Ben Hogan Golf has released its newest line of irons, the PTx PRO. The iron marks the fourth variety in the Hogan iron lineup and is available to the public via the company’s direct to consumer online ordering system. The newest model is an evolution of sorts from the successful PTx lineup with some important modifications worth noting.
“At Ben Hogan, we are always trying to innovate and improve,” Said Ben Hogan Golf President and CEO, Scott White. “When Ben Hogan started his company in 1953, he said his goal was to design and manufacture the ‘best performing’, ‘best feeling’ and ‘finest golf clubs ever made.’ That is still our mission today.”
“The original PTx irons have been around since 2016; they are still great and have been our most-popular iron model. But as we moved away from the PreciseLoft system (with four separate launch profiles), we looked at that as an opportunity to review the entire design. So, rather than a re-engineered version or the original design, our R&D team developed something completely new … and better.” The PTx PRO model has some similarities with the original PTx irons … mostly each individual head was developed independently. Also, all heads are 3-piece forgings … and created through a process we call ‘Co-Forging’. However, the new irons have a slightly larger face and sole, and optimized offsets to deliver certain performance characteristics we were after.”
The 7-piece PTx PRO iron sets will be offered on BenHoganGolf.com exclusively for $770.00. 6-piece sets (5-iron – PW) and 5-piece sets (6-iron – PW) will also be offered for $690.00 and $600.00 respectively. And while the price point remains low without the in-store markup, the new irons stay true to the Hogan model in that they are designed first and foremost with the serious, discerning golfer in mind.
“Unlike other OEMs, we aren’t trying to ‘be everything to everybody,’ White said. “We make high-performance, premium golf equipment. Period. That said, the PTx PRO are suitable for a wide variety of golfers with varying skill sets. We’ve had some tour players and highly accomplished/competitive amateur players involved throughout the development process … and they LOVE the way the PTx PRO irons look and perform. We’ve also had a number of players with 10, 12 and even 14 handicaps hit the PTx PRO and LOVE them. So, while we developed them with the more accomplished player in mind, the PTx PRO irons are a viable alternative for a wider range of players than we originally anticipated.”
And the company has already received positive feedback from those that have been fortunate enough to hit the irons before the release.
“The word we keep hearing is pure,”said White.
GolfWRX was given access to the clubs for some in-hand photos:
The Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company also released a statement explaining a bit more about the company’s decision to release a new line of irons as well as the design of the club.
Here it is:
“The PTx PRO irons were developed for discerning, serious golfers who demand performance. After consultation and testing with Tour players and many other accomplished golfers, Ben Hogan’s engineering and product design team successfully developed a forged iron that is pure and traditional-looking on the outside yet packed with technology on the inside. The new PTx PRO irons offer the feel and feedback only forged irons can provide, while utilizing some of the today’s most advanced materials and manufacturing processes. PTx PRO irons are truly a unique blend of traditional, elegant styling that Ben Hogan irons are famous for, combined with modern game-enhancing technology.”
“All PTx PRO irons are manufactured using a multi-step forging process that allows Ben Hogan Golf to combine multiple materials into the club head. The long and mid-irons (#4 – #7) are hollow and made using a forged 1025 Carbon Steel frame and forged MS300 steel face for exceptional feel. Heavy Tungsten weights are inserted in precise locations near the toe of each iron to promote a straighter ball flight, higher initial launch angles, and more spin to hold the greens on longer approach shots. The shorter, scoring irons (#8 – PW) feature lightweight Titanium inserts allowing for optimal weight disbursement throughout the club head. This delivers lower, more penetrating ball flight to eliminate ‘ballooning’ shots while enhancing distance control.”
“Additionally, the score lines on all PTx PRO irons are milled (not stamped) into the face to provide more spin. The milled score lines also help to channel away water, dirt and turf for better contact and eliminate ‘flyers’. Plus, PTx PRO irons utilize an enhanced V-SOLE® technology which combines a higher bounce leading edge with a lower bounce trailing edge for optimal turf interaction and allows more accomplished golfers to more easily shape their shots.”
Forum Thread of the Day: “What has made it into your bag so far in 2019?”
Today’s Forum Thread of the Day discusses new equipment that has made it into the bags of our members so far in 2019. From new club additions to shaft changes, our members share the tweaks they have made so far this year and divulge what has been successful as well as what has failed to work for them.
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.
- Jackal66: “Went from 816 DBD Alpha driver to M3. Changed Odyssey Fang putter to Scotty Cameron Newport putter. Bought a 56° wedge and it is competing with my 53° Diadic.”
