**I have not been able to get my hands on these irons YET, so I can’t give My review. I can only tell you what the company line is.
I got the email notifying me the new Ft. Worth Blacks have been released a couple days ago, so I’m just gathering the information that’s on the Hogan website and wherever else I can get it. I’ll have a full review once I get my hands on them.
So, here’s what the company is saying…
Hogan Golf says these are essentially your original Ft. Worth Irons released by the company in 2015, but with a few principle differences. Namely
- Proprietary “Diamond Black Metal finish” (obviously)
- The “Dynamic Progressive Weighting System” has been improved
- “V-sole Technology” has been improved
- Simplified loft system
Diamond Black Metal Finish
In addition to looking AWESOME, the new black finish is supposed to actually perform a couple very important functions. Most obviously, having a black gun-metal like finish on a club helps reduce glare when playing on bright sunny days. My Cleveland 588 wedge “had” the same finish. The face didn’t stay that way for very long. The contrast of color between the black clubface of the Ft. Worth Black irons and the ball actually helps players frame the ball better and increases the accuracy of their shots- reportedly.
Secondly, and maybe even more importantly, the Diamond Black Metal finish protects the clubhead and clubface up to 7-times better than the original nickel-chrome finish on the original Ft. worths. This results in the grooves staying sharper longer and also reduces nicks and scrapes from clubs banging into each other in your bag or hitting rocks and pebbles and such during play. As a result, you have extended the effective playing life of your clubs.
Dynamic Progressive Weighting System Improved
The Dynamic Progressive Weighting System is dialed in even further in the Ft. Worth Black irons to create even more precise trajectories. Long irons achieve a higher trajectory to hold greens and short irons have a lower trajectory for increased accuracy. The long irons are just a bit larger than the original Ft. Worth 15’s for added forgiveness and a little weight has been moved to the center of the clubface on the shorter irons for a more solid feel.
V-Sole Technology Improved
The V-sole technology remains, but it too has been tweaked. Player and robot testing revealed that the leading edge could be made stronger- so they did that – and the trailing edge bounce could be reduced- so they did that too! (Note* I’m not 100% sure what these two things mean)
Simplified Loft System
The Precision Loft System Ben Hogan introduced back in 2015 has been simplified in this new model. They found that the vast majority of purchasers of their irons prefer the “mid-high” launch option, so that will be the only option for the new Black irons and thus are stamped with traditional numbers on their irons. No more actual lofts will be appearing. What remains is the exact 4* difference between lofts. By comparison, a typical competitor will have lofts varying from 2.5* to 5* from club to club.
Pricing for the Ft. Worth Black Irons is $700 for a 7-piece set and that price is for steel or graphite shafts.