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Ben Hogan Golf unveils new putter lineup

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The Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company debuted its new line of putters today via a press release on their social media platforms and website.

Unveiling four new putter models, the flatsticks are each priced at $250.00 apiece and can be bought exclusively on the Ben Hogan website as a part of their direct-to-consumer business model. Each putter is milled in a black metal finish and the length, lie, and grip are all customizable online.

Photos, and a portion of the official statement from Ben Hogan, below

“The new CNC precision milled putters are crafted from soft, 1020 carbon steel in a multi-step forging process that strengthens and purifies the molecular structure of the metal. True forging refines and tightens the grain structure of the steel and provides for uniform density across the entire face.  This eliminates hot spots, or dead areas,  and results in unparalleled feel, consistent distance control and “trueness” on every roll.”

“Complementing the unique design features of the new Ben Hogan Precision Milled FORGED Putters, which are available in four (4) traditional head models with clean, elegant lines, is a proprietary DBM (Diamond Black Metal) finish. The most durable black finish on the market, DBM eliminates glare and generates more contrast with the ball and putting surface to promote better alignment.  Additionally, the face of every Ben Hogan Precision Milled FORGED putter is CNC milled for perfect flatness from heel to toe.”

“A 100% forged, CNC precision milled putter is not the least expensive nor the easiest way to make a putter by any means, but at Ben Hogan Golf we believe it is the best way,” said Scott White, CEO, Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company. “Serious golfers demand precision and performance on the greens, and the new Ben Hogan Precision Milled Forged putters deliver.  They look great, but perform even better.”

The four models in the new line of Ben Hogan Golf Precision Milled Forged Putters include

  • Plumber’s Neck Blade
    • 1 shaft offset, 2° loft and 355 gram head weight
    • 43° toe hang to promote an active gate-swing putting stroke
  • Player’s Blade with a double bend shaft
    • 1 full shaft offset, 2° loft  and 355 gram head weight
    • Face balanced for those who putt with a straight-back, straight-through stroke
  • Iconic Player’s Blade with a flowing neck
    • 1 shaft offset, 2° loft and 355 gram head weight
    • 50° of toe hang, ideal for an active open/close stroke
  • Player’s Mallet
    • Single bend shaft and ½ shaft offset, 2° loft and 370 gram head weight
    • Face balanced for those who putt with a straight-back, straight-through stroke

Additionally, Ben Hogan Golf has partnered with SuperStroke to offer golfers a choice of three popular grip styles: Flatso 1.0, MidSlim 2.0, Slim 3.0

Ben Hogan Golf’s line-up of Precision Milled Forged Putters, which sell for $250 each, are available for purchase exclusively at www.BenHoganGolf.com.

 

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Johnny Newbern writes for GolfWRX from Fort Worth, Texas. His loving wife lets him play more golf than is reasonable and his son is almost old enough to ride in the cart with dad. He is a Scotty Cameron loyalist and a lover of links style courses. He believes Coore/Crenshaw can do no wrong, TMB irons are almost too hot and hole-in-ones are earned, not given. Johnny holds a degree in journalism from Southern Methodist University.

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  1. J3

    Mar 20, 2019 at 4:02 am

    BH may want 2 consider that this feedback is coming from the super users. Demand is LOW, perceived value is incongruent w/pricing, but we’re here talking about yr product still. Bully for that! Secret is in the dirt you say? Maybe promote traditional way? Senior tour players & team up w/artisan club makers, demonstrative tech or all of the above? Hope this helps Jamho3

  2. Rich Douglas

    Mar 19, 2019 at 12:59 am

    What, pray tell, do these putters bring to the fray?

    I bought a Heavy Putter because I was intrigued by the super swing weight. I bought a Happy Putter because I was intrigued by how it was adjustable all over the place. And I recently bought a Bloodline putter because the stand-up capability is really unique.

    All three–which represent my whole putter purchasing history for the past decade or so–were innovative beyond belief. But these? Meh.

  3. Rich Douglas

    Mar 19, 2019 at 12:53 am

    Named after a notoriously bad putter. Yeah, that’ll work.

    • Doug Richlas

      Mar 19, 2019 at 11:09 am

      Lol. Count this as a reply to both your comments. If you are looking for gimmicks in your putters, you probably just need to work on your putting. I’m sure these are simple, great quality putters. Just as good as scotty without the inflated ego “look at me” price behind it.

  4. Sam Walton

    Mar 18, 2019 at 10:51 pm

    Sold exclusively at Walmart

  5. Dave r

    Mar 18, 2019 at 10:22 pm

    Why is 250 a bad price ? Scottys are 600 and do not look any better , and probably do not put any better.
    Just one persons opinion!

