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Ben Hogan Golf unveils new putter lineup

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The Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company debuted its new line of putters today via a press release on their social media platforms and website.

Unveiling four new putter models, the flatsticks are each priced at $250.00 apiece and can be bought exclusively on the Ben Hogan website as a part of their direct-to-consumer business model. Each putter is milled in a black metal finish and the length, lie, and grip are all customizable online.

Photos, and a portion of the official statement from Ben Hogan, below

“The new CNC precision milled putters are crafted from soft, 1020 carbon steel in a multi-step forging process that strengthens and purifies the molecular structure of the metal. True forging refines and tightens the grain structure of the steel and provides for uniform density across the entire face.  This eliminates hot spots, or dead areas,  and results in unparalleled feel, consistent distance control and “trueness” on every roll.”

“Complementing the unique design features of the new Ben Hogan Precision Milled FORGED Putters, which are available in four (4) traditional head models with clean, elegant lines, is a proprietary DBM (Diamond Black Metal) finish. The most durable black finish on the market, DBM eliminates glare and generates more contrast with the ball and putting surface to promote better alignment.  Additionally, the face of every Ben Hogan Precision Milled FORGED putter is CNC milled for perfect flatness from heel to toe.”

“A 100% forged, CNC precision milled putter is not the least expensive nor the easiest way to make a putter by any means, but at Ben Hogan Golf we believe it is the best way,” said Scott White, CEO, Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company. “Serious golfers demand precision and performance on the greens, and the new Ben Hogan Precision Milled Forged putters deliver.  They look great, but perform even better.”

The four models in the new line of Ben Hogan Golf Precision Milled Forged Putters include

  • Plumber’s Neck Blade
    • 1 shaft offset, 2° loft and 355 gram head weight
    • 43° toe hang to promote an active gate-swing putting stroke
  • Player’s Blade with a double bend shaft
    • 1 full shaft offset, 2° loft  and 355 gram head weight
    • Face balanced for those who putt with a straight-back, straight-through stroke
  • Iconic Player’s Blade with a flowing neck
    • 1 shaft offset, 2° loft and 355 gram head weight
    • 50° of toe hang, ideal for an active open/close stroke
  • Player’s Mallet
    • Single bend shaft and ½ shaft offset, 2° loft and 370 gram head weight
    • Face balanced for those who putt with a straight-back, straight-through stroke

Additionally, Ben Hogan Golf has partnered with SuperStroke to offer golfers a choice of three popular grip styles: Flatso 1.0, MidSlim 2.0, Slim 3.0

Ben Hogan Golf’s line-up of Precision Milled Forged Putters, which sell for $250 each, are available for purchase exclusively at www.BenHoganGolf.com.

 

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Johnny Newbern writes for GolfWRX from Fort Worth, Texas. His loving wife lets him play more golf than is reasonable and his son is almost old enough to ride in the cart with dad. He is a Scotty Cameron loyalist and a lover of links style courses. He believes Coore/Crenshaw can do no wrong, TMB irons are almost too hot and hole-in-ones are earned, not given. Johnny holds a degree in journalism from Southern Methodist University.

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  1. J3

    Mar 20, 2019 at 4:02 am

    BH may want 2 consider that this feedback is coming from the super users. Demand is LOW, perceived value is incongruent w/pricing, but we’re here talking about yr product still. Bully for that! Secret is in the dirt you say? Maybe promote traditional way? Senior tour players & team up w/artisan club makers, demonstrative tech or all of the above? Hope this helps Jamho3

  2. Rich Douglas

    Mar 19, 2019 at 12:59 am

    What, pray tell, do these putters bring to the fray?

    I bought a Heavy Putter because I was intrigued by the super swing weight. I bought a Happy Putter because I was intrigued by how it was adjustable all over the place. And I recently bought a Bloodline putter because the stand-up capability is really unique.

    All three–which represent my whole putter purchasing history for the past decade or so–were innovative beyond belief. But these? Meh.

  3. Rich Douglas

    Mar 19, 2019 at 12:53 am

    Named after a notoriously bad putter. Yeah, that’ll work.

    • Doug Richlas

      Mar 19, 2019 at 11:09 am

      Lol. Count this as a reply to both your comments. If you are looking for gimmicks in your putters, you probably just need to work on your putting. I’m sure these are simple, great quality putters. Just as good as scotty without the inflated ego “look at me” price behind it.

  4. Sam Walton

    Mar 18, 2019 at 10:51 pm

    Sold exclusively at Walmart

  5. Dave r

    Mar 18, 2019 at 10:22 pm

    Why is 250 a bad price ? Scottys are 600 and do not look any better , and probably do not put any better.
    Just one persons opinion!

