Best Ben Hogan Golf Clubs

In this guide, we take a closer look at our picks for the best Ben Hogan golf clubs in the storied company's current lineup

Best Ben Hogan Golf Clubs
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Best Ben Hogan Golf Clubs

Through the years, the Ben Hogan brand has been known for its exquisite craftsmanship and meticulous attention to detail. And if you know anything at all about the company’s namesake, you know that anything else wouldn’t be good enough. While Ben Hogan might be best known these days for its forged irons, the company offers much more for golfers, and in this guide we break down our picks for the best Ben Hogan golf clubs.

We also have other resources for you if you’re in the market for new golf clubs and want to compare other brands to what Ben Hogan has to offer. As such, please feel free to take a look at some of our other guides, including the best Callaway irons (opens in new tab), best PING irons (opens in new tab), best Titleist irons (opens in new tab), best TaylorMade irons (opens in new tab), best Wilson golf clubs (opens in new tab), and best Tour Edge golf clubs (opens in new tab)

Best Ben Hogan Golf Clubs

Ben Hogan Golf Ben Hogan PTx Pro irons

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Designed for better players in search of precision and workability

Specifications

Category: Players iron
Construction: Forged
Material: 1025 carbon steel

Reasons to buy

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Elegant, traditional shaping
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Easy to launch

Reasons to avoid

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Compact profile won’t suit everyone

Throughout its history, Ben Hogan Golf has probably been best known for its forged players irons, and the PTx Pro fits perfectly into that storied lineage. The PTx Pro is a compact forged cavity back that will give lower-handicappers the look, feel, and workability that they demand in an iron. That said, these irons do feature some valuable technology to help improve performance and playability.

Most notably, the CG location has been optimally positioned for each individual iron, with the end result being lower launch and more control in the short irons and higher launch and improved stopping power in the long irons, the latter of which was a standout feature during our testing. Tungsten weighting has also been utilized to improve forgiveness, and milled grooves offer consistent spin numbers to ensure that golfers can control their distances.

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Ben Hogan Icon Irons

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A classic blade for the game's best ball-strikers

Specifications

Category: Players iron
Construction: Forged
Material: 1025 carbon steel

Reasons to buy

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Great for shot shaping and controlling trajectory
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Extremely soft feel

Reasons to avoid

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Best suited to low-handicappers

If the great Ben Hogan was still with us, he’d be gaming the Icon irons. The Icon is a true muscleback blade (opens in new tab) that was created for the most talented ball-strikers. It features a compact, elegant shape, almost no offset, and a thin topline. The Icon irons were designed for precision and workability and their forged construction offers incredibly soft feel at impact. But if you’re not someone who finds the middle of the clubface consistently, this probably isn’t the iron for you.

That’s not to say there’s zero technology in the Icon. Progressive CG placements have been utilized to provide optimal performance through the set, and the Icon’s V-Sole design provides a high-bounce leading edge and low-bounce trailing edge to help promote improved turf interaction from any sort of lie. But for the most part, which was clear in our testing, a player’s skill level is the ultimate technology when it comes to the Icon irons.

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Ben Hogan Edge EX Irons

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Ben Hogan Edge EX Irons

The most forgiving iron in the Ben Hogan lineup

Specifications

Category: Players distance/Game improvement iron
Construction: Forged face/Cast body
Materials: 1025 carbon steel/Stainless steel

Reasons to buy

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Very soft for an iron in this category
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Exceptional forgiveness on mis-hits

Reasons to avoid

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Ample offset won’t appeal to everyone visually

In the world of Ben Hogan, the Edge EX might qualify as a game-improvement iron (opens in new tab). But compared to other similar irons on the market, it might better be described as a players distance iron (opens in new tab). No matter how you want to label it, however, the Edge EX will fit a wide range of golfers, from lower-handicappers in need of a bit more distance to mid- and higher-handicappers looking for forgiveness and improved launch conditions.

Highlighting the forgiveness provided by the Edge EX is the amount of discretionary weight that engineers were able to move both lower and to the perimeter of the clubhead, which provides stability at impact, faster ball speeds on off-center strikes, and naturally high launch. The Edge EX is larger in profile and has more offset and a thicker topline than other Hogan irons, but it still offers a classic shape and the soft feel that you would expect from a forged iron.