  6. The dude

    Mar 18, 2019 at 7:04 pm

    Nice looking……pass

  7. Joe

    Mar 18, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    Let’s say these putters are pro line golf equipment. Today it sells for $250; buy it; next day it’s $20 per the PGA value guide.

  8. Geoffrey Holland

    Mar 18, 2019 at 6:11 pm

    Very boring looking putters nothing new at all to see there. Certainly not worth $250.

    • Simms

      Mar 18, 2019 at 6:49 pm

      I will second that…just like Cleveland did in the past, same old PING copies form the 60’s just do something fancy with the paint, or face..or like these forged instead of cast….at least Cleveland held the price down…a $129 putter for $250…TRADE IN VALUE WILL BE LESS THEN $50 IN LESS THEN A YEAR.

  9. Tom54

    Mar 18, 2019 at 5:08 pm

    Not sure that the $250 price is a deterrent in as much as whether the putter market needs another company joining in. They probably are nice putters but odyssey has some nice ones in the $200 range that are hard to beat. Ping too for that matter.

  10. DB

    Mar 18, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    They look really nice but it’s an awkward price point. Maybe it will work for them, who knows.

    I’m curious how they came up with weights in the 355-370 range. Seems a bit heavy to me but maybe they have some reason behind it.

  11. Robert

    Mar 18, 2019 at 1:57 pm

    Would like to see adjustable weights at bottom on a $250 putter.

  12. stimpmeterp

    Mar 18, 2019 at 1:29 pm

    I agree that the price point seems very high. I am curious to know what the difference is between these Hogan putters and say the new Wilson Staff Milled series or even the Cleveland Huntington Beach series?

  13. BigTeddySkinny

    Mar 18, 2019 at 12:16 pm

    Really disappointed with the $250 price tag. I was excited up until that part

  14. R

    Mar 18, 2019 at 12:16 pm

    They should have at least tried to mimic the Rife/Evnroll grooves, instead of this bad Scotty rip off face milling

  15. RM

    Mar 18, 2019 at 11:22 am

    $250! That is an absurd price.

  16. Bill

    Mar 18, 2019 at 11:07 am

    Quality looks top notch but really, the asking price is too much. Given that the ‘variable’ groove technology were shown to give improved putting result, I cannot see a reason why they were not included in the face milling.

    • gunmetal

      Mar 18, 2019 at 11:30 am

      Anything can be “shown” to make improvements. I should be about 40 yards longer than I was 10 years ago with all of the 3-4 yards I’m told I’ll get every year going from one years’ model to the next. C’mon. On the course, can you tell a difference between two putters with the exact same loft, lie, weight, length, etc but one with grooves and one without?

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Chris Baker WITB 2020

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Driver: Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero Triple Diamond (9 degrees, D1 setting)
Shaft: Nippon N.S. Pro Regio Formula M+ X 65

3-wood: Callaway Epic Flash (15 degrees, NS setting)
Shaft: Nippon N.S. Pro Regio Formula M+ X 75

5-wood: Cobra King F9 Speedback Tour (17.5 degrees)
Shaft: Nippon N.S. Pro Regio Formula M+ X 75

Irons: Cobra King F9 Speedback (4), Miura MC-501 (4-PW)
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour 130

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM8 (50-08F, 56-10S, 60-06M)
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour 130 (50), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 (56, 60)

Putter: Scotty Cameron TSB Prototype
Grip: SuperStroke SS2R

Grip: Golf Pride Tour Velvet

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All-new Callaway Jaws MD5 Raw and tour-inspired T-Grind wedges

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Callaway is adding to its successful Callaway Jaws MD5 lineup with a new grind and a new look: MD5 Raw and T-Grind wedges.

The Callaway Jaws MD5 story

As we covered in the original 2020 Callaway MD5 launch piece, these wedges are more than just a stepping stone for the engineering team at Callaway, and instead are a complete evolution of how they design and manufacture their wedges. Here’s why: By reinventing the overall groove shape compared to previous models, they have succeeded in increasing both spin and total control on full and less-than-full shots.

The proprietary groove design of the Jaws wedge gets the contact radius right to the limit set forth by the governing bodies. How closes are we talking?” So close that the initial response from Callaway’s manufacturing partner was “Sorry, we just can’t do this” because the failure rate was close to 50 percent of heads becoming nonconforming.

The solution for Callaway? Changing the cutting tool used on the grooves every 15 wedges. Sure, you could attempt to get more life out of each tool, but when you have everyone from recreational players to the world’s best putting them in play, you can’t make sacrifices.

