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Ben Hogan releases new VKTR hybrids

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Ben Hogan was known for his deadly accuracy with long irons — surely you’ve seen this photo of his famous 1-iron shot in the 1950 U.S. Open at Merion. Golf has changed since then, however. Instead of long irons, many professional golfers now opt for at least one hybrid to replace a hard-to-hit long iron. As such, the Ben Hogan Golf Company has developed a VKTR hybrid, catering to the needs of the modern golfer.

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According to the company, the VKTR hybrids are for golfers seeking a higher launch than they can get from the company’s long irons, but still want the performance benefits of workability and distance control from various lies. For that reason, the hybrids are designed to create more spin than many hybrid options on the market, which can help golfers more easily hold greens on approach shots.

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The VKTR hybrids use the same 360-degree, V-Sole design as the company’s irons and wedges.

“The VKTR design … creates the proper launch angle and spin rates needed to generate the ideal ball flight to hold greens from long range,” said Terry Koehler, President and CEO of Ben Hogan Golf. “Our independent robot testing shows that the VKTR hybrid results in an increase in spin rates and angle of descents with consistent distance control.”

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The design of the hybrids include interchangeable weights on the bottom of the sole and along its perimeter, which allow golfers to adjust draw, fade and neutral biases.

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Hogan’s VKTR hybrids ($249) will be available in April available in 11 lofts, ranging from 17 to 27 degrees. They use a progressive design; the lower-lofted models have larger heads for a higher launch, while the higher-lofted models have a smaller profile for a more penetrating flight. Through HoganFit online, golfers can properly fill in the yardage gaps in your bag.

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Stock Shafts and Grips

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He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

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  1. Kourtney Knowles

    Jan 25, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    I ordered one of their tk wedges last summer although I had never demoed their clubs. I wanted a project x 6.5 shaft and so they had to order it in. The shaft got back ordered and so they called me two weeks later and I ended up cancelling my order. About a week after than I got a call from one of their customer reps telling me he told the owner about what happened in my particular order and that I had cancelled. The owner told the rep to call me back and offer me any of their clubs at wholesale price. I ended up purchasing an entire set for nearly 40% off with KBS shafts. I figured if i didn’t like them I could always sell them and maybe make a few bucks. I’ve gamed these clubs for 3 months now and absolutely love them. I am a scratch golfer and wouldn’t probably recommend them for those who struggle making solid contact, but the wedges are the best I’ve ever gamed and I would say the other irons are more forgiving than a traditional mb iron.
    The company is by far the best customer experience I have ever experienced and I can’t wait for these new hybrids to come out.

  2. J White

    Jan 25, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    I was at the company last week, they look awesome in person and I’m sorry 10yr old technology in a hybrid means absolutely NOTHING. Their irons feel amazing and many of the companies employees worked for the original Hogan before callaway dismantled them so this “new junk” is very good imo. They also have a cavity back iron as well as a driving iron that also looks great. I’m a huge supporter of these smaller companies like hogan and Adams before taylormade destroyed them. So either try them before bashing and get off your big box brand or don’t say anything.

  3. Don't ask me, I just work here

    Jan 25, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    These look like the old Idea Pro Gold hybrid IMO………

  4. 8thehardway

    Jan 21, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    This company continues to impress me; everything seems so well thought out, nothing rushed to market. If these hybrids give me more spin and a steeper angle of descent, I’m in.

  5. Curt

    Jan 21, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    Lots of negative comments here from people that haven’t even tried the new Hogan clubs. I just had a recent dealing with the company and it was a great one. Good guys that stand behind their product and do right by the customer. I have a couple of new Hogan products that I will be testing and providing review of on GolfWRX. I am excited to test them and provide my unbiased results, opinions, etc here. I am one of those guys that has ZERO brand loyalty! I’m only loyal to the betterment of my game so I use the best of each club (results only) with no regard to the name on the clubs. Stay tuned!!

    • BaBaBoey

      Jan 21, 2016 at 3:28 pm

      I can’t hardly wait. Can you tell me when so I can mark it on my calendar?

