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2020 Official Member Review: Ben Hogan Golf ComPany-VKTR+, UiHi and GS53 FW


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Greeting MGS family, and Thank You Ben Hogan Golf.  I’m somewhat know around this forum, but for those who may be new, I’m Tim (Kardboard.kid).  The name is a play on my profession.  I’m a Corrugated

Hey everyone! I’m a relative newbie around here as I just joined the forum back in March and I do have to say this is an absolutely fantastic online community with a great mix of knowledge and fun. I’

This is kind of a long game club.  Just showed up today, so hope you don’t mind it bumping in for a photo op 😎  

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Driver : :taylormade-small: SIM2 Max D 9* Project X HZRDUS RDX Black 70g 6.0 Stiff

Woods : :benhogan-small: GS53 3 Wood 14* Mitsubish Tensei Blue 73g Regular

Hybrids: :callaway-small: XR Project X Stiff (3&4)

Irons : :callaway-small: Mavrik True Temper Elevate 95 Stiff Steel (5-PW,AW)

Wedges : File:Kirkland Signature logo.svg - Wikimedia Commons 52, 56, 60 

Putter : :taylormade-small:Spider Red

Bag : Datrek lightweight cart bag

Ball :  :taylormade-small: TP5 PIX

Rangefinder : TecTecTec ULT-X

Pushcart : Currently Testing Motocaddy M5 GPS DHC Electric Push Cart

SoCal, USA

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2 hours ago, ChitownM2 said:

Your day will will come soon. Good things come to those who wait.

Lol I know~ Just excited to get this test underway because I have been looking at adding a 3W to my bag for some time now.

Driver : :taylormade-small: SIM2 Max D 9* Project X HZRDUS RDX Black 70g 6.0 Stiff

Woods : :benhogan-small: GS53 3 Wood 14* Mitsubish Tensei Blue 73g Regular

Hybrids: :callaway-small: XR Project X Stiff (3&4)

Irons : :callaway-small: Mavrik True Temper Elevate 95 Stiff Steel (5-PW,AW)

Wedges : File:Kirkland Signature logo.svg - Wikimedia Commons 52, 56, 60 

Putter : :taylormade-small:Spider Red

Bag : Datrek lightweight cart bag

Ball :  :taylormade-small: TP5 PIX

Rangefinder : TecTecTec ULT-X

Pushcart : Currently Testing Motocaddy M5 GPS DHC Electric Push Cart

SoCal, USA

Right handed HDCP 16.7

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Nice delivery this morning. Now if the weather would cooperate. 20201121_093602_resized.jpeg.f9cd8358f75b2ce011e5a329fe623097.jpeg20201121_094056.jpeg.3a75ed26c31f66e8d37bf12c7a49e096.jpeg

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It’s so beautiful! I can’t wait for mine to get here!


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:cobra-small:  Speedzone White 10.5*

:callaway-small:Mavrik 4W - 16.5*

:titelist-small: 818 H1 19* Hybrid 😍

:Sub70: 939X 22* Hybrid

:Sub70: 699 Pro Black 5-AW

:cleveland-small: RTX Zipcore 54* and 58*

:taylormade-small: Spider Tour Black on Black on Black

Ball: Whatever I find in the woods 😉

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Oh what did FedEx Santa leave me under the tree?IMG_2001.thumb.JPG.94c412443742e2719952ddcf9945a3e4.JPG

Wow! First impressions on this club are out of this world. I’ll do a full write up on first impressions tomorrow or Monday, but unbiased opinion this might be the best looking hybrid at address I’ve ever stood over.

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First off, I love the Christmas tree is up already!
Second, I’m jealous of the head cover. Those are classy! Making me jealous as a UiHi tester!


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:cobra-small:  Speedzone White 10.5*

:callaway-small:Mavrik 4W - 16.5*

:titelist-small: 818 H1 19* Hybrid 😍

:Sub70: 939X 22* Hybrid

:Sub70: 699 Pro Black 5-AW

:cleveland-small: RTX Zipcore 54* and 58*

:taylormade-small: Spider Tour Black on Black on Black

Ball: Whatever I find in the woods 😉

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IMG_4387.JPGthis came yesterday. Looks like I’ve got done work to do


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Titleist 917D2 10.5

Mizuno JPX EZ 3W, 14U

Cobra Fly-Z Hybrid 18.5

Titleist 816 H1 23

PING G30 5-PW

Cleveland RTX 3.0 50/10 V-MG

Cleveland RTX 3.0 54/14  V-FG

Cleveland RTX 3.0 58/12 V -FG

EVNROLL ER-3

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Christmas has come early!!

