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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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Macklemore launching new Bogey Boys flagship store this weekend

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This Saturday, multi-platinum and Grammy award-winning rapper Macklemore will launch his new Bogey Boys flagship store in Capitol Hill.

The Bogey Boys flagship is a multi-floor complex that offers fans the opportunity to purchase all the exciting new products from the line, as well as some fan favorites from capsules released earlier this year.

Bogey Boys’ debut collection launched in February 2021 online, with each release selling out of items within hours. Bogey Boys also recently partnered with Nordstrom to have the collection featured in two Seattle area stores.

The retail outlet will feature the newest Bogey Boys collection and Googe Magee’s Vintage Mall, a showcase of unique finds from some of Seattle’s best local vintage and antique vendors.

Per the company: “Bogey Boys is about creativity, expanding the game of golf to new demographics and shaking up the status quo. Golf is a game but it’s also a lifestyle”

The grand opening of the Bogey Boys flagship store is on September 18 and 11 AM ET, 1023 10th Avenue, Seattle, which will include Mackelmore greeting fans at the store.

 

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (09/17/21): Cobra King Tour MIM irons

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At GolfWRX, we love golf, plain and simple.

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 – buy and selling equipment.

Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for Cobra King Tour MIM irons

From the seller (@EatDrinkRunLSU): “Cobra King Tour MIM irons 4-GW Nippon N.S Pro Modus3 Tour 130 S flex shafts with Golf Pride Z-Grips. All in very good condition, and 4 iron is like new. $950.”

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: Cobra King Tour MIM 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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Peter Uihlein WITB 2021 (September)

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  • Peter Uihlein what’s in the bag accurate as of the Fortinet Championship.

Driver: Titleist TSi2 (8 degrees @8.75, C1 SureFit setting)
Shaft: Fujikura Atmos Tour Spec Black 7 TX

3-wood: Titleist TSi2 (15 degrees, B2 SureFit setting)
Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder

Irons: Titleist T200 2021 (3), Titleist 718 MB (4-9)
Shafts: Graphite Design Tour AD DI Prototype (3), Project X LZ 7.0 (4-9)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM8 (“P” 48, 54-14F, 58-10S, 62-08M)
Shafts: Project X LZ 6.5

Putter: Scotty Cameron TourType SSS FB 1.5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Grips: Golf Pride MCC (Orange/Black)

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