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Bought some Hogan Edge irons!

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I have a set of hand me down Titleist DCI 990's but being a high handicapped I find these hard to hit consistently with them being a blade style. So I found a set of Hogan Edge irons on ebay for 80 bucks. I did some research and they got quite high reviews and seem to be a good club for high handicappers wanting to get better. So I bought them. Can't wait to hit them. I also picked up a used Odyssey putter for 50 bucks. I can't wait to beat my buddys and there $600 Callaway's with my 20 year old Hogan's!!
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Re: Bought some Hogan Edge irons!

Originally Posted by slabm7 View Post
I have a set of hand me down Titleist DCI 990's but being a high handicapped I find these hard to hit consistently with them being a blade style. So I found a set of Hogan Edge irons on ebay for 80 bucks. I did some research and they got quite high reviews and seem to be a good club for high handicappers wanting to get better. So I bought them. Can't wait to hit them. I also picked up a used Odyssey putter for 50 bucks. I can't wait to beat my buddys and there $600 Callaway's with my 20 year old Hogan's!!
Ben Hogan Apex Edge irons are great. I used them for about 1/2 a season until I sold them to a member on here. Sort of regret selling since I still haven't found a set that I hit better.
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Re: Bought some Hogan Edge irons!

They're one of the sexiest irons out there. But I am not sure if they will be easier to hit thant the Titlesit.
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Re: Bought some Hogan Edge irons!

Just picked up a 4-SW set of Hogan Edge Forged GS irons for about $25. I bought then for my dad, who I'm trying to get to try golf. But once I clean them and try them out I may just give him mine and keep these. They're old but I've wanted to try a forged cavity back just to see how i do. They're not in fantastic shape but with a little work I think they'll be a solid 7/10.
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I just picked up a set of Hogan Edge forged irons for a few bucks on Ebay. I really look forward to cleaning them up and playing a round or two with them.

I currently play with a mix of RAZR X Tours and RAZR X's.

I've been wanting to pick up a set of forged irons for a while and this set seemed to be a good place to start.

I suspect that the lofts on these irons will be a bit softer ... basically, half a club to a full club difference.

 

Anyway, I'll let y'all know what I think of them after I play a round or two with them.

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My first irons were Apex Edge from 2001. Now I have four different Hogan sets. But I have to warn you: Do not look at Apex Blades!

 

They are so effing nice..., if you can hit em.

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Just as a note, there were different models of "Hogan Edge" irons. The original Edge irons came out more than 20 years ago and were followed by the "Edge GS" and later models. "Edge" was orginally not in the Apex line, but later on the names were came to merge or overlap. The GS irons are interesting because they had "Ft. Worth" on the hosel. Later on in the 1990s Hogan clubs were no longer made in Ft. Worth. At some point too the pin in the hosel that was a distinctive feature of Hogan clubs was discontinued.. As I recall, Ben Hogan himself was persuaded to hit the new Edge irons for a TV commercial. It is said that he hated the irons, presumably because they were not the traditional Hogan Company blades. Edge irons are not precisely cavity back but more like a blade evolving into a cavity back, and there is not much perimeter weighting on the upper part of the clubhead. I think of them as partially perimeter weighted with a bottom-weight bias. I find them easy to hit, and they don't hit the ball as high as my Cleveland TA5s that are true cavity backs. Heads are midsize. A quick comparison of 7-irons: Compared to the Cleveland TA5s, the Hogan Edge feels heavier, has a thicker shaft (both TA5 and Edge compared in stiff shaft versions), the hosel comes up about 12mm higher and the sole is much thinner front to back. The TA5 has more offset and Edge irons relatively little. The weight of the clubs, though, is about the same. Both clubs have about the same loft, head size, and standard length. At address the shaft of the Edge appears to come closer to the face of the club, which is a design characteristic of Hogan clubs going back to the 1950s and said to be preferred by Hogan himself. When I got my Edge irons used in fairly worn condition they felt like magic. Still do. The shafts are longer than the older generation of irons I learned on and the lofts stronger, meaning the 9 iron is really more like an 8, which is common among modern irons. My shafts are Apex 4 which translates to a stiff. Grips are a hard full cord. Picking up these clubs makes me think of Hogan and the heavy sticks he is said to have used and I feel that energy and identification when I hit them. Won't claim to never have hit a bad shot with the Edge but there have been damned few bad shots that I remember. ;)
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Was out with the Apex 99 blades today - they were not that easy to hit. Played 12 over and a few bad iron shots added to that result. Am still figuring out the yardages, but if I hit it too slow or off center, I get 5 to 15 yards or more less distance. Well, the Apex 5 shafts dont help in that regard either. Still fun to play 15yo sticks. 

