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...Where to start?

 

I've been asking myself that question since I received my notification a few weeks ago. There is just so much surrounding what the new Ben Hogan Company has set out to do. Obviously at the forefront of those efforts are the new Fort Worth 15 Irons and the TK 15 Wedges.

 

That's where I come in.

 

Once the proudest company in the sport, the Hogan name has fallen to such a point, that I recently had a coworker ask me if I was reviewing the type of clubs you would buy at your local Wal-Mart.

 

Wal-Mart.

 

To put it simply?

 

No.

 

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Now that I have your attention, I bring you my story.

 

An integral part of the application process was going to www.benhogangolf.com, completing their online HoganFit system and submitting that prescription to the guys at MGS. Barbajo and Bones would then forward that to the company, the order gets filled and life goes on... For some of us.

 

I, on the other hand, struggled for almost two weeks trying to understand their recommendation. HoganFit put me in an Regular Flex KBS Tour 90 shaft. This was bonkers to me! Regular flex?! That's going the wrong way! (All thoughts that went through my mind).

 

Just a little about myself: I'm 24, 260 pounds, 5'10” and played baseball my entire life. I'm used to swinging things.

 

Now i'm no bodybuilder (quite the opposite actually), but I've never played Regular Flex. I have nothing against it, but I've always been a Stiff-flex-verging-on-X-Stiff kind of guy. So to see a Regular Flex in my prescription made me question what was going on. My solution was to give their customer service a call and really put these guys through the ringer.

 

I called in the middle of the day and started to break down my issue. The gentleman I spoke with waited patiently, listening to every detail I gave him, asking the appropriate questions as I went and really processed what I had to say. I wasn't irate at all (why should I be?) just more concerned that the fit would be correct and I could do Mr. Hogan justice.

 

Eventually we realized that because I struggle with an over the top action (what 15 handicap doesn't?) which promotes a loss of distance and a high/right trajectory my numbers were throwing off the software. See, all of the data you put into their software is used to try and built the perfect set. If you put too short of a distance, it's going to strengthen the lofts and give you a lighter, softer flex shaft to try and get the distance back where it should be. HoganFit also takes into account how many times per round you hit your approach from inside 150 yards. Scoring range. That's the goal.

 

We settled on the KBS Tour C-Taper in Stiff (big change huh?) and along the way I got an over-the-phone drill to take to the range and an in depth explanation of my problem. He also worked out that I needed 3/4” cut off the length of the clubs and that the distance gapping was correct for me.  I can't remember the guys name, but the customer service was outstanding. There is more to come on this subject I promise (see full review).

 

Now I'm ready to go! I let the guys at MGS know all is well and then patiently wait. A couple of weeks go by and these shows up.

 

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As inconspicuous as any other piece of mail, but in that tall, thin and (relatively) narrow, glorious box. Every golfer in the world knows what they are seeing when a box like this shows up. Suddenly nothing else matters.

Inside the box is a different story. In true Ben Hogan fashion every inch of the inside of the box is decked out in Red, White and Blue. The clubs are pristinely packaged, heads covered in plastic and rubber bands and separated by little cardboard protectors.

 

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I go about my business like a child on Christmas morning. One by one, each club comes out, gets inspected, and laid on the floor. Eventually I have each one inspected and I get to this:

 

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How cool? A personalized bag tag for yardages and a letter explaining their mission. If Hogan does nothing else well, they have at least hit their packaging out of the park.

 

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Talk about touch? Wow. Straight to the heart Mr. Koehler.

 

At this point, I have 11 of the most beautiful clubs I've seen laying on the floor in front of me and I feel like I'm dreaming. I'm looking down at another man's legacy. Two men actually.

 

Now it's my turn to judge them. Can they deliver? Boy do I have my work cut out for me. I won't let you down Mr. Hogan. Or you guys and girls here at MGS. We all deserve the very best this company has to offer, and it's time to find out if they've delivered.

One thing's for certain. Pictures do not do these clubs justice.

 

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Can the Hawk make a comeback?



P. S. To anyone checking these out, now is your chance to ask me questions. Want something tested or included in my review? PM me or ask in the comments! This review is for the community, and if there is anything I can include within my own limitations, I would be happy to try for you. These clubs are the kind of thing not many people are going to see sitting on store shelves, and if I can provide you with an unbiased opinion (name of the game) to help with your decision on Ben Hogan, I would be happy to do so. Please feel free to contact me everyone!

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Ben Hogan Fort Worth 15 Irons & TK 15 Wedges- Official MGS Forum Review By Sschaffer24

 

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Introduction

 

Going back to my childhood Ben Hogan was a name I've always heard, but really never knew why. You know what I mean, those names your parents mention at different times, or the ones you hear on TV during a broadcast, but are never really explained to you. Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, Babe Ruth, Tim Brown, Tiger Woods, Joe Montana, Ken Stabler (RIP Snake) Those are a few of the icons that meant something to me. Eventually I learned the stories of each of them, and understood why their names are revelled around the sporting world.

 

Like any little boy, you have your heroes. Mine were in this order: My Father, Babe Ruth, Tim Brown, Tiger Woods & Ben Hogan.

 

Sports always played an important role in my life. My first love was baseball. I played throughout my childhood and loved every aspect of it. But like growing up tends to do, things got in the way and forced me to move on. Babe Ruth was always a man that I idolized while I played. He played in an era where nothing but pure talent and athletic skill was on display. He represented the ordinary man to me. Seeing pictures of him, old footage of him playing baseball and dominating the sport motivated me to play better. But as with anything, all flames slowly burn out.

 

When I stopped playing baseball, I turned towards golf. Some of my earliest memories with my dad are on the golf course. I remember going at the age of 6 or 7 to a junior clinic at one of our local courses. The pro was to teach the fundamentals and then we would have a Father/Son tournament at the end. Like anything I struggled early on. Being a little kid, and being no good, I never wanted to go. All through high school I would go a few times a year with my dad, hit the ball as absolutely hard as I could (never straight, a common theme for me) and I'd inevitably end up so frustrated. From the age of 6 to 19 I felt like I progressed exactly zero towards becoming a better golfer.

 

Then something magical happened.

 

A tradition for my family is to play a few rounds a year when we go on vacation. We are very common Outer Banks travelers in May, and my dad and I decided to play a round at the Pointe Club the one year.

 

Going up to the first tee box, we were paired with a group of two other guys. Having not played at all that year, nervous didn't even begin to capture how I was feeling standing on that first tee box. Anytime you're playing with not only two strangers, but your dad, you want that first swing to go well.

 

Being courteous the other two guys let my dad and I tee off first. My dad gets up, promptly puts a ball down the middle (just past the bunkers on the right for anyone familiar with the course) and now it's my turn. I place my tee in the ground, line up, take a practice swing, line up, and hit a ball down the middle! The ball finished within two yards of my dads. I quickly pick up my tee and turn around completely concealing any joy or nerves.

 

The other two guys tee off and off we go. I get to my tee shot, grab my 3W (I used to golf with this setup: Driver, 3W, SW, Putter) and immediately duff the ball into the pond. At this point, the usual frustration comes back, I place my club back in my bag and get in the cart.

 

As my dad and I are driving to the green I ask him a question.

 

“Why can't I play this game the right way? Why is this so hard?” I said.

 

My dad responds: “Because you aren't using the right clubs. Hitting the same club all of the time is never going to make you any better. Why don't you try your irons? What can it hurt? ”

 

Then I realized something. He had a point. I would hit a 3W from anywhere from 250 to 70 yards out because it was the only club I could make any kind of decent contact with.

 

But if I never tried to use them, I would always play the same game. My scores would never get any lower, I wouldn't actually be “playing” anything. Just blindly whacking a ball all over the course and wanting to break stuff.

So I made a deal with myself to use all of my clubs that day. Suddenly the game became fun! There was strategy! And what was this?! I could actually get the ball into the air?! Wow!

 

After driving my dad crazy that day asking him all kind of questions about what to use and where to aim and all of that kind of thing I was irrevocably and totally hooked. That day was the first time I felt this. I didn't know the quote at the time. But my body knew. My bones knew. My heart knew...

 

“A well hit golf shot is a feeling that goes up the shaft, right through your hands and into your heart.”

-Ben Hogan

 

That was 5 years ago. Fast forward to today and I'm a self proclaimed golf junkie. I would spend every day on the course if I could. It's well known around the dealership that I work at that any free time I have is spent on the golf course, on the range or reading/watching something golf related. In that span of time I've went from playing off brand clubs to becoming a budding “club ho” and have learned not only how to use all 14 clubs in the bag, but also play to a decent standard as well.

 

And just like with baseball, a man has to have his icons. While my dad has never left that spotlight, two people have entered in place of Babe Ruth.

 

Tiger Woods and Ben Hogan.

 

Having two idols is an important distinction this time around. While I wanted to become Ruth in my baseball days, I knew I could never be Tiger.

 

Mr. Hogan? That's a different story. He was the ordinary guy who put the time in to become great at what he did. Spending hours on the range, just drilling those feelings into his bones. Overcoming so much, but being a symbol of integrity to so many.

 

The legacy of the man has always been there for me, the brand of equipment not so much. Due to my relatively young age and my even younger experience with the golf industry I wasn't around to see the Ben Hogan golf company at their peak. The Apex irons were released when I was 8 years old. So to speak of the past accomplishments and faults of this company is something I'm not qualified to do.

 

When I learned in January of the new Ben Hogan line of irons and wedges coming out though? I was thrilled! Having the opportunity to finally be able to play a set of irons inspired by the man I look up to is an honor. I followed the PGA show religiously this year and was ecstatic to hear some of the first impressions from the guys who had the chance to hit them. (Thanks Barbajo! Still remember your post.)

 

Needless to say I was intrigued. Having went through multiple changes of every phase of the bag in my short time playing the game, I have experience with a range of style of irons. I've gamed knock off Taylormade irons (called Sun Valley Golf) and went from there into a full set of Mizuno MP-59's. I played the Mizuno's for two years until last season when I went and was fitted for a set of Ping i25's. Through that time I've also gamed a couple of different brand of wedges. I originally started with the matching wedges for the Sun Valley clubs, and then replaced those with Vokey SM4's, and finally with a custom built set of Edel wedges.

 

I've managed to get my handicap as low as a 14.8 index, while unfortunately trending the other way currently (I'm working on it!) I struggle with my long game significantly, and am very skilled in my short game. Inside of 100 yards it's game over. Give me a long par 5 and I want to cry.

 

Since my time of starting to take the game seriously I've went through some strong transitions in my swing. Initially I struggled with every facet, then I straightened out, then started to draw the ball, which moved to a hook, and then back to a massive cut. I'm finally starting to kill the high/right block-fade that I've struggled with for so long.

 

Slowly but surely. Like the tortoise and the hare. Slow and steady wins the race.

 

Because of my relative inexperience with the Hogan brand in their heyday I didn't have many strong preconceived notions coming into this test about specific details of the clubs. I did, however have some strong thoughts about the irons in general.

