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Rackmageddon -- a Hogan iron story

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#1 guisician

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 01:15 AM

Last night I promised Tim to start posting some Hogan pics, so better late than never, we begin. Here, in their hallowed spot next to the cleaning supplies in the basement, is a very happy Hogan place:
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A little background...
About this time last year, I'd set some gig tip money aside with the vague intention of getting fitted for new sticks. For a change, I dug out the AMF Voit blade 7-iron from my 1st set of garage sale non-matching clubs. With it being winter & no one on my favorite outdoor practice area but me, I could flail away in private. Swinging that club took me somewhere, back & forward at the same time; blademania. A 3-hcp golfer / scratch tenor sax player friend of mine used to play Hogan Apexes, so I started doing some research & picked up a cheap set of Apex II white cameos off the bay. Many months later, this is the result (mostly in chronological order):

Personal (80s ltd. edition, #0617/1000)
Precision 'experimental'
1959 Sunburst (3 sets)
1960 Power Thrust (on sole)                                         
1961 Power Thrust (on back, center)
1962 Power Thrust (on back, toe). 
1963 IPT
1964 PT III
Percussion
Bounce Sole Plus 1
Bounce Sole 1+
1972 Apex
1973 Apex
Apex '73-'78
Saber ('75)
'78 Medallion
Director '74-78
Apex II "white cameos"
Apex II Black Cameos
'82 Medallion
Director (80s) 
Apex PC
Radials (line under name)
Leader
Apex "Redlines"
Edge
Apex "BH Grind"
Edge GS
Apex "Ft. Worth"
Apex "channel backs"
'95 Medallion cavity backs
Apex 99s
Edge CFT
Apex FTX
Apex 50

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I'll post pics of all the above in this thread as able; I welcome all comments, corrections (lots of history to learn and you guys are the best) and requests. All I've got is an iPhone 4 to shoot with, but I'll do my best.

Edited by guisician, 13 February 2013 - 01:17 AM.

modern: Royal Collection Tour VS
classic: Ben Hogan 1962 Power Thrust
hickory: Tad Moore Tom Morris 1930 Elect
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Posted 13 February 2013 - 01:36 AM

PLEASE!!  Break those motor scooters out face first...I think we'd all like to see pictures of the sole / face / top view all..  I know that I would.   Wood Eye!!  :drinks:
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Posted 13 February 2013 - 01:58 AM

We need to see you do your own personal version of this....

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 02:04 AM

View PostArafel, on 13 February 2013 - 01:58 AM, said:

We need to see you do your own personal version of this....

Love that poster, used to be my avatar...tougher with them shafted, but I'll give it a shot!
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Posted 13 February 2013 - 02:12 AM

View PostMrParr1Noid, on 13 February 2013 - 01:36 AM, said:

PLEASE!!  Break those motor scooters out face first...I think we'd all like to see pictures of the sole / face / top view all..  I know that I would.   Wood Eye!!  :drinks:

Will do, with pleasure; there's so much detail in each set to highlight.

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 03:58 AM

This is going to be a great thread. Which one is your 'favourite child'  btw ?

No Hogan Apex 2006 set ? Very nice looking blade that one, and the last one made as well ...
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Posted 13 February 2013 - 05:19 AM

View Postguisician, on 13 February 2013 - 02:12 AM, said:

View PostMrParr1Noid, on 13 February 2013 - 01:36 AM, said:

PLEASE!!  Break those motor scooters out face first...I think we'd all like to see pictures of the sole / face / top view all..  I know that I would.   Wood Eye!!  :drinks:

Will do, with pleasure; there's so much detail in each set to highlight.

Now you just need to start on the Slazenger versions..... ;)
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Posted 13 February 2013 - 07:08 AM

Holy Secret Batman, those are some blades !  You've got great taste.  Hogan PC was my fav back in the day as well as 73 Apex.  Great post !

