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Ben Hogan Golf debuts new PTx PRO irons

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Ben Hogan Golf has released its newest line of irons, the PTx PRO. The iron marks the fourth variety in the Hogan iron lineup and is available to the public via the company’s direct to consumer online ordering system. The newest model is an evolution of sorts from the successful PTx lineup with some important modifications worth noting.

“At Ben Hogan, we are always trying to innovate and improve,” Said Ben Hogan Golf President and CEO, Scott White.  “When Ben Hogan started his company in 1953, he said his goal was to design and manufacture the ‘best performing’, ‘best feeling’ and ‘finest golf clubs ever made.’ That is still our mission today.”

“The original PTx irons have been around since 2016; they are still great and have been our most-popular iron model. But as we moved away from the PreciseLoft system (with four separate launch profiles), we looked at that as an opportunity to review the entire design. So, rather than a re-engineered version or the original design, our R&D team developed something completely new … and better.” The PTx PRO model has some similarities with the original PTx irons … mostly each individual head was developed independently. Also, all heads are 3-piece forgings … and created through a process we call ‘Co-Forging’. However, the new irons have a slightly larger face and sole, and optimized offsets to deliver certain performance characteristics we were after.”

The 7-piece PTx PRO iron sets will be offered on BenHoganGolf.com exclusively for $770.00.  6-piece sets (5-iron – PW) and 5-piece sets (6-iron – PW) will also be offered for $690.00 and $600.00 respectively. And while the price point remains low without the in-store markup, the new irons stay true to the Hogan model in that they are designed first and foremost with the serious, discerning golfer in mind.

“Unlike other OEMs, we aren’t trying to ‘be everything to everybody,’ White said. “We make high-performance, premium golf equipment. Period. That said, the PTx PRO are suitable for a wide variety of golfers with varying skill sets. We’ve had some tour players and highly accomplished/competitive amateur players involved throughout the development process … and they LOVE the way the PTx PRO irons look and perform. We’ve also had a number of players with 10, 12 and even 14 handicaps hit the PTx PRO and LOVE them. So, while we developed them with the more accomplished player in mind, the PTx PRO irons are a viable alternative for a wider range of players than we originally anticipated.”

And the company has already received positive feedback from those that have been fortunate enough to hit the irons before the release.

“The word we keep hearing is pure,”said White.

GolfWRX was given access to the clubs for some in-hand photos:

 

 

The Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company also released a statement explaining a bit more about the company’s decision to release a new line of irons as well as the design of the club.

Here it is:

“The PTx PRO irons were developed for discerning, serious golfers who demand performance.  After consultation and testing with Tour players and many other accomplished golfers, Ben Hogan’s engineering and product design team successfully developed a forged iron that is pure and traditional-looking on the outside yet packed with technology on the inside.  The new PTx PRO irons offer the feel and feedback only forged irons can provide, while utilizing some of the today’s most advanced materials and manufacturing processes.  PTx PRO irons are truly a unique blend of traditional, elegant styling that Ben Hogan irons are famous for, combined with modern game-enhancing technology.”

“All PTx PRO irons are manufactured using a multi-step forging process that allows Ben Hogan Golf to combine multiple materials into the club head.  The long and mid-irons (#4 – #7) are hollow and made using a forged 1025 Carbon Steel frame and forged MS300 steel face for exceptional feel.  Heavy Tungsten weights are inserted in precise locations near the toe of each iron to promote a straighter ball flight, higher initial launch angles, and more spin to hold the greens on longer approach shots.   The shorter, scoring irons (#8 – PW) feature lightweight Titanium inserts allowing for optimal weight disbursement throughout the club head.   This delivers lower, more penetrating ball flight to eliminate ‘ballooning’ shots while enhancing distance control.”

“Additionally, the score lines on all PTx PRO irons are milled (not stamped) into the face to provide more spin.  The milled score lines also help to channel away water, dirt and turf for better contact and eliminate ‘flyers’.  Plus, PTx PRO irons utilize an enhanced V-SOLE® technology which combines a higher bounce leading edge with a lower bounce trailing edge for optimal turf interaction and allows more accomplished golfers to more easily shape their shots.”

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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. Sam Snood

    Apr 25, 2019 at 12:27 pm

    Nice looking except REALLY wide sole. Not a players iron.

  2. Bob Dilkes

    Apr 9, 2019 at 1:37 pm

    Will they be offered for sale in the UK at all? They look great, my very first set was Ben Hogan here in 1978!

  3. Ryan K

    Apr 8, 2019 at 12:40 pm

    Ok ok ok are these essentially a modernized FTX? If so then it needs to be said because those were some sweet irons. Sweet enough to make me consider getting at from my Nike VPC.

    Very nice looking Hogan.

  4. Wally

    Apr 8, 2019 at 12:39 pm

    These are some nice looking irons with a very attractive price point. Their demo program is one of the best ways to test their irons and it only costs $20.

  5. Jesse

    Apr 8, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    Nice Classic look. I like it

  6. rex 235

    Apr 8, 2019 at 12:06 pm

    Nice looking, but-

    “We make high-performance, premium golf equipment*. Period.”

    *RH ONLY

    Fixed it for you.

  7. M

    Apr 8, 2019 at 11:54 am

    Forged in China? It doesn’t say Made in USA on the club

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