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I have had a shaft break in the same location in my back swing as well. But it was an old club that probably had damage from before. 

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On 5/8/2021 at 12:07 AM, golfish! said:

I have had a shaft break in the same location in my back swing as well. But it was an old club that probably had damage from before. 

When I picked up the club, I ask if he had any thoughts on where it broke and why.  He felt there was a flat spot that caused weakness.  So there was some sort of damage done under the grip, just not sure where or how.  

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On 5/10/2021 at 11:15 AM, kardboard.kid said:

When I picked up the club, I ask if he had any thoughts on where it broke and why.  He felt there was a flat spot that caused weakness.  So there was some sort of damage done under the grip, just not sure where or how.  

I see. Can't really tell root cause but important thing is that you did not get injured! 

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On 3/24/2021 at 8:00 AM, twyatt700 said:

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I still have my hybrid in the bag but don't have much confidence in it and as a result haven't used it much this season.  When I've been in a situation to use it, I think I'm about 50/50 on hitting it or taking a different strategy.  

I still want to do a bag fitting this season and whenever I get around to that one of the first priorities I'll be looking at is other hybrid options and fairway woods.  Right now I have a Dr, 3w, 3 hybrid, 4 hybrid and traditional 5 iron.  I don't hit the 3w well and am thinking about going to a 5w just for the shorter shaft and added loft and I may just go with 1 hybrid and play with 13 clubs as my gapping isn't all that different in the top end.  

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Hey everyone!  I apologize for being MIA for the past few months!  I was dealing with a lot of personal things.  I was finally able to start getting things in order and updated the on-course analysis for the 3 wood.  The on-course performance matched the launch monitors perfectly.  I did have my playing partners give it a rip as well.  They kept seeing the same type of performance as me.

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I have actually been getting out every week for the last month... FINALLY!!

I still stand on my first takes from the range and course play, love the low ball flight but not a fan of the length. I am really thinking about changing the shaft but I will be changing the grip, needs to be larger for my liking. The only frustrating part is I really don't have many course that force me to play a 3 iron very much. I have been in some trouble and had to use it to stay down or punch it out and get some roll out of it. One hole I always use it off the tee and one it depends on the wind for the day, its ether 3 wood or the UiHi. 

My hybrid is loads easier to hit, but just not a fan of the ball flight. On a clear day with no wind I would probably pick the hybrid over the UiHi cause I wouldn't be worried about the wind effecting my distance. Windy day I am going to loose it anyhow so the UiHi is coming to play. 

I will update y'all with pictures when I get the new shaft in and let you know if I see any changes worth noting. 

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Back for another update...

I was still using this as almost a 5 wood until recently. I came across a used Mavrik 4 wood and it gaps perfectly with my driver and long irons, so I dropped my Hawkeye 3 wood in favor of that. 

Meanwhile, getting the chance to test this club and reading the other reviews prompted me to invest in new wedges and irons from Hogan. The wedges, Equalizer 2, I love. I have yet to receive the irons. Anyway, back to the 3 wood.

So I love the looks of this club. It feels great, and even though its not the PERFECT club for me, I've been able to overlook it for sheer sex appeal alone. It was the first club I ever unwrapped from the plastic, and it just catches your eye in all the right ways.  Enter Bill. 

Bill is a pretty serious senior golfer at the course I play at. I haven't teed it up with him before, but he plays CFT irons and hybrids and loves them. The second he saw the headcover, it was love at first sight. He wanted to see it, swing it. I told him to hit it. He didn't want to mess it up, and after a while, agreed. He hit it perfectly, right down the center, 220, further than his driver. For the rest of the day he's bragging to his buddies about the X-Stiff shaft he just hammered, but we talked about the forum and how I got the club. 

He was so excited about ball lab he looked it up on his phone, and it was honestly one of the most fun rounds of golf I've played in a long time. 

So of course he's asked about Hogan and where to order it, and when we're walking off the 18th green, he tells me he's going to have to save some money to look into one of those. 

No need. 

It breaks my heart to say goodbye, but I have never seen an old man so happy in all of my life. 