  6. The dude

    Mar 18, 2019 at 7:04 pm

    Nice looking……pass

  7. Joe

    Mar 18, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    Let’s say these putters are pro line golf equipment. Today it sells for $250; buy it; next day it’s $20 per the PGA value guide.

  8. Geoffrey Holland

    Mar 18, 2019 at 6:11 pm

    Very boring looking putters nothing new at all to see there. Certainly not worth $250.

    • Simms

      Mar 18, 2019 at 6:49 pm

      I will second that…just like Cleveland did in the past, same old PING copies form the 60’s just do something fancy with the paint, or face..or like these forged instead of cast….at least Cleveland held the price down…a $129 putter for $250…TRADE IN VALUE WILL BE LESS THEN $50 IN LESS THEN A YEAR.

  9. Tom54

    Mar 18, 2019 at 5:08 pm

    Not sure that the $250 price is a deterrent in as much as whether the putter market needs another company joining in. They probably are nice putters but odyssey has some nice ones in the $200 range that are hard to beat. Ping too for that matter.

  10. DB

    Mar 18, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    They look really nice but it’s an awkward price point. Maybe it will work for them, who knows.

    I’m curious how they came up with weights in the 355-370 range. Seems a bit heavy to me but maybe they have some reason behind it.

  11. Robert

    Mar 18, 2019 at 1:57 pm

    Would like to see adjustable weights at bottom on a $250 putter.

  12. stimpmeterp

    Mar 18, 2019 at 1:29 pm

    I agree that the price point seems very high. I am curious to know what the difference is between these Hogan putters and say the new Wilson Staff Milled series or even the Cleveland Huntington Beach series?

  13. BigTeddySkinny

    Mar 18, 2019 at 12:16 pm

    Really disappointed with the $250 price tag. I was excited up until that part

  14. R

    Mar 18, 2019 at 12:16 pm

    They should have at least tried to mimic the Rife/Evnroll grooves, instead of this bad Scotty rip off face milling

  15. RM

    Mar 18, 2019 at 11:22 am

    $250! That is an absurd price.

  16. Bill

    Mar 18, 2019 at 11:07 am

    Quality looks top notch but really, the asking price is too much. Given that the ‘variable’ groove technology were shown to give improved putting result, I cannot see a reason why they were not included in the face milling.

    • gunmetal

      Mar 18, 2019 at 11:30 am

      Anything can be “shown” to make improvements. I should be about 40 yards longer than I was 10 years ago with all of the 3-4 yards I’m told I’ll get every year going from one years’ model to the next. C’mon. On the course, can you tell a difference between two putters with the exact same loft, lie, weight, length, etc but one with grooves and one without?

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2021 Callaway Epic Speed Launch Day Report: Everything you need to know about the new equipment from Callaway

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It’s the official launch day of the all-new Callaway Epic Speed line of metal woods, which includes both driver and fairway wood models—Epic Speed, Epic Max, and Epic LS. To summarize the newest releases, Callaway engineers are taking their artificial intelligence as far as they ever have by using it to optimize both the face and body of the driver to deliver forgiveness and distance increasing ball speed across the face like never before.

If are looking for in-depth information, on the ins and outs of the new designs and the technology that makes them possible, check out our full launch pieces below.

The new 2021 Callaway Epic Speed driver

The Epic Speed is the fastest swinging driver Callaway has ever made. The elevated Cyclone Aero Design gives players a clubhead that gets through the air and down into impact faster creating even more ball speed opportunities.

2021 Callaway Epic Max driver

The new 2021 Callaway Epic Max driver is a heater, but more than anything, it’s forgiving. Using all the tech bells and whistles from Epic Speed (AI-designed Jailbreak and Flash Face), Callaway made the Epic Max crown lighter with even more triaxial carbon, saving 19 grams of discretionary weight, which allows them to create an even deeper CG and higher MOI. A rear sliding 17-gram weight in the trunk to tune in launch and shape and the OptiFit hosel provides up to 20 yards of shot shape correction.

2021 Callaway Epic Max LS

Out with the Sub Zero and in with the most playable players driver Callaway has created. With a neutral shape and weight configuration that is the more fade bias of the Callaway family, the new LS has a very high MOI (8,400+) for a tour-inspired driver. The idea was to give high speed players something fast all while mitigating the big miss better players fear. Yes, we all fear a big miss, but at high speeds, the foul ball is, well, a bit more foul. The new triaxial carbon crown saves 13 grams of weight, which was redistributed to increase MOI and lower CG.