 

  1. These clubs are very expensive. Almost too expensive.

  2. The long irons would be murder to hit.

  3. The wedges wouldn't hold a candle to my Edel wedges.

  4. The blade head shape would inspire confidence in me.

  5. They wouldn't feel nearly as nice as a Mizuno iron.

 

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Performance

 

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Distinct stamping for TK 15 Wedges.

 

-Wedges (53, 57, 61)

 

I love preconceived notions. Those little feelings are life's greatest lessons wrapped inside this small, confident shell that's slowly disintegrating.

 

Going into this review I was absolutely head-over-heels in love with my Edel wedges. There were three clubs in my bag worth fighting over and they say “sixty”, “fifty six” and “fifty two”. I loved reading the forum member reviews raving about their Scor wedges, their Vokeys, Cleveland's, Mack Daddy's and so on. I always felt I had this hidden gem in my Edel wedges. Then I got my Hogans.

 

So many people were convinced that these wedges were going to revolutionize their game. I on the other hand, was going through separation anxiety from being on the course without my Edel wedges.

 

Then I started playing with the clubs. Fit for bounce? Pfft. Who needs that? I have a few comparisons for you.

 

These wedges make me feel like I'm doing one of any of the following: Throwing darts, dropping bombs, launching missiles or to put it simply, hitting it close.

 

Turf interaction is some of the best I've experienced with an iron. Even a steep swing such as mine left a very satisfying experience that tied in beautifully to the feel of the golf club. The spin I was able to generate from these clubs was truly outstanding. I was getting shots to hit and stop out of the rough from only a few yards off the green. These wedges in combination with the Snell My Tour Ball make a nasty combination around the greens. One big reason?

 

This sole:

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V- Sole on 49* Wedge. Progressively implemented through the whole set.

 

I've since learned my lesson. preconceived notions have no factual base. They're typically some form of an existing opinion that is tied into either a positive or negative perception of your current setup. For me, the Edel wedges were my pride and joy.

 

Mr. Hogan has taught me a valuable lesson here. Don't blindly assume. These are the strongest clubs in the bag for me, closely trailed by another group I'll get into shortly.  That being said, I can't fault these wedges in any area.

 

If anyone reading this is in the market for a set of wedges, give Ben Hogan and his TK wedges a try. They are the best I've gamed at this point, and are truly the strongest part of this companies offering. Do yourself a favor, get the four wedges that flow with your set. Don't stop at two or three. The 49* wedge has been tremendous for me. Accuracy has never been higher, and while distance gains aren't a focus for me on my wedges (especially considering loft differences) these deliver more than expected on that front.

 

-Wedges (53, 57, 61) Score: 100 of 100. The total package. The standout product of the test.

 

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Distinct Stamping For FT. Worth 15 Irons.

 

-Short Irons (41, 45, 49)

 

The people of MGS reading this are going to notice a trend here. The difference between a wedge and a short iron in this set isn't going to be too noticeable. Which is a distinct experience through a set of golf clubs. It's pretty interesting to see how much difference there is when I pick up my i25 9 iron and sit it side by side with my 52* Edel gap wedge. Obviously they are two separate companies, but every component of the club changes. The shaft changes, head shape, CG, swing weight, groove pattern, lie angle, weight relief, grind, turf interaction, ball flight and spin properties are all dramatically different.

 

When I compare my Hogan 41* iron with my 61* wedge very little changes. Outside of looking down at noticeably more loft the two clubs feel exactly the same. Which is extremely confidence inspiring.

 

People are used to learning two different feels, hence liking one club over another. If we as golfers are so dead set on testing all of the variables of our games. If we spend the time and money on being fit for the exact shaft, lie angle, length and so on, why do people put two or three completely different brand and models of clubs in the same bag?

 

What the Ben Hogan golf company has managed to do is completely eliminate this crutch of our golf bag. With this set my wedges blend perfectly into my short irons, my short irons into my mid irons, and my mid irons into my long irons. Perfect progression. With every loft comes a new head shape and weight distribution that is tuned to a distance gap we are trying to fill.

 

The changes I noticed with these irons over my previous gamers came in a few areas. Ball flight was extremely different. Offering a much lower ball flight through the Hogan's as well as significantly more spin and thus stopping power coming into greens. Mishits weren't punished nearly as bad as someone would assume from the bladed head shape, and distance control is stupid easy.

 

These are the first set of clubs I've ever swung where each shot feels like I have the same iron in my hands. They are truly synonymous with each other throughout the set, with a few noticeable exceptions.

 

In terms of performance, I noticed an increase in my distances, a lower more penetrating ball flight, and dramatically more stopping power coming into greens. my shots hit and stop. Every time. Which fits my game perfectly.

 

-Short Irons (41, 45, 49) Score: 100 of 100. So similar to the Wedges. Outstanding.

 

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-Mid Irons (29, 33, 37)

 

Ah. The dicey part of a set. I would argue that these clubs are the biggest culprit of being thrown across the golf course after a bad shot, and also are the most likely to be triumphantly placed back into someones bag after they hit a pinseeker that makes them look like they know what they're doing.

 

Here is what every golfer is terrified to admit to themselves. These are the make or break part of your game. Sure the driver is important, so are your wedges and the almighty putter. But these three irons are the most likely to come out of the bag going into the majority of holes. And unless you're playing from the champion tees, more than likely what most of us will hit into par 3's.

 

So, naturally these are the most important part of the set. Doesn't it make sense that if all of the major OEM's are racing to build the longest hitting 6 iron, that they are doing that for a reason? I'd argue they have some statistical data that says us mortals are hitting something like that (a traditional 6 iron) into most greens.

 

So, how do the Hogan's stack up?

 

Distance out of the middle of the club is on par with the Ping i25 irons I've gamed for the past season or so. If anything, a well struck shot flies a little bit further. But it's so miniscule. The trajectory of these is second to no iron I've gamed in the past. I fully expect a large part of that is the C-Taper shafts I have in these, but let's not forget with a bladed muscle back the CG is placed higher, which also promotes a more piercing trajectory compared to the i25 and their tungsten weighting that is put low into the club head.

 

That being said, these are noticeably lower than the MP-59's I've gamed in the past as well. Distance on mishits is there also. One of the most highly touted design characteristics of these irons is their redistribution of mass closer to the CG of the club head, instead of out to the perimeter as we are all so used to seeing.

 

The experience when using these reflects that. If I hit a shot off of the toe, I notice a small loss in distance (maybe 5 yards) whereas strikes out of the middle and heel fly very similar distances for me. Hitting the ball thin does promote the highest drop in performance (I'd say roughly 7-10 yards). I don't really struggle with missing the mall high on the face, so I don't have much data to give from that strike pattern.

 

All in all, these irons outperformed the forgiveness expectations I had for them by a long shot. These irons are significantly less punishing than the MP-59's and very close to on par with the Ping i25's. I'd imagine you would see a relatively noticeable forgiveness difference between the Hogan's and something SGI like Ping G30's.

All in all, these irons outperformed my expectations by a long shot. Where I expected a terrifyingly hard to hit club, I found something very close to on par to my current gamers that provided a massive upgrade in ball flight, a much straighter trajectory as well as lower, much more bite into greens and distances inline with what I expect.

 

I did have some trouble with my strikes on the 29* iron. Getting into that length my swing deficiencies start to rear their ugly head and I can have the occasional thin bullet or fat shot to accompany my round.

 

-Mid Irons (29, 33, 37) Score: 94 of 100. The 29* loft is shaky for me. Otherwise these are fantastic.

 

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-Long Irons (21, 25)

 

I'm going to take an opportunity to repeat myself. The strongest part of my game is by far my short game. The weakest part of my game is by far my long game. I understand my perception is warped by these things, and try to factor that into my scoring as well as my critique.

 

With that being said. These two clubs are by far the worst part of the set for me. I have a very close friend who is a single digit handicap that hit these irons on the range and had absolutely no issues with them. Irons are the strength of his game however, and these lofts are not my strength.

 

My experience with these two clubs are as follows. Inconsistent distances with huge variances from shot to shot, especially with the 21* loft. These two irons felt almost verging on too long for me. Physically they feel somewhat disconnected from the set. That may be a setup issue, and is almost absolutely a skill issue for me and not a club issue. No matter the reasoning however, the issue is there. I've completely taken the 21* iron out of my bag and replaced it with my i25 hybrid (welcome change for my golf game) and I have the 25* iron in the bag currently, although I am waiting for a fitting to find a replacement long iron to step in place of that club or possibly to fill the gap with a second hybrid.

 

When I hit these irons pure, they are fantastic. The 25* iron is verging on playable for me, but because I don't strike the iron properly, it essentially falls into the same distance as my 29* or my 33*. Which makes the club redundant.

 

Two of my favorite things to use these for however, are off of the tee and on narrow par 4's. One thing that these two clubs do very well is go dead straight and very low to the ground. If I hit them as a layup club or off of the tee where I can take advantage of the height a tee provides, they become playable.

 

I want to stress this for all of the guys and girls here reading this. My experience with these clubs is entirely based off my deficiencies. I have absolute confidence that for someone whose strength is in long irons, or is just in general a significantly better ball striker than myself, can maximize these two clubs in ways I'm just not physically capable of as of now.

 

-Long Irons (21, 25) Score: 85 of 100. Given they are playable in some circumstances. And the issue is all swing related.

 

-Performance Notes

 

Precision is back. Believe the statement. As much as marketing seems fake, this statement is steeped in resounding truth. Every decision made on these clubs keeps that goal in mind, and the irons & wedges deliver on that goal in a powerful way. Distances are in line with where you would expect, and the spin is not a feature to sleep on. These irons stop in greens in a more pronounced way than I've seen.

 

-Total Performance Score: 95

 

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Subjective

 

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-Looks

 

It's time for some brutal honesty. These irons & wedges are without a doubt the most beautiful and well designed clubs I've had the opportunity to touch. Every touch of this club has been combed over to give the absolute best presentation of the brand possible.

 

The signature. Black & Red. The chrome mirrored finish. The matte silver shafts. The traditional ferrules that are, you guessed it, Black & Red. The KBS Tour labels and their color scheme, all tied together perfectly with the Black & Red Golf Pride NDMC grips. Opening that box for the first time and seeing these irons, and then being able to inspect each element of the clubs individually left me completely blown away. Still to this day I am deeply impressed when looking at these clubs.

 

Some forum members showed concerns about the thickness of the topline. Myself, I felt there was no remote issue with the thickness from these clubs. I haven't had the opportunity to game Miura irons, so compared to a more traditional blade they may be thicker, but with that it is of no distraction at all to me when I have them in play.

 

The difference in head shape and weight relief is noticeable during play, and is a nice subtle reminder of the modern work that's been forged into these irons.

 

-Looks Score: 100 of 100. Absolutely perfect. Stunning.

