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16 hours ago, pozzit said:

Anyone who like shiny reflective clubs will love this driver also if you like the murdered out look the HZRDUS Black would look sick20200504_164358.jpg20200504_160310.jpg

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I'm not sure what I like better, the One Tour D or the driver!

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Sound clip might have to wait a bit... Funny enough I'm currently in the hospital with my wife as she's giving birth to our first child. I'll be a new baby boy's father hopefully by tomorrow! 

THE Ben Hogan GS53 Driver Review – July 4th, 2020  by 03TRDBlack Intro Follow me on my Instagram! @rob.c.slade  Also on Twitter @robslade. First and foremost, I want to th

the iconic swing is timeless... the company he founded in 1953 is committed to living up to Mr. Hogan's philosophy; they manufacture clubs 'as near perfect as modern-day tools can perform'.

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One other thing the head, in direct sunlight it changes color slightly and has a little shimmer to it, like there are tiny pieces of glitter under the coating. It's really subtle but is visible. I think there will be some personal preference with that but I think it looks really nice and gives some depth and quality (like carbon fiber does) compared to a painted head.20200507_090705.jpg

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Driver:  Ben Hogan GS53
3W:  Callaway Big Bertha Steelhead 2
2i: Maltby KE4 FDI 
4-PW:  Maltby TS-1 - C-Taper 120g 
50º: Maltby TSW

56º:  Cleveland RTX-2 
60º: Maltby Tour Grind MG
Putter:  Odyssey White Hot RX 2-ball

Ball: Snell MTB X
Other: Game Golf Live
Handicap: 5.9  -  Best Score: 73 (1 over) Bryan Park - Players Course, Greensboro NC -2020

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6 hours ago, bens197 said:

I’m curious if any of you will take a hard look at the rest of Hogan’s lineup now that you’re getting your initial swings with the driver.

I'm already drooling over the new Icon irons and now that they offer the combo sets I'm even more intrigued.  If I was in the market for irons I'm pretty sure I'd be picking up a set of the PTx Pro/Icon irons.

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Agreed I definitely would consider getting other Ben Hogan products. The ICON irons are gorgeous (was investigating doing a demo but everything is out of stock ) I am also interested in the 3/4 wood if the driver performs as expected.

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Driver:  Ben Hogan GS53
3W:  Callaway Big Bertha Steelhead 2
2i: Maltby KE4 FDI 
4-PW:  Maltby TS-1 - C-Taper 120g 
50º: Maltby TSW

56º:  Cleveland RTX-2 
60º: Maltby Tour Grind MG
Putter:  Odyssey White Hot RX 2-ball

Ball: Snell MTB X
Other: Game Golf Live
Handicap: 5.9  -  Best Score: 73 (1 over) Bryan Park - Players Course, Greensboro NC -2020

2020 MGS Forum Tester - Ben Hogan GS53 Driver

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19 hours ago, pozzit said:

One other thing the head, in direct sunlight it changes color slightly and has a little shimmer to it, like there are tiny pieces of glitter under the coating. It's really subtle but is visible. I think there will be some personal preference with that but I think it looks really nice and gives some depth and quality (like carbon fiber does) compared to a painted head.20200507_090705.jpg

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Very nice, I like the shape, the BH line up spot and the subtle bling is great too...

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In my :cobra-small: Ultralight Stand Bag:

Driver:    :cobra-small: King F9 9° - LH - Atmos Blue TS 6 Stiff
Woods:   :cobra-small: King F9 - LH - 3/4 Wood - Atmos Blue 7 Reg
               :cobra-small: King F9 - LH - 3 Hybrid - Atmos Blue 7 Reg
Irons:      :cobra-small: King F9 - LH - 4-PW - True Temper XP95 Reg
Wedges: :cobra-small: King Black - LH - 52° 56° 60° -True Temper XP95 Reg
Putter:    :rife-putters-1: Two Bar Hybrid
Ball:        :titelist-small: Pro V1

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On 5/7/2020 at 7:26 AM, bens197 said:

I’m curious if any of you will take a hard look at the rest of Hogan’s lineup now that you’re getting your initial swings with the driver.

Absolutely looking at the PTxPro Irons from BH. Those look gorgeous. I'm between them and the Sub70 699/699 pro

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In my bag:

Driver:  :Hogan: Ben Hogan GS53 10.5* Stiff Mitsubishi tensei blue

3 Wood: :adams-small: Insight BUL Stiff

Hybrid:  :Sub70: 939x Hybrid UST 680 recoil shaft stiff

Irons: :Sub70: 699 irons  KBS tour 90 v Stiff 

52 Deg:cleveland-small: 588 RTX 2.0

56 deg: :cleveland-small: Reg 588 tour action

60 Deg: :cleveland-small: 588 RTX 2.0

Putter:bettinardi-small: Studio Stock #3 (Winn 1.32 Pro x grip)

Rangefinder: :CaddyTek: Caddytek V2

 

Check out my MyGolfSpy 2020 Forum Official Tester: Ben Hogan GS53 Driver

 

 

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Hi all,

a way more detailed review soon but I hit some balls w this yesterday.  The set up behind the ball is fantastic..the contrast of the ball and the dark head is stunning. The head is slightly rounded and I like that classic look. The sound of the ball coming off the face is so nice. It is not muted nor does it should like a gun being fired. The only ‘downside’ I see is the club seems to looked closed to me. I found it slightly hard to get set up. I need to play around with the adjustable settings. More soon, but very encouraged so far!