Perspectives from the GolfWRX forums

  • bcflyguy1 – I’ve also found the Max head to be excellent when lofted down and weight pushed to the toe; becomes surprisingly neutral when configured as such. Obviously can see where many will prefer the more muted sound/feel and compact footprint of the Speed head or may need the greater fade bias from the Max LS and its Trip Diamond-ish shaping. However, the Max offers a VERY rare combination of tons or horsepower but with sufficient traction control to keep even me from figuratively wrapping it around a light pole.
  • noodle3873 – Just got back from hitting balls. My local Pro was breaking in his Epic LS 9° against his Mavrik SZ TD 9°. Both heads were built/hotmelted to the same weight. He was using GC Quad and brand new Srixon range balls (not ideal but numbers are like for like). On average he was getting more launch, more ball speed and a couple more yards out of the LS.
  • mtp –  I hit the whole lineup today. Not a fitting.  Just trying them out. Was using the HZRDUS Smoke Green. LS was best for me. Prefer the shape, sound and feel over my current Sim Max.
  • zeke66 – This thing is a beast. Hit it with a Paderson ballistic tp. I was swinging awful with all 3 drivers I was hitting including gamer, and wouldn’t leave the hitting bay until I started hitting it better. So I grabbed the Max Ls 9.0 and worked through it. Average ball speed was around 177 low 120’s with spin around 2100-2200, launch 12-15. When you catch one on the screws… it goes as good as anything I think.

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GolfWRX’s resident equipment tester, Brian Knudson of the Club Junkie podcast, had this to say

Epic Max driver: A lot of draw bias, but easy to launch high and takes some right side out even with a neutral weight. Sound and feel are improved over Mavrik, much more muted and solid feeling. Center strikes are hot, and even misses carry some good ball speed.

Epic Speed driver: The best looking of the Epic drivers. Offers the most penetrating flight. Seems to be pretty low spin and easy to work the ball in either direction. Misses don’t stay online as well with more curvature. It is long and going to be a really good option for skilled players.

Epic Max LS driver: Very forgiving and offering a straighter flight than Max. Slightly lower trajectory as well. Toe misses hold their line better than the other two. Shots low on the face don’t get up as high as expected but still carry. Misses off-center still have good carry distance

Here’s what the biggest YouTube testers and reviews have to say on the newest Callaway Apex line

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Best utility iron of 2021 – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing 2021 utility irons. WRXer ‘Krod10359’ kicks off the thread, saying:

“Just want to know your opinion on what new utility iron you have hit this year. Looks like a lot of solid offerings out right now from Ping, Srixon and Callaway. Let me hear what you have to say about these clubs.”

And our members have been sharing their thoughts in our forum.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • hypergolf: “This…(photo above)”
  • TigerInTheWoods: “Sim Udi is a beauty. Launches a bit higher and is a bit more forgiving than the P790 UDI which was really the benchmark for this kind of club.”
  • craz-e: “Hard to go past the Srixon for performance and value. The current offerings from Titleist (u500 & u501) and Mizuno (HMB) are also great options and worth trying.”
  • Golfingfanatic: “The new Callaway one is pretty good.”

Entire Thread: “Best utility iron of 2021”

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2021 Callaway Epic driver: Epic Speed, Epic Max & Epic LS drivers

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Callaway Golf introduces new Epic driver lineup for 2021—Epic Speed, Epic Max, and Epic Max LS drivers—giving us the best of everything.

When it comes to a hot face, Callaway Golf has been at the top of the heap since its introduction of Jailbreak Technology back in 2017. In simplest terms, Jailbreak allowed Callaway to vertically stiffen the face, which allows the face to absorb a ton of energy and release it right back into the golf ball.

When Epic hit the market, it was instantly the driver of that year due to its ball speeds and forgiveness across the face, but most importantly for Callaway, it gave the company a strong foundation to build from for models to come.

In 2020, with the help of artificial intelligence, Callaway engineers were able push that idea a bit further with the successful Mavrik line. This time, artificial intelligence took Jailbreak and found ways to make it even more efficient with the addition of the Flash Face.

Now, in 2021, using every piece of tech at its disposal, Callaway officially launches the new 2021 Epic Speed, Epic Max, and Epic Max LS drivers.

The new AI-designed, carbon-loaded, MOI machines are the culmination of now four iterations of Jailbreak technology, and in my opinion, Callaway has its fastest but more importantly—most golf-course friendly—driver ever.

Let’s dive in…

The new 2021 Callaway Epic Speed driver

New 2021 Callaway Epic Speed driver

The Epic Speed is the fastest swinging driver Callaway has ever made. The elevated Cyclone Aero Design gives players a clubhead that gets through the air and down into impact faster creating even more ball speed opportunities.

New 2021 Callaway Epic Speed Driver, Cyclone Aero Shaping

In addition, the AI-designed Flash Face SS21 and the new look Jailbreak Speed Frame create stiffness not only vertically across the face but east and west as well. The result? Speed, stability, and a ton of forgiveness.