Ben Hogan GS53 Max Driver

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Ben Hogan GS53 Max Driver

Speed and forgiveness in a stylish, confidence inspiring shape

Specifications

Crown: Carbon fiber
Face: Titanium
Volume: 460cc
Adjustability: +/- 1 degree
Stock length: 45.5 inches
Available lofts: 9.5, 10.5 degrees

Reasons to buy

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Exceptionally forgiving on poor strikes
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Competes well in terms of ball speed

Reasons to avoid

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Impact sound might be a bit loud for some

The Ben Hogan GS53 Max driver was created to give golfers a more forgiving driver (opens in new tab) than the original GS53, and in that regard it performs quite well, as off-center strikes don’t suffer as much as one might expect in terms of distance and accuracy. In addition to a larger footprint (460cc as compared to 445cc), the GS53 Max’s increased forgiveness comes as a result of moving weight lower and further back in the clubhead, which is made possible in part by the use of a lightweight carbon crown.

A tungsten weight positioned at the back of the sole also helps increase MOI while  promoting higher launch and added stability at impact. Also noteworthy is that the GS53 Max’s titanium clubface is 22 percent larger than original GS53, which along with improved face flexing mechanics helps expand the driver’s sweet spot. The GS53 Max also features an adjustable loft sleeve with eight unique settings to help players fine tune their launch and spin conditions, as well as their preferred shot shape.

Ben Hogan VKTR+ Hybrids

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Ben Hogan VKTR+ Hybrids

A massive upgrade in playability compared to traditional long irons

Specifications

Body: 17-4 stainless steel
Face: Forged 455 maraging steel
Adjustability: None
Available lofts: 18, 22, 26 degrees

Reasons to buy

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Naturally high launch conditions
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Sharp looking profile at address 

Reasons to avoid

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Limited loft options for this category

Ben Hogan VKTR+ hybrids have a clean, simplistic look at address, but there’s a lot going on under the hood that delivers exceptional performance. Among those technologies is a multi-material construction that includes a thin, fast maraging steel clubface and a hollow, stainless steel body, a combination that results in impressive ball speeds from impact locations across the face.

Additionally, weight has been moved low and deep in the clubhead to increase MOI and make it easy to launch the ball from the turf or a tee. From an aesthetic standpoint, the VKTR+ hybrids also stand out, as they feature the high toe look that many players prefer in a hybrid, which promotes hitting down on the ball. Limited offset also helps golfers from turning these hybrids over too much, a common criticism of hybrids from better players.

Ben Hogan Equalizer II Wedges

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Ben Hogan Equalizer II Wedges

Giving shot-makers all they need to control the golf ball

Specifications

Construction: Forged
Material: 1025 carbon steel
Available lofts: 48-62 degrees

Reasons to buy

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Impressive spin rates
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Soft, muted sound and feel

Reasons to avoid

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Limited bounce angle options

Ben Hogan Equalizer II wedges were created first and foremost to give discerning players the soft feel they want around the greens and on scoring shots from 100 yards and in, a goal that has been realized by utilizing forged 1025 carbon steel in the design. Equalizer II wedges also feature CNC face milling, aggressive U grooves, and textured surface areas between each groove to maximize spin and allow players to better control the golf ball.

Also utilized in the design of the Equalizer II wedges is Ben Hogan's V-Sole, which features a high-bounce leading edge and low-bounce trailing edge to give golfers the versatility they need to manipulate the clubface to play the particular shot that conditions dictate. Additionally, there’s a specialized Texas Grind available in the lineup that was created for the kind of dry, firm turf and sand conditions that Mr. Hogan typically encountered in his home state.

Ben Hogan BHB01 Putter

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Ben Hogan BHB01 Putter

A classic blade design for players with arcing strokes

Specifications

Material: 1020C carbon steel
Head weight: 355 grams
Stock length: 35 inches
Finishes: Black, Platinum Nickel
Loft: 2 degrees
Lie angle: 70 degrees
Toe hang: 43 degrees

Reasons to buy

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Soft but responsive feel off the face
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Clean lines aid in proper alignment

Reasons to avoid

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Best suited for arcing strokes

Ben Hogan’s Precision Milled putters are premium, CNC milled offerings that have been constructed using soft, 1020C carbon steel. Of the models in the line, the BHB01 would qualify as the most traditional. It’s a classic blade (opens in new tab) that features a plumber's neck hosel. As one might expect from such a design, the BHB01 has 43 degrees of toe hang, so it will best fit golfers who have moderate to significant arcs in their putting stroke.