 

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-Sound & Feel

 

This is where golf gets fun. We start to sounds pretty interesting to people outside of the game when we explain how a golf club feels. Has anyone else here ever tried to explain to someone how one piece of metal can feel buttery and smooth with a slight click, while another can feel loud and obnoxious with a hint of confidence on the side? It's verging on crazy!

 

The even crazier part is that there is something to it! Most people looking into these clubs have their own opinions on what they like. Mizuno feels one way to someone and another way to another person. Neither are right or wrong, both are what they are. To me, these irons feel very soft, not quite Mizuno soft, but soft nonetheless with a very audible and satisfying click at impact. It's not in any way tinny or weak sounding. Actually more dull and sold. You know when you connect with the middle of the club that you've compressed the ball and hit a golf shot. Which is exactly what I want out of my irons. The last thing I want is it to sound like my driver or 3W. And I get absolutely none of that with these irons.

 

The feeling inspires tremendous confidence. The V-Sole cutting through the turf perfectly is outstanding and for me, that small, compact club head really helps to visualize and provide confidence for my golf shot.

 

The only difference I can tell between a Mizuno iron (which I consider to be class A for sound & feel) and a Ben Hogan iron is the sound the iron makes. Which speaks to Mizuno's Harmonic Impact Technology. I can promise any person on this forum gaming clubs of this ilk, hitting a Hogan is going to feel oddly familiar, but refreshingly new.

 

-Sound & Feel Score: 96 of 100. Second only to Mizuno in my book.

 

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-Likelihood Of Purchase

 

Coming into this test with the background that I have, I've been interested in the irons since I first heard of their release. The first time HoganFit was up and I had the opportunity to go and play around with their fitting software I was really impressed with everything I saw. Until I got to the set suggestion screen. $1,900?!?!

 

Whoa. That's a lot of money. Exactly about three times the amount I paid for my i25's. Which brings me to my transition period I've went through. Coming into this test? I wanted in the worst way to game these irons. But given their lack of a fitting network, having to trust the process strictly through the website, and then being tied to what I felt equated into a $1,900 gamble turned me off of the irons.

 

Then MGS stepped in and provided me with this fantastic opportunity. That's where this all changed. Now that I have had the opportunity to test these irons. I've put them through their paces and have went through the online fitting process. I know the experience. I would absolutely without a shadow of doubt purchase these clubs. I would recommend these clubs to anyone who is serious about the sport, and enjoys a classic looking club.

 

I can't say this enough. To anyone on the fence. The clubs are truly worth the investment. I had a reaction when I first saw the pricing that I'm sure a lot of this audience had as well. I've now done a complete 180* turn on my thinking. And would easily spend that money to have the performance I do currently. Money doesn't buy a game, but money can pay for a fitting and the right clubs. The Ben Hogan golf company has delivered on that for me.

 

These clubs are firmly in the bag.

 

-Likelihood Of Purchase Score: 100 of 100. These are firmly in the bag.

 

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-Subjective Notes

 

The feel is outstanding. The smaller head inspires confidence for me. By far the most attractive looking golf clubs I've laid eyes on. Sound is different than expected, in a positive spin.

 

-Total Subjective Score: 99 of 100. Knocked it out of the park.

 

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Conclusion

 

We've come to the end friends. What a journey. This has been a truly amazing experience for me. I can't even begin to explain how thankful I am for those who chose me to participate in this. I made a promise to myself that I'd put in everything I have to this. I've spent countless hours on the range. Multiple rounds at different courses and different conditions with these clubs and I truly can't say enough for what these irons have to offer.

 

In every single way someone could ask for these to perform, they do. One thing people need to realize when looking into buying these clubs, is how to assess their strengths and weaknesses. If I had been ordering these for myself, I would not have spent the money on the 21* iron. I've never carried it, and realized quickly once getting these irons why I don't. That's fine. That doesn't hurt the clubs. It's just me being realistic. With that being said, anyone in the market, give these a shot. At the very least call in to their customer service department and talk with them. If you speak to Frank Walley, you'll find the gentlemen I mentioned in my unboxing that patiently worked with me to find my perfect setup. For that, I thank you.

 

This brings me back to a few things I've thought about pretty heavily over the past month and a half. This brand encompasses a man's legacy. This isn't some company that just popped up overnight. This is one of the proudest names in golf. Terry Koehler and his team have done these clubs right. Mr. Hogan would be proud. And I'm proud to be gaming the clubs of one of my childhood idols.

 

Which brings me full circle. I started off at a young age with this game with my father. Over time, I finally found the time in my life to embrace it completely. Since then, I've had some truly amazing and memorable experiences. Through my life I've tried to live my life with integrity and honesty. It's been something my father has taught me, and something I've always admired about my heroes.

 

I believe that Terry Koehler and his team believe in the same values, and it shows through not only in their product but in the delivery of that product. In the information they provide for their customer. The voice they give their golf clubs and the brand they've brought back from the dead, hopefully to reignite a small part of the golf industry.

 

I myself wish them all the best in that goal, and can promise that in the small town of DuBois, Pennsylvania they have a voice in the golf community.

 

Congratulations, Mr. Koehler. You've preserved Mr. Hogan's legacy. Not an easy task.

 

The Hawk is back.

 

-Total Score: 97 of 100.

 

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Extra Credit

 

-Video Review

 

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Before I get into to everything, I want to give a shout out of thanks to MyGolfSpy and Ben Hogan Golf for letting me and the others be a part of this AMAZING opportunity.  When I got the message that I was one of the lucky ones to partake in this, I seriously got the biggest smile on my face, which stayed there for at least a few days!!!  Now on with the show!

 

Unboxing:

I rushed home from the veterinary clinic where I work because I got a text from my wife that a package had arrived at our doorstep.  I maybe was a little short with some of my last few patients/clients, and maybe didn't take the most detailed notes in the records so I could leave a few minutes early…I mean come on, for me this was an EMERGENCY!!!  I was one of the last ones to get the long anticipated, long brown box at the door step.  My Ben Hogan irons had arrived in WISCONSIN!!!

 

 

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I immediately brought the box into the house, forgot to kiss and hug my wife and say “hey hun, how was your day” and went right to the dining room to bust open my new irons and wedges.  The box was very unassuming and plain.  No fancy writing or logos on the box, just a straight up, cardboard box.  The outside of the box was a little bumped and bruised but on the inside was pure perfection.  The irons were laid out neatly on the inside with minimal padding, just a little plastic wrapped around each head.  They were packed very neatly and tightly though so they stayed ding and dent free during the trip up north.  The inside of the box was a pretty classy red, white, and blue with the quotation on the bottom reading, “A well hit golf shot is a feeling that goes up the shaft, right into your hands, and into your heart.” Ben Hogan

 

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Other clubs that I have ordered, such as Taylormade irons, were a bit more ‘securely' packaged with the club heads in foam padding, but the Hogan's arrived in perfect condition regardless.  This was just an observation, not really a negative for me (although it would've been if they were scratched and dinged).

 

There was a nice little write up about the irons and the company along with the clubs as well as a bag tag with each iron, the loft and a blank space for a yardage so you can keep note of your average distances you hit each one.  I think that's a cool little feature that can help you transition from the traditionally ‘numbered' irons to these that have the lofts written on them.  I honestly probably won't use this in that way, but some may find it useful.

 

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One of the slightly disappointing things about my unboxing experience was that I had done the HoganFit and had been fitted for the 23* to the 63* with 4* increments between.  I had only received the 23* to the 59*.    I promptly asked the other MyGolfSpy members if they got 10 or 11 clubs and most everyone got 11 (where I got 10).  It brought me back to my childhood Christmas where yes it was awesome and exciting, but I always had a slight disappointment because my little sister always got more presents and better gifts then me. 

 

But one of the great things I've learned thus far about Ben Hogan Golf is that their customer service has been phenomenal.  I spoke directed with Tyler, the Digital Marketing Manager, and he looked into for me.  Within 30 minutes I had an email directly from him saying my 63* is going to be built to the same specs as the rest and shipped out ASAP.  I was very pleased!

 

Over the past 5-8 years I've played with a number of iron sets so I hope I can offer some decent comparisons if that's what you guys want.  My current gamers are the Adams CMB 4-GW with TT DG Tour x100s.  Some of the previous sets were MacGregor VIP 1025M, Ping i20, TM Rocketbladez Tour, Mizuno MP 30 and 60s, TM MCs, Bridgestone J40 CB, and TM R9 TP. 

 

So there ya go!  Can't wait to get some range and rounds in with these bad boys and I'm sure you all are looking forwards to more pics and reviews.  I hope to do you and MyGolfSpy justice.  Let me know if you have any questions.

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Ben Hogan Fort Worth 15 Irons &TK 15 Wedges – Official MGS Forum Review by SNCGOLF03

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INTRO

            I fill you all in with a little information about myself and my game.  I just turned 29 and have played golf I guess about 20 years or so.  I played DIII golf up in Wisconsin where I'm from and got my HCP down to a 1 a year after I graduated in 2005.  Then veterinary school came about and KILLED my golf playing time.  I'm just over a year out of veterinary school and not able to play as much as I would like, but still more than my wife would like me to play.  I probably get to play 9 holes a week on average during the months it's not snowing and my handicap is hovering between a 2-3. 

            My game is fairly consistent…consistently inconsistent that is.  I'm fairly long, not the longest player by any means, but I consistently hit my driver 280-300 on flat, no wind, normal run outs.  Driver SS is around 115-118 mph.  I would say the weakness in my game is accuracy; I don't hit a high percentage of fairways and struggle to hit a high percentage of G.I.R.s.  I usually only average probably 30-40% of fairways and about 50% of GIRs, therefore I am usually doing a good a bit of scrambling.  So all in all my strengths would be my length and short game, and my weaknesses are my accuracy and iron play (low GIRs). 

            I don't typically try and work the ball that often unless the hole absolutely calls for it, so I typically hit more of a straight ball.  I prefer to fade the ball if I want to work it, and am less comfortable hitting a draw on command but have recent been having a little draw to my ball flight.  I've mentioned in by ‘unboxing' my current gamers (Adams CMB and Cobra Trusty Rusty wedges) and the other irons I've played in the past few years. 

            My preconceived notions of the brand were that they would come out with a very high quality product that would stay true to the Hogan roots.  Like almost all of the other Ben Hogan irons, I thought they would look amazing.  I expected a classic look/design with a hint of modern technology to try and add forgiveness.  I must say they definitely delivered on all fronts.

 

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PERFORMANCE

 

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   - Wedges (50* and up)

            The wedges that I have are 51*, 55*, 59* and 63*.  Prior to the Hogan's I had the Adams CMB in 51*, the Cobra Trusty Rusty in 55* and 61*.  The previous gapping I had was typically 130 yards for the CMB Gap Wedge (51*) and I would hit ¾  and ½ shots all the way down to 100 yards.  My Trusty Rusty 55* is typically the 115 max down to 80 depending on the type of shot I'm hitting, and the 61* is typically 90 yards and below.  I typically use the 61* for the vast majority of the chip shots around the greens and bunker shots.  I have to say probably my favorite club is the 51* Adams GW, very straight forgiving and consistent, so I was looking forward to seeing how the Hogan's faired in comparison.

