**Considering the new EDGE Irons? Don’t buy until you read our complete Ben Hogan EDGE irons review and decide if they’re the right clubs for you!
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I first played with Hogan Edge irons when about 25 years ago when I first started playing golf. They were loaners from my uncle.
They performed about as well as could be expected, considering I was a 50-handicap, minimum. Since I had been testing Hogan clubs for a couple of years here for Golfer Geeks,
I was plenty interested in the new EDGE irons for 2018.
Here’s my quick take for those that don’t want to read about the innovations and technology behind the superior performance of these clubs.
The Edge irons will hang with any new club on the market, and for the price…well, there is no contest. The Hogan brand may not be what it once was, but for pure beauty, feel and performance, you really can’t beat these clubs.
Read on, if you want/need more details about the technology and innovation behind the performance and want to see my full review.
What Hogan Has To Say About EDGE Iron Innovations:
As with all clubs from Hogan Golf, the new Edge irons are forged. But, these clubs offer something thought nearly impossible for a forged iron, perimeter weighting.
They achieve this by taking two forged pieces- the hydraulic-hammered face and the back frame and hosel- and laser-welding them together.
Because of the hollow head construction, they are able to vary the club face thickness for better performance in the long and short irons. Specifically, the long irons have a thinner face for better distance and forgiveness for heeled and toed shots. Mid and short irons have a thicker face for improved feel.
The clubheads are filled with polycarbonate foam to promote an exceptionally solid feel through impact.
Compared to the PTx irons, the Edge Irons are slightly more “enhanced.” The key differences are:
- An average of 12% larger for a larger and more effective hitting area.
- More offset which allows for more times for your hands to square the clubface – leads to higher trajectory for your shots – and a steeper angle of descent for greater ability to hold greens.
- Thicker topline to inspire more confidence as you look down at address, thus freeing you up to swing away with more confidence
- Still look awesome- So, not a key difference
In a nutshell- the leading edge of the prior Hogan irons released between 2015 and 2018 had a high-bounce leading edge and a low-bounce trailing edge to better accommodate different turf conditions for better club-ball contact.
What the designers have done to enhance V-sole technology is to “soften” the leading edge bounce (so, there’s less bounce) for those of us with more “controlled” (read- slower) swings to be able to take advantage of the technology.
Again, the clubs released between 2015 and 2018 eschewed the customary iron numbering system and instead had the exact loft of the club right there on the sole in place of a single digit. Not only that- there were 4 different “launch profiles” to choose from
|Low Launch Loft Profile:||20/24/28/32/36/40/44|
|Mid Launch Loft Profile:||21/25/29/33/37/41/45|
|Mid-high Launch Loft Profile:||22/26/30/34/38/42/46|
|High Launch Loft Profile:||23/27/31/35/39/43/47|
What the team at Hogan learned in the years since the release of this loft system, is that the vast majority of customers picked one particular profile, the mid-high launch.
So, the others have now been eliminated for this model. What has remained unchanged is the exact 4-degree gapping from club to club.
These clubs can dial up any shot you want or need to hit. Straight…Draws… and fades are were hit as easily as with my Callaways.
My basic shot is a slight draw, but I’ve been working on hitting a fade for a couple months now and have intermittent success with it. I’m about 60% confident trying fades during a round.
My method of testing was to bring them out to the range and on the course with my clubs and test them side by side. I estimate I hit them during at least 5 range sessions and two rounds of golf. Shot for shot, they hung with my clubs (Callaway Big Bertha Fusions circa 2007 or so).
I hadn’t hit any other iron, either in testing or just trying out a friend’s or a demo from the pro shop, that performed as well for me as my irons. So, they immediately had my attention.
Looks: These clubs are elegant and compact and very nice to look at. They frame the ball nicely and gave me the confidence I could swing away at the ball even though they are just a bit smaller than my current set. I attribute this to the slightly thicker topline.
Distance: This is one of the things that got my attention immediately. Easy distance. The ball jumps off the face of my irons when I hit them solidly, but I also maintain control. I got the exact same sensation as the Edge irons. I didn’t have to “go after” them.
Trajectory: The EDGE irons mirrored the trajectory of my clubs from the first solid strike. I hit my irons medium to medium-high, and I hit these the same, which inspired a lot of confidence.
Shape: I was able to hit draws and fades as easily with these clubs as with mine.
Forgiveness: As forgiving as game-improvement clubs can be. I hit the majority of my irons shots toward the toe and probably got 95% or more of my normal distance- it seemed.
Mid – Low Handicap: I think this club will work exceptionally well for you. It did for me at least, and I’m no ball-striking genie. I’ve been thinking about moving to a smaller clubhead for a while and these clubs would be an easy transition for me.
The thicker topline helps mitigate any loss of confidence you may feel from looking down at the slightly smaller clubhead. There’s just a crap-ton of tech and forgiveness hidden inside that beautiful chassis.
The low single digit handicap guy will have no problem showing these off to other single digit handicap guys.
Best of all, you can just go through their demo program (AS LONG AS THEY HAVE IRONS IN STOCK FOR DEMO), like I did. They ship the clubs to you within 3 days and provide a shipping label for easy returns.