***Update: The Ft. Worth 15’s Have Been Discontinued
Table Of Contents
- 1 The New Ben Hogan Ft. Worth Black Irons Review
- 1.1 Game Changing Improvements For Ben Hogan Ft. Worth Irons
- 1.1.1 Testing The Hogan Ft. Worth Black Irons
- 1.1.2 Ft. Worth Black Irons Review- So Far
- 1.1.3 Recommendation
- 1.1.4 Technical Information, If You’re Into That: Diamond Black Metal Finish
- 1.1.5 Dynamic Progressive Weighting System Improved For The Hogan Blacks & Whites
- 1.1.6 V-Sole Technology Improved for Ben Hogan Ft Worth Irons
- 1.1.7 Hogan Simplified Loft System
- 1.1 Game Changing Improvements For Ben Hogan Ft. Worth Irons
The Ft. Worth Black irons have been out since the beginning of 2018 and now the Ft. Worth White Irons join the party.
If you are a fan of Ben Hogan irons, this has to get you a little excited. The Ben Hogan Ft. Worth Irons you’ve come to know and love now come in black and the original nickel finish (now called “white”)
The Blacks and the Whites are the Updated version of the original Ft. Worth 15 irons introduced in 2015.
They’ve taken 3-years of feedback from customers along with advances from extensive testing to improve on the already impressive first iteration of the new generation of Hogan blades.
Game Changing Improvements For Ben Hogan Ft. Worth Irons
- Proprietary Diamond Black Metal finish = Better ball framing at address & Tougher finish (up to 7x stronger) for longer lasting clubs
- Dynamic Progressive Weighting System Improved = Even Better Trajectory control
- V-sole Technology Improved = Even Better turf interaction
- Simplified loft system because of customer demand
- DEMO program available when clubs are available
Testing The Hogan Ft. Worth Black Irons
On The Range: 4 Sessions and counting
On The Course: 2 Rounds and counting
My method of testing: I’m usually hitting 2 buckets or 100 balls or so during my range sessions. I try to adhere to 3 shots with the Blacks and 3 shots with the Edge irons and mix in my own wedge and 7 iron every now and again. I feel this give me the best chance to compare apples to apples.
What Surprised Me: Distance. The blacks are long. Shot for shot, the pitching wedge and the 7-iron from the Blacks, Edge irons, and my Callaways went the same distance and looked the same doing it.
Solid contact with the pitching wedge from each set is not an issue and the trajectory and distance look identical for with the Blacks, my Callaways, and the Edge irons.
The Black 7-iron takes a little more discipline for me to hit well, but marginal shots aren’t punished nearly as much as I thought they would be. When struck well, the Black 7 goes as high and far as the other two in the test.
What Didn’t’ Surprise Me: Blade irons are a little harder to hit and more intimidating at address…but, not that much more with the Ft. Worth Blacks.
Ft. Worth Black Irons Review- So Far
Looks: Exactly what we’ve come to expect from Ben Hogan Golf. Hands down, the prettiest irons in the game. Beautiful black finish and a sleek, powerful design
Distance: Long…as long as any irons I’ve tested.
Trajectory: Strike them well, and these clubs sore. The wedge gets up as easily as any I’ve seen, which you’d expect. The 7-iron takes a touch more precision but hit it well and it sings.
Shape: You can carve these any way you like. This is why you buy blades.
Forgiveness: More than you expect from a blade, but let’s not get carried away…You do have to be more precise with your contact to get full distance and trajectory. That being said, I wouldn’t say they really punish marginal contact.
Low Handicap: No brainer if you’re ball striking is a single digit or a 10-handicap. Again, I know dudes who are no better than me and play and love blades. It always comes down to personal preference.
Mid Handicap: I would lean more toward the Edge irons if you want to stay in the Hogan family. Though…I have seen reviews from mid handicaps who love them.
Best of all, you can just go through their demo program (AS LONG AS THEY HAVE IRONS IN STOCK FOR DEMO), as I did. They ship the clubs to you within 3 days and provide a shipping label for easy returns.
Technical Information, If You’re Into That: 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 gunmetal-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 For The Hogan Blacks & Whites
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 for Ben Hogan Ft Worth Irons
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)
Hogan Simplified Loft System
The Precision Loft System 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 and the Ft. Worth White Irons is $735 for a 7-piece set with steel or graphite shafts.