- ObiwanForAll: “Gone all in with TaylorMade clubs and UST shafts.”
- macedan: “Successes- Ping G400 9*, thought the smaller head size may hamper my confidence, but It has performed beautifully. Mizuno ST180 16*, No words, performs as needed and looks absolutely sharp. Middle of the road- Ping G Crossover 21*, unfortunately, I fell into a swing slump across the bag not long after buying it. When my swing is on, it is one of my absolute favorites in the bag. My biggest complaint is just the appearance of the massive amount of offset.”
- pollock21: “Been quite a year…TS3 knocked out my trusty G400 LST which was quite a feat. Now shafted with 130 Rogue Silver. I500 w/LZ 7.0 125’s experiment is on the way out. They’ve been excellent irons for me, but I just hit them obnoxiously long. Currently looking for my next set. Also dabbling with a hi-toe 60 to replace my trusty 60* Glide 2.0 stealth. So far, I’m loving it. Last change was putting in the copper spider x which knocked out my ketcsh and scotty newport 2.0. Failed experiment so far with the flash sz fairway. Putting the trusty 16M2 back in the bag. Definitely moving on from the flash, I’m just not as consistent with it.”
- shanx: “Took a lesson late spring and my ballstriking has improved. I ditched the Callaway X20 Pros, Cally X Forged ’07s, added Mizzy MP15s with C Taper Lites. Not sure if those shafts will work for me in the long run, but I am going to play them for a bit as I am still working on swing changes from the lesson. Rotating three drivers (2 Titleists and a Callaway Epic), thinking about going to get fit for my driver soon.”
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Driver: TaylorMade M2 2017 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Rogue Silver 125 M.S.I. 60 TX
3-wood: TaylorMade M5 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Rogue White Proto 70 TX
5-wood: TaylorMade M5 (19 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Rogue White Proto 80 TX
Irons: TaylorMade P-790 (4-iron), TaylorMade P-750 (5-PW)
Shafts: KBS C-Taper Tour 120
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (50-08F, 54-08 M, 58-08 M)
Shafts: KBS C-Taper (50), KBS Hi-Rev 2.0 (54, 58)
Putter: Odyssey Works No. 7
Ball: Titleist Pro V1
Grips: Golf Pride Z Grip cord
From the GolfWRX Vault: Essential tips, tricks, and tools for building clubs at home
In addition to continuing to look forward to new content that will serve and engage our readership, we also want to showcase standout pieces that remain relevant from years past. In particular, articles with a club building or instruction focus continue to deliver value and convey useful information well after their publish dates.
We want to make sure that once an article falls off the front page as new content is covered it isn’t relegated to the back pages of our website.
We hope that you’ll appreciate and find value in this effort, and the first article from the GolfWRX Vault is a perfect example of a piece that not only remains relevant and engaging, but one that the author still gets questions about and routinely refers readers to.
Ryan Barath, well before his time as a full-time WRX staffer, wrote “Building golf clubs at home: The essential tips, tricks, and tools” back in October of 2016.
In the piece, Barath discusses both the elements of setting up a shop in general and what he has done in his basement workspace in particular.
A taste of the piece.
One of the most important things about building clubs is doing it properly with the right tools, and doing it safely. After setting up up multiple build shops over the years, from small hobby shops to large multi-station build shops, having the opportunity to build my own home shop from the ground up was something I always looked forward to. My shop is in my basement, and because of the limited space, it was imperative to find as many space saving-solutions as possible.
Like many people with a hobby they are passionate about, I look forward to one day having a stand-alone garage for all of my tools (and maybe a hitting net), but for now my basement gets the job done. I’m lucky to have access to a much large machine shop where I do wedge grinding, finishing and sandblasting, which are all jobs that make a lot more noise and create a lot more dust. I can’t get away with doing those things in a confined space, but we’ll touch on that later.
Although not a tool, arguably the most important piece of equipment is the workbench. Having a quality workbench is needed because of the amount of abuse that it will take over its lifespan. Also, just like a great kitchen design, you need counter space and a good workbench provides that. Dropping a clubhead (especially a driver or fairway wood with nice paint job) can be costly. The next extension of the workbench is a good vice that has been properly attached to the bench with bolts. Like I’ve said in previous articles, I believe when you do something you should take the time to do it properly. I once saw a vice screwed into a workbench with 1.25-inch screws, and as soon as someone went to use the vice it ripped out and took a club with it.
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