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Very excited when this showed up last night! Was in the middle of converting my 46 gallon fish tank to a 55 so had to wait and clean up before I opened the box. No one wants fish hands on this baby! Lol

I will be writing a more in depth first review later today. My first impression though is these look great, pictures don’t do it justice. I will hopefully be getting a round in on Friday. I will need to walk off some of the extra food from thanksgiving!


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2020 TESTER Ben Hogan UiHi 18* Utility Iron

Driver:     - Anser - 8.5* - Fujikara Red Blur 005 XStiff - Standard L/L

3W:     - SQ Sumo - Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana Stiff - Standard L/L

Hybrid 3:     - Machspeed - UST Mamiya AXIVCore XStiff -Standard L/L

Irons:      - Idea Black CB3  4-GW - KBS Tour Stiff+ - Standard L/L

Wedges:    - Vokey 52*, 54*, 60* - True Temper Wedge - Standard L/L

Putter:     - Versa Blade - 35in

Ball:      NXT Tour

Bag:  - Ultra Light Cart Bag  

Loc: USA/MD

Handicap: 13

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It’s here ! This thing it nice ! I’m hype hitting the range today 2F2AF23B-822B-47F4-BA56-42982A584CB9.jpeg.aaa37f710a69bc4efeee140f993c6cea.jpeg8AB71002-7FAA-4C09-98A3-EAB8EBECB3ED.jpeg.625ccf2e79029cf5a1f40427450c3ff4.jpeg6F8C6B6A-3B27-480A-9D3C-D0837C171631.jpeg.d05ce4865f0969c511183d6463b0e4ef.jpeg091449F2-30E3-4B00-ABBF-43231976A556.jpeg.a3dca63fe4161fbcc288af0146c392e4.jpegF711FFF2-BF77-4EB0-8836-1BC2566B4C32.jpeg.9346341ea6cdeac3e3ac3c9bc2785575.jpeg008974C4-8A49-49AF-99F5-A9F999E78636.jpeg.e55bdc5df481c9f16f0696dcb9317cce.jpeg

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:ping-small: G400 SFT 10. KBS TD 50 Category 3 shaft 

:cobra-small: King Speedzone Black Yellow Fairway 3 wood Tensei AV Blue 65 

:cobra-small: F9 SpeedBack Black Grey Fairway 5 Wood   :Fuji: ATMOS Tour Spec Blue 7 shaft

:taylormade-small: 3 Rescue Hybrid

:mizuno-small: JPX 900 Hot Metal 5 - GW OBAN CT-100 Hard Step S Shafts  

:ping-small:   Glide 2.0 SS Wedges 54 & 58 

:taylormade-small: TP Red White Ardmore Putter

:918457628_PrecisionPro:Precision Pro NX7 range finder 

:cobra-small: Ultralight Cart Bag 

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18 hours ago, TCUFrog said:

Oh what did FedEx Santa leave me under the tree?IMG_2001.JPG

Wow! First impressions on this club are out of this world. I’ll do a full write up on first impressions tomorrow or Monday, but unbiased opinion this might be the best looking hybrid at address I’ve ever stood over.

Very nice! A really good looking re-design vs the earlier version .. and I'm really liking the look of that headcover.

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WITB of an "aspiring"  😉 play-ah ...
..Callaway Epic Speed 4W (Project X Cypher)
..Tour Edge Exotics EXS 7W (Tensei CK Blue)
..Callaway Super Hybrid 23 (PX Catalyst) and Big Bertha 19 5H (Recoil ZTR)
..PXG 0211 6i-GW (Mitsubishi MMT) 
..Cleveland CBX2 54 and CBX 60 (both Rotex graphite)
..Evnroll ER5 (33", 385g, P2 Reflex Tour)
..all in a Datrek bag on a Bag Boy Quad XL push an MGI Zip Navigator electric cart.

Forum Member tester for the ExPutt Putting Simulator

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Had a chance to take some practice swings in the family room today. First thing to note, this club is super light. I don't believe it will take much to launch the ball.

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:cobra-small:             F7+ w/Fujikura Pro XLR8 Graphite Shaft

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 :cobra-small:             King F6 Hybrid Matrix Red Tie HQ4 Graphite Shaft

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:odyssey-small:           O-Putter 1W

                        

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Received mine this weekend, very excited to give it a few swings. Pictures soon to follow!