      • Fahgdat

        Jan 22, 2016 at 12:26 pm

        I can hardly understand what language you’re speaking and why you would even crack a poor joke about it

    • Matt

      Jan 21, 2016 at 3:49 pm

      Agreed. Have to say, the new irons are great. Great feel and would love to try out the new hybrids…

  6. Fahgdat

    Jan 21, 2016 at 3:07 am

    Nobody wants this new fake Ben Hogan company stuff. Everybody wants the PXG

  7. Teaj

    Jan 20, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    they look sexy though

  8. BaBaBoey

    Jan 20, 2016 at 6:34 pm

    PS Adams called and they want their 10 year old design back.

  9. BaBaBoey

    Jan 20, 2016 at 6:33 pm

    We used to grind ski onto the soles of hybrids and fairway woods for the guys on tour all the time. They looked a lot like what the Hogan sole is going for.

  10. WILSON!!

    Jan 20, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    You said “They use a progressive design; the higher-lofted models have larger heads for a higher launch, while the lower lofts have a smaller profile for a more penetrating flight.” Yet the picture directly below it says the exact opposite. I’m losing my faith in this site more every time I visit.

    • Zak Kozuchowski

      Jan 20, 2016 at 8:21 pm

      Wilson,

      Thank you for pointing that out. We got it wrong, and it has been amended.

  11. Jafar

    Jan 20, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    I like it and have been looking for a hybrid that can offer weighting in the heel for more draw bias.

    The VSole on a hybrid is interesting.

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Srixon unveils all-new Z-Star Diamond golf ball

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Srixon has today introduced its all-new Z-Star Diamond golf ball, which hits retail in North America on Jan. 21, 2022.

Per the company, the new Z-Star Diamond was one of the primary factors in bringing new Team Srixon staffer Brooks Koepka on board. The four-time major winner immediately put the ball in play at Capital One’s The Match on November 26th, where he beat Bryson comfortably and speaking on the ball, he said:

“Z-Star Diamond is a game-changer for me. This golf ball was a major driver in joining Srixon, and it’s been a seamless transition. The performance is really impressive, and I feel confident heading into the new tour season.”

The foundation of the Z-Star Diamond ball is the FastLayer Core, which is soft at its center and firm around its outer edge. That duality is designed to provide excellent speed and great feel.

The ball also features Srixon’s proprietary Spin Skin with SeRM, a durable urethane coating that digs deep into wedge and iron grooves on every impact in a bid to increase friction and maximize spin and control.

The new 338 Speed Dimple Pattern seeks to offer less drag and more lift which is designed to boost overall distance and a provide a penetrating flight even in the toughest wind conditions.

In addition, the latest Srixon ball delivers the unique benefit of increased spin on long and mid-iron shots and, per the company, is the ideal ball for high-speed players looking to hold the green from anywhere on the course.

Specs, Availability & Pricing

  • Color Offerings: Pure White
  • U.S. Retail Launch Date: January 21, 2022
  • Price: $44.99

 

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Honma launches 2022 Beres Aizu and Black collection

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Honma Golf has launched its Beres Aizu and Black collections, the latest in the line of visually striking and luxurious equipment.

Speaking on the new collections, Janeann Lanning, COO of Honma North America, said

“This new line represents the latest breakthrough technology for golfers with moderate to modest swing speeds. Beres Aizu and Black allow golfers to make pure, stable swings with enhanced speed and powerful ball flight.”

The Aizu and Black clubhead designs feature identical technology; the Aizu line also adheres to traditional Beres 2-to-5 Star grading, with more advanced shaft technology as the grades progress.

Driver, Woods, Hybrids

Beres Aizu Driver Men’s

Each driver features triple sole slots and an L-Cup face which aims to provide powerful initial ball speed. Optimal center of gravity (CG) design seeks to allow for a high trajectory, low spin, forgiveness, and distance, while the draw bias helps correct fade tendencies associated with modest swing speeds.

Beres Black Driver Men’s

The triple slots bend at impact and rebound to increase ball speed, even on mishits, and the L-Cup face produces high repulsion across the face, maintaining an elevated CT value by not needing to weld the face. An evolved radial Ti6-4 face expands the toe and heel’s repulsive area in design to boost mishit forgiveness, while an ultra-low specific gravity titanium alloy, Ti811, thin-walled crown with varying thinness seeks to optimize impact deflection.

