Ben Hogan Icon Irons Review

In this Ben Hogan Icon irons review, Neil Tappin discusses how this classic muscleback performed on the course.

Ben Hogan Icon Irons Review
(Image credit: Golf Monthly)
Golf Monthly Verdict

The Ben Hogan Icon irons sit squarely in the ‘players’ end of the market, delivering premium looks and feel. The toplines may be thin but there is plenty of loft to look down on which helps inspire confidence. Better ball-strikers in search of maximum control will certainly enjoy the performance.

Reasons to buy
  • +

    The classic looks are combined with a soft feel through impact. Easy to flight. Thin soles get through the turf easily to help with crisp ball striking.

Reasons to avoid
  • -

    Thin toplines will be too intimidating for many mid and high handicap golfers. Limited face-to-face fitting options.

Why you can trust Golf Monthly Our expert reviewers spend hours testing and comparing products and services so you can choose the best for you. Find out more about how we test.

Ben Hogan Icon Irons Review

Within the golf equipment market, Ben Hogan is a brand name with a rich history. Over recent years however, it has undergone an important change with its products now predominantly sold online.

One of the Ben Hogan golf club franchises that many golfers will recognise is the Icon iron model, aimed at confident ball-strikers in search of classic looks, a smooth feel and maximum control.

We wanted to find out what to expect from the performance of the latest version so we put them through their paces at West Hill Golf Club using a SkyTrak launch monitor.

RELATED: Best Golf Irons 2021

Of course, it is in the looks and feel department that the Ben Hogan Icon irons excel. With its sleek lines, minimal graphics and thin toplines, the Icon is truly aspirational, especially when it comes to the shelf appeal.

Icon Irons at address

The Ben Hogan Icon 7-iron at address
(Image credit: Golf Monthly)

Anyone investing in a set as sleek as this will want a smooth feel and these certainly did not disappoint. The soft, forged feel that comes from shots struck from the middle is something every golfer will want to experience.

It is worth noting that for those after a more forgiving look and performance, there are other options in the range, notably the Ben Hogan PTx Pro which still offer refined looks and feel.

RELATED: Best Golf Blade Irons

The launch monitor data below shows how the 7-iron performed during our testing using a Dynamic Gold S300 shaft.

At 34˚, the Ben Hogan Icon 7-iron has a very traditional loft which we thought gave a confidence-inspiring appearance down behind the ball and we found the Icon very easy to flight with generous spin numbers and plenty of stopping power.

Hogan irons v sole

The v-shaped sole should help the Icon irons get through the turf
(Image credit: Golf Monthly)

One of the most important aspects to any players iron is how the club gets through the turf. We tested these irons on a wet day in January and the quality of strike on offer was very impressive. The V sole design seems to help the club get through the turf and deliver the sort of crisp contact that confident ball-strikers are looking for.

Any golfer thinking of investing in a set of Ben Hogan irons will be drawn to the promise of traditional looks and feel. The Icon model certainly delivers in this department and for those who strike the centre of the club more often than not, the Ben Hogan Icon irons are well worth considering.

Neil Tappin

In July 2023, Neil became just the 9th editor in Golf Monthly's 112-year history. Originally working with the best coaches in the UK to produce instruction content, he has also presented many Golf Monthly videos looking at all areas of the game from Tour player interviews to the rules of golf. 

Throughout his time with the brand he has also covered equipment launches that date back well over a decade. He clearly remembers the launch of the Callaway and Nike square drivers as well as the white TaylorMade driver families, such as the RocketBallz! If you take a look at the Golf Monthly YouTube channel, you'll see his equipment videos dating back over a decade! He has also conducted 'What's In The Bag' interviews with many of the game's best players like Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm. Over the years, Neil has tested a vast array of products in each category and at drastically different price-points. 

Neil is currently playing: Driver: TaylorMade Stealth Plus Fairway Wood: Titleist TSR2 Hybrid: Titleist TS3 Irons: PING Blueprint S (4&5), PING Blueprint T (6-PW) Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 50˚, 54˚, 60˚ Putter: Odyssey Triple Track Ten Ball: Titleist Pro V1X