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2018 Official Forum Member Review - Hogan Equalizer Wedges

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I may have to try these out. As much I love the V sole on my irons these might just be the ticket. I wish I could find some wedges I really love.

If you like the vsole then definitely would give it a try and I read they added true temper to shaft selection

 

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If you like the vsole then definitely would give it a try and I read they added true temper to shaft selection

 

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I got that email today. I wish that was available when we got these.

 

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Played again today better and better is all I can say distance control check flop shot check bunker check rough check look if you need new wedges you owe it to yourself to try these

 

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Did some fun testing yesterday working on flighting and controlling spin and they did everything I wanted them to do. Next is bunker testing.

 

 

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I may have to take a look at these when my precious 56 goes out of the rules of grooves in '20. I love that thing.

 

 

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I may have to try these out. As much I love the V sole on my irons these might just be the ticket. I wish I could find some wedges I really love.

The Ben Hogan demo program is well worth it. Unfortunately these wedges are not available for demo right now. They keep the website updated with current available demos.

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I ordered a set of these (50, 54, 58) along with my new irons (PTx). Only one round in the books so far, but the performance of the wedges was legit from fairways, greenside rough, bunkers and everywhere. If you're shopping new wedges, these are definitely worth a look.

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So a  few tidbits from my Shotscope analysis using the past 5 rounds (with my Equalizer wedges) versus last year and my TK wedges.  Past few rounds have all been in the low 80's (at or below my index) so that is a good thing.  Much of those scores can resolve to my putting -Putting all.png

 

This graph shows my putting for all of 2018.

 

 

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This graph shows my putting for the last 5 rounds.  Note the significant increase in 1-putts (two putts staying stable) and signficant reduction in three-putts. 

 

I chalk this up to the proximity I am obtaining with my Hogan Equalizers!

 

More in my stage two report. 

 

 

In the meantime, for the next three days I will be in our annual Member Guest tournament, and the Equalizers will be in the bag!  Wish us luck!

 

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Great start guys and a special thanks to our two sailors from a former Navy Dad - my son served 81/2 years as an MM primarily on a sub.

 

 

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Yeah great intros! Thanks guys and .. WOW! .. I think these are pretty sharp-looking pieces of golfing hardware!

 

Question for any of the testers:

Between the three lofts are there differences in the thickness of the top portion of the clubs?

 

For example - is the 52 thicker on top (ie. higher CoG) vs the 60.

 

Thx

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Yeah great intros! Thanks guys and .. WOW! .. I think these are pretty sharp-looking pieces of golfing hardware!

 

Question for any of the testers:

Between the three lofts are there differences in the thickness of the top portion of the clubs?

 

For example - is the 52 thicker on top (ie. higher CoG) vs the 60.

 

Thx

Absolutely no difference in thickness on the top line between the 52, 56, and 60.

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Absolutely no difference in thickness on the top line between the 52, 56, and 60.

He answered it perfectly not an ounce of difference.

 

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First, I want to send out a big thank you to My Golf Spy and Ben Hogan Golf for allowing me to test these beautiful golf clubs. I look forward to providing the MGS community with an honest and thorough test. I am an Electronics Technician in the US Navy, been enlisted for just shy of 17 years. I am married and have 6 wonderfully wild children ages 11, 7, 6, 4, and twin 2 year old boys.

 

 

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The picture above is my awesome wife Lisa and I, then one with me and the kids on our road trip to Jacksonville. From left to right, Beckham, Briggs, Collins, Colston, Locklin, and Laiden. By the way, yes a 5 hour trip can take 8 hours.

 

 

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The last one is of our family dog, Kiser. My family life is really amazing, and I have a master plan to get on the golf course more often. I have just signed my 7 year old daughter and 6 year old son up for The First Tee Program. Looks like I will be on the course more and more as the years go by. We just moved to Jacksonville so there are many amazing courses here that I will be playing on during my 2 year tour here.

 

My Golf Journey

 

I started playing golf when I was around 16 with my dad and younger brother. So I have been playing for about 25 years off and on. Last year, I got really serious about golf and finally got fitted for Ping irons and took a few lessons. My game finally started to trend down from my normal bogey golf to a 7.9 handicap. I really started playing good confident golf. I could shoot around 83 on any course I played during that time. I joined My Golf Spy around that time as well and became active in the forums. My Golf Spy has really changed my golf life and really opened my eyes to all things golf. The last half of 2017 didn't include a lot of golf due to some personal issues I went through later that year. Around March or so of this year, I decided to start playing again. I am currently playing at an 11.3 handicap. The main thing that I love about golf is the peace and quiet. Trust me when you have a big family like I do you can't wait for a few hours of peace and quiet. I also love the technology and would love to be employed in the golf industry when I retire from the military. My current bag is definitely influenced by the content and forums at MGS.

 

Geeking WITB

 

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Bag: Ping Hoofer Lite (Thanks MGS for helping me pick this one!) I wanted a bag that I could use while walking that also was fully functional and would last many seasons. I have made it a point to walk instead of ride this year.

 

Ball: Last year I played the Vice Pro Plus Neon Red (can't lose the ball in that color) but this year I have played the Chrome Soft X and recently began testing the Snell MTB Black and Red. I felt that I was having trouble compressing the Pro Plus and am confused because now when I do the ball selector on their website it says I need the Vice Pro. I don't get it but maybe they tweaked their selector.