Beres Black Fairway Men’s

In addition, the new fairway woods and hybrids feature the new triple sole lot, thin crown, flexible face, and low-CG weight distribution designed independently for each head. Every wood seeks to offer unprecedented distance through ample speed, high launch, and easy-to-play draw-biased forgiveness.

Beres Aizu Hybrid Men’s

Irons

Beres Aizu Iron Men’s

The Beres irons are manufactured to offer a high trajectory ball flight along with forgiveness and stability on every hit – even misses.

Beres Black Iron

A wide 3D L-Cup structure has a new ultra-thin face with vertical slits that are designed to improve the face insert strength – maximizing speed and forgiveness. Coupled with one external and two internal sole slots, plus a low-deep CG. The irons are designed to be easy to launch high with strong carry distance.

In addition, an 8620 Forged Body seeks to deliver Honma’s hallmark feel, while the 5-9 irons feature an L-Cup two-piece structure; 10-iron-SW have a flat face two-piece structure.

Beres Aizu Iron Men’s

Shafts

  • 2 Star ARMRQ MX shafts feature a T1100G bias ply that runs the full shaft length to maximize distance. Proprietary 10-Axis Sheet Metal Hybrid Armour Technology around the butt delivers stability and control.
  • 3 Star ARMRQ MX shafts include high-strength M40X – highly-elastic Toray Composite that efficiently accelerates clubhead speed. 10-Axis Sheet Metal Hybrid Armour Technology and T1100G add clubhead speed and stability.
  • 4 Star ARMRQ MX shafts include high-strength M40X – highly-elastic Toray Composite that efficiently accelerates clubhead speed. 10-Axis Sheet Metal Hybrid Armour Technology and T1100G add clubhead speed and stability. A lower kick point toward the tip increases swing speed and distance. 24K gold is also part of the design in the ferrule.
  • 5 Star ARMRQ MX shafts they have the lowest torque and most technology. A high-strength M40X – highly-elastic Toray Composite that efficiently accelerates clubhead speed. 10-Axis Sheet Metal Hybrid Armour Technology and T1100G add clubhead speed and stability. T1100G in the bias layer strengthens twisting power and maximizes distance. 24K gold and platinum can also be found in the ferrule.
  • BERES Black ARMRQ MX shafts feature a T1100G bias ply that runs the full shaft length to maximize distance. Proprietary 10-Axis Sheet Metal Hybrid Armour Technology around the butt delivers stability and control. They are also meticulously hand-rolled and finished in jet-black gloss.

The new Honma Beres line of luxury clubs are available to purchase now at Honma.com, with prices ranging from $499 for the irons to $1,149 for the drivers.

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (1/10/22): Miura CB202 Straight Neck copper irons

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At GolfWRX, we are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment of the game in many ways.

It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball. It even allows us to share another thing we all love – buying and selling equipment.

Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for a set of Miura CB202 Straight Neck copper irons

From the seller (@FlopIt): “Very rare and gorgeous set of Miura CB202 Straight Neck 4-Pw (includes 3 iron head which has not been hit since the refinish) which were refinished in copper by a local plating shop that has 30 years of experience.  They have seen only 10-15 rounds of play with very minimum range time.

Bag chatter is virtually non-existent as I use an Ogio Silencer bag which locks the clubs in place.  Shafts are Nippon 1150 GH Tour taper tip in stiff flex and I can include a shaft for the 3 iron head but it is parallel tip so the head would need to be reamed to .370.  The grips are Golf Pride standard size MCC red/black and are in very good shape.  

These play standard length (37 inch 7 iron) and lies and lofts are also standard as per Miura specs (47 degree Pw).  Swing weights all match at D2.  These irons feel fantastic and now have now formed a beautiful patina.  All waiting for your custom paint fill or go naked like they are now.  $990 Now $940 OBO.”

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: Miura CB202 Straight Neck copper irons

This is the most impressive current listing from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

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