The Hogan Test

Learn Ben Hogans Secret

A comparison of older model forged muscleback irons vs. a modern cavity back iron for distance and accuracy.

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16 Responses to “The Hogan Test”

  1. Paul Contento says:

    Great idea my friend. I would be interested in seeing the spin numbers on
    those irons as we know modern clubs have tighter and deeper grooves than
    the old sets. Would really love to see you compare drivers from different
    eras too. Good job coach.

  2. Dallas Pymm says:

    Great video. Which were your favs?

    • Augusta Golf Instruction says:

      Too many good one’s to choose from but probably the 73 Apex or the 93 Apex
      Ft. Worth.

  3. Mark Neel says:

    haha joe

  4. richard McGibbon says:

    I 100% agree with your statement that forged blade irons are just as easy
    to hit as cavity backed irons. I use a set of Slazenger Jack Nicklaus J.N
    67 irons. What I like is the feedback, that way I can improve my swing but
    with cavity backs you don’t know so much about off centre strikes. No
    forgiveness will ever replace a sound golf swing. 

  5. JimPearsonAUS says:

    I have mostly been a blade player MP 14, MP32, MP33, 710MB, 670 MB, Miura
    5002 etc. as I believe the feed back from these are superior to the erratic
    feedback and results felt from cavity backs. While mishits with blades up
    and down the face give superior results than cavity backs, toe hits always
    seem worse. That said, I always suspect that excessive toe weighting
    creates problems getting the club head to square up at impact smoothly,
    i.e., in a progressive way. This is especially true if the club is offset.
    Offset = the devils work!!!

    That said , I was intrigued to try some Hogans after reading that he didn’t
    favour the low inverted curve muscle design adopted by most other
    manufacturers, because hits towards the toe produced degraded results.
    That’s why most irons designed when he was involved with the company had
    that high toe second muscle design, yet critically this never extends fully
    to the end of the toe, meaning the club is still balanced.

    Somehow I don’t think Hogan would have entirely approved of the 1999 model
    that bears his name.

    So, I bought a nice set of Apex PC’s with #4 shafts and they produced
    superb straight shots, with great distance and mid to high yet
    flat trajectory. Combined with a Wilson Duo soft compression ball; nirvana!

    • David Feld says:

      +JimPearsonAUS A set of PC’s is my next Hogan acquisition and, like you, I
      am an Apex 4 shaft user. IMO, there is no equal for weight and kick per my
      swing. Peace.

  6. invisaman75 says:

    I wonder if the different types of balls from over the years would affect
    the results. I was told balls from years before spin more. Then as you
    mentioned shaft over the years were somewhat different. I have bought
    several used sets of Hogan blades (88 and 99) in recent years. I was
    surprise how easy they were to hit. Thank for posting this video!

  7. Warren Roddy says:

    Excellent video and thank you for the time you spent testing the irons.
    I’d like to see a comparison using the ’73 Apex with a modern shaft of
    equal stiffness. I would expect to see an improvement in distance although
    dispersion may be negatively affected. Thoughts?

  8. Arwed Fischer says:

    who shanked the ’63 Power Thrust :-)

  9. Dana Sloan says:

    Terrific! Are the Apex shafts your favorite… say, flex 3, for example?

  10. Brutus ofTroy says:

    Am i missing something? What irons /lofts are they? Where is the strike
    data? Were they all 6 irons? Flight scope and Trackman don’t take into
    account wind from memory, they just measure the pre and post impact of the

  11. David Feld says:

    I try to hit every club variety with enough of a sample, 10-12 reps with
    the 7i. From Adams to Yonex and everything in between. I’ve owned a lot of
    sets expensive and almost free. The three sets I will not part with are my
    Apex II black cameos, Apex Plus and believe it or not, a set of Titleist
    690 mb. Even though one can only use one set at a time, I favor the black
    cameos over any set I’ve had the good ( or bad) fortune to put my swing on.
    B.J. Hathaway is correct. Ben Hogan made the best clubs, ever. For a set
    from the late ’70 s to early ’80 s, it’s remarkable that for around $150.00
    you can have a set of Apex II irons that give comparable distances and
    dispersion equal to or better than anything you can buy right now. The
    lofts are a bit weak, as I like a 7 iron at 34 degrees that I can bang out
    there 170 yards. But with the feel and control of the cameo 7i at 38*, I
    carry it 155, 160 if I really step on it, it is, imho, the most beautiful
    golf club on this planet.

  12. majorsmythe1 says:

    PING proved this wrong. Im sorry but the PING eye 2 was revolutionary. It
    was science and pushing the weight out on a cavity back is more forgiving
    in an iron. The soft steel used now in CB irons make it hard to use any

  13. coffeatt arabicaut says:

    His 80’s PC was his best club- The older Apex was great , but not like the
    PC. Tigers 681-copy of MP14 and 20’s best club made to date! Even A Scott
    and Webb Simpson play the little brother 2002- 680’s- 15 year old clubs- as
    off this year at Doral also played by Davis Love- Although I have 50 sets-
    most are very close to amazing- especially “the935’s” played by Miller to
    shoot 63 and the UK Crown Limited played by Lyle and Seve!

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