The BHB01 was designed with what Ben Hogan calls uniform face density, which means that putts struck from outside of the center of the face will still roll true and perform as expected in terms of speed and distance control. The carbon steel from which the BHB01 is constructed also provides a soft impact feel. The BHB01 comes at a stock length of 35 inches but can be ordered up to 1 ½ inches long or short, and it’s also available in black and nickel platinum finishes.

Ben Hogan BHM01 Putter

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Ben Hogan BHM01 Putter

A classic mid-mallet that scores high marks for forgiveness

Specifications

Material: 1020C carbon steel
Head weight: 370 grams
Stock length: 35 inches
Finishes: Black, Platinum Nickel
Loft: 2 degrees
Lie angle: 70 degrees
Toe hang: Face balanced

Reasons to buy

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Highly forgiving on mis-hits
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Durable, stylish finish options

Reasons to avoid

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Not ideal for strokes with significant arc

The Ben Hogan BHM01 is a modern, mid-mallet that features a classic, rounded shape. As if often the case with mallet putters (opens in new tab), it is the most forgiving option in the Precision Milled putter lineup, as discretionary weight has been moved to the perimeter of the putter to improve results on off-center strikes. Adding to that performance benefit is a CNC milled face that promotes uniform speed and distance control from strike locations across the putter face.

The BHM01 has been forged from 1020C carbon steel, which delivers a soft feel and muted sound without completely eliminating feedback. As a face balanced putter, the BHM01 will work best for players who have minimal arc in their stroke or those who utilize a straight back, straight through approach. The BHM01 can also be custom ordered in various lengths and/or lie angles, and it is offered in two elegant yet durable finishes, black and nickel platinum.

FAQs

Are Ben Hogan clubs good?

Ben Hogan makes high-quality golf clubs and especially excels when it comes to developing forged irons, which has been the company’s ultimate strength since its inception. That said, Ben Hogan offers more than just irons and its other releases have garnered increased praise in recent years. And while Ben Hogan might not get as much attention as some of the other major manufacturers in the golf world, its direct-to-consumer business model, which was instituted with the brand’s relaunch in 2015, means the company’s golf clubs deliver tremendous value when compared to competing brands and products. 

Which Ben Hogan irons are the most forgiving?

Ben Hogan is probably best known for the forged irons it creates for lower-handicap golfers but it has in recent years better addressed the needs of mid- and higher-handicap players. Among its current offerings, the Ben Hogan Edge EX is the most forgiving model available. The Edge EX utilizes perimeter weighting to expand the sweet spot of each iron, which results in improved distance and accuracy on off-center strikes. That said, the Edge EX still offers a soft, forged feel and it is more compact than other irons in its category.

Chris Wallace
Chris Wallace

Chris joined Golf Monthly in February of 2022, becoming the organization’s first full-time staff writer in the United States. In his role at Golf Monthly, Chris reviews a broad spectrum of golf equipment, ranging from the latest in golf clubs to what’s new in the world of golf technology. His vast experience in the game allows him to look beyond the marketing hype to judge the merits of the latest equipment for golfers of all ability levels. As for the trend in golf equipment that Chris has been most impressed with in recent years, the Players Distance Iron category would earn that distinction, as golfers now have far better options for irons that provide the assistance that so many need in terms of distance and forgiveness without forcing them to sacrifice look and feel.


On a personal level, Chris played college golf and was a three-year letterwinner and two-year captain at Lynchburg College in Virginia and later spent two years as the assistant golf coach at the University of Virginia. The vast majority of his professional career, however, has been spent as a sports writer and editor. In the early phases of his career, he covered college football, college basketball, and golf for different newspapers and websites before turning his attention solely to golf in 2011. Over the course of the past decade, Chris managed the Instruction Blog for GolfChannel.com and more recently created equipment-related content for TGW.com and 2ndSwing.com.


An avid player, Chris currently maintains a handicap index of 2.4 and has a career-low round of 66, which he has shot on three occasions. He lives about 20 miles north of Atlanta in Roswell, Georgia, with his wife, Stacey, and is a member at Atlanta National Golf Club.


Chris is currently playing:

Driver: Callaway Epic Sub Zero, 10.5*

Fairway wood: TaylorMade M3, 17*

Hybrid: Callaway Apex UW, 19*

Irons: Mizuno JPX 921 Forged, 4-PW

Gap wedge: Cleveland RTX 4, 50*

Sand wedge: Titleist Vokey SM6, 56M

Lob wedge: Titleist Vokey SM8, 60L

Putter: SeeMore Nashville Z3C

Ball: TaylorMade TP5x