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Ben Hogan launches Ft. Worth 15 Hi Irons, 2016 Staff Bag

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The people at the Ben Hogan Golf Company think more golfers would play forged irons if the long irons weren’t so challenging to hit consistently. So as the company builds on its core business of Ft. Worth 15 irons and TK wedges, it makes sense that Hogan would expand its line with more forgiving forged iron options.

At the 2016 PGA Merchandise Show, the company launched a cavity-back set of irons called PTx that are an alternative to the blade-like Ft. Worth 15 irons. It also debuted a hybrid with adjustable weights called VKTR, which could replace a golfer’s troublesome long irons (we identified both as a “Show Stopper”).

Hogan’s new Ft. Worth Hi irons are something in between.

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Like the Ft. Worth 15 irons, the Ft. Worth Hi irons are forged from 1025 carbon steel. They’re 15 percent larger, however, and use a two-piece, hollow-body construction that redistributes mass lower and deeper in the iron head. The hollow-body construction also brings added ball speed for more distance, as well as more forgiveness when golfers miss the sweet spot. And its more rearward center of gravity (CG) encourages a higher ball flight to help golfers stop their long approach shots quicker on the green.FTWORTHhi_VSOLE_01

Consistent with the importance Hogan places on distance gapping, the Ft. Worth Hi irons are available in 11 different lofts (20-31 degrees). The company recommends as many as three of them chosen from the following loft ranges: 20-23, 24-27, 28-31. Think of them as 3, 4 and 5 iron replacements.

“When you get under 30-32 degrees of loft, spin is your friend, particularly in off-center performance,” says Terry Koehler, President/CEO of the Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company. “Most long-iron misses are low on the club face and result in low-launch, low-spin shots that have shorter carry distances and a shallower angle of descent. The Fort Worth Hi irons’ hollow construction and precision engineering deliver the right balance of perimeter weighting, looks, ball flight and distance control, creating the new standard in long iron design and playability.”

The Ft. Worth Hi irons are currently available for $169 per club with KBS’ Tour V or Tour 90 shafts. The standard graphite shaft is UST Mamiya’s Recoil, which boost the price to $184 per club. Several custom shaft and grip options are also available through www.benhogangolf.com.

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True Ben Hogan fans will also be excited to know that the company has also released a new 2016 Tour Bag ($450) that can be customized for an extra $15.

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  1. David Labbe

    Apr 24, 2016 at 7:18 am

    Interesting that PXG started out testing with hollow irons, but the face would not hold form after hitting the ball over a short amount of time. That’s why they then added the polymer type filling so that the iron would hold its shape.

    • Jim

      Aug 15, 2016 at 4:20 pm

      ….Peter Belmont invented the hollow body iron – I believe. He held patents on it as well as a few adjustable weighting systems and patents that Titleist & TM used at one time or another…Rarely has something “new” in golf equipment not been tried before…. Nike Covert Driver (see BULLET GOLF Hollow Point Driver)….most of the deigns were ahead of their time and limited by materials and tech at the time.

      Hope they’re as good as they look. Wish em well… just as long as they don’t end up in Walmart with the BH clothing line…
      Belmont’s hollow core iron was years ahead of it’s time as maybe the biggest head anyone’d seen or was willing to try was the original Ping…He kept it as ‘small’ as possible and the weight was on a screw that ran from toe to heel and as it was turned the weight would ‘walk’ out to toe or back towards the heel….other designs for weighted screws in sole plates for woods, as well as heel / toe weight ports for coin style weights

  2. Mark

    Apr 24, 2016 at 3:40 am

    They look superb. Wonder when they will restart UK sales?

  3. Chuck D

    Apr 23, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    Hogan’s ghost probably wants nothing to do with a broom handler that STILL appears to be putting illegally with his thumb knuckle AND left forearm STILL ATTACHED to his body…………I don’t care what anyone says! A part of his left arm and hand are connected to his body. Anchoring, simple and plain. The rule is a disaster! The governing numb skulls should have limited the length of the putter to “let’s say 40,” so there would be no question. You should have seen the patrons at the Mahztaz standing at every conceivable angle to see how Lang’a was getting away with his stroke!

