On behalf of Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company
Recently I visited with my friend Jamie Pipes, custom fit specialist for the Ben Hogan Golf Equipment company located in Fort Worth. While at their facilities, Jamie gave me a terrific tutorial on their ground-breaking technology used on their new PTx irons.
“With the new PTx irons we use a process called co-forging,” Pipes explained, showing me an iron that was cut into two pieces so I could see perfectly what he was describing. “There is titanium co-forged in between carbon steel in the face and carbon steel in the back. It’s forged together like our Ft. Worth 15 irons are, but with the different weight in the titanium it’s lighter and there are 31 grams difference in the short irons. So what that does in the short irons is to help raise the center of gravity as the club sits on the ground behind the golf ball. In our clubs for the short irons that translates to the 32 degree down to 47 degrees.
“As you go up into the longer irons from the 20 degree to the 31 degree it uses hollow technology,” continued Pipes. “There is tungsten piece down in the toe on the longer irons. Then we fill it with a polymer. What that does for the longer clubs is to lower the center of gravity. So as you go through the set from long irons to short irons, the center of gravity is what we call linear. It’s at the same height in the same position in the club both horizontally and vertically. So if you’ve got the same center of gravity that helps you as you hit your clubs to get the same apex on the shot, which is what better players are looking for.”
I found my new Hogan PTx irons to be incredibly forgiving on off-center hits. I liked the higher ball flight in the lower lofted clubs and the penetrating trajectories in my shorter scoring irons. The immediate feedback I got hitting the clubs for the first time is the solid feel at impact and the precision controlling my ball flight.
Pipes told me that the PTx irons are offered in every loft from 20 to 47 degrees. Each iron is numbered with its exact loft, rather than the conventional “5”, “8” or “P”. This allows you to say “no” to the inefficient loft gapping of every other set of game improvement irons, and build your set of PTx irons around the more precise and efficient loft gapping of 4 degrees between clubs throughout the set.
If you’re looking for the ultimate holiday gift for the golfer in your family I highly recommend you get a set of the Hogan PTx irons. If you’re serious about taking your game to the next level in 2017, you owe it to yourself to try out the Ben Hogan Golf clubs. The Hogan clubs are custom fit and will make a difference in your performance on the course in the coming year I guarantee it. To learn more about how you can get your new clubs today go to their website at www.benhogangolf.com.
Tom Ward can be contacted at www.teetimewithtom.com