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On 5/7/2020 at 2:33 PM, 03trdblack said:

I'm already drooling over the new Icon irons and now that they offer the combo sets I'm even more intrigued.  If I was in the market for irons I'm pretty sure I'd be picking up a set of the PTx Pro/Icon irons.

The whole lineup is clean and classy!

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:titelist-small: TS2 16.5 degree Graphite Design Tour AD DI-6

:titelist-small: U510 3 iron Graphite Design Tour AD

:titelist-small: U500 4 iron Project X Smoke 

:titelist-small: TS100s 5-P Nippon Modus 3 

:vokey-small: SM 8 50, 54, 58

:cameron-small: Special Select Square Back 

:titelist-small: ProV1X Left Dash 

 

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Got some range time tonight with the driver. Hit a small bucket and so far so good. On course testing tomorrow! 

 

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Recorded a strike with the Ben Hogan and My Ping.



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Driver:  Ben Hogan GS53
3W:  Callaway Big Bertha Steelhead 2
2i: Maltby KE4 FDI 
4-PW:  Maltby TS-1 - C-Taper 120g 
50º: Maltby TSW

56º:  Cleveland RTX-2 
60º: Maltby Tour Grind MG
Putter:  Odyssey White Hot RX 2-ball

Ball: Snell MTB X
Other: Game Golf Live
Handicap: 5.9  -  Best Score: 73 (1 over) Bryan Park - Players Course, Greensboro NC -2020

2020 MGS Forum Tester - Ben Hogan GS53 Driver

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Nice deeper sound for the Hogan, it's ticking a lot of boxes so far...😁😎

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In my :cobra-small: Ultralight Stand Bag:

Driver:    :cobra-small: King F9 9° - LH - Atmos Blue TS 6 Stiff
Woods:   :cobra-small: King F9 - LH - 3/4 Wood - Atmos Blue 7 Reg
               :cobra-small: King F9 - LH - 3 Hybrid - Atmos Blue 7 Reg
Irons:      :cobra-small: King F9 - LH - 4-PW - True Temper XP95 Reg
Wedges: :cobra-small: King Black - LH - 52° 56° 60° -True Temper XP95 Reg
Putter:    :rife-putters-1: Two Bar Hybrid
Ball:        :titelist-small: Pro V1

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4 hours ago, 03trdblack said:

Got some range time tonight with the driver. Hit a small bucket and so far so good. On course testing tomorrow! 

 

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Forgiveness off center?  Not needed. 

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Wilson D7 Irons 4-GW,  Dynamic Gold AMT
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15 hours ago, 03trdblack said:

Got some range time tonight with the driver. Hit a small bucket and so far so good. On course testing tomorrow! 

 

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looks like you know where the middle of the club face is!!

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14 hours ago, pozzit said:

Recorded a strike with the Ben Hogan and My Ping.

 


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the sound is nice!

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Played 18 holes with the Ben Hogan driver today. Guys, No Joke, this was the best club in my bag today. I only missed two fairways averaging about 270-275 for driving average. This club was consistently straight and the ball flight was amazing. The feel was also very good and I could tell when I hit the center of the club face vs off center. I felt confident very time I had the driver in my hand. I can’t wait to hit this club again


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In my bag:

Driver:  :Hogan: Ben Hogan GS53 10.5* Stiff Mitsubishi tensei blue

3 Wood: :adams-small: Insight BUL Stiff

Hybrid:  :Sub70: 939x Hybrid UST 680 recoil shaft stiff

Irons: :Sub70: 699 irons  KBS tour 90 v Stiff 

52 Deg:cleveland-small: 588 RTX 2.0

56 deg: :cleveland-small: Reg 588 tour action

60 Deg: :cleveland-small: 588 RTX 2.0

Putter:bettinardi-small: Studio Stock #3 (Winn 1.32 Pro x grip)

Rangefinder: :CaddyTek: Caddytek V2

 

Check out my MyGolfSpy 2020 Forum Official Tester: Ben Hogan GS53 Driver

 

 

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14 hours ago, cciciora13 said:

Played 18 holes with the Ben Hogan driver today. Guys, No Joke, this was the best club in my bag today. I only missed two fairways averaging about 270-275 for driving average. This club was consistently straight and the ball flight was amazing. The feel was also very good and I could tell when I hit the center of the club face vs off center. I felt confident very time I had the driver in my hand. I can’t wait to hit this club again


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Ah the first blush of love 😍😁😎

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In my :cobra-small: Ultralight Stand Bag:

Driver:    :cobra-small: King F9 9° - LH - Atmos Blue TS 6 Stiff
Woods:   :cobra-small: King F9 - LH - 3/4 Wood - Atmos Blue 7 Reg
               :cobra-small: King F9 - LH - 3 Hybrid - Atmos Blue 7 Reg
Irons:      :cobra-small: King F9 - LH - 4-PW - True Temper XP95 Reg
Wedges: :cobra-small: King Black - LH - 52° 56° 60° -True Temper XP95 Reg
Putter:    :rife-putters-1: Two Bar Hybrid
Ball:        :titelist-small: Pro V1

Tracked By: :Arccos:

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I love reactions from people who are surprised by a product that overwhelms them. There is so much good out there that doesn’t get the attention it deserves.

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1 hour ago, bens197 said:

I love reactions from people who are surprised by a product that overwhelms them. There is so much good out there that doesn’t get the attention it deserves.

The first time out, I wasn't swinging it all that well; so the performance was iffy. Yesterday I was just blown away. I couldn't believe how well I was hitting it. Look forward to hitting it again tomorrow.

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In my bag:

Driver:  :Hogan: Ben Hogan GS53 10.5* Stiff Mitsubishi tensei blue

3 Wood: :adams-small: Insight BUL Stiff

Hybrid:  :Sub70: 939x Hybrid UST 680 recoil shaft stiff

Irons: :Sub70: 699 irons  KBS tour 90 v Stiff 

52 Deg:cleveland-small: 588 RTX 2.0

56 deg: :cleveland-small: Reg 588 tour action

60 Deg: :cleveland-small: 588 RTX 2.0

Putter:bettinardi-small: Studio Stock #3 (Winn 1.32 Pro x grip)

Rangefinder: :CaddyTek: Caddytek V2

 

Check out my MyGolfSpy 2020 Forum Official Tester: Ben Hogan GS53 Driver

 

 

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Took the GS53 9* with the HZRDUS Smoke 6.0 shaft out this weekend for it's first round and so far I'm coming away VERY impressed.  Based on the range sessions I had, I adjusted the head to 8.5* loft with 1* open face angle and a 57.5* lie.  The lie angles on this driver look very flat, even in the upright setting which I like.  It was overall a pretty windy day but I feel like the wind gave me a chance to try some different shots with the driver.  I tracked all my shots with my Shot Scope watch and had the following distances on 14 tee shots:

255.64
257.16
265.49
255.07
228.10
269.52
256.66
252.31
266.46
232.00
245.51
290.37
296.13
230.08

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The overall average came to 257.17 yards and the playing average (taking out the shortest drive which was into the wind and longest drive which was down wind) was 256.35.

My biggest takeaway from day one is how easy it is to hit any shot I wanted with this driver.  I wouldn't consider it an all out bomber but more of a precision instrument like a surgeons scalpel.  I haven't had a chance to get spin numbers on the club yet but based on what I saw I'd say it's a mid/low spin design.  The ball didn't really feel like it rocketed off the face but distance was more than adequate and I had quite a few drives that ended up being sneaky long.  I'm not sure if it's the Speed Slot or just the fact that the head is a little smaller but it does feel like I am swinging this club faster.  I ordered my club at 45" instead of the stock 45.5".  I'm going to get some swing radar numbers on it to see how it compares to some other drivers.  I swing the SIM and the G410 LST faster than other drivers I have and it will be interesting to see if the Hogan is as fast as these clubs. 

As I mentioned, my favorite part was how easy the club hit different type of shots.  If I teed it up and swung up on it for a down wind shot, the head launched super high and carried forever.  If I teed it down and swung more level, the ball came out on a mid trajectory and didn't balloon into the wind.  I did notice that if I hit it a little low on the face the ball would spin up some but all drivers do this.  The best club I've ever hit for low on the face shots was the Cobra F9 Speedback (seriously, it's the best driver I've seen for low face shots).  If I wanted to hit a cut it was super easy and never drifted into slice territory.  I don't really like trying to hit a draw and didn't have the need to try on this particular course but the head does seem to have a little heel bias to it so I'm sure it would be easy to do.  My attempts at a draw usually end up being a pull hook.

LOVED the feel/sound of this club as well as the smaller look at address.  As you all have seen from the pictures it's a very classy looking head.  The face seems to have more bulge and roll than other drivers and if I had a choice I'd probably prefer a flatter looking club face but that doesn't bother me enough to matter.

I'm really looking forward to getting some launch monitor numbers once this whole COVID thing settles down.  Excited to continue playing the driver though and getting more on course results.         

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