Ben Hogan Edge Irons Review

 

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The Ben Hogan Edge irons produce a high ball flight very consistently.  Quality sole design.  Good forgiveness.

Introduction

The third iron released by the newest iteration of Ben Hogan Golf, the Edge, aims to be the most forgiving.  While the original Ft Worth 15 and subsequent PTx irons leaned toward stellar looks with some forgiveness, the Edge’s stated purpose is to help golfers hit better, more consistent shots.  We tested them to see if they succeeded, and to find out how the Edge compares to the best irons currently on the shelf.

Looks

The Edge irons are the largest, most game-improvement iron that Ben Hogan Golf has released.  They’re thicker in the top line and sole, and have, on average, as 12% larger face than the PTx irons.  Looking at the iron market broadly, I think the combination of thicker top line and minimal offset makes the Edge unique and appealing.

In the bag, the Edge has a conservative look, but it’s far from plain.  The cavity is filled with the classic Ben Hogan logo that gives them a certain credibility.  Beneath the cavity there’s a double stripe of red leading to the unfilled “EDGE” engraving.

Sound & Feel

Much like the Equalizer wedge, the Ben Hogan Edge irons produce two completely different sounds depending on the quality of the strike.  When you find the sweet spot, they’re incredibly quiet and soft.  If you miss the center, the sound gets loud and a bit harsh.  This kind of feedback is rare in a game improvement iron but not unwelcome.

Performance

Ben Hogan Golf uses a wealth of technology to create an iron that provides forged feel and forgiveness.  The Edge is a two-piece forged iron that is laser-welded together and filled with foam to create a solid feel.  The two-piece design also allows for varying face thickness – thinner in the long irons for more speed, thicker in the short irons for better feel.

The result of this high tech design is an iron that launches shots extremely high, extremely consistently.  Even on thin shots, the ball gets way up in the air.  The downside is that the Edge is very hard to flight low.  This may bother the better player, but most golfers will probably be happy to hit every shot high.

Like the Equalizer wedge, the Edge iron features Ben Hogan Golf’s Enhanced V-Sole Technology.  This design places higher bounce in the leading edge and less bounce in the rear of the sole.  The result is a club that prevents digging but doesn’t sacrifice too much in playability.  I found that the V-Sole created great turf interaction, particularly when I made steeper swings.

Overall, the Edge produces very consistent shots.  It wants to go high and straight, and that’s about it.  The Edge isn’t the longest iron, and it’s not going to be the choice of the shotmaker, but for the majority of golfers, it represents a very solid choice.

Conclusion

The major OEMs can’t (or won’t) compete with the Ben Hogan Golf Edge irons on price, but the Edge can absolutely compete when it comes to performance.  It has a great sole design and ample forgiveness.  If you’re interested in giving them a try, check out their demo program HERE.

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37 Comments

  1. Thank you for the review. I love your site and what you do!

  2. Jason Warlond

    Matt, Out of curiosity, which shaft did you test with?

  3. Isn’t the longest, somewhat disconcerting. Where does it fit distance wise. As an example, what iron did you hit and what was the average distance compared to your Miura gamers? Thanks for the info, thinking long and hard about these. Had a set years ago and they were good clubs .

    • Matt Saternus

      Jim,

      With regard to distance, the Edge is similar to players irons like the Miuras I play, New Level, Callaway X-Forged, etc.

      Best,

      Matt

  4. Currently gaming the PTx and considering something more forgiving. Is there a significant difference here? Thanks Matt

    • Matt Saternus

      John,

      It’s been a while since I tested the PTx, but my recollection is that yes, there’s a substantial forgiveness difference.

      Best,

      Matt

  5. I feel better, thanks for the prompt response.

  6. what club did u prefer the callaway rogue pro or the ben Hogan edge iron, your opinion would be appreciated

    • Matt Saternus

      Jim,

      The standard Rogue is much more of a GI/SGI club than the Edge. The Edge is somewhere in the GI/Players range. My preference is for the Edge because it’s closer to what I play.

      Best,

      