I'll give you a performance update on the club when I get a chance. We have a tee time Saturday morning. 😂

 

 

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On 6/17/2021 at 1:19 AM, Crowev01 said:

Bill is a pretty serious senior golfer at the course I play at. I haven't teed it up with him before, but he plays CFT irons and hybrids and loves them. The second he saw the headcover, it was love at first sight. He wanted to see it, swing it. I told him to hit it. He didn't want to mess it up, and after a while, agreed. He hit it perfectly, right down the center, 220, further than his driver. For the rest of the day he's bragging to his buddies about the X-Stiff shaft he just hammered, but we talked about the forum and how I got the club. 

He was so excited about ball lab he looked it up on his phone, and it was honestly one of the most fun rounds of golf I've played in a long time. 

So of course he's asked about Hogan and where to order it, and when we're walking off the 18th green, he tells me he's going to have to save some money to look into one of those. 

No need. 

It breaks my heart to say goodbye, but I have never seen an old man so happy in all of my life. 

I just went through a driver fitting with a good friend, who's a tour van fitter, Wednesday and had him evaluate the 3 wood while I was warming up.  His only negative comment was the amount of offset on the club.  When I asked him who he thought would be a perfect fit for this club and he mentioned exactly what you just said!  "A person who has a slower swing speed, most likely plays a regular/senior flex, that needs help generating spin."  

I've got a few people I know that have this issue so I was going to have them give it a rip!  I have a feeling it will have the exact same outcome as yours!

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Quick follow up. Been having trouble lately with the 3W so I worked on it a bit at the range and noticed that I was trying to give too much forward shaft lean on my woods. Just an observation I had before that helped was to have my hands a bit more back in my stance ( with irons I tend to have my hands in front of the ball closer to the target at address). Well that did it and look at these beauties I hit off the tee recently.

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gotta be the longest I have ever hit this 3W!

 

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Hey Spies!  One final update from me on the 3 wood.  I just played in a outing over the weekend where I golf with some older gentleman.  I had them hit the 3 wood and it was the exact same story as @Crowev01 mentioned!  They were all shocked that they could hit an X-Stiff shaft but have the distance and spin that they were getting.  I felt that the 3 wood was in the hands that needed it to the most, so I looked at the guy hitting it the best and said, "Take it home.  It's yours."  

It definitely seems like this 3 wood is built for slower swing speeds that do not generate spin.  This is also a club that you definitely need to get fit for before buying it.  I would have never put an X-Stiff shaft in his hands, but it's what worked out the best for him.

A huge thank you again to MGS and Ben Hogan for allowing me to be a part of this test!  I apologize that things got a bit interesting with COVID and the winter hitting early.  

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On 7/18/2021 at 6:33 PM, goaliewales14 said:

Hey Spies!  One final update from me on the 3 wood.  I just played in a outing over the weekend where I golf with some older gentleman.  I had them hit the 3 wood and it was the exact same story as @Crowev01 mentioned!  They were all shocked that they could hit an X-Stiff shaft but have the distance and spin that they were getting.  I felt that the 3 wood was in the hands that needed it to the most, so I looked at the guy hitting it the best and said, "Take it home.  It's yours."  

It definitely seems like this 3 wood is built for slower swing speeds that do not generate spin.  This is also a club that you definitely need to get fit for before buying it.  I would have never put an X-Stiff shaft in his hands, but it's what worked out the best for him.

A huge thank you again to MGS and Ben Hogan for allowing me to be a part of this test!  I apologize that things got a bit interesting with COVID and the winter hitting early.  

Back for a little update but also wanted to piggy back on what @goaliewales14 mentioned. I did notice that I was getting plenty of spin (probably too much spin) and I do not swing it particularly quick (~100 MPH driver swing speed). I would imagine it is an issue of shaft and offset that is generating the extra spin. I additionally already spin the ball plenty so this setup may not be the most suitable. I would like to get it on a proper LM to verify my suspicions. 

Although I probably spin the ball a tad too much with the 3w, the feel and control I have with this club is great. I really enjoy the confidence it brings as I have gotten more comfortable with it. 