    • Rod C

      Aug 9, 2016 at 4:25 pm

      I agree 100% with you. It is anchored. If the golf administrators wanted to get rid of the long putter all they need to do is say the hands must be below the elbows when holding the club. That would force a traditional stroke with the putter like 99% of the golfing population.

  4. Jade

    Apr 22, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    They would of suited DeChambeau!

  5. rex235

    Apr 21, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    Three words-

    RIGHT HAND ONLY.

    • TCJ

      Apr 22, 2016 at 2:28 am

      It’s devastating, not a single LH option, with no intentions to pursue it either.

  6. Andy

    Apr 21, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    Will the company sponsor any pros on the PGA or Champions tour?

    • Chuck

      Apr 21, 2016 at 9:31 pm

      I was just thinking about how cool it would be if Langer became a Ben Hogan Golf staffer. Probably the last guy on any tour playing with original Hogans. I’ll bet Langer would love it, if they could afford him. He’s only wearing about eight other logos right now.

      • Andy

        Apr 22, 2016 at 8:54 am

        I agree. Maybe he will since it looks like he no longer plays for Adam’s….

        I could picture certain tour players who prefer very traditional and classic looking clubs.

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Darius Rucker WITB 2022

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PGA Tour WITBs are great and all, but what about multi-Platinum Grammy winners? The Hootie & the Blowfish lead singer is a well-known lover of and ambassador for the game. He is also the originator of Monday After the Masters, a Hootie & the Blowfish Foundation charity pro-am started by the band in 1994 and recently signed on with PXG as a brand ambassador.

Let’s check out what the four handicap is playing.

Driver: PXG 0811 X GEN4 (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder Evo V 569 R

3-wood: PXG 0341 X GEN4
Shaft: Aldila NV2KXV Blue 70 R

Hybrid: PXG 0317 X GEN4 Hybrid (19 degrees)
Shaft: Accra iSeries 80i

Hybrid: PXG 0317 X GEN4 Hybrid (22 degrees)
Shaft: Accra iSeries 80i

Irons: PXG 0311 P GEN4 (5-PW)
Shafts: AeroTech SteelFiber 110cw

Wedges: PXG 0311T Milled Sugar Daddy (52, 56), PXG 0311T Milled Romeo (60)
Shafts: AeroTech SteelFiber 110cw S

Putter: PXG Battle Ready Blackjack

What other celebrity WITBs would you like to see, GolfWRXers?

 

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Giveaway, member testing roundup: Cleveland CBX ZipCore wedge giveaway + much more!

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Our forum faithful are well acquainted with the incredible giveaways going on in the realm of threads and comments, but we want to make sure front page readers are able to get in on these unique opportunities.

Check out a roundup of our current giveaways and review opportunities below!

GIVEAWAY: Cleveland CBX ZipCore Wedge

Cleveland Golf and GolfWRX are very excited to bring you this amazing giveaway! We are giving one lucky winner the chance to win a brand new Cleveland CBX ZipCore wedge of their choice! Enter now for your chance to win and put a brand new wedge in your bag!

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GIVEAWAY: Precision Pro ACE Smart Speaker

Precision Pro now has the ability to help your golf game and keep you entertained on the course, at the same time! The new ACE Smart Speaker is not only a speaker that can crank out your favorite tunes, but can also help you lower your scores and improve your course management! This customizable speaker is the latest piece of technology from Precision Pro that offers you amazing performance at a great price! Enter now because we are giving 3 lucky GolfWRX members the chance to win an ACE Smart Speaker of their own!

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GIVEAWAY: Rapsodo Mobile Launch Monitor

Rapsodo and GolfWRX are very excited to bring you this awesome Mobile Launch Monitor giveaway! The Rapsodo Mobile Launch Monitor (MLM) not only offers excellent accuracy, but it also offers exciting features to help you analyze every part of your game! The MLM features indoor and outdoor modes so you can improve your game during the regular season or offseason! We are giving 1 lucky member the chance to win a Rapsodo MLM of their own! Enter now for your chance to win!

