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I'm "restoring" '72 Hogan Apex and ?? Titleist Tour Model

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I just started a project as a new hobby. I've had a set of 1972 Hogan Apex irons and a set of Titleist Tour Model irons (maybe 84? maybe 89?) for as long as I can remember in my cart shed. To be honest, I'm not even sure how they ended up in there. I've always been curious about how playing them would be, and I've also been curious about restoring them and making them "shine" again. I just started the project, and I'm only one iron in on the Hogan set and I'm already very excited about how these could turn out because they already look considerably better. 

I've never done an iron restoration before, so this is a whole lot of trial/error and educated guess on my end. I'm not positive what my end goal is either. Maybe I'll hang on to them because they are cool to have, maybe I'll play a round each year with them, maybe I'd sell them to the right buyer? 

I'm assuming people on here have taken on a similar project, does anyone have any suggestions before I get super deep in this?

Here's a picture of the starting point, and what it looks like after about 15 minutes of work after soaking.  

 

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Those are looking great! The Hogan's are absolutely beautiful irons and it looks like you're doing a really good job! I've got a set of Wilson's I'm restoring, so I'll be interested to see how yours develop. 

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Fun looking project and great set of clubs.  @deejaiddoes quite a bit of club restoration on Hogan's and might be able to provide some tips.  Keep us posted on progress.

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First one looks good. Not sure what you are soaking them in but my preferred method is Bar Keepers Friend and 0000 steel wool. Apply a liberal amount of BKF directly to the head and work it in a circular motion with the steel wool. Takes about a minute then rinse with water. I then take the steel wool along the shafts to remove any pitting.

For the ferrules, get some acetone nail polish remover and printer paper or newspaper or some other smooth paper, not napkins or paper towels since they are quilted and will stick. Put some acetone on the paper and quickly rub on the ferrule WITHOUT stopping. If you stop on the ferrule it will stick and damage it. Rub quickly and with enough acetone to keep it moist.

As for the grips. If they are leather, clean them with saddle soap and allow to dry overnight. Then, condition with Neatsfoot oil to rehydrate the leather.

Rubber grips, cut off and replace.


Those Hogan’s are a classic set. They will be fun to play when you are finished.


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@deejaid out of curiosity. How stupid would it be of me to re-shaft these Hogans? I'm not leaning towards it by any means. I'm just wondering because I know nothing about putting shafts in something this old.


:titelist-small: 915 D3, 9.5°

:callaway-small: X2 Hot Pro, 15°

:cleveland-small: Halo 3i, 22°

:mizuno-small: MP-18SC, 4-PW

:mizuno-small: MP-T11, 50°

:vokey-small: 52°

:mizuno-small: 56°

:ping-small: Ally i 

 

 

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[mention=56773]deejaid[/mention] out of curiosity. How stupid would it be of me to re-shaft these Hogans? I'm not leaning towards it by any means. I'm just wondering because I know nothing about putting shafts in something this old.

Not stupid at all if the shafts don’t work for you. However, Hogan Apex shafts were some of the most wanted shafts from that era. People would reshaft their Macgregor’s, Wilson’s, Powerbilt’s, etc, with Hogan Apex shafts. They are very similar to True Temper Dynalite shafts, 125g or so, active tip section.


If you were to reshaft you’ll need to pound out the pin in the hosel. You’ll need a set of punches for the job. After the pins are removed you heat and pull like any other modern club. A bit more work than a modern shaft swap but not impossible.


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Louisville Niblick Persimmon 3 & 5 woods

Hogan UIHI 4-iron*

Hogan PTx Pro 5-7*

Hogan Icon 8-PW*

KZG 51 gap wedge

KZG 56 sand wedge

Rife Legend Z Putter

 

*denotes clubs being tested

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Agree with deejaid completely.  I have 8 sets of various Hogan models and try to keep the original shafts as much as possible.  If you change the shafts, try and salvage the ferrules.  Kind of a nice added touch to have the original serial numbers intact.  Great job so far.

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