 

Driver: 2017 Taylormade M1 set to neutral and 9.5 degrees with an Aldila Rogue Silver stiff shaft, I just added it to the bag this year and increased my driving distance 25 yards versus my old Nike Ignite 460. I got it used from Edwin Watts and it was tested on the launch monitor there...for some reason this just fits me.

 

Fairway Wood: Callaway XR16 5 wood with Project X 6.0 stiff flex, I just bought this year and fitted at Edwin Watts.

 

Hybrid: Taylormade M2 3 hybrid with Reax stiff shaft, again bought this year and fit at Edwin Watts.

 

Irons: Ping I200 red dot 5-UW with AWT 2.0 shafts, I was fit for these irons last year at AC Read Golf Course in Pensacola Florida by a Ping fitter.

 

Wedges: 54 and 58 degree black dot Ping Glide wedges, I just rounded out my set with these two wedges purchased off of eBay. These really turned out to be a great purchase and my wedge game is probably the strength of my game.

 

Putter: I currently use a Ping Sigma G Darby putter. I tried the Darby at PGA superstore and literally was making them from across the room so figured I would try it. I also have purchased a Kevin Burns 9303SN, a Ping Anser Scottsdale TR, and a Scotty Cameron Futura Phantom 2 center shafted. Oh and just bought the Tommy Armour Impact 3 too.

 

I average 2 putts on every hole so this is probably the weakest part of my game. I am really going to focus on wedge play and putting this year. I need to get closer to the hole on my approach shots and thus get more 1 putts. The wedges are the strongest part of my game at the moment, but I have noticed some trends thanks to shot tracking with Skycaddie Linkx GT watch and tags. I have a tendency to miss left and the feel and control is somewhat lacking. I try to have a smooth swing tempo opting for control over distance. If I have a 100 yard shot I am pulling my 54 degree Ping Glide wedge and opting for a bit smoother tempo since I normally max out at 105 with that club. I hit my 58 degree about 80 with a full swing. The reason I say it is the strength of my game is because I really have gotten to a point where I can do ¾ or ½ wedge shots with each club giving me various consistent yardages. I am usually within 20 feet with either wedge so I try to play golf to my strengths which means I am trying to get within wedge distance off of every tee. About 90% of the time I lay up on Par 5s...I know it isn't exciting, but my scores are better when I lay up to inside 100 yards. I have tried to bring the trajectory down to get better control, but nothing has worked. The specific benefit of the Ping Glide wedges are their forgiveness, but since they are cast I have a difficult feeling exactly where my strike point is on the club face. My current wedge play is all about tempo and swing length.

 

I am very selective on which tests I apply for because I want the test to benefit my game and I want the test to line up with what I am working on that year. I desperately wanted to try Ben Hogan wedges, because they are supposed to provide great feel and feedback thanks to the forging and 1025 carbon steel. As I was reading about the benefits, I knew these wedges had to be at the top of my wedge list because I have trouble with ballooning shots and trajectory control all of which have been addressed by Ben Hogan engineers in the Equalizer wedges. The Equalizer wedges feature a specifically designed Center of Mass that is moved around in the club head depending on the loft of the wedge which should help with trajectory control. I read and reread about them over and over after I found out about the testing opportunity. I truthfully watched the video about the Equalizer wedges between 75-100 times. Ben Hogan was an amazing wedge player and I would love to gain confidence and control on those vital scoring shots. I can't wait to share with my fellow spies about the results and of course why I chose the specifics of the clubs, shaft choice and lie angle. Stay tuned for Stage 2 and more information on the picture below.

 

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Like Ben Hogan

 

I wish I could swing like Mr. Hogan. I mean we both are 5'9 and probably about the same weight. His swing is magnificent and of course I own his book. When I applied to test the wedges, I felt like I would get selected. I don't know what it was, but I feel like it was supposed to happen. I found out after a round of golf that I was selected and the wild thing is that while at the driving range before my round look what I found….

 

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Was Mr. Hogan sending me a pre round message. Yes I kept the ball for good luck it's in my bag right now. Feel free to send me your questions in preparation for my Stage 2. I will be testing in every conceivable situation (no seriously I made a list), but if there is something you would like to know don't hesitate. I am super excited about this opportunity and I want to thank My Golf Spy and Ben Hogan Golf for this amazing opportunity.

If that ain't a true sign from Ben Hogan, I don't know what is! Haha great stage 1 write up, and thank you for your service. It's pretty tough to fit golf into life when you've got 6 younglings to also care for, so mad props. Can't wait for stage 2!

 

 

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Without compromising your stage twos, how is the testing going? is anyone shocked with how well/badly it is going?

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Absolutely no difference in thickness on the top line between the 52, 56, and 60.

He answered it perfectly not an ounce of difference.

 

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Thx for that info. Wasn't sure from looking at the pics and was just curious... Looking forward to all the Stage 2 reviews!
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Without compromising your stage twos, how is the testing going? is anyone shocked with how well/badly it is going?

It's going very well so far. I was worried at first but now I am impressed

 

 

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