Ben Hogan Equalizer II Wedge Review

In this Ben Hogan Equalizer II Wedge review, we take it out on the course for an extensive test

Ben Hogan Equalizer II Wedge Review
(Image credit: Scott Kramer)
Golf Monthly Verdict

The high level of craftsmanship is evident. The wedges look, feel and perform exactly as you would expect - and the price is lower than models from the bigger names.

Reasons to buy
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    Classic looks

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    Excellent feel

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    Great value for money

Reasons to avoid
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    No customisation available

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The previous Equalizer wedges were pretty great, when it came to performance. And now this sequel continues the Hogan tradition of clean, classic and elegant styling but with even better performance and attention to detail. It has all the hallmarks of the best golf wedges on the market.

It’s forged from soft 1025 carbon steel, which yields an intangible feel and feedback that investment cast wedges don’t generate. Slightly larger than its predecessor, this also has a bigger effective hitting area.

Discretionary weight from the clubhead perimeter was taken away to instead optimise the progressive Center of Mass. In the lower-lofted gap wedges, it’s located much higher on the face to create a more penetrating, controllable trajectory.

Then it moves lower in the sand and lob wedges, providing progressively higher trajectories. Ultimately, it gives you more flight control.

Ben Hogan Equalizer II Wedge Review

The Ben Hogan Equalizer II Wedges are also available in a chrome finish

Then there’s the sole - coined “V-Sole” - that combines a high-bounce leading edge with a lower-bounce trailing edge. This helps the wedge more effortlessly glide through turf and minimizes the impact that sidehill or downhill lies have on effective loft.

Three of the lofts - 50, 54 and 58 - are also offered with a “Texas Grind” sole that features extreme toe and heel relief that makes it easy to pick shots clean off tight lies and allows you to lay the clubhead wide open to eliminate chunked shots. We tried chipping shots on thin grass with the standard sole and were not disappointed.

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The wedge is available in even-numbered lofts from 48 through 62 degrees in both traditional nickel-chrome and “Diamond Black Metal” finishes for righties, and a more limited selection for lefties. When you order these right from the company, just specify your lie, length and shaft material.

In our testing, we were able to achieve plenty of tight backspin on the greens - with not a lot of release. That’s handy when you want to directly attack the pin. The face is CNC-milled, and the surface is finely textured between the aggressive U-shaped grooves - ideal to further enhance spin.

Scott Kramer is a freelance writer based in Southern California. He carries a 5.2 index, along with a hacker's short game. Yet the former Senior Editor of GOLF Magazine always tries to bring his "A" game to his writing. 

Here's what's in Scott's golf bag: Driver: Callaway Epic Speed driver Fairway wood: Titleist TSi2 4-wood Hybrid: Titleist H1 hybrid Irons: Titleist AP1 irons Wedges: Vokey wedges Putter: An old Odyssey Versa putter that's been refurbished twice!