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Would you pay $100 to hit Ben Hogan's 1 iron? (at Merion)


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#1 LYG

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Posted 11 March 2016 - 10:34 PM

If the USGA was doing a fundraiser (at Merion) and you could pay $100 and hit one ball with his 1 iron, from the spot 200 yards out on #18...

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Would you?  I would!

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Posted 11 March 2016 - 10:38 PM

I'd do it if the $100 went to charity or something good.  What was the loft of Hogan's 1 iron?  About the same as a modern 3 iron?  I think I could get it airborne.  Pretty sure I could.

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Posted 11 March 2016 - 10:45 PM

Well, really stiff shaft they say...those clubs had a very long hosel, which put the sweet spot closer to the heel of the club.  Also, you'd have a rough cord grip that was "ribbed" (they called it a reminder grip back then...a ridge running on the underside of the grip) and for some of his clubs (maybe just the driver) he had the ridge positioned where your hands on the grip, in line with the ridge (at 5:00 clock) and your grip was weak.
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Posted 11 March 2016 - 10:48 PM

I would pay $100 to hold it and have some pics taken with it. I would rather hit a "replica" of the club....nobody should be swinging the orginal version IMHO.

Edited by TMBob, 11 March 2016 - 10:50 PM.


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Posted 04 July 2017 - 08:24 AM

View PostTMBob, on 11 March 2016 - 10:48 PM, said:

I would pay $100 to hold it and have some pics taken with it. I would rather hit a "replica" of the club....nobody should be swinging the orginal version IMHO.

This is about exactly what I was going to say.

Nobody should hit it. And in all likelihood, it should be transported everywhere with chanting monks and incense.

But really, I'd rather just hold it and see it. Not sully it.

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Posted 13 July 2017 - 08:14 AM

No
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Posted 29 July 2017 - 09:37 PM

I would not but I found my Hogan Apex 1 iron the other day...tempted to take it out on the course.

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 09:47 AM

I tried hitting my old Ping one iron, the original.  I couldn't get it airborne.  LOL

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Posted 14 February 2018 - 01:38 PM

If I could hit a hybrid from the exact spot, yes.
His 1 iron forget it, I could not get it airborne if I had a full bucket and an entire day to get one on the green or fringe.

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Posted 14 February 2018 - 02:40 PM

I always take a knife to the range and hit at least 10-12 balls with it ... either the one below from my Apex set or the one from my First Flight set.  Always have loved hitting long irons ... still carry a 2 iron with my Mizzy gamers.

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Edited by moehogan, 14 February 2018 - 05:22 PM.


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Posted 14 February 2018 - 02:46 PM

No thanks, I have a Staff FG51 1 iron in the basement for when I want to torture myself. I don't need to pay $100 to do it.
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Posted 14 February 2018 - 03:35 PM

If I could play Merion to that point as part of the package, sure.  Well worth a hundred bucks.

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