golf tartan plaid headcovers (four different plaids) that aren't going anywhere.  They're not too strong lofted like modern metalwoods.  They're not too upright like modern metalwoods.  They don't have closed faces like modern metalwoods. They're shaped like the wooden woods with which I learned the game unlike modern metalwoods.  And nine plus four equals thirteen, just enough room for a putter. Beyond that, those four plaid headcovers look like sex and money in my leather and twill Belding bag.

 

Sometimes I replace something for a dedicated driving iron or dedicated sand iron (like a Worx).  Four degree gaps don't allow me the flexibility I need to stay within the fourteen club limit.

 

Beyond that, my swing speed isn't what it was when I was thirty.  If four degree progressions gave me good yardage increments then, five degree progressions give me them now.  The overall yardage range  from longest to shortest is of course less, so it needs fewer clubs to cover and also leaves more room for shot-specific utilities when desired.

 

Hope that helps.

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