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GIVEAWAY: StrackaLine Yardage and Green Reading Books

GolfWRX is once again teaming up with StrackaLine to give five of our members a chance to get their hands on StrackaLine’s yardage and green reading books! With their precision guides, StrackaLine will help you achieve better course management and green reading.

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The reviews are coming in…

10 GolfWRXers received early access and are testing L.A.B. Golf’s new MEZZ.1 Putter.

Three GolfWRX members are testing Callaway’s Apex UW Fairway Wood.

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Mizuno unveils new ST-Z 220 and ST-X 220 drivers

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Mizuno Golf has today introduced its latest ST Series of drivers: the ST-Z 220 driver and ST-X 220 driver, which will both arrive at retail on February 3rd. 

The ST-Z and ST-X drivers both feature a 40% expansion of the carbon-sole area and thinning out the Titanium portion, alongside a doubling of the stabilizing back weight in design to provide excellent stability and consistency from off-center strikes.

“Any twisting or deflecting at impact due to an off-center hit is an energy loss and varies launch conditions. By working with the prior ST driver platform and familiar materials, we were able to find several adaptations to impact the internal weighting. Creating far more stable tendencies in both the ST-Z and ST-X.” – Mizuno’s Director of R&D David Llewellyn

Mizuno ST-Z 220 driver

The Mizuno ST-Z 220 driver features a balanced toe/heel carbon construction and central back weight designed to encourage a low spinning, efficient, straight ball flight.

The 460cc head aims to offer players a confidence-inspiring profile at address for elite players, while a heavier, 20g back weight creates a deeper center of gravity in design for more efficient performance, more often.

The ST-Z driver features Mizuno’s Z-Axis design with weight evenly distributed across toe and heel in design to provide a low spinning stable straight flight, while a highly resilient forged SAT2041 Beta Ti face and multi-thickness CorTech design aims to produce increased ball speeds.

In addition, an optimized Wave Sole is included in a bid to further increase ball speeds, particularly from low on the clubface, while 4 degrees of loft adjustability allows for fine-tuning of launch and trajectory.

“The ST-Z is the most played of all our drivers. It’s a modern driver for players who have grown up hitting long straight bombs rather than shaping the ball. The addition of a 20g back weight also makes it an exceptionally forgiving option,” says Chris Voshall.

Specs & Pricing

  • Lofts: Right hand – 9.5 and 10.5 degrees. Left hand – 9.5 degrees only.
  • Price: $449.95

Mizuno ST-X 220 driver

The ST-X 220 driver is a draw-biased driver with heel focused weight location aimed at players with moderate swing speeds who need help producing a more extended ball flight.

The new driver features a 20-gram heel biased back weight that creates a deeper center of gravity in design for more efficient, longer drives. The ST-X is also available as a J-Spec option with an ultra-lightweight HeLIUM NanoCore shaft for seniors and those with slower swing speeds.

The ST-X aims to deliver exceptional stability from off-center strikes via an expansion of the carbon sole area by 40% and thinning out the Titanium portion, alongside a near doubling of the stabilizing heel/back weight.

Featuring Mizuno’s X-Axis design, weight is focused deep in the heel, encouraging a higher draw bias flight, while a rounded 460cc profile seeks to offer a higher launch and mid spin performance.

A highly resilient forged SAT2041 Beta Ti face and multi-thickness CorTech design are also designed to produce increased ball speeds and the driver also includes an optimized Wave Sole, while 4 degrees of loft adjustability allows for fine-tuning of launch and trajectory.

“For a lot of golfers, the modern low spinning driver design preferred by tour players is a serious distance killer. The ST-X’s extra spin, slight draw bias and a higher flight will add driving distance for a surprising number of players.” – Mizuno’s Director of Product Chris Voshall

Specs & Price

  • Lofts: Right hand – 10.5 and 12 degrees.
  • Price: $449.95
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