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Most Recent Testing: :benhogan-small: GS53 3 Wood 

In my  :callaway-small: 2019 X-Cart Bag :  

:taylormade-small: M3 10.5* (TENSEI Blue 6R)

:benhogan-small: GS53 3W 14*

:mizuno-small: CLK 2017 4H 22* 

:taylormade-small: M6 Irons 4-PW (KBS MAX 85g Stiff Steel Shafts, Std Length & Lie)

AW, SW: :Sub70: Forged Satin 48*, 54* 

LW::vokey-small: SM6 60*

:wilson_staff_small:  Infinite Putter Michigan Ave 34"

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Current Tech:

:918457628_PrecisionPro: NX7 Rangefinder

:skycaddie: LX5 GPS Smartwatch

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Came home from work today, and the club was outside! First club I've ever had that was wrapped in the plastic. 

First impressions, very classic and polished club in an era of super modern equipment. Classic headcover, good weight and classic Hogan ferrule to set it all off. 20201122_173208.jpg.2f6e18e74b4d6840b5d0541b551fda18.jpg

I'll just be looking things over for a while while that mirror finish lasts. 

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Titleist 975J

Callaway Hawkeye 3 Wood

Ben Hogan CFT Hybrid, Apex Plus Irons

Cleveland 588 Wedges

Scotty Newport 2 Mid Slant Pro Platinum

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Hello everyone my name is Greg and I’m delighted to have been chosen for this test of the Utility 18* iron. I live in northwest South Carolina and am a resident member of a semi private club in the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains. So I am fortunate to get to play golf mostly year round. I still work for a software company so don’t get to play or practice as much as I like. Here’s a view from our 8th tee, par 3 200 yards from the Blues.




I currently play Hogan PTxPro 4-P plus the Equalizer 50*. I also have the Eq 56 and 60 but have been using TM HiToe wedges with greater success. I also have a VKTR 18* hybrid which I love after having changed the shaft to a Recoil 780 F4. I get a nice high ball flight with that setup and very accurate. Little to no hooks which I might tend to do w a hybrid.

I am looking forward to comparing the utility iron to the VKTR. I’m a little concerned that the KBS Tour 110 Stiff might be too firm for me.

I’m currently a 12.3 index and 63 years old. I’ve lost some distance compared to my younger years of course but still hit my PTxPro 7 iron between 150-60, average 240-250 off the tee. Typically play Srixon ZStar but sometimes Bridgestone B RX or QStar Tour.

Here’s some looks at the new Hogan Utility Iron I’ll be testing (18* 3-U):










So again, really looking forward to trying this out compared to the VKTR. And very grateful to Hogan and MGS for the opportunity to participate!


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Driver:   :srixon-small: z785 10.5 - Miyazaki Kaula Mizo 5 R-flex

Fairway:srixon-small: f65 15* and 19* - Miyazaki Kaula Mizo 5 R-flex

Irons:Hogan: PTxPro 4-PW - UST Mamiya Recoil 780 F4

Wedges: :taylormade-small: HiToe 50*-54*-60* stock steel shafts

Putter:  :taylormade-small: Spider Tour Red Sightline - double-bend black steel 34"

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Hit some balls into my outdoor net yesterday first impressions, the club is a little heavier then my gamer which I knew since the BH is 85 and my TM is 75, the face on the BH seems to wider then the TM. Contact felt good has a nice sound to it but I kept hearing a weird type of whistle sound when I was swing it, did anyone else testing the 3W or Hybrid hear that ? All and all I will be going to the range Tuesday night and will be gaming it Wednesday or the weekend for the first time. 

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:ping-small: G400 SFT 10. KBS TD 50 Category 3 shaft 

:cobra-small: King Speedzone Black Yellow Fairway 3 wood Tensei AV Blue 65 

:cobra-small: F9 SpeedBack Black Grey Fairway 5 Wood   :Fuji: ATMOS Tour Spec Blue 7 shaft

:taylormade-small: 3 Rescue Hybrid

:mizuno-small: JPX 900 Hot Metal 5 - GW OBAN CT-100 Hard Step S Shafts  

:ping-small:   Glide 2.0 SS Wedges 54 & 58 

:taylormade-small: TP Red White Ardmore Putter

:918457628_PrecisionPro:Precision Pro NX7 range finder 

:cobra-small: Ultralight Cart Bag 

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11 hours ago, scooterhd2 said:

but I finished. 73. Best round of my life.

Congrats on the milestone! 👏

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:ping-small: G410 Plus, 9 Degree Driver | Official 2019 MGS Tester

:ping-small: G400 SFT, 16 Degree 3w

:ping-small: G400 SFT, 19 Degree 5w

:ping-small: G410 Irons 4-UW 

:ping-small: Glide 2.0 56 Degree SW   (removed from double secret probation 😍)

:ping-small: B61 Putter

 

 

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11 hours ago, scooterhd2 said:

The NOT Ugly - My scorecard. And the UiHi. It looks great in the bag. I'll have to get it out on the range this week and get more comfortable and see what a flushed shot looks like. 