Callaway 2020 MD5 JAWS Wedge Grooves

2020 Callaway Jaws MD5 wedge: groove detail

The end result is the MD5 Jaws spins over 10 percent more on shots hit around the green compared to the Callaway MD4 and launches lower by one degree. Lower launch is important, because if you talk to any short game coach with a launch monitor, or Roger Cleveland, in Callaway’s case, you will quickly realize that being able to control launch with a wedge is just as important as it is with a driver. A lower-launching wedge means the coefficient of friction is higher since the ball isn’t riding/sliding up the face—and boom, you have a greater ability to hit the “low checker.”

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The raw finish

After many years of limited retail availability, raw wedges have come back in style in a big way thanks to more golfers understanding the benefits of an unplated wedge—it also helps that the most popular finish option in professional golf is raw and unplated too.

The Callaway Jaws MD5 Raw is made from 8620 mild carbon steel to offer a soft feel. Over time, the unplated finish will patina to reduce glare—nothing worse than trying to hit a wedge shot on a sunny day and having the full reflection of the sun nearly blind you in the process.

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The Raw MD5 maintains all the other design features of the already available MD5 wedges, including the four ports and medallions on the back of the head to raise CG for greater trajectory control—but also gives golfers the added option to customize through Callaway Customs.

The T-Grind story

Just like how raw finishes have grown in popularity, so have wedge grinds that offer greater versatility on full and partial shots around the green. The new T-Grind (available in 58 and 60-degree lofts) is a popular choice because it has a higher measured bounce in a standard neutral playing position, but thanks to the crescent sole with heel, toe, and trailing edge relief, the leading edge can get closer to the ground on shots played with an open face.

This puts bounce where you need it and takes it away from places you don’t. Compared to the similar-looking X-Grind (available in 54 and 56-degree lofts) the T has less bounce which can also help players that are more shallow or play in softer more lush conditions.

The new T Grind will also look different from address compared to the standard higher lofted MD5 wedges because they have a slightly thicker topline to raise CG for controlled ball flight.

Availability, Specs & Pricing

The new MD5 wedges will be available for purchase at retail and online starting June 4, and the retail price is $159.99

Lofts – (Italicized are the new grind options)

Right Handed:

  • 50° S Grind,
  • 52° S Grind
  • 54° S and X Grind
  • 56° S and X Grind
  • 58° S,  X, and T Grind
  • 60° S, T, and X Grind
  • 62° C Grind

Left Handed:

  • 52° S Grind
  • 56° S Grind
  • 60° S Grind

The wedges come with 3 premium stock shaft options, Steel: Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S200. Graphite: ProjectX Catalyst 80, and UST Recoil wedge F1 ( Ladies flex only )

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What GolfWRXers are saying about Cleveland’s CBX2 wedges

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In our forums, our members have been discussing Cleveland’s CBX2 wedges. WRXer ‘hammergolf’ wants to hear from single-digit players who are currently playing the wedges, and our members have been sharing their thoughts on the clubs with plenty of praise for the wedges in our forums.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • cfmgolf: “I am definitely a believer. Tried it on a whim at a PGA SuperStore in FL last fall and was stunned by the consistency of it. Changed from a RTX3 to the CBX2 in my 52* gap within a couple of weeks. Now that we are back in OH for the summer, I changed out 3 wedges (Ping Glide 3.0, and 2 of the RTX 4’s) for an entire bag of the CBX2’s. I am trying the full face in my 56* and found it to be very good also. Biggest benefit for me has been the consistency of the CBX line. Shots out of the rough that can be high on the club don’t really lose much – i.e. more forgiving. I go between a 6-8HCP, and short game is my strong point. Very happy with them so far.”
  • JCRay33: “6 handicap here and bought a couple CBX’s (54 and 58) from 2nd swing a couple months ago and absolutely love them! Way more forgiving than typical blade wedges (had vokeys before) and great feel as well. It’s easy for ego to get in the way and not want to get these, but once you realize, all that matters is performance the choice is a no-brainer and results speak for themselves really.”
  • mortimer: “CBX2 50. Excellent gap wedge for full, 3/4 shots and chipping. Forgiving, consistent and more than acceptable spin numbers. Also offset is fine to my eye. Having said all that I would not game a 58/60 degrees one if you like to manipulate the face for different shots around the green as I do. Intrigued though with the new full-face but have not seen one in person yet.”
  • Simp: “I have a set of 58, 54 & 50 raw CBX2’s allegedly tour issue, and I love them. The 58 has a grind that is lovely. I’m a 0 FYI.”
  • nicelife: “I have Srixon irons and Mizuno T20 wedges. I found the CBX2 50 was the perfect transition club between sets. LOVE the Srixon/Cleveland V-Sole. Visually the face has more grooves than I would normally like to look at, but its performance more than makes up for it. I really like the satin finish. So much so I’m thinking about refinishing my irons. Go for it you won’t be sorry.”

Entire Thread: “Cleveland’s CBX2 wedges”

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