            The TK wedges look and feel freaking awesome.  Around the greens they performed very nicely.  I was able to comfortably hit any shot I was trying to.  I often open up the faces to hit higher trajectory lobs and had no issues doing this.  The sole grinds worked really well around the greens for this, as I was able to open them and swing confidently.  They NEVER dug too much, and would bounce wonderfully under the ball.  I must say I haven't had a ton of opportunities to play out of the bunkers with them yet, but the times I have, they have been good.  They ARE better out of the bunkers for me than my Trusty Rusty's.  The spin I would say is adequate, not as good as the Cleveland's or Trusty Rusty's were when they were brand new, but not bad.

            Distance control has been a little bit of an issue with the wedges, but I will likely chalk that up to not getting to play a whole lot.  Typically when I don't get to play frequently, my distance control with the ½ and ¾ shots suffers somewhat.  On full swings distances were consistent when well struck.  The 51* went slightly shorter than the Adams CMB gap wedge which is to be expected given it is 50*.  I honestly am not sure how far I hit the 63* wedge as I haven't hit a full shot with it (mainly used it around the greens which it is wonderful for).  I previously have never play a wedge of such loft.  I can see why Phil loves having his 64* around the greens.  I was curious to see how the KBS Tour V in x flex worked in the wedges as I've previously used S300s, S200s and RIFLE 6.0s.  I really didn't notice that much of a difference in playability.  Ball flight was nice, not overly high, and definitely not too low.

            I tend to have a fairly steep angle of attack and on most occasions the V-sole does a great job cutting through the tuff.  I have run into the issue of occasionally digging too much with these from softer fairway lies on full swings.  That is one of the things I like with the Adams CMB GW vs. the TK wedges.  The CMB seems to have more bounce and a wider sole that won't dig as much relative to the TK wedges.  This isn't necessarily a negative on the TK wedges, but for my swing, I may be better suited for a little different sole grind (at least for the gap and sand wedges). 

 

           

            OVERALL WEDGE PERFORMANCE SCORE:  93/100

 

   - Short irons (8-9-PW equivalent)

 

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Much of the same here compared to the wedges.  Looks are fantastic, and plays overall just as beautifully.  They transition very smoothly from the TK wedges.  I have always had separate wedges then the rest of my set, but really really like the idea and ease of playing club to club without needing to make any visual or playing adjustments.  With my length off the tee, the 8 iron through lob wedge have typically been the irons I hit the most.  Distance is pretty much on par with my Adams CMBs.  Ball flight is wonderful with the Hogan's.  Nice mid-high launch and piercing trajectory.  I have not had any issues of the balls flaring up in the wind, the balls cut through perfectly.  I've had a set or two of irons in the past that I've had issues with flaring up (Ping I20's for example with Nippon Pro Modus 120X) but was EXTREMELY impressed with the Hogan's paired with the KBS Tour V shafts.  I have hit some really good shots with the 8-PW, particularly the 8 iron.  Almost got my first hole in one on a 168 yard par 3 but I forgot to read the green J and the ball turned a touch right as it got the hole, ending up 5 inches to the right and 2 inches past the hole.  I was hoping to see my GIR% increase some with these irons, but honestly haven't seen any uptick on the average.  But they have been par for the course on what I typically do with any of the irons I've played in the past. 

            OVERALL SHORT IRON PERFORMANCE SCORE:   96/100

 

   - Mid irons (5-6-7 equivalent)

 

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            Mid irons is where I started to notice the forgiveness category of these irons.  I will be honest and say they are surprisingly forgiving on slight mishits where the clubface is still square to the target.  I had many slight mishits off towards the toe where they have still ended up pin high to my delight!  One particular hole I recall was a 193 yard par 3 into the wind slightly.  I caught my 27* (5-iron) off the toe a touch and slouched down expecting it to be short right and in the trees.  The shadows hid where the ball ended up from the tee box, but I was impressed to see that the ball ended up 30 feet just right of the pin on the green and exactly pin high.  Trajectory and spin have been just what I would hope, couldn't ask for a better combination.  Again I never have seen a ball flare and get knocked down when hitting into the wind. 

            I'm not going to sit here and say these are game-improvement irons and they will not penalize you with a mishit.  If you have your face open or closed or hit a ball more than a slight mishit, you WILL suffer pretty significant distance loss and directional alterations.  I feel as though my Adams CMBs are a little more forgiving overall, but not by much. 

            Like I said earlier in the introduction, I don't do a lot of working the ball, but on occasion I will.  The Hogan's are quite easy to work.  I did have a tendency to ‘overwork' them especially when trying to cut the ball.  I remember a handful of shots with the mid irons where I tried to play a baby fade, and ended up played a weak, significant slice instead.  That being said, for those that enjoy working the ball, I think you will LOVE the flexibility and creativity these clubs can bring.

            OVERALL MID IRON PERFORMANCE SCORE:  90/100

 

   - Long irons (3-4 equivalent)

 

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            I guess the only club that I received that fits in this category is the 23* 4-iron.  I really haven't had a 2 or 3 iron in the bag since my late high school and early college golf when I was bagging the MacGregor VIP 1025M irons.  Since then I've played a 19-21* hybrid instead.  For me, and I'm assuming the vast majority of people, the long irons are the weakest part of their games.  I did struggle many of the times hitting the 23*.  If you slightly mishit this one, you WILL lose a good amount of distance.  I can honestly say I hit some pretty miserable shots with this club.  I did struggle to hit accurate and well struck shots from the fairways.  I was hoping to have a little more joy hitting this club, but did struggle to hit the center of the club face.  Part of it is the club heads itself, being more of a blade, but some of it may be the length.  The +3/4” increments between clubs, which I believe is the Hogan's standard length gap, may have added to the inconsistencies in hitting the sweet spot. It was about ½” longer than my Adams CMB 4 iron (which is 24*). 

            Shots weren't all bad though mind you.  The good portion of the time I hit pretty good to great shots off the tee when I wanted to hit a fairway.  It offered piercing trajectory with great spin and flight.  When hit pure, this was a fantastic and fun to hit club. 

            OVERALL LONG IRON PERFORMANCE SCORE:  84/100

 

      Overall performance of the Hogan's was great.  The transition from club to club was seamless and the irons are a joy to play with.  Every time I stepped up to the ball, I expected a crisp, accurate, piercing ball going right where I aimed.  Granted my swing didn't always end up doing what I expected, I looked forward to hitting the next shot.

            TOTAL OVERALL PERFORMANCE: (average score of wedges, short, mid & long irons):        91/100

 

Subjective

 

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   - Looks

            FLAT…OUT…GORGEOUS…The simple and elegant lines flow beautifully throughout the set making it hard not to just stare longingly at them.  I was very hesitant to even hit these clubs in fear of putting the slightest scuff on them!  Don't even get me started on the fear of hitting a rock out of a bunker, or pulling a Tiger and ‘dislocating my wrist' by hitting a hidden tree root and gauging the face or bottom.  So far no major dings or scuffs so these bad boys look as sexy as when I unboxed them.  If you have these in your bag, you will be looked at with envy and I guarantee you will get more dates.  ***Be aware if these cause you to have an erection longer than 4 hours please seek medical attention.

            LOOKS SCORE:  100/100

 

   - Sound & feel

            These do have a unique feel that is unlike anything I've hit.  They do not feel as soft and buttery as the Adams CMBs, which I feel are one of the softest, best feeling irons I've ever played, but nonetheless, they do give you a wonderful forged feel.  Like others have said, they do have a nice little (very little) click or crispness to them on impact.  I love how they interact with the turf, just slicing through the grass like a hot knife through butter (except on those few when I get a little too steep and create mini-Grand Canyons). 

            SOUND & FEEL SCORE:  98/100 (just because I slightly prefer the feel of the Adams CMBs)

 

   - Likelihood of Purchase (LOP)

            This is where the frugal, $100,000+ in debt part of me has to be realistic.  If I wouldn't have be one of the luckiest men on the earth by being selected to receive and review these, I can say there is no way I would have purchased these with my current financial situation.  First off my wife would kill me, and secondly I got upset when McDonald's increased the price of the McDouble from $0.99 to $1.19, so needless to say it's hard for me to spend money, even when it's on the game I love to play.  I rarely buy new equipment and often purchase used (unless I have proshop money from tournaments).  I ordered the stock shafts and still these clubs would have cost almost $1800.  Keep in mind though this was for 11 clubs (7 irons and 4 wedges), so when you think of it that way they really aren't that much more than other higher end players irons/wedges.  As good as these are, and beautiful as they look, unless I won the lottery, at the current retail price, my likelihood of purchase would honestly by 0%.  If they were $999 (and with the quality and craftsmanship, they SHOULDN'T be priced that low), I honestly still wouldn't buy them.  But in all fairness, I wouldn't buy ANY set of clubs for $999 at this time.  But that is just me and my honest opinion.  If I wasn't a recent graduate and was financially set and could purchase any set of irons, the Ben Hogan's would without a doubt be a set I would look at purchasing.  Given my current game, I likely would end up getting something with a little more forgiveness in the long irons though, but I would definitely game the mid-irons through wedges.

            REALISTIC LOP SCORE: 0/100

            IF I HAD MONEY LOP SCORE:  80/100

 

   - Subjective notes

            Look, sound, feel, and feedback are all fantastic on the Ben Hogan irons/wedges.  So subjectively they are some of the best golf clubs I've played.  Price not quite as awesome.

 

   TOTAL SUBJECTIVE SCORE (average of the above): 93/100  *Since my realistic LOP is a 0/100, I'll use the ‘If I had money LOP' to not completely skew the averages significantly.

 

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Conclusions & Total Score

            All in all, I was completely impressed by the craftsmanship, look, feel, performance and by the company itself.  The customer service was one of the best I have ever dealt with and I really like what they stand for as a company.  It appears they are trying, and succeeding, in holding true to the ideals of Ben Hogan.  I look forward to playing some more with these irons and wedges a little bit longer and potentially they will find a spot in my bag.  Stay tuned for many more great reviews and let me know if you have any more specific questions for me and I'll do my best to get back to you all.  If anyone is located in Wisconsin and around the Fox Valley area and wants to hit a few or play a round with me that may be a possibility!  If I'm able to, I'll try and post a video at the range with them so you can get an idea of my swing and see the clubs in action (although Rick Shields already has a great video review on them already). 

             I'll be back in a few weeks with my ‘follow-up' questions and answers!

