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Hogan Apex 3 vs. Dynamic Gold S300

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#1 dvn65

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 10:29 PM

Hello Gentlemen (and Ladies)!

I am the proud owner of TWO sets of my all-time favorite iron - Ben Hogan Director (1974) with Apex 3 shafts.  The Directors bring me focus, accuracy, and JOY to my game.  BTW, 1974 was a seminal year in my ninth year of existence.  So, the Directors have become my ONLY set of irons for the indefinite future (perhaps forever).  I didn't start playing golf till I was 23 in 1988 and after years of GI iron propaganda and tribulation, I "discovered" the Holy Grail of golf tools, vintage forged irons.  With the economy the way it's been, I've been happily playing with these irons with their original shifts.   Now, if you are still with me, here is my question:  does the DG S300 compare favorably to the Apex 3 shaft?  I seem to hit both shafts equally, but I wonder how the old Director heads would fair with the new DG S300 shafts.  Yes, I'm ready to send a set to Iron Factory for a complete rebuild.  Does anyone have a thought?  Please Help!

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 10:20 AM

If you want to come close to the Apex 3 , I recommend the TT DYNALITE GOLD R300. DG  S300 Is stiffer and heavier than the Apex 3
Apex 4 or 5 would be closer to the DG S300

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 11:19 AM

As I recall, the Apex shafts were lighter and softer in the tip than DG.

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 12:18 PM

I am an old guy who kept his Hogan Producers, (similar to Directors...in timeline),and my Apex 3's are  softer in tips, as stated above.  Great heads!   Just be patient, getting the pins out of the iron hosels.  Hogan forgings are, ... excellent!

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 01:15 PM

I have 3s in my Hogan 99s and they are very easy to hit.  As a 54 year old, it's nice to be able to relax just a little when I'm swinging these as opposed to the S300s or Hogan 4s which I have in other sets.


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Posted 20 August 2012 - 01:58 PM

If you're happy with how the 3s work for you, there's not really much to be gained from S300s, IMHO.  The Directors are great heads, and the Apex is a great shaft.

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 06:32 PM

Thanks to everyone for the recommendations.  I think I will keep the Apex 3 shafts and just refinish the heads.

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Posted 25 August 2012 - 08:48 PM

Post some pics of those Directors when you've got them refinished.  Cheers!

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 05:33 AM

Hi,
I thought you all might apprieciate a pic until Dan's show up....
This is  from a set I picked up recently, 2-PW which I jumped on as they're in such stunning condition. I almost feel guilty for playing them.... but hey, they play so nice that I'd be stupid not to!

FWIW the shafts are the older gen Dynalite Gold in S400 ( the 2 iron stiil has it's original Apex 4).

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 12:45 PM

Wow -- I think you can shave using the back of that 2-iron as a mirror! Great to see 70s Directors in such fantastic shape.

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 12:55 PM

View Postrobert horneman, on 20 August 2012 - 10:20 AM, said:

If you want to come close to the Apex 3 , I recommend the TT DYNALITE GOLD R300. DG  S300 Is stiffer and heavier than the Apex 3
Apex 4 or 5 would be closer to the DG S300

Currently, the Dynalite Gold XP taper tip is the closest match with it's slightly lighter weight and softer bend profile through the tip section.  If one did want to replace Apex 4 or 5 with a close match, the Dynalite XP in S300 or X100 is the best choice.

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 02:38 PM

View Postteespoon, on 20 August 2012 - 12:18 PM, said:

I am an old guy who kept his Hogan Producers, (similar to Directors...in timeline),and my Apex 3's are  softer in tips, as stated above.  Great heads!   Just be patient, getting the pins out of the iron hosels.  Hogan forgings are, ... excellent!

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The Producers were Hogans first cast head, not forged but a really nice looking head

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 08:31 AM

Very nice Directors!

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 09:41 PM

View Postteevons, on 22 November 2012 - 02:38 PM, said:

View Postteespoon, on 20 August 2012 - 12:18 PM, said:

I am an old guy who kept his Hogan Producers, (similar to Directors...in timeline),and my Apex 3's are  softer in tips, as stated above.  Great heads!   Just be patient, getting the pins out of the iron hosels.  Hogan forgings are, ... excellent!

teespoon

The Producers were Hogans first cast head, not forged but a really nice looking head

Just checked the Golf Id and Price Guide IV and it shows all the Director irons as being forged.

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