Bought some Hogan Edge irons!
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Distance - They 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.
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.
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.