 

SNCGOLF03's FOLLOW-UP FIVE

  1. Will these irons stay in your bag? Why or why not?

As was alluded to in my Final Review, I really liked the overall irons and wedges that Hogan has brought out.  That being said, I also really like my current set of irons and found the overall forgiveness to be better in the Adams CMB irons I have.  There's not that much difference in the mid and short irons as far as distance loss on off center hits between the two but was more noticeable with the 5 (27*) and especially the 4 (23*).  Mind you the Adams CMBs aren't extremely forgiving either but it is a noticeable difference.  There is a pretty significant loss of directional control on the Hogan's when my clubface was not square, which was really accentuated in the longer irons.  For my game, which is one that I don't tend to consistently try and work the ball left and right I am better suited for an iron with more perimeter weighting to help decrease twist on impact.  The tungsten weights on the heal and toe of the Adams CMBs seems to do a solid job of that for me.  Even the Adams though in the long irons are a little inconsistent for me and now that I am not playing quite as much (although I've played a lot more than normal during this review process), I may soon go even more forgiving than my Adams CMBs. 

 

The Hogan TK wedges overall were great.  I still though think they don't quite make it in my bag for a variety of reasons that largely have to do with my swing.  In my “Final Review” I mentioned how much I like the Adams CMB Gap Wedge and the little bit wider sole helps me not dig as much on my relatively steep downswing.  Although not bad at all, the V-sole was a little bit inconsistent when I was on tighter lies that were soft.  If I made a poor swing I took some pretty large pelts of turf and came up quite short.  The sole on the CMB helped forgive me more on those occasional poor swings.  Up in Wisconsin we aren't faced with a ton of really dry conditions and fairways are often softer so I feel I will be much more consistent with the Adams Gap short irons and GW.  The Cobra Trusty Rusty's, to be honest, I'm not a huge fan of for my game either and think the Hogan TK wedges were a little bit better than those as far as turf interaction.  I'm not sure of the exact bounce on the Trusty Rusty's (I think the bounce varies from heal, middle and toe) but I think they are pretty low bounce which for my swing isn't ideal.   

 

As nice as the Hogan's feel, to me the Adams CMBs feel quite a bit better, and not a knock on Hogan's, just to me the CMBs are the best feeling irons I've hit.  They just feel so soft to me and love it.

 

In the past few weeks since the overall review, I've been alternating playing rounds with the Hogan's and the Adams CMBs, keeping track of greens in regulation and scores.  Overall this is the main factor of why the Adams CMBs will be staying in my bag.  My GIRs have been much better with the Adams over the CMBs.  Like I previously said in my other reviews, hitting greens has been not my greatest part of my game.  With the Hogan's I've been averaging about 40-50% of GIRs, but the last few rounds with the Adams when they go back into the rotation I've hit 7/9 (the 2 holes I missed where when I hit drove it behind a tree and had to punch out, and the other was a 240 yard par 3 that I hit a hybrid off of).  So with that round every realistic chance I had to use my irons into the green I hit it.  Then yesterday I hit 14/18 greens, 3 of the ‘misses' were just on the fringe, 2 of which I made for birdie, and the other miss was due to my tee shot amongst the trees.  The conditions weren't benign either; 15-25 mph winds and I hit a solid 3/14 fairways!  I just hit the ball much more accurately and the tendency to miss right and left is much less with the CMBs vs the Hogan's.

 

VIDEOS IN ACTION (last one is a range review):

 

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  1. To whom, if anyone, would you recommend these? Why?

For someone that likes working the ball, I really think the Hogan's would be fantastic.  The overall quality and performance is fantastic for someone looking for a unique set of irons that not many people have.  You will likely be the envy of your foursome!  For someone who previously owned or wanted to own Ben Hogan irons, I think will be very pleased with these irons.  They stayed true to the Hogan roots and crafted a wonderful iron.  I think someone who wants a more blade-like iron, yet still doesn't want to sacrifice complete forgiveness these are great. 

 

  1. How has this experience shaped or changed your impression of the Hogan brands?

I have been completely blown away by Hogan's dedication and commitment to customer service and willingness to satisfy the customer.  There communication and turnaround time for answers were something I don't think I've ever seen before.   I know there were some issues with some of the testers' lofts being off, and they went above and beyond to try and figure out and correct the issues.  I never did get my specs measured elsewhere, but by how they played on the course, my yardage gaps were great and consistent so that's good enough for me.  I really look forward to seeing what they come out with next in the future.

 

  1. What features would you change or eliminate in the next generation of this model?

I would like to see them change their standard length gap be more ‘standard'.  I think the ¾” gap is a little too much especially in the long irons.  Maybe give some more sole options in the wedges.  Like I stated, for me, I would prefer a little wider sole in the wedges to make sand shots a little easier, and more forgiving when I get a little too steep. 

 

  1. What feature do you really like, and would most like to see continued or evolved in future models?  I really like the looks, classic and clean, and love how they blend from one head to the next.  As many of the testers stated, the long irons can be quite challenging to hit, and miss-hits can be punishing.  I'd like to see them evolve and offer maybe a blended, easier to hit option in the longer irons.  Just to help those who need a little more help launching the ball and maybe a little more heel and toe weighting for those mishits.  I'd like to see them evolve the “Hogan Fit” and work out the few kinks.  Maybe add a shaft fit tool to help narrow down shaft options, as well as getting some static body measurements to get the lengths and lie angles as a starting point.  I know it would be as good as a real life fitting, but I think it would help get a better online fit for those of us that aren't going to have access to fitters and places that carry the Hogan line.  I made a post earlier about some of the kinks that I noticed too in case you didn't read it:

 

“When you fill out the HoganFit initially and put all your current set specs like Midsized grip, current length and lie, and then get your initial HoganFit Analysis results they have the grip size as Midsize...but then when you go to the Next Page to Purchase and they give you the summary, it resets the grip size category to standard. So if you're not careful, you may get the wrong grips/sizes.

 

They also don't automatically fill in the length adjustments and lie adjustments to match with your 'current set' so I'm assuming they mean for you to fill it in on your own.

 

I'm not sure if that's where some testers got messed up with the thinking that the HoganFit was designed to also 'fit your length and lie and grip size'. I was under the assumption, whether or not it's correct I'm not sure, but the HoganFit was designed to only fit the lofts and loft gapping, not anything else.

 

If they were wanting, which I think they should, to do a more comprehensive online fit, they could include arm length, hand length, height, etc. similar to the Ping Online fitting tool, to help get you on the right start of what length and lie and grip size you should get.

 

One other critique I had of the HoganFit was that after you put in your current set makeup, me for instance I have a driver,3 wood, 19* hybrid, 4-GW, 55* & 61* and putter, their recommendations give you too many clubs. So with the set I was given, I was rocking 15 clubs in the bag.”

           

Any other lasting impression or parting thoughts you'd like to add?

Again I want to thank MyGolfSpy and Ben Hogan golf for this once in a lifetime opportunity given to me and a few other lucky members.  I hope I helped give a little insight on these great clubs.  Although ultimately they aren't completely perfect for me, the vast majority of people that try and see them really do love them.  I really hope the Hogan brand will be successful and will continue to do great customer service and bring out other great products.  

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I was stunned beyond belief that I was selected to test and review these Hogan irons. My unboxing felt like twenty Christmas mornings all combined into one glorious day.

A very inconspicuous looking box that certainly could contain golf clubs was dropped off at my Chicago doorstep and place right outside my home office. The outside of the box was so “plain-Jane” that I was absolutely thrilled that someone walking near by the house wouldn't want to steal this box off my doorstep (which has happened in the past).

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Once the box was opened, you're immediately transfixed upon the Ben Hogan logo and you know that there's something to get really excited about here! From a “plain-Jane” exterior of a box, to a classy style decorated box, complete with red, white, and blue, that would certainly make anyone very proud to own these clubs. This was the best case of definitely not judging a book (a box in this case) by its cover!
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Once you emptied the box of the irons you do notice a quote from Mr. Hogan himself. The quote reads, “A well hit golf shot is a feeling that goes up the shaft, right into your hands, and into your heart.” Such a profound quote and might actually foreshadow how these clubs will perform for me.
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The removal of the plastic from the heads revealed a clubhead with a v-cut sole, loft numbering (instead of traditional numbering), Lamkin grips (with Ben Hogan logo on the underside, and a little pocket on the back of the clubhead. A very clean and sleek looking iron. The wedges look just as impressive.
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Going into the Hogan Fit system, it yielded interesting loft options for my bag. The way the lofts are in my perscription seem to help fill several gaps from my previous set of irons and wedges.


I'm quite impressed with the look of these irons and wedges. I can't wait to get out and actually hit some golf balls with them. This will be the true test!

 

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Ben Hogan Fort Worth 15 Irons &TK 15 Wedges – Official MGS Forum Review by edmundcruz

 

I'm a man of few words, and you'll see why. The clubs pretty much speak for themselves!

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Introduction

 

I have been playing this wonderful game of golf for nearly 18 years. I picked up the game shortly after Tiger Woods won his first green jacket. The Summer of 1997 was my full baptism into the game. I was getting swing tips left and right from my dad and his golf buddies. I honestly just wanted to crush the ball down the range. Let's jump to my high school years. I call those my “good ol' days” of playing golf. I might have been a 5 Handicap during those years. And then college happened. I did not play as much and my game suffered dramatically. I now play with a 12 Handicap. Hoping to bring it down in the near future.

I like to say that my game is consistently improving, having good days and bad days out on the course. Although, we all never really have “bad days” out on the course. I tend to work the ball from left to right, with the occasional draw (I'm pretty sure when I draw the ball it's an accident). I can usually hit the fairway off the tee. Drive the ball about 275-285 yards on a good day. My weakness as of late has been, putting. I might try the Jordan Spieth approach while putting. Looking at the hole rather than the ball to make a better stroke? Sounds crazy. Guess you can say that I will try anything right now to sink a putt.

My current gamers are the one I put in the bag during my high school days, Titleist DCI 990s. A gift from my parents during my sophomore year. They were a great set for my game at the time. My wedges were Cobra Tour Trusty 52*, 56*, and 60*. It did not even occur to me to look into obtaining a new set of gamers. It seemed like the ideal set and I didn't budget for a new set. As we all know, this game can be expensive!

I knew all about the Ben Hogan Golf company growing up and wondered where it has been the last couple of years? The Apex Irons that they company once produced had a great look of class. Nice sleek, chrome finish. I had a teammate that used those as his gamers. I remembered that he did enjoy having them in his bag. Then all of a sudden, company with the namesake of one of the game's greatest swings was nowhere to be seen out in the golf world. Poof. Gone... And then, I was glad to learn that they came back even better than ever this past year. As I stated in my unboxing stage, I'm impressed with the look of the Ft. Worth 15 irons and TK 15 wedges.

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Performance

 

-Wedges (55*, 59*)

 

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Before working with the TK 15 Wedges, I used Cobra Tour Trusty Wedges. I loved the look and feel of these wedges. I was able to chip, pitch the ball, and get out of bunkers without too much difficulty. Full shots were usually straight and forgiving on mishits. And the occasional backspin on a string trick. Overall, a great product for my game. You would need to have wedges that could get my attention with performance and looks. Then all of a sudden, here I am selected to review new irons and wedges.