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 12:35 PM

View Postguisician, on 13 February 2013 - 01:15 AM, said:

Last night I promised Tim to start posting some Hogan pics, so better late than never, we begin. Here, in their hallowed spot next to the cleaning supplies in the basement, is a very happy Hogan place:
Attachment image.jpg

A little background...
About this time last year, I'd set some gig tip money aside with the vague intention of getting fitted for new sticks. For a change, I dug out the AMF Voit blade 7-iron from my 1st set of garage sale non-matching clubs. With it being winter & no one on my favorite outdoor practice area but me, I could flail away in private. Swinging that club took me somewhere, back & forward at the same time; blademania. A 3-hcp golfer / scratch tenor sax player friend of mine used to play Hogan Apexes, so I started doing some research & picked up a cheap set of Apex II white cameos off the bay. Many months later, this is the result (mostly in chronological order):

Personal (80s ltd. edition, #0617/1000)
Precision 'experimental'
1959 Sunburst (3 sets)
1960 Power Thrust (on sole)                                        
1961 Power Thrust (on back, center)
1962 Power Thrust (on back, toe).
1963 IPT
1964 PT III
Percussion
Bounce Sole Plus 1
Bounce Sole 1+
1972 Apex
1973 Apex
Apex '73-'78
Saber ('75)
'78 Medallion
Director '74-78
Apex II "white cameos"
Apex II Black Cameos
'82 Medallion
Director (80s)
Apex PC
Radials (line under name)
Leader
Apex "Redlines"
Edge
Apex "BH Grind"
Edge GS
Apex "Ft. Worth"
Apex "channel backs"
'95 Medallion cavity backs
Apex 99s
Edge CFT
Apex FTX
Apex 50

---
I'll post pics of all the above in this thread as able; I welcome all comments, corrections (lots of history to learn and you guys are the best) and requests. All I've got is an iPhone 4 to shoot with, but I'll do my best.
wow, one year and many bucks later. I  can't wait to see what you will have a year from now!! I have been collecting Hogan for about 15 years at a much slower pace and can tell you it is very addicting trying to get them all.

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 01:56 PM

WOW.

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 02:39 PM

View Posttembolo1284, on 13 February 2013 - 01:56 PM, said:

WOW.

LOL!

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 02:44 PM

Sir, I didn't realize you were such a hogan banana!
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Posted 13 February 2013 - 03:50 PM

View Posttembolo1284, on 13 February 2013 - 02:44 PM, said:

Sir, I didn't realize you were such a hogan banana!

I'm a "green" Hogan banana, but a banana nonetheless.

And of course, you realize you have "hitting privileges"!
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Posted 13 February 2013 - 03:57 PM

That is pure magic on the eyes.....

78 medallions for me, love them.

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 08:49 PM

You need one of these, if you don't have one yet.  It'll go great with any one of those sets. (owned by a friend of mine, they have never touched a ball).

Edited by freddiec, 13 February 2013 - 08:51 PM.


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Posted 13 February 2013 - 09:15 PM

View Postguisician, on 13 February 2013 - 01:15 AM, said:

Personal (80s ltd. edition, #0617/1000)
Precision 'experimental'
1959 Sunburst (3 sets)
1960 Power Thrust (on sole)                                        
1961 Power Thrust (on back, center)
1962 Power Thrust (on back, toe).
1963 IPT
1964 PT III
Percussion
Bounce Sole Plus 1
Bounce Sole 1+
1972 Apex
1973 Apex
Apex '73-'78
Saber ('75)
'78 Medallion
Director '74-78
Apex II "white cameos"
Apex II Black Cameos
'82 Medallion
Director (80s)
Apex PC
Radials (line under name)
Leader
Apex "Redlines"
Edge
Apex "BH Grind"
Edge GS
Apex "Ft. Worth"
Apex "channel backs"
'95 Medallion cavity backs
Apex 99s
Edge CFT
Apex FTX
Apex 50

---
I'll post pics of all the above in this thread as able; I welcome all comments, corrections (lots of history to learn and you guys are the best) and requests. All I've got is an iPhone 4 to shoot with, but I'll do my best.

No Magnum/Magnum Plus?  ;)

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 09:24 PM

It's good these are on a concrete slab as that much Hogan weight might fall through an upstairs room.  Great collection.  Nice woods too!!

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 11:27 PM

1. Hogan Personal (80s ltd. edition, #0617/1000): 3 - E

Even though they're not the oldest, this reissue was built to the specs of the original Personals so I bumped them to the front of the line. Got these on the bay for a very good price, partly because the original owner swapped out the Apex shafts for DG S300s.

3 up to 6 on the left, 7 to E on the right; note the (no longer functional) shaft pins.
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6-iron:
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You can barely see the "0617" set number above the Ben Hogan signature:
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I'm a total newbie at taking these pics, so feel free to let me know how to improve them or what other views you'd like to see. Probably the most historic set will be coming next...