 

Going with the 25yo Redlines Apex 4 shafts is even harder to do - they are a little less forgiving and have even lower lofts. No, I will not carry a 2i. Maybe I go mix the sets a little in thre long irons.

 

Overall it is fun. And I love the looks of my battered sticks.

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Just a question for you guys that are more familiar with Hogans. I played with a buddy's Hogan Apex Edge irons and really hit them well. I also loved the feel compared to my gigantic SQ Machspeeds....lol. I found a set of Apex Plus irons locally for $75.00. They are in 8-9/10 condition. Considering that I hit the Apex Edges very well, will it be a huge learning curve trying to hit the Plus addition? Unfortunately, I don't have an opportunity to try before buy.
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Well, as I mentioned a few posts earlier I would post back with comments regarding the Hogan Edge Forged irons that I got off of ebay.

After I got them I cleaned them up (which included me cleaning and sharpening the grooves with a PGA approved sharpener).

 

They measured about 1/4 to 1/2 inch shorter than my Razr's, which is not an issue for me. 

 

Easy to hit - There is no doubt about it ... these irons are easy to hit and they feel great when you hit the sweet spot.

Compared to my Razr's I like the feel of these irons much better, my guess is because they are forged.

 

Control - If you have a need to work the ball right to left or left to right you can do so very easily with these irons. They respond very well to the snap hook or to the high fade.

 

DistanceThey do travel about a half club length shorter than my Razr's. However, I am still carrying my 7 iron 170 yds on a full swing.

 

Trajectory - I am typically a high baller so I did not have a problem getting these irons into the air, however, I can say that they did not get near the height of my Razr's ... much lower trajectory. I am not sure how I feel about this at the moment, its to early to tell.

 

Sound - Well, they sound like old-school irons. Barely a sound on the sweet spot and a noticeable 'click' on the toe or heel.

 

Summary - These are a great set of irons that I would not be afraid to bag on any given day. There are a tad shorter than modern era irons but they are long enough and have such a great feel to them.

I will be playing a foursome tomorrow and will be adding the 'E' wedge and the 9 iron to my bag ... maybe the 6 iron as well.

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Originally Posted by PastorJeff View Post

Just a question for you guys that are more familiar with Hogans. I played with a buddy's Hogan Apex Edge irons and really hit them well. I also loved the feel compared to my gigantic SQ Machspeeds....lol. I found a set of Apex Plus irons locally for $75.00. They are in 8-9/10 condition. Considering that I hit the Apex Edges very well, will it be a huge learning curve trying to hit the Plus addition? Unfortunately, I don't have an opportunity to try before buy.

I have not used Hogan Edge, but I do have a set of Apex Plus irons, and I'm also a 12 handicap. When I'm on, I hit them great. Good distance with pretty low trajectory (surprisingly low lofts on those irons). I thought the feel was just ok, kind of overrated in my opinion. Most importantly, when I'm off they don't provide much forgiveness. I personally did not see the benefit of making the switch permanently, as they cost me strokes when I struggle. 

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Thanks for the response. I actually was able to find a set of Apex Edges today at the local Play it Again. Will post some pics on the forum tomorrow.
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Just keep in mind that the Apex Edge and the Edge are different clubs made 20 years or so apart. From the pics of the Apex Edge it looks like the clubhead has more bottom weighting and is thicker front to back on the sole. One would guess that the Apex Edge hits the ball a bit higher. Ought to feel different in the way it contacts the turf.

I think the Apex Edge is a prettier club. Have no idea how it feels or performs.

A comment abut the old Hogan clubs. Lot of folks tell how attractive the Apex line was. I disagree. To me, and compared to various Titleists, Mizunos and other blades, the Apex models look clunky.

This does not go for the last models made, after the company was sold to the Japanese and then to Callaway. I think the look got better. But I own only one Hogan Apex and that is a +1 4-iron, that I find less hitable and attractive than my old Wilson Jet II musclebacks.

Oh, and a correction. Seems the original Edge model came out about 1987. Wish I could find theTV commercial on Youtube where Ben Hogan [then about age 75] hit with the clubs.
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