The TK 15 Wedges are absolutely awesome! Having a V-Sole on these clubs has helped out a great deal with cutting right through the turf without much twisting and turning of the clubface. I can say that I have the utmost confidence in my short game having these wedges in my arsenal.

My first few times out on the course, I was flying over the green with my approach shots with these wedges. I attribute that to having a preconceived notion of shorter distances with my old Cobras. Needless to say, I am hitting the TK 15 wedges a few yards further. When I do hit the green with proper distance control, the ball will spin and check right where you want it. Pin seeking has not been a problem at all. The 55* has been my bread and butter wedge. You can control the ball with any type of shot you would want to hit if you're trying to scramble.


-Wedges (55*, 59*) Score: 100/100 Trust me, you will NEED to put these in your bag!

 

-Short Irons (43, 47, 51)

 

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There's a nice little transition here from the wedges to the shorts irons.  Again, same great Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company look and feel. Setting up at address to the golf ball, it looks as if I am hitting with a wedge. And that's not necessarily a bad thing at all. If I have the utmost confidence in hitting my wedges well, then I can have that same type of confidence attacking the greens with the Ft. Worth 15 short irons.

The ball flight with these short irons is a little lower than I am used to seeing. This is probably why I am hitting the ball a further with these irons. Having the lower trajectory, I can see hitting with ease underneath some tree branches that might have come into play with my old DCI 990s. The V-Sole, which is a standard constant throughout the entire Ben Hogan line, helps you get right through any type of lie. I have yet to hit into someone else's old divot mark on the fairway(don't forget to replace your divots), but I can see hitting right out of there with little to no problem.

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-Short Irons (43, 47, 51) Score: 100/100 Just like the wedges, performance is exceptional. A very forgiving short irons.

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-Mid Irons (31, 35, 39)

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I'm not sure about the rest of you but, ever since my high school days, I have had a little problem with hitting mid irons. I would play some “Army Golf” with shots. You know, left, right, left, right. The shots would spray all over the place. I want to attribute this to poor swings with the DCI 990s not being a very forgiving on shots that are mishits.

Then here comes Ben Hogan Golf providing a V-Sole (notice the trend) helping me swing right through the ground with much ease. You can say that I strike the ball at a very steep angle. I did notice though that I did not hit the ball as far with mishits but I still did not spray the ball all over as much with my old gamers.

 

-Mid Irons (31, 35, 39) Score 97/100 I'm at the point of becoming speechless. Playing the game is becoming easier.

 

-Long Irons (23, 27)

 

I rarely hit a long iron on the golf course. This is from years of frustration of not being able to hit the ball with any distance and accuracy. At one point, I even considered not even having them in the bag. I switched out my DCI 990 3-iron for an Cobra Hybrid DWS 3/R for the times I did find myself in-between a 5 wood or 4 iron type of situation. Hybrids have made the game easier to play, I'm sure many of you here on MGS can attest to that as well.

It might have been about 8 years since I actually hit a 3 or 4 iron (23* & 27*) that I actually hit pure and true right off the clubface. Once again, that lovely and very helpful, V-Sole, coming to rescue me from my turmoil of hitting bad shots. You feel like you're sweeping right through the ball. Almost like hitting a slap shot with a hockey stick. Just gliding right through the ball. Trajectory has a very nice penetrating flight through the air and will stick right on the green.

I'm going to consider to pull out my hybrid and exclusively return to hitting with my 23* and 27* with confidence. Although, I do still feel a little twisting of the club at impact. This has to be me and my swing.

 

-Long Irons (23, 27) Score 98/100 If they can get me to ditch my hybird, that says something!

 

-Performance Notes

 

Hogan is Back! Precision is Back! There's not a single doubt in my mind that you will love the performance of these irons and wedges!

 

Total score: 98/100

 

Subjective

Looks like a classic Hogan Golf Club. Class and elegance through and through. Signature Red, White, and Blue. It screams American Made! Sounds and feels like the iron you have always wanted to play but haven't been able to find it until now.

My likelihood of purchase would be 60/40. This might be from the custom building of the club. I have never had a set that was custom build to my specific golf game until now. The Hogan system is an excellent one that will help find gaps with your current set and allow you to fix those voids.

As you can tell this is all 100 from me!

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I have truly has been a great honor to have been selected and review these irons. I hope that you all here on MGS have the opportunity to try out the new Ben Hogan Ft. Worth 15 irons and TK 15 wedges. You will not be disappointed!

 

Hit 'em well, friends!

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The level of excitement was off the charts as I discovered a box on the front porch.  Every golfer knows “that size” box can only be one thing.  I hurried inside to open the box and get my first glimpse.  That's when I remembered I needed my camera.  Did I mention that I was excited?  Camera?  Check.  On to the opening….

 

I am not normally one to comment on packaging.  It's useful and all but it's not why the box is being opened.  It usually is an afterthought that I scatter around like a three year old would do at Christmas.  But this packaging is different.  It is thoughtful, attractive and functional.  The clubs were packed neatly and in such a way that they could not move around and get nicked or scratched.  Every detail had been thought-out:

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As the un-boxing progressed, I discovered a letter from Terry Koehler and a bag tag that was personalized to me and the set of clubs.  It has a space for yardages so I can refer to it until I get used to using lofts instead of iron numbers.  I had been mulling over options for that.  Problem solved.

 

Finally, all of the clubs were out and uncovered.  I briefly thought about closing the curtains and dimming the lights.  I mean, it HAS to be illegal taking pictures of things this beautiful without anything covering them, right?  This is as much a harem as a set of clubs.

 

As I began to look them over in more detail, I was stricken by how the past met the present:

 

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As someone who played exclusively Hogan irons for the vast majority of my golfing life, a couple of things hit me right away.  At one time all you needed to see to know you were looking at a Hogan iron was the ferrule and the markings on the neck.  There they are.  Then there's the blade-on-blade (the relief all the way around the head that makes it look like a smaller club is melted into a larger one).  Mentally these have me back in the past.  Yet there's the indentation in the middle of the club.  It's not quite a cavity and not quite flat.  It is very modern looking. It is clear that moving weight around is the goal.  And then there's the v-sole:

 

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Again, something very modern and new.  A carryover in design from SCOR.  I find the look attractive and intriguing.  I can't wait to find out how these hit and interact with the turf. 

 

Without having hit them, I am left with the impression that Terry Koehler and his team have done the near impossible:  they have taken Mr. Hogan's ideals and design cues and coupled them to technology and modern ideas.  The bad news?  My expectations for these clubs have just gone through the roof.  They will be held to a very high standard.  Somehow, I believe that Mr. Hogan would be quite pleased to know this.

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This is not an easy review to write.  Generally, I have enjoyed writing but this is different.  Condensing my thoughts down to numerical scores isn't all that comfortable.  That said, here goes.  The game of golf has been part of my life as long as I can remember.  My Dad got me playing when I was 12.  I also started caddying way back then.  My first set of clubs that I could call my own were Titleist series 90's.  The next set and all others for the next 35 years were Ben Hogan (woods as well when they made them).  The set that was in the bag when the Hogans arrived are Titleist AP2's and Nike wedges.    

 

As a player my current index is 7 and change. My natural ball flight is a slight fade – that is until I have a swing meltdown and snappy the clown comes to visit.  I can work the ball if I must, but it's not my first choice. 

 

When I placed my bid in to be a reviewer, I had already been following the new Hogan Company.  I was hoping, but certainly not expecting the clubs to remind me of my favorites from the past (Apex II and Apex Anniversary).  When I unboxed them, the expectations went way up.  I was not only expecting something that felt like what I remembered, but something that was going to help my game.  I was so eager to try them, I went out when it was dark out and put a few divots in the front yard.  That did not endear me to my girlfriend.

They immediately went into the bag:

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Wedges (50, 54, 58 and 62):

Wedge play has long been a weakness of my game, but chipping with the wedges has been a strength.  With these clubs, I noticed a definite and immediate improvement in full and partial swing wedges.  Shots high in the face or near the toe started to hit the green instead of falling miserably short.  It's definitely a strength of the set.  Having said that, there is distance loss from my Nike wedges, but the distances between the wedges was consistent.  Spin is really good and predictable – even on off center shots.

 

Chipping had a severe learning curve, though.  Suddenly, shots I had relied on were hard.  Traditional wedges have “dead” areas where the ball comes off of them soft.  Nearly every spot in the TK-15 wedges were what I would call “jumpy”.  Now I have to use the varying lofts to accomplish what I want instead of using the clubs differently. Open face shots aren't something I do a lot of with these wedges.  I was either long or short on all of my chip shots.  Had I not played with these clubs as many rounds as I have with them, I probably would have scored them lower than I will now.

 

One of the selling points of the wedges is the V sole.  I didn't notice much of a difference.  If you were to ask me from a player's standpoint what it does for my game, I couldn't tell you.

 

Overall these wedges feel very consistent all over the face of the club.  Sound is pretty consistent – soft with a hint of firmness at the very end.   Score (95/100)

 

Short Irons (38, 42, 46)

Something weird started to happen with the clubs in this part of the set.  I am starting to see them and use them more like wedges.  I can control distances much better with these short irons more that I could with my old ones.  I can hit a fade when I need to or a draw, though they are much more responsive than my AP2's so until I learned them it was easy to overdo it.

 

Again, there was a loss of distance from my AP2's, but consistent between clubs.  But spin is up.  The ball isn't ballooning from the spin, but I have stopped the ball on greens that I couldn't before. 

 

They feel and sound soft on center hits and slightly off center hits.  These are going to score a little higher than the wedges, but just because I don't chip with them often and when I do I didn't have a learning curve.  Score (97/100)

 

Mid Irons (26, 30, 34)

This part of the set has two stories.  First, the good news – they are as forgiving as the wedges and the short irons.  It really is unbelievable how well these feel on off center hits and how minimal the distance loss is.  These have definitely made me re-think my opinions about how a cavity back plays versus how a muscle back plays.  They are really the best of both worlds.  Good feel and sound along with workability and forgiveness.

 

The bad news:  There is a loss of distance on the 34 degree (same with everything else over it in loft in the set).  There is no distance loss in the 30 and distance gain in the 26.  What that means to my game is that I now have some pretty significant distance gaps in my set.  For some reason I cannot figure out, the even loft gaps do not reflect even distance gaps.  And this isn't just by eye.  I used my SkyTrak launch monitor on two different occasions to come to the same conclusion. 

I am going to post the entire set's data here so there is some context.

 

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The data is pretty self-explanatory except the distance formula which I will explain here – when preparing for these clubs I took my AP2's and figured out that 180 minus the loft times 3 was really close to the carry and it was consistent throughout the set.

 

So, as great as they feel and as workable as they are, there is now a hole in my bag.

 

For that reason I have to score them lower than I would have liked to.  Score (89/100).

