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Rackmageddon -- a Hogan iron story

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Posted 28 December 2013 - 08:15 AM

View Postoldschoolrocker, on 28 December 2013 - 07:50 AM, said:

As one thrift store shopper to another, "Great find."  And when the prize is on ones wish list, even better.
Thank you, yeah I couldn't believe it.

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Posted 28 December 2013 - 11:15 AM

View Postkwooten31, on 28 December 2013 - 06:52 AM, said:

So I have a couple Hogan wedges and several sets of older classic MacGregor iron sets, but I don't have any Hogan iron sets. So I started to research which sets I wanted to try and get my hands on and came up with several. Well Christmas came and went and I was left with about $75 in cash, being the thrift store shopper I am I decided to head that way and see what I could find. I was hoping to find a decent set of irons as I have had awesome luck finding great classic sets at this place,so I head in and see they have a ton of clubs. I began my search and lo and behold I see a Hogan Director 5 iron, then a 4 and so on until I have a set of 4-E. I was so ecstatic, though I found out these were more of a less desirable set I was still pumped because this was one of my top 3 sets I wanted to get. Here are some pics of my new irons and now a very proud owner of Hogan irons!!!
Edit: oh yeah, forgot to add I got these beauties for a whopping $11.50!!!
Shafts are Hogan Legend #3, a little soft but I like an active tip. All bands are intact, but have a lot of wear. Grips were star full cord, but dried out so I replaced them with some Lamkin rel 3gen 360*. I thought it was going to be tough getting them over the .700 butt end of the shaft, but it wasn't bad at all.

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Wow, a whole $11.50. Nice going & enjoy!
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Posted 28 December 2013 - 01:43 PM

View Postguisician, on 28 December 2013 - 11:15 AM, said:

View Postkwooten31, on 28 December 2013 - 06:52 AM, said:

So I have a couple Hogan wedges and several sets of older classic MacGregor iron sets, but I don't have any Hogan iron sets. So I started to research which sets I wanted to try and get my hands on and came up with several. Well Christmas came and went and I was left with about $75 in cash, being the thrift store shopper I am I decided to head that way and see what I could find. I was hoping to find a decent set of irons as I have had awesome luck finding great classic sets at this place,so I head in and see they have a ton of clubs. I began my search and lo and behold I see a Hogan Director 5 iron, then a 4 and so on until I have a set of 4-E. I was so ecstatic, though I found out these were more of a less desirable set I was still pumped because this was one of my top 3 sets I wanted to get. Here are some pics of my new irons and now a very proud owner of Hogan irons!!!
Edit: oh yeah, forgot to add I got these beauties for a whopping $11.50!!!
Shafts are Hogan Legend #3, a little soft but I like an active tip. All bands are intact, but have a lot of wear. Grips were star full cord, but dried out so I replaced them with some Lamkin rel 3gen 360*. I thought it was going to be tough getting them over the .700 butt end of the shaft, but it wasn't bad at all.

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Wow, a whole $11.50. Nice going & enjoy!
Thank you, yeah they are normally a whole $3.00 a piece, but they were half off that day....
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Posted 30 December 2013 - 03:55 AM

That's a great Christmas present you were able to give yourself.  Well done!

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 08:51 AM

Thank you!!!

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Posted 02 January 2014 - 01:23 PM

Nice find.  Way to rescue another Hogan set.

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Posted 09 January 2014 - 11:27 AM

Nice set!  I'm jealous...
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Posted 06 March 2014 - 06:13 PM

Great thread! I hadn't thought about it in awhile until I was searching for something else and came upon it. Had to read it start to finish again. I'm still astounded at how many quality sets you were able to put together in a year's time, Guisican. Nice work!

I have a question about the Hogan Golf Company and their wedges in the early days. From what I've gathered the Sure-Out didn't debut until 1963 and the Sure-on sometime after. So for those that were playing the early irons, Precisions - Sunbursts - Power Thrusts, did those sets have an available sand wedge? Or was there another less set specific option that preceded the Sure-Out (Hogan Exploder?)

I've read that Mr. Hogan hand delivered wedges to Jack Fleck prior to the 1955 Open at Olympic (that he used to defeat Hogan!), what would those Hogan wedges have been?

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Posted 06 March 2014 - 08:35 PM

there was the 45 and 47 wedges . these are the early ones i know of .the 45 i have is from a 60 or 59 power thrust iron set

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 11:08 AM

View Postsuper20dan, on 06 March 2014 - 08:35 PM, said:

there was the 45 and 47 wedges . these are the early ones i know of .the 45 i have is from a 60 or 59 power thrust iron set

Lofts look a lot like today's  9-irons, as we all already know. If I remember correctly, Cobra was the first culprit, back in the late 1980's or early 90's that started the great ratcheting-back on lofts. I think they pronounced their irons to be "at least one club longer than your current irons" or something to that effect.  Gee, I wonder why.


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Posted 07 March 2014 - 11:46 AM

View PostIronmaster Oddities, on 07 March 2014 - 11:08 AM, said:

View Postsuper20dan, on 06 March 2014 - 08:35 PM, said:

there was the 45 and 47 wedges . these are the early ones i know of .the 45 i have is from a 60 or 59 power thrust iron set

Lofts look a lot like today's  9-irons, as we all already know. If I remember correctly, Cobra was the first culprit, back in the late 1980's or early 90's that started the great ratcheting-back on lofts. I think they pronounced their irons to be "at least one club longer than your current irons" or something to that effect.  Gee, I wonder why.

I'm not sure it was Cobra, though their King Cobras were the worst offenders, figuratively speaking.

I guess it depends on how you define it.  If you include the drop to a 48°, it could have been Tommy Armour with the 845s, or even Mizuno with some of their blade sets; the MS-9/MP-9 had a 48° or even 47° PW, not sure about the earlier models.
(Ping gets a lot of heat for loft creep, but the Eye2 PW was 50.5°, they didn't drop until the Eye2+no+ a bit later)

If you look to the ridiculous, it almost has to be the King Cobra in the early 90s and it's glorious 43° PW.  Look how far it goes!!  LOL
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Posted 07 March 2014 - 12:24 PM

For some people, 50* is an old school, weak pitching wedge. For others, PWs should be 52* as standard. I've heard Hogan "credited" with being the influential prime mover towards stronger lofts. In its prime, Hogan clubs were very much marketed around power and distance (hence their "plus 1/1+" models), as much as craftsmanship and quality. Hogan also led the charge on lighter, longer shafts. So there you have it, everything we hate about modern, falsely-flattering, lightweight, overlength and strong-lofted clubs can be traced back to Hogan. Heck, he might not be to blame for square grooves, but he was accused of filing his own wedges for tournament play.

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 01:25 PM

The other side of that particular coin is that when he captained the Ryder Cup team up the road from me at Ganton he requested an inspection of irons before the start and apparently there were lights burning well into the night and a lot of very industrious filing to make the GB team's irons acceptable.

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 05:37 PM

i need to check the lofts on my king cobra,s never occured to me that they might be jacked up.

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Posted 16 March 2014 - 06:50 PM

Wow what A great thread.  I just got back into the game a few years ago and have started picking older sets. Last year was the year of macgregor.  This year has started off as hogans. Picked up a set of mid 80's pc, 61 power thrust and have taken a chance on a set of starburst (3-9 but no 6 iron).  My first paint fill touch up on the power thrusts.  Any recommendations on where to find single irons other than eBay and iron finder?

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Posted 17 March 2014 - 03:49 PM

View PostPC1987, on 16 March 2014 - 06:50 PM, said:

Wow what A great thread.  I just got back into the game a few years ago and have started picking older sets. Last year was the year of macgregor.  This year has started off as hogans. Picked up a set of mid 80's pc, 61 power thrust and have taken a chance on a set of starburst (3-9 but no 6 iron).  My first paint fill touch up on the power thrusts.  Any recommendations on where to find single irons other than eBay and iron finder?

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Posted 17 March 2014 - 04:09 PM

Anyone seen these with metal ferrules? Just got them...Attached File  pc metal.JPG   95.15K   3 downloads

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Posted 17 March 2014 - 04:14 PM

killer look

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Posted 17 March 2014 - 05:09 PM

Those will never crack like plastic...must've been for someone important!
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Posted 17 March 2014 - 05:22 PM

View PostHoganApexBlades, on 17 March 2014 - 05:09 PM, said:

Those will never crack like plastic...must've been for someone important!
The seller said he was a Hogan staff member and they are the only one's to get metal ferrules...


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Posted 19 March 2014 - 02:32 PM

That is impressive.
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Posted 20 March 2014 - 04:36 AM

Apex
Thanks for the link.

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Posted 20 March 2014 - 09:54 AM

View PostAugustaGolf, on 17 March 2014 - 04:09 PM, said:

Anyone seen these with metal ferrules? Just got them...Attachment pc metal.JPG

You don't see that every day.

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Posted 20 March 2014 - 04:45 PM

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Thanks for the link.

You are welcome PC, glad to be of assistance!
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Posted 13 April 2014 - 05:57 PM

Guisician, I saw that your '61 Power Thrust set isn't quite complete. I can't help you with the 6i but I've had this equalizer around for a while, I think it needs a home. Let me know if you're interested.

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