The new 2021 Callaway driver, face on

“Spin robustness” is another key term in the 2021 Callaway campaign. What this means for us is giving players spin where we need it (i.e. off the heel spin stays down, off the toe spin stays up, out of the middle the ball goes forever).

Another key aspect to notice across the line is the enhanced composite crown. The new 2021 Callaway Epic Speed driver has a triaxial carbon crown that covers even more real estate allowing Callaway to redistribute 16 grams of discretionary weight. The larger carbon surface area also innately created a way for Callaway R&D to make the Epic Speed a bit more draw friendly without having to add external weight to the heel.

Callaway Epic Speed driver, address

2021 Callaway Epic Max driver

Sole view of the new Callaway Epic Max driver

Yes, the new 2021 Callaway Epic Max driver is a heater, but more than anything, it’s forgiving. Using all the tech bells and whistles from Epic Speed (AI-designed Jailbreak and Flash Face), Callaway made the Epic Max crown with even more triaxial carbon, saving 19 grams of discretionary weight, which allows them to create an even deeper CG and higher MOI. A rear sliding 17-gram weight in the trunk to tune in launch and shape and the OptiFit hosel provides up to 20 yards of shot shape correction.

The New 2021 Callaway Epic Max Driver, Sliding weight

The New 2021 Callaway Epic Max Driver, Address

2021 Callaway Epic Max LS

Incorporating the AI-designed Flash Face SS21 and Jailbreak technology, Callaway has created a new more forgiving profile in a players driver.

Out with the Sub Zero and in with the most playable players driver Callaway has created. With a neutral shape and weight configuration that is the more fade bias of the Callaway family, the new LS has a very high MOI (8,400+) for a tour-inspired driver. The idea was to give high speed players something fast all while mitigating the big miss better players fear. Yes, we all fear a big miss, but at high speeds, the foul ball is, well, a bit more foul. The new triaxial carbon crown saves 13 grams of weight, which was redistributed to increase MOI and lower CG.
Like Epic Max, LS also has a sliding weight to tune in adjustability.
Inspired by the Triple Diamond tour heads of the past, Callaway decided to go away from cranking spin down to oblivion and offer a driver that was actually closer to what the tour leans towards. Yes, they love a low spin head, but not too low spin. The Triple Diamond heads were basically a Sub Zero shape in a higher MOI profile. If you go through our tour photos, you will see more Triple Diamonds than anything. Obliterating launch and spin sounds good for Trackman, but it’s hard to play that way on the golf course all the time.

Initial Tour Reaction

I had a chance to chat with  Callaway’s PGA Tour Manager Jacob Davidson on the early response and this is what he had to say.

JW: In early testing, what is the first thing players are seeing with Speed and LS?

JD: Early feedback from the tour guys has been a noticeable difference in an increase in ball speed across the face but more importantly the dispersion has tightened down range. Many guys have also quickly fallen in love with the sound of the new metal woods.

JW: What most excited you with the new line?

JD: We knew early on with this product launch that we had an exceptional driver. To start- the look of the heads and the shaping allows the clubs to sit beautifully at the address position. From there the overall feel and sound matches exactly what tour guys prefer. The guys we have worked with have converted into the new woods extremely quickly with very positive feedback. For us, we are excited to have some great starting lines, a competitive ball speed advantage, and an increase in forgiveness.

We are constantly studying what makes world class drivers of the golf ball world class. After much research, we determined the ideal spin/ degree of launch and worked closely with our R&D team to reach these numbers. We were absolutely amazed to see what they came back to us with. Using AI they were able to figure out how to increase the MOI in this line of drivers while also focusing on more ball speed. It truly is remarkable the new frontier of technology we are using in our drivers to help our players play their best golf.

Overall Thoughts

I’ll be honest, I wasn’t a huge fan of Epic Flash (acoustics), and Mavrik was solid but didn’t blow me away. This new 2021 Callaway Epic line of drivers is exactly what players want: a golf club that is playable all while providing the distance and performance we have gotten used to over the past few years. It’s a new trend in the market that I’m loving. Drivers are becoming golf course friendly again. We tried to kill spin—when ultimately it was our best friend in the long run.

Specs

At Retail: 2/18

Lofts: 9, 10.5, 12 degrees (Epic Speed) 9, 10.5 degrees(Epic Max & Epic Max LS)

Price: $529.99

Stock Shaft Offerings

  • Epic Speed Driver: Project X Cypher 40g (WMS, L). Smoke IM 10 (50g – R,S. 60g – S)
  • Epic MAX Driver: Project X Cypher 40g (WMS, L). Smoke IM 10 (50g – R,S. 60g -S)
  • Epic MAX LS: Mitsubishi MMT (60g – S,X. 70g – S,X)
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