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there is one facet of this club that I just don't touch on as much as I should, and thats the V-Soles. One of my old standards to my swing was that I was a "digger". I would flat out peel the carpet up, and hit a lot of "fat" shots. 

Now, (and it started with the PtxPro set) I rarely even take much more than a small piece. Often, its not much more that some ruffled grass. And I think its kind of training me as we go, too. Face contact improves, and obviously so do the shots. Im still not an Iron master, but I feel much more confident now. I actually try to target the 110-140 yd range, so I get to hit one of the Icons, with its skinny little V=Sole. SO Good..

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The Ben Hogan Company started in 1953. It was well known throughout the company that there was nobody that expected perfection more than Mr. Hogan; to say he was iconic is an understatement. Toda

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The 3 iron loft is 20 degrees on my tmb, and 18 degrees on the Hogan uihi 3 iron


Now is the time for a 7 wood to enter into the discussion. :)


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last hole is a par 5, so I teed off with the 4 UiHi, for about 200 ish, then hit it again to about 90, but the tee shot was better, leaving me a SW with the Equalizer SW. I swung a hair too easy leaving me just short of the green, but an easy 2-putt par. The guy I was paired with said the he needed to do a better job of course management, as I mad the par5 look so easy... meh...

I just know I can't reach in 2 anymore

 

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shot again today playing solo as I got a good early start. Didn't keep score as I was playing with irons all day. I set up on 17 from 167 and hit 5 shots. 4 landed on the green. 3 were pin high, one was a little long, and I pulled one about 20 feet left of the green, but it was also about pin high.

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20 hours ago, revkev said:

 


Now is the time for a 7 wood to enter into the discussion. 🙂


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20 hours ago, revkev said:

 


Now is the time for a 7 wood to enter into the discussion. 🙂


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Im still contemplating a 5 wood, can't quite wrap my head around the 7-wood Rev.

I think were similar distances (7-iron~150yds?)  How far does that 7 wood go for you?

 

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Watching Rick Sheels latest video and i see Matt Fryer uses icons! They are doing a club swap, so I'll get to hear Rick Sheel's take on them!Screenshot_20200729-044207_YouTube.jpg.e8e967dc71a9ce53dd091625c3a2acd1.jpgScreenshot_20200729-044219_YouTube.jpg.ff0fe498a186b6c1498a30a4413f30b6.jpg

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todays round did not fare well for the icon end of the combo, sadly... But the PtxPros were great. I was skulling the short irons for some reason... thats a first. Not all, but a good 3 or 4.

weird... ended up with a 78, so the sky didn't fall, but Id been on such a hot streak with the short irons ...

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On 7/26/2020 at 9:57 PM, J.B. TexasEx said:

Looked and sounded like he nutted it to me. Now I want one!

They should fare well among the driving iron / long iron utility testing. 
 

Keep us posted if you end up moving on one. 

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Shot even today, and I can't decide which club was best today. Even though the 6 and the 9 were outstanding, Ive got to give the nod to the 4UiHi. It's like a little laser beam shooter/fairway splitter. It's not a soaring hi shot for me, as I hit everything a little lower I think. But I've been teeing off with it on shorter par4's and as a second shot on par 5"s to put me in perfect approach locations. Kind of stinger-ish to help paint the picture, think of Tigers stinger, except remove 50-60 yards.

I could actually include the evnroll putter as it was nasty for the front 9 anyways, with 13 putts.but then It fell back to sleep on the back 9...

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Sweeping the dew tomorrow morning as a single at 6a.  I should fly around and have some chances to take some additional video to share.

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Sweeping the dew tomorrow morning as a single at 6a.  I should fly around and have some chances to take some additional video to share.

Cool, we always love video!   

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Teed off this morning at 6a and finished a quick 9 holes in one hour and 15 at Greystone which is a beautiful links course where I play most often.  While I wasn't playing for a low score I shot 38 with 3 bogeys, one birdie, 3 GIR and 15 putts.  It was more about course management and hitting more irons off the tee (4UiHi) to set myself up with more approaches with mid and longer irons.  I finished the round with a 3 putt from 15 feet so ouch!  

As I develop some confidence with these irons I am learning, well, reinforcing the fact that my yardages with these irons are slightly shorter than what I am used to.  I don't have an issue with that as it could just be a product of getting older.  I am going to dig deeper into this point but one thing I have learned with the Icon heads is that they are much more forgiving than their predecessor.  Without having precise data, I am learning that my toe-miss (my common miss for my irons) is consistently 5 yards short.  The Fort Worth heads would be far worse and require a precise strike to stay within their margin of error.  

Face-on video is the 4 UiHi and the tee shot on the 3 is a 6 iron from 175.

 

 

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On 7/30/2020 at 3:38 PM, Sluggo42 said:

Shot even today, and I can't decide which club was best today. Even though the 6 and the 9 were outstanding, Ive got to give the nod to the 4UiHi. It's like a little laser beam shooter/fairway splitter. It's not a soaring hi shot for me, as I hit everything a little lower I think. But I've been teeing off with it on shorter par4's and as a second shot on par 5"s to put me in perfect approach locations. Kind of stinger-ish to help paint the picture, think of Tigers stinger, except remove 50-60 yards.

I could actually include the evnroll putter as it was nasty for the front 9 anyways, with 13 putts.but then It fell back to sleep on the back 9...

What have you noticed for yardage gapping between the 4&5 and the 7&8?  
 

So far it seems like they’re within the 10-12 yard range I've grown accustomed to with non-blended sets I’ve played in years past.  

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Played nine today. One under. 6 GIR. 
The 8-PW make me feel like I am throwing darts.  These clubs just feel smooth. I won’t give it away until my final review, but my strokes gained with the Hogan’s are better than with my Mizunos. 
Finally hit the 5 iron well today. 

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17 hours ago, bens197 said:

What have you noticed for yardage gapping between the 4&5 and the 7&8?  
 

So far it seems like they’re within the 10-12 yard range I've grown accustomed to with non-blended sets I’ve played in years past.  

Gapping has not been a problem at all as we all pondered. The Icons are not at all short. But yes, that 10 yard rules applies. I just need to hit the shots well enough to see "normal distances". I think the 4 to the 5 iron shots are a little squigglier, as I just don't always hit those clubs on the screws like the shorter irons. But I would imagine that to be a universal problem.

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