Posted 28 January 2012 - 01:55 AM
By the way, I just bought my third set of Apex '99 blades. Two have Apex4 shafts. The latest set has Rifle 6.0 flighted (heads are in near new condition -- great deal on ebay recently for $145). Very elegant looking set up with step-less shafts and gold and black shaft bands. I will post soon about the differences between the two shafts. I believe they will perform similarly, but I expect some differences.
I also have '88 Redlines with Apex4 in great shape, 2003 Apex blades with Apex4, and a set of Grinds with Apex3. I picked up the Grinds at a Goodwill. I was passing by on my way to the range and saw Hogans in the window. I went in and asked, "how much are those clubs in the window?" $40 later... The heads are in great shape.
So, now it's 6 sets. Too many? They don't make these clubs anymore. The '99's are my gamers. They feel so good to me! Also, I am used to their offset. The 2003's seem to have too much offset in the mid to high irons for me -- I hook the crap out of them. I am researching this. I hit the Redlines at the range. They felt different than the '99's. I need to adjust the lies and lofts and play them at the course to make a determination about them. I know they have a great reputation. The Grinds feel sweet, but with the regular shafts, I'll keep them as clubs for guests who play with regular shafts.
I haven't tried everything more current out there, but I try as much as I can in the shops, at the range from friends, and club members. I haven't found anything that feels as good to me as the '99 blades. I love the way the ball comes off the face -- so sweet, so pure. Even amongst the other Hogans that I've tried, this is my favorite. Don't buy them on ebay. Leave them for me!
Hit 'em straight!