 

 

Congrats on the personal best. You'll have a lot more opportunities to get good shots in with the utility I'm sure.

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Ben Hogan UiHi 18* Utility Iron

I meant to get this out yesterday but my honey to do list was longer than I thought it was. Anywho, I haven't swung the UiHi at a ball just yet but wanted to share a few of my first impressions.

First and foremost thank you MGS and Ben Hogan for this opportunity to do this!  

So this club is sexy or at least I think so. I could have club goggles on, who knows lol. I love the lines, very straight forward and not over the top. Looking down from the top I get the, I can hit this club feel, which I know plays a factor for me in my ability to hit a club or not. The club feels a little too light for my liking so after I play on Friday I am going to ping my buddy to see if he has time on Saturday for me to swing up to his house and get it on his swing weight. I already need to adjust my current Irons back to a D2ish. No matter what the swing weight is on the UiHi I will play in for a bit to see my yards and control to have a baseboard before I switch it.

I typically use midsize grips, did any of the other testers feel like the standard was bigger than a normal standard? Or am I losing my mind LOL. So this might be another switch I do just to get me normal with the rest of my clubs. 

The only thing so far that I don't like is it seems to be very upright. if I want the club to be anywhere close to flush with the ground I have to Bryson my arms up and straight a good amount. Who knows I have seen a few videos online that say with my swing maybe I should have it up to straighten me out a bit. 

I will update y'all after my round on Friday!!

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2020 TESTER Ben Hogan UiHi 18* Utility Iron

Driver:     - Anser - 8.5* - Fujikara Red Blur 005 XStiff - Standard L/L

3W:     - SQ Sumo - Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana Stiff - Standard L/L

Hybrid 3:     - Machspeed - UST Mamiya AXIVCore XStiff -Standard L/L

Irons:      - Idea Black CB3  4-GW - KBS Tour Stiff+ - Standard L/L

Wedges:    - Vokey 52*, 54*, 60* - True Temper Wedge - Standard L/L

Putter:     - Versa Blade - 35in

Ball:      NXT Tour

Bag:  - Ultra Light Cart Bag  

Loc: USA/MD

Handicap: 13

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7 minutes ago, jb0330 said:

Ben Hogan UiHi 18* Utility Iron

I meant to get this out yesterday but my honey to do list was longer than I thought it was. Anywho, I haven't swung the UiHi at a ball just yet but wanted to share a few of my first impressions.

First and foremost thank you MGS and Ben Hogan for this opportunity to do this!  

So this club is sexy or at least I think so. I could have club goggles on, who knows lol. I love the lines, very straight forward and not over the top. Looking down from the top I get the, I can hit this club feel, which I know plays a factor for me in my ability to hit a club or not. The club feels a little too light for my liking so after I play on Friday I am going to ping my buddy to see if he has time on Saturday for me to swing up to his house and get it on his swing weight. I already need to adjust my current Irons back to a D2ish. No matter what the swing weight is on the UiHi I will play in for a bit to see my yards and control to have a baseboard before I switch it.

I typically use midsize grips, did any of the other testers feel like the standard was bigger than a normal standard? Or am I losing my mind LOL. So this might be another switch I do just to get me normal with the rest of my clubs. 

The only thing so far that I don't like is it seems to be very upright. if I want the club to be anywhere close to flush with the ground I have to Bryson my arms up and straight a good amount. Who knows I have seen a few videos online that say with my swing maybe I should have it up to straighten me out a bit. 

I will update y'all after my round on Friday!!

 

Curious to see what you come up with here, as I have some initial thoughts about modifications but want to hold off until a range session or two. 

I feel like the grip seems bigger because of the shaft length. The shaft gets thicker the further you move from the clubhead, and this is likely the longest steel shafted club in the bag. With less shaft cut from the butt end, the grip goes on a thicker part of the shaft.

 

 

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2020 TESTER Ben Hogan UiHi 18* Utility Iron

  • Driver: :ping-small: G410 Plus 9*, Oban Gold
  • Hybrids::adams-small:  Super XTD 17* Hybrid Fubuki AX:callaway-small:,  Apex 20* AD-DI 85S, Apex 23* Oban Purple
  • Irons: :srixon-small: Z585 5-6, Z785 7-PW, Modus 120s
  • Wedges: :cleveland-small: RTX4 50, Modus 120x:taylormade-small:, Hi Toe 56 & 60, Modus 120x
  • Putter: :EVNROLL:  ER3 @ 33"
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