Edited by guisician, 13 February 2013 - 11:28 PM.

modern: Royal Collection Tour VS
classic: Ben Hogan 1962 Power Thrust
hickory: Tad Moore Tom Morris 1930 Elect
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Posted 14 February 2013 - 12:02 AM

View PostBlade Junkie, on 13 February 2013 - 03:58 AM, said:

Which one is your 'favourite child'  btw ?

That's tough; right now it's a tie between the Personal reissues I just posted pics of and the Apex 99s. I'll stop now before I list 3 or 4 more!
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Posted 14 February 2013 - 12:15 AM

View Postfreddiec, on 13 February 2013 - 08:49 PM, said:

You need one of these, if you don't have one yet.  It'll go great with any one of those sets. (owned by a friend of mine, they have never touched a ball).

Thanks for posting those, freddiec. I've got an unhit Apex 3-wood (from when Hogan was subcontracting them out to Louisville Golf) in the corner of my office, so I know how your friend feels. And I'm lucky enough to have a '53 commemorative driver that was owned by John Mahaffey. One day the woods will get their camera time!

Edited by guisician, 14 February 2013 - 01:15 AM.

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 12:23 AM

Thanks for the start.  Good porn there...titillating... :D
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Posted 14 February 2013 - 08:56 AM

For those who haven't seen it. This is great.  Keepn with the Hogan theme.



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Posted 14 February 2013 - 11:07 AM

View Postguisician, on 13 February 2013 - 11:27 PM, said:

1. Hogan Personal (80s ltd. edition, #0617/1000): 3 - E

Even though they're not the oldest, this reissue was built to the specs of the original Personals so I bumped them to the front of the line. Got these on the bay for a very good price, partly because the original owner swapped out the Apex shafts for DG S300s.

3 up to 6 on the left, 7 to E on the right; note the (no longer functional) shaft pins.
Attachment image.jpg

6-iron:
Attachment image.jpg
Attachment image.jpg
Attachment image.jpg

You can barely see the "0617" set number above the Ben Hogan signature:
Attachment image.jpg
Attachment image.jpg
Attachment image.jpg

I'm a total newbie at taking these pics, so feel free to let me know how to improve them or what other views you'd like to see. Probably the most historic set will be coming next...

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Wishon 919 THI 11* 0.5* Open
Wishon 929 HS 14.5*, 19* 0.5 Open
Wishon 775HS 22*, 25*
Wishon 5, 6 560 MC 7-PW MMC MB
Wishon 54, 59 Micro-Groove HM
All shafts are S2S Stepless Steel Wishon

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 11:32 AM

View Postfreddiec, on 14 February 2013 - 08:56 AM, said:

For those who haven't seen it. This is great.  Keepn with the Hogan theme.



Yes Mark we should go back!!!!

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 01:25 PM

If I forgot to say it the first time: WOW!!!

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 04:25 AM

Man o man, I would love to be able to see them first hand to be really able to take it all in.  That storage rack is one impressive unit, like someone posted above, it must weigh a fair bit.  Thank you so much for going to the effort of photographing, uploading and posting, I'm sure it is going to be very much appreciated by many, many viewers.

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 08:10 AM

And if I forgot to mention: HOLY WOWSERS! :D
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Posted 16 February 2013 - 04:54 PM

Great collection.

If interested in an early set of Precision crescents, send a PM.

(real good shape, all original)

I'm scaling back...

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 08:48 PM

View Posttembolo1284, on 15 February 2013 - 08:10 AM, said:

And if I forgot to mention: HOLY WOWSERS! :D

So's yer old man... :D
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Posted 19 February 2013 - 11:49 PM

2. Precision "Experimental", ser #S431 (2 - 9)

AFAIK, these are my oldest set of Hogan irons and are prototypes from '54 or '55; was lucky enough to win them in an auction on the bay last year. Original shafts and grips; a bit of rust, but other than that, right out of the time machine.

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6-iron:

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I forget what the rare, early "boundary lines" that run perpendicular to the grooves along their edges are called and don't know if they made it into the release, but this set's got them:

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Grip detail:

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Shaft detail:

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Ferrule detail:

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Hosel detail:

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And finally, the less-worn 2-iron:

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Enjoy; I know there's plenty more to learn about this set and others like it, so feel free. . .

Edited by guisician, 19 February 2013 - 11:52 PM.

modern: Royal Collection Tour VS
classic: Ben Hogan 1962 Power Thrust
hickory: Tad Moore Tom Morris 1930 Elect
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