Ben Hogan Icon Irons Review
Welcome to our Ben Hogan Icon irons review for 2021
Do NOT bring your B-game to the Icon irons.
Make no mistake, I had to bring my A-game (or close to it) to be able to make the Icons perform
There's a bit of frustration when testing irons that are on the edge of your skills. My iron game is my strength and when I'm on it can be a beautiful thing.
When I'm off, it can be equally Not beautiful. My swing was only marginal the first time I tried the Icons.
That range session ended in much frustration and a question...
Am I even good enough to have an opinion on these irons?
Testing Time with The Ben Hogan Icon Irons
I was to get my answer soon enough. Here's how it happened
4 Sessions on the Range...and counting
2 Rounds with the Icons...and counting
~15 Hours and counting with my Icon irons
I've now spent considerably more time with the Icon irons since I first wrote this review around the end of August.
My swing is on more solid ground now and I find the Icons superb performers. My original contention still stands. Sloppy swing will not get the job done.
Even back when I first wrote this review, my marginal swing managed to hold up during rounds to produce really nice shots with the Icons.
Since then, I've produced Many more good shots and I've come to really appreciate these clubs.
What Surprised Me
Distance...These are not distance clubs and don't have jacked up (jacked-down, more precisely) lofts that today's distance and/or game improvement irons have.
The Icons have plenty of tech, but they are player clubs and are meant for those that bring the game to their clubs. Not, the other way around.
But I digress...
On the par 3 third hole the pin was on the front right of the green at 183 yards with a helping ~half-club wind, or thereabouts.
I always pull the exact same club I'm testing that I would pull if I were playing my own set. A 6-iron in this case.
My stock 6-iron has carried 175 yds forever and a day. I pulled the Icon 6-iron. This should have been a perfect club for this yardage
I put a good swing on it. Made center contact. Nothing special, really. And, watched the ball carry over the green to the back fringe. Wow!
I paced it off from the flag to discover I carried that 6-iron 193 yards.
Even with half a club wind, that's a long 6-iron for me.
You may be thinking, "you misjudged the wind." Possible. But I don't think so. I put it pin-high the prior hole with the exact same wind using my own 56 degree sand wedge.
What Didn't Surprise Me
Precision...I expected the icons to throw darts. I was not disappointed.
I discovered pretty quickly the Icons are precision instruments. No big surprise there. I had to dial up a couple in-between distances and got satisfying results.
Both were with the 9-iron. We played with about a half a club wind either into or with us most of the day. I was able to stick it on the green pin-high in both instances...which pleased me
I had to bring discipline to these irons. No flailing away trying to squeeze out extra yards. I didn't even entertain the thought. You know when you look down at them at address...time to get serious.
Full Ben Hogan Icon Irons Review
Club Tested: 9-iron and 6-iron. Mens right hand. Shaft, True Temper Dynamic Gold X-100. Standard lie.
- Looks: Elegant and beautiful muscle backs. Thin topline. Minimal offset. Again, Ben Hogan Golf only makes gorgeous clubs.
- Feel / Sound: Must make center contact to make it sing. Do that and you get a satisfying click on contact.
- Forgiveness: There's not a ton here, but there is some. Bring your good swings
- Trajectory: Nice high penetrating shots that hold the green
- Distance: Plenty long for players. This is not an issue when considering these clubs
- Shaping: They are made for this. Dial up any shot you want if you have the game.
Who are the Icon Irons For?
Low Handicap: 7 - Scratch: YesYesYes...
Ben Hogan Golf had you in mind when these clubs were made.(1) Especially if ball-striking is your strength.
Mid Handicap: Not a hard No, but No.
High Handicapper: NO. There are much better options available to you from other manufacturers.
But...you may be able to game the Edge irons if you are moving into mid handicap territory. See link above.
Icon Set Specifications
|CLUB||LOFT||LENGTH||LIE||TOUR V SW||TOUR 90 / RECOIL SW||DYNAMIC GOLD SW||LEADING TRAILING V-SOLE BOUNCE||OFFSET|
|4||22*||39.00"||60.00*||D2||D1||D4||10* / 3*||.120 |
|5||26*||38.25"||61.00*||D2||D1||D4||12* / 3*|| |
|6||30*||37.50"||62.00*||D2||D1||D4||13* / 3*|| |
|7||34*||37.00"||62.50*||D2||D1||D4||15* / 3*|| |
|8||38*||36.50"||63.00*||D2||D1||D4||15* / 2*|| |
|9||42*||36.00"||63.50*||D2||D1||D4||19* / 2*|| |
|PW||46*||35.75"||64.00*||D3||D2||D5||19* / 2*||.068|
Icon Shaft Options
|KBS TOUR V||STIFF|
|KBS TOUR 90||REGULAR|
|TRUE TEMPER-DYNAMIC GOLD||R300|
|UST RECOIL 760/780 WITH SmacWrap||F2-SENIOR FLEX |
Ben Hogan Icon Irons Review Summary
These are player irons meant for players. Hogan says this right on their site.
As a mid handicapper, I understand that some of us will try to talk ourselves into getting these. NO...
Thanks for checking out my Ben Hogan Icon irons review. Leave a comment below and let me know what you think or how you like the Icons if you got your own set.
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