 

Long Iron (22):

This iron is a rocket.  It looks hard to hit and it isn't.  The ball jumps off the face.  There is no difficulty in getting the ball in the air, but you can keep it down if you have to (say for a punch shot).  You can work the ball.  Shots feel good there is minimal distance loss on mishits.  This club is super-impressive.  Score (99/100)

 

Performance Notes: 

It is truly surprising to me how forgiving these clubs are.  I am thoroughly impressed with how well a poor wedge swing can turn out.  The clubs don't dig but can get through the rough pretty well.  This distance gaps are disappointing.  It's the only real negative I can find and it's a pretty significant negative.

I really enjoyed the level of spin I am get.  I have spun a couple back on greens I have never spun back before.

   

Overall:

With THIS set the distance gap is holding them back from a great overall score.  Everything else is great.  The look, the feel – all of it.  Chipping was an adventure and that could turn off some buyers if they don't work through it.  Overall score (93/100)

 

Subjective:

 Looks – these clubs look great in the bag and over the ball.   Very confidence inspiring.  Everyone I showed them to thought they were beautiful, but until I hit them they also thought they were hard to hit.  Score (100/100)

Sound & feel - I have to admit that I didn't really pay attention to the sound of these clubs until I knew my review was due.  What I have noticed was that they are quiet and soft sounding.  The feel is butter-soft as well over a surprisingly large portion of the face.  Definitely an accomplishment.  Score (100/100)    

Likelihood of Purchase - This one is where the distance gaps is going to leave a mark.  Had I purchased these clubs at full price, I would have been really disappointed.  The HoganFit system was pretty comprehensive, asked what I had but never asked me whether I liked it or not.  It asked about the shaft flex but not what shafts I used.  I said I had a 3-wood and 3-iron and nothing in-between.  It prescribed the 22 degree iron which is a bit shorter than my 3-iron which make an existing gap even bigger.  The recommendation the system made gave me perfectly gapped lofts (4 degree 22 through 62), but at least for me, the lofts do not necessarily equate to distances.  I think that online is the wrong way to buy these clubs.  If I had a full set fitting and could control my gaps a little better this score would be 100 or 99.  I like the set, but for the money there are problems in my bag that I cannot justify.  Score (75/100)

Total Subjective score:  It's important to note that if I were able to get a full set fitting instead of an online questionnaire this score would be 100 or 99, but it's not.  (85/100)

 

Conclusions & Total Score

I showed these clubs to a lot of people and asked them to hit them.  The most impressive thing about them is how they look hard to hit but aren't.  The former (retired) equipment editor for a major golf magazine hit them and said that he could definitely game them at a 15 handicap.  He went so far as to say that he has been looking for something that looks better to him than the GI clubs he has now and that these clubs is making him re-think his search.  Most people were amazed that they could look like blades but not be hard to hit.  One pro told me he thought the wedges were “sweet”.

 

My review has n admitted deficiency of pictures.  There is a reason for that:  I think the data I have captured is significant and it tells a story that a picture never could.  Its a part of the story that needs to be highlighted.  I am going to overall score these higher than the average from above because I think if you are going to spend the money on these you are probably going to want them in your hand and if you do that and get the whole set fit, you are going to be pretty happy.  Even with the gaps, what I get out of using them is a net plus from what was in my bag before the review. They are staying.  I may try to adjust them to spread the gaps out some, but they are staying.  Score (98/100).

 

I would be happy to answer questions that anyone may have.  Thanks to MGS anf Hogan for the opportunity and a special shout out to RevKev who helped talk me through the chippin issues using his experience with SCOR wedges.

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As I was getting ready to board a seaplane flight to the Bahamas for a week away “working” with my family I get a notification from MyGolfSpy telling me that I had been selected as a tester for the new Hogan irons and suddenly my trip became a minor distraction for the next week.  Needless to say that I was pumped for the chance to be a part of this and would like to say thank you to MGS and Hogan for the opportunity.

 

Fast forward a week and I was back in NY and waiting patiently….ok somewhat impatiently for a box to show up from Hogan with my new sticks in them.  My wife calls me at work and tells me that a box of clubs arrived and she was not sure what they were since clubs arriving at my house is almost a daily occurrence for me (yes, I have some issues).  Downside was that I was planning to come home from work early that day to see the family and had not told my wife so it appeared that I came home early just to see the clubs.  My wife believed I had planned on leaving early about as much as she initially believed that I the irons were coming to me for testing purposes and not a purchase by me.

 

I get home and the box is sitting in my living room just glaring at me as I counted down the minutes until the little ones were in bed and I could dig into the new toys.   The box was very unassuming on the outside with no Hogan branding whatsoever, but on the inside was a stellar packaging that kept every iron safe and sound and a few pieces of kit from Hogan.  There was a letter from Terry Koehler that outlined the “new” Hogan brand as well as a yardage tag for the bag that was custom to my order and name.  The bag tag would not be something that I would use, but a nice touch nonetheless.  Another nice touch is the build sheet with the order number; which also happens to be the serial number on the set.

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On first inspection these irons are just gorgeous and the fit and finish on the build is second to none.  My set that was built for me started at 22* and increased in 4* loft increments all the way to 62* for a total of 11 clubs with UST Mamiya Recoil 110 F5 shafts.  Just on the visual aspect and the service from Hogan these are very true to the Hogan brand and legacy.   The V sole is an interesting element that I am very curious on how it will perform more so in the wedges than the irons.

 

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The hard part for me in doing this review is that I have my Adams MB2s back in the bag (after some refurbishing love from RookieBlue) and have been hitting them just solid; so change is going to be difficult for that reason alone.   That being said I really can't wait to put these through the paces and see if they perform as well as my trusty Adams irons that have been in the bag for the last several years.  My goal for this review is to give a scratch player's take on how these irons perform against a set that just flat out has worked for me and I have a lot of trust and confidence in.  If they perform half as good as they look then I think that Hogan has a winner in these irons.

 

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Ben Hogan Fort Worth 15 Irons & TK 15 Wedges- Official MGS Forum Review By Jmikecpa

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Introduction

A little about myself.  I am a 38 year old former college baseball and golfer from a smaller D1 school in Philadelphia.  Growing up I played baseball and football at a high level, but always found time to play golf.  I was a scratch player at 16 and have been scratch to a plus in the 22 years since then with my highest index during that time was about a 2 and currently play off of 0.0…..You sir have no handicap index!!!  I played in local events and some club events but always went back to playing baseball and football as my “serious” sports.  Fast forward to college and there was not much room for a catcher with two bum knees and not enough talent to play anywhere else so I retired from college ball and lucked out by walking onto the golf team.  From that point forward I was hooked and golf became the number one sport in my life.  Now that I am a working stiff with a hefty travel schedule I really only play casual weekend rounds, a few member guests and a bunch of charity events that I sponsor through my company….not much into playing high level competitions anymore.

 

The strengths of my game always have and still are length and my ability to scramble.  I am an above average ball striker and the putter runs hot and cold at times.  My normal shot shape is a high draw and I only hit a cut once in a blue moon and it normally is an accident.

 

Prior to getting this great opportunity I have played Adams MB2s with the KBS Tour in an S and then reshafted in an X over the winter.  I am not really one to change irons all that much and would still be playing my Ping S59s if the groove rule did not give me reason to take them out of the bag.  For this review I was fit into the Ft. Worth 15 irons in lofts of 22, 26, 30, 34, 38, 42 and 46 and TK 15 wedges in loft of 50, 54, 58 and 62 with UST Mamiya Recoil 110 F5 flex (more on the shafts later).  This set essentially mirrored the loft and length of my MB2s from the 5 iron to the PW.  I have had these clubs in the bag since they arrived and have played about 20 rounds with them in the past month and half which is a good basis for my review.  So how did they perform….onto the review we go!

 

Performance

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-Wedges (50, 54, 58, 62)

 

The wedges for me are a bit of a change since I have been used to carrying only a 52* and a 58* prior to this testing so having one additional wedge was a bit of a learning curve. NOTE – I have barely hit the 62* wedge since the shot is not in my arsenal.  With the addition of another wedge there was also a learning curve to get used to the V sole as I generally play a high bounce lob wedge and have for a decade or more.

 

I have heard all the rage on the SCOR wedges and these are just pretty much a forged version of the technology; which were hit or miss for me.  On full shots the wedges are just a dream to hit.  They feel soft and cut through the turf exceptionally well with an adequate amount of spin control.  It seems that if I want to flight the ball and make it two hop and stop it is automatic as is throwing it over the flag and sucking it back down to the pin.

 

The area that I struggled with these was on half shots and bunker shots that are mainly hit with the 58*.  I play a high bounce wedge for a reason….that is what my game calls for.  With these it seems that I have to really try and work to manufacture shots that are normally right in my wheelhouse.  I have spent a numerous amount of time trying to get comfortable with bunker shots and still just cannot get it right with these wedges no matter how hard I try.  I feel like I need to relearn how to get out of the sand with these and have taken a part of my game that was a strength and negated it quite a bit.

 

Overall these wedges are a change and in some ways good and some ways bad.  I like the idea of carrying the additional wedge and hitting more full shots than half and three quarter shots; I think that there is validity to this belief by the Hogan Company.  The feel, as mentioned above, is just wonderful and buttery soft with a slight click at impact.  Now if I could just figure out how to get out of the sand I would be set.

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-Wedges (50, 54, 58, 62) Score: 87 of 100.  The sand thing is just killing me

 

-Short Irons (38, 42, 46)

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This is the part of my set that just needs to perform since I am hitting these three clubs a lot during a normal round…..and they did not disappoint one bit.  As with the wedges I can flight these really well and can summon just about any shot on command.  The feel is just amazing and the shape inspires confidence at address that is unlike anything I have ever played.  The V sole transitions will into these clubs and works on all kinds of turf.  I flushed an 8 iron playing last weekend and just for fun I hit a second that I purposely tried to get a touch chubby and there a was almost no loss of distance between the two shots. 

 

I have let some of the guys I play with hit the 38 and 42 and most times I get “these are the best feeling irons I have hit.”  For being almost a true blade they are also surprisingly forgiving and mishits are not that penal.  Toe shots seem to go a bit better than the heal; which is somewhat different in my experience with blades.

 

Overall these were the stars of the show for me and performed as good or better than anything I have played in the last decade.

 

-Short Irons (38, 42, 46) Score: 98 of 100. So easy to hit these should be illegal

 

 

-Mid Irons (26, 30, 34)

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 Most times for me this can become a bit of the shaky part of my game and at times I struggle to really hit quality golf shots with mid irons.  By quality I am speaking more to giving myself a reasonable look at birdie and not having to make 30 footers all day.  Well the Hogans are a good answer for me in this part of the game.  Same soft feel and confidence that I have in the shorter irons and having a consistent flight is just great for me.  With any of these clubs I can call upon a nice high draw that land soft and flies the distance that I am trying to get.  The V sole is also a great help out of the rough with these clubs since I have a tendency to sweep the ball a bit and have to work to get more upright with my swing. 

