The Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company has today introduced its new line of Equalizer II forged wedges which the company touts as its “best-performing wedges ever.”
As with all Ben Hogan irons and wedges, the Equalizer II wedges are forged from soft 1025 carbon steel designed to provide enhanced feel and feedback compared to investment cast wedges.
The clubhead’s size has been enlarged slightly from previous generations of Equalizer wedges to provide a larger effective hitting area, while discretionary weight from the perimeter of the clubhead has been removed, allowing Ben Hogan club designers to optimize the progressive center of mass.
Speaking on the new line of Equalizer II forged wedges, Scott White, President and CEO of Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company, said
“We found that most golfers don’t spend nearly as much time, effort and energy selecting their wedges as they do, say, their driver or irons. That is an oversight and can lead to many lost shots and higher scores. With the Equalizer II line, we’ve tried to simplify the selection process and develop the best-performing and best-feeling wedges in the game.”
The new wedges incorporate a modified and improved version of the company’s proprietary V-Sole technology, which combines a high-bounce leading edge with a lower-bounce trailing edge.
This combination is designed to provide exceptional turf interaction while minimizing the impact that sidehill or downhill lies have on loft. Additionally, certain lofts (50, 54, 58 degrees) of the Equalizer II wedges will be available with a unique “Texas Grind” sole.
“The Texas Grind sole was inspired by some of the better players in our office and around Fort Worth. They play in Texas’ windy and dry conditions which tends to create very hard fairways. The Texas Grind incorporates extreme toe and heel relief making it extremely easy to pick shots clean off tight lies and allows the clubhead to be laid wide open to virtually eliminate chunked shots.” – Scott White.
Right-handed Ben Hogan Equalizer II wedges are available in even-numbered lofts from 48 through 62 degrees in both traditional nickel-chrome, and Diamond Black Metal (DBM) finishes. Left-handed models are limited to 50, 54, 58-degree lofts with the nickel-chrome finish only. Likewise, the Texas Grind sole is limited to right-handed 50, 54, 58-degree lofts with a nickel-chrome finish.
The wedges cost $125.00 each for those with the nickel-chrome finish and $130.00 each for the Diamond Black Metal finish.
Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (04/30/21): Black copper Scratch iron heads
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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 an extremely rare set of Scratch golf AR1 iron heads finished in “black copper”.
To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: Scratch AR1 iron heads
Fujikura announces second-generation MC Putter shaft
As the shaft company with one of the hottest driver shaft lines in golf—thanks to the Ventus series—Fujikura knows its way around creating great products designed to enhance feel and performance.
Fuji is now bringing this drive for innovation to the putting green with the introduction of the second generation MC Putter shaft designed to offer increased stability with three different models to fit a golfer’s stroke and feel preference.
A long time coming
To say that putter shafts went a long time without innovation would be an understatement. Beyond some slight tweaks to flex and weight, the traditional steel putter shaft has remained unchanged for well over 100 years. Until recently, most golfers never even considered that a putter shaft could be a source for improvement in feel and consistency yet week after week we see more players at the highest level looking for any advantage on the greens and this is where the MC Putter shaft comes in.
Unlike what is currently available in the market, the MC is a multi-material full-length graphite putter shaft that also features a metal core at the tip (that’s where “MC” comes from) along with a copper wrap towards the butt section to enhance mass properties without sacrificing feel.
The metal core plays a dual role, by adding extra mass towards the tip which saves engineers from needlessly adding extra layers of carbon fiber to adjust the balance point. The reason this is such a key factor in feel is that at a certain point the extra layers and wall thickness actually starts to dilute the level of feedback you are getting from impact. It’s the difference between catching a baseball with a proper glove versus trying to catch it with throw pillows—sure you can do it, but your level of awareness for everything that occurs during impact is completely gone.
This technology combines carbon fiber and rubber for the entire length of the shaft to further reduce unwanted vibration at impact. By dampening the unwanted vibrations, the feel of the shaft is amplified to provide better responsiveness which leads to things like improved distance control.
What about stability?
This is where the conversation gets really interesting because all three models offer extremely low torque while using less graphite in the tip than the all graphite competition. This low torque combined with the enhanced feel properties creates less twisting at impact without the “deadening” feel and helps reduce dispersion off the face.
As an example the X-Firm MC Putter shaft CPM’s at over 600 which although seems like an arbitrary number is over 100 cycles stiffer than the next closest competition, has lower torque, yet still offers all the technology to maintain feel that golfers expect from their putter.
Price, specs, and availability
The all-new Fujikura MC Putter shafts are available now through authorized Fujikura dealers and are priced at $250. They are currently available in .355″ taper which can be tipped a small amount to fit .370″, and only work in plumbers neck or “shaft in” center shafted putters.
- Smooth – The shaft profile creates more feel in the hands
- Firm – Smoother than steel, enhanced feel from rubber composite.
- X-Firm – This ultra-stable shaft offers instant feedback and the firmest feel
Wesley Bryan 2021 WITB (April)
Driver: Callaway Epic Speed Triple Diamond LS (10.5 degrees set to 9.5) (10g weight in front, 6g weight in the back)
Shaft: Aldila Tour Green 75 TX (45 1/8 inches, tipped 1 inch, D4)
3-wood: Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero (15 degrees @14.7) (10g weight in front, 9g weight in the back)
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Putter: Odyssey Metal X Milled #2
Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft X LS (low spin)
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