Pros:Best forged one piece cavity back irons on the market. Comfortable setup.
Cons:Less forgiving than cast irons. Apex shaft tip may be too soft for some.
The Bottom Line: Serious about improving and adding fun to your game. It took me a few rounds to find the grove, but it was like finding a new me. BUY THEM!
The Edge Pro's are the irons that are in between the Apex Blade and the Apex (oversized) Edges. The Pro's are smaller than the Apex Edge. Their topline is thinner with a narrower sole and reduced offset which makes them akin to a blade, even though they are a cavity back iron. They are a one piece forged iron and made in the USA.
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The craftsmanship and attention to detail that went into these irons is above board. I would suggest to anyone looking for new irons to visit the Ben Hogan web site. A video showing the production of these irons can be viewed. The video is very informative and helped me with my decision to buy these irons.
I purchased the irons with the No.4 Apex steel shaft which is the stiff flex. Standard length and lie(same length as Ping irons by comparison). At first, when holding these irons and swinging them, they felt pretty light and I was afraid they might be too weak and wouldn't hold up to my swing speed or perform to my expectations. But after playing several rounds, I couldn't be happier.
They are very eye appealing on set up, so this in itself inspires confidence. The entire set weighed in at a perfect D-2 swing weight, which is almost never the case with off the rack irons.The Hogan Apex steel shafts react much like a True Temper Dynamic Gold shaft, but with a shaft tip that has a little softer feel, which in fact aids in getting the ball up for soft shots. If you top one or hit one a little too thin, you may get a feeling similar to hitting a rock, but it won't sting. If anything, they give you immediate feedback to let you know to concentrate more on your next shot. Hitting these irons on the sweet spot is a feeling that would make any golfer beg for more. Once I found it, I couldn't put them down. These irons fly! If you're looking for height and distance, these irons are it! For very strong hitters, the Apex shaft may launch the ball a little too high. In that case, you may want to special order a set with Royal Precision Tour Flighted Rifle steel or True Temper Dynamic Gold steel shafts.
Hitting shots off the sweet spot still produced acceptable distance. As an example, standard distance with a 7 iron for me is 165 - 175 yds. Off center hits, a little less. This of course depends on your swing speed and power. The shot dispersion or pattern is still tight enough to recover on the next shot.
On one occasion, I was about to hit from medium height grassy rough, and was approximately 140 yards to the center of the green. With my Ping's, I would use a 8 iron (because of the rough),one club stronger than usual. The Ping irons have a wider sole and leading edge. The rough usually has a tendency to catch and turn the club head. Well, this time I stayed with the 9 iron. The iron cut through the rough with no problem. In fact, I shouldn't have swung so hard. I flew the green with a slight draw by 10 yards (almost no turf drag).
I am quickly learning shot distance and correct iron selection on the fly. I can use less club than I normally would, and it's really exciting to see your long irons go straight as a laser beam without much effort. Hitting draws or cut shots are no problem. Of course, knowing your swing and how to perform these shots helps.
Playing with the Pro's gives you the advantage of a blade while providing a decent measure of forgiveness. Your game will improve. The only irons that may perform better for workability are blades, but only if you have a near pro swing. One thing for sure, if you can control your swing, forged irons are the way to go. For the average to good golfer, there's no reason to buy a true blade when irons like these perform so well.
The only drawback to these irons would be having one of those days where your swing is has gone south (sooner or later, we all have a day where we are embarrassed to play in front of others) and you just can't get your swing back. As with any forged iron, they are going to accent your mistakes like you've never played before. With a cast iron you may be able to get by somewhat when this happens, but with forged, forget it!
Hogan irons are made out of soft carbon steel and chrome plated. They are prone to bag dings and chrome wear (same minor problem as with Mizuno or Titleist blades). My advise is to use face savers (if you dare - some golfers look down upon anybody doing this) to keep them clean & dry. This will help you keep these irons in top notch condition for many years.
I found my set new on eBay for $455 plus shipping. This was more afforadable than the ususal $749 to $799 that most retailers get.
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