 

-Mid Irons (26, 30, 34) Score: 95 of 100. Finally a mid iron that I can marry and just not date for a few months

 

-Long Iron (22)

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I have lumped only one club into the long iron for a reason for this review…..I don't carry them and have not since college.  The longest iron in my bag for the last decade plus has been a five iron since I discovered the joys of Callaway's Heavenwood many years ago.  Since then I have transitioned to hybrids and “iron woods.”  Most of the past two years I played Adams DHYs and this year I went with the Tour Edge CBh Pro 21* simply because I hit them better.   I have hit the 22* Hogan on the range and it performs well, but just not something that I would be comfortable putting in the bag.  This is not a knock on Hogan, but more a testament to my lack of confidence in traditional long irons.

 

 

-Long Iron (22) Score:  No score on this just not fair to Hogan.

 

-Performance Notes

 

 

-Total Performance Score: 92

 

Despite my struggle with the wedges or more specific wedge these irons just flat out get it done for me.  I have played four rounds in the last week and posted 66, 70, 69, 68 for a total of    -14……these really fit my game.  I am hitting more greens and proximity to the flag has decreased to where I am averaging 8 to 10 quality birdie chances a round.  The guys I normally play with at my club have even started calling me automatic from 200 yards and in.  Having confidence in irons that have predictable distances and a consistent flight is a big thing for me and the Hogans fit both of those criteria.

 

Subjective

  

-Looks

 

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  For a true players club these have a little more offset than I would normally like and the top line is a little thick, but the performance of these clubs masks any issues with beauty.  Any club that performs as well as these do for me are the prettiest darn things I have ever seen or will see. 

 

The overall looks are just traditional Hogan from the hosel markings to the red and black ferrule.  The simple Ben Hogan in script across the back the cavity is pure perfection and harkens back to the legacy that Mr. Hogan started many years ago.  These do get some nice comments and look dead sexy in the golf bag.

 

-Looks Score: 98 of 100.

 

 

-Sound & Feel

 

I had commented above on sound and feel so not much to rehash here.  These have a nice buttery soft feel and a nice click at impact which is precisely what I am looking for.  From the first moment that you hit them you know exactly what part of the club that you are striking the ball on and really don't need to do much work to know if you pured it or not.  The feedback is instantaneous and not overly harsh, just enough to tell you where the strike was.  Prior to this I though the MB2s were the best blade I had ever played and these put the MB2s to shame in the feel category.

 

-Sound & Feel Score: 96 of 100.

 

-Likelihood Of Purchase

 

This is a tough call for me.  Coming into this review my answer would have been 50% based on the simple fact that I could not hit them or see them prior to dropping $2k.  After having them in the bag and getting to take them for a test drive I would buy them in a heartbeat and would not hesitate to take a shot on some of their other future products as they become available.  The HoganFit system worked very well for me and the irons fit like a glove. 

 

-Likelihood Of Purchase Score: 100 of 100.

 

 

Conclusion

 

Overall these are just a quality set of irons and wedges.  There are some things that require getting used to and with time I am sure that even my stubborn behind will get there.  I can't say enough about the quality of the product from the forged heads to the shaft options or the quality grips that come standard.  I would like to thank MGS and Ben Hogan for the great opportunity that I was given to test these clubs….it was truly and honor and a great month plus of golf (did I mention -14 in the last four rounds???).

 

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Hardware from three of the five tournaments I won this past month with the Hogans

 

Bonus – Mini Review of the UST Mamiya Recoil 110

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There had been some comments in the thread about how the Recoil shafts perform and the virtues of graphite vs. steel in irons.  I had stated above I had these shafted with Recoil 110 F5 after a quick conversation with Hogan I reluctantly decided to give these a go.  First off, I have never tried to play graphite in an iron in my life and my second thought was that I have not even hit 40 yet so why go the old guy route????

 

All I can say was that I was wrong about these shafts on many levels.  The first being that these definitely are not for the slower swing speed since you need to get on them to load them properly and give them a good thump.  Second, they are just as tight a dispersion if not tighter than the KBS or TT X100s that I have played the last several years.  Lastly, where have these been all my life????

 

When I first got the Hogan irons I was afraid to go all out with these shaft in fear of offline shots.  The first thing that I did notice with these was you get a bit more of a kick at the bottom of the swing than you do with steel – which takes some getting used to.  Once I figured out that I could swing at these normally they were a dream to hit.  Of note, these seem to play true to flex.  The F5 is the equivalent of an X and they are a stout shaft in my opinion.  I did take a few swings with the Apex Pro in an F4 and F3 and they also seemed to be in the range of a stiff and regular shaft.  The feel is smooth yet stout to me and I know that I can jump on it when I have to and hit it smooth for normal shots.  I was able to hit just about any shot that I wanted to with these shafts. 

 

High draw – Check

Low spinner – Check

Low bullet – Check

Flat runner - Check

High cut – well they are not a miracle worker

 

I really did not see a distance gain with these on normal shots as compared to steel, but what you can do with these is jump on them a bit and get some great distance.  Over the weekend I need to carry the ball 192 over a bunker and get it to hit soft…..pured 7 iron to six feet.  Not sure I could do that with my Adams irons, but feel quite comfortable doing it with these irons and shafts.

 

Overall I would not hesitate to give these a shot if you are looking for a shaft with a nice smooth feel that is weighted similar to steel shafts.  I am not sure at my swing speed that I could really go much lighter in these and some of the 65g to 70g offerings on the market just simply would not work.  One ancillary benefit to graphite is the shock dampening effect of these – no harsh feel on thinned shots and very low impact on the joints.  I am very happy that I gave these a shot and would not hesitate to try them in other irons as well

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RookieBlue7 Ben Hogan Golf Ft. Worth 15 & TK.15 irons and wedges official unboxing

 

When I was originally selected as a reviewer (which I am still in utter shock about), I began thinking about what the guys at Hogan would do as far as packaging. I'd seen how Terry and the gang had boxed and done things at Scor, so I was intrigued. They had our HoganFit results, and after some communications between Bones and Barbajo, they gave us an expected date of when they'd build them. Then, as many of you know, Texas was hit with flooding and severe rain. Those of us reviewing had been chatting and talking and some people were curious as to when our review sets would come in. I knew their weather situation as I have friends in Texas and I tried to remain patient and calm. The guys at Hogan Golf are either fish or they're just that dedicated, because they stuck to the timeline of when the build was to get underway and we had iron sets in just a few days. That showed me their dedication to the product and consumers. I believe I was the first to get an iron set, and it came in quicker than I honestly expected. I came home from work and my wife (bless her heart, she knew I was getting a set of clubs to review, but we're prepping for vacation and I've ordered a metric ton of stuff lately) said you got another golf club box. I was curious what it could be, as I had ordered a bunch of things golf and non-golf related and when I saw it thought it might honestly be something else. Until I saw the label.... That's when I got giddy.

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The long awaited package HAD arrived. I think the guys at Hogan put their weather in the box with them as it's rained daily since these came in(this was written prior to my leaving on vacation and I had prepped it to be ready last week.  It did quit raining toward the middle of the week last week, and I did get a chance to sneak them out for a session). I had to take the pictures indoors as a result. It quit raining about 2 hours ago honestly(again, I had prepped to post this last week, and I'm on vacation so this will remain largely unchanged from my original report I wrote up, as will the pictures). Currently, it's dark here as I compile this unboxing report or I'd go out and take fresh pictures now. Regardless, speechless is an understatement. I've been itching to get these out since opening them. The box, on the outside, appears like an ordinary box. But once you open it, it's an entirely different animal. The iconic red, white and blue Hogan colors and logos are everywhere. Ben's personal saying adorns the bottom of the box (which you can't even see until I remove all the clubs), etc.

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As I'm taking everything in (and snapping pictures left and right for your viewing pleasure), I notice there's a piece of paper and an envelope. I pull the piece of paper out first. It was the build sheet, with all of the specs and the full build data for the clubs. Cool... The envelope was a different story. When we were selected, and while awaiting the arrival of the Hogans, all of the testers (myself included) were talking about how we'd dial the clubs in and get yardages as they're void of club numbers and adorned with lofts. There was a math formula discussed, guys talking about going to launch monitors, the range and lasering distances, creating yardage sheets, etc. Terry and the guys at Hogan Golf thought of that too. The envelope contained a personal letter from Terry, and it also had a card in it. Not just any card, though. It was adorned with Mr. Hogan's face on one side with one of his inspirational quotes. But the meat and potatoes of this card is the reverse side. See, it's not just a card, and it's not just a Hogan bag tag. It's a personalized yardage sheet, where one can write in their own distances for the clubs. No guessing at how to know distances, etc. Find your distances, write them on the card and you have it. And it's a bag tag, so you hang it right on the outside of the bag and it's there. No guess work, no wondering which club is right. You just check your yardage tag and pull a club.

Build Sheet
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Letter from Terry

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Yardage Card (front and back):
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So now that I've got the extra goodies out of the way, let's get to the clubs and their packaging. They were neatly packaged, as you can see above, and each iron/wedge was individually bagged around the head for additional protection. Good touch, IMO.

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I carefully removed all the packaging and inspected each club. All the ferrules were turned down nicely, shined up, no excess epoxy, etc. The shafts are all oriented in the same manner. All the grips were on perfectly straight. I didn't find a single flaw. Then I looked closer at them. All the faces were milled all the way to the toe. Might not be anything special to a lot of people, but to me, that shows a conscientious precision choice to make. And it just adds to the cool factor and the exquisite taste. Then I see every head has the same serial... The serial matches the order number from the order sheet and the aforementioned envelope. THAT, to me, is cool as hell.

Milled Face:

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Individual Serial #:
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I know this is getting long, but I'll try to wrap it up soon (can you tell I'm couped up and anxious to hit these bad boys yet?). Every aspect about these clubs, to me, says that the guys at Hogan golf take great pride in their product. From building through the monsoon they've had to the individualized aspects to the set, to the build quality. It all screams class to me. I've went over the alotment of pics already, and I'll provide a link at the bottom to a gallery I've created for this unboxing as I took a WHOLE lot of pictures and tried to capture every nuance about them. Hopefully that is conveyed through this write-up and the pictures I chose to include in the body of the text here. I apologize the pics are indoors, but hey, they sent the weather with the clubs. (Sorry, I know the weather in Texas has been rough, and it's a minor set-back for me.) Regardless, I'm STOKED to be a part of this review and I hope I've done all of those of you that applied and didn't get selected justice thus far in the content above. A few more pics and a link to the aforementioned gallery.

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And the Gallery can be viewed here(there are pictures from all angles of several clubs, including topline views, etc.  I tried to capture the essence of the packaging in the pics I selected to be in this unboxing):
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Wow - these are looking good! Congrats again guys, really looking forward to hearing how they perform for you out on the course!

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So pretty... Must.Resist.Price tag.....

 

Reviews are important. It's amazing when you look for reviews on these clubs. I can't find anything besides the extremely premature ones that came out in late January.

 

Around PA? I'd be happy to let you hit them...

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Beautiful...

 

Great write ups on your first impressions guys!

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