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On 10/30/2020 at 9:05 AM, TCUFrog said:

Final Review - 8/10/2021

Wow, this is entirely too late (Sorry @the mods), but I think I have a pretty unique review for you. After I tested it out a few times post receiving it from Hogan, I knew the club did not have a long term spot in my bag. Instead of that being my final review, I thought it would be interesting to get my wife's opinion on a hybrid because she is a new player and there were no women on the review thread. Her review will be in purple after mine.

First Impressions

Out of the box, I had high hopes for this club. I love a traditional hybrid look and the look reminded my of my old Adams hybrid. That Adams hybrid was one of my favorite clubs I've ever had in my bag and I love a classic simple look at address. As soon as I got the plastic off the club and felt the grip, I knew that was going to be something I had to change if it was going to stay in the bag permanently. The grip looked like a GolfPride MCC grip, but felt like my old US Kids golf grips. Honestly was worried about it coming out of my hands on a hot day.

Looks (9 of 10/4 of 10)

As I said above in the first impression, I am a sucker for a classic look. You can give me all the show of some multi material construction or blah blah blah from Taylormade, but give my a glossy black finish on a classically shaped head and boom, I AM SWOONING. 

To me it just felt a little boring, the lack of markings on the top also make it harder for a newer player to line up.

Sound & Feel (4 of 10/3 of 10)

On the sound for mishits, it was atrocious which was a good feedback mechanism for me. I immediately knew I had missed the center of the face, which sometimes my M6 hybrid sounds too good on toe misses and I'll end up being 15-20 yards short of my expected distance. The feel though was just so dead. Hard to describe the feel, but it just wasnt there. Even on my best hits, it felt like the club face was dead. Something I look for in my short irons, but not out of my hybrid.

As a 20+ handicap, I thought the hybrid would give me better feel compared to my irons, but it just felt flat. Felt like this was designed for someone who might be a better player.

Basic Characteristics (12 of 20/10 of 20)

During my range sessions with the hybrid, I felt it flew fairly well. I liked the mid trajectory that I was getting and ability to work the ball left and right. But as soon as I compared it's performance on the range to my M6 it was apparent I was losing ~10 yards in distance with the VKTR+ vs. the M6. While not detrimental, this does mess up my gapping. Drops it to only about 5 yards beyond my 4 iron, so to keep this club, I would need to adjust the rest of my set up. The shaft is also entirely too light for my swing speed and feels more like a regular flex than a stiff it says it is.

On the driving range, I could barely get the ball off the ground. I might have been better off with a 4 hybrid vs a 3 hybrid. I liked the feeling off the tee though. It was easy enough to hit and I didn't hit it way right as often as I do with my other clubs.

On Course/LM Performance (7 of 20/13 of 20)

This club really struggles anywhere on course except off the tee. The heel really catches if you catch it fat at all and even sometimes on clean hits as well. The frustrating part was because of the lightness of the shaft, it felt like I was having to take something off the shots vs attacking the ball to make sure I didn't hook it into eternity. I played 2 full rounds with it and was absolutely frustrated with the club. On the tee it works great. If I need a 210 yard shot off the tee, this club delivered every time, but that happens so rarely on the courses I play. My home course there are a few layup shots, but I'm usually hitting a 6 iron or I'm trying to get close to driving the green so I would never use this club off the tee at my home course. I felt significantly more confident with my 3 iron over this hybrid...

I really liked using this off the tee. It was easy to get in the air and hit straight, but I don't feel very confident in it off the ground. I'd use it a lot off the tee but not many other places.

Miscellaneous (7 of 10/3 of 10)

Honestly I was a sucker for the headcover that came with the club. The red, white, and blue with that sweet Hogan sunburst logo was just an absolutely awesome look. It looked really nice along my headcovers I've gotten from the different courses I've collected headcovers from.

I would like the club a lot more if it had some sort of alignment aid on the top of the club. 

Play it or Trade it (0 of 20/14 of 20)

This is tough to write being a TCU alum and loving the idea and what Hogan is trying to accomplish reviving their business, but this club just has no place in my bag. I would immediately trade this club. The construction of the club is good, but it's neither more forgiving or longer than my current M6, so it doesn't make sense to replace it. 

Since I don't even have a full bag of clubs right now, I would play this club for holes where I need to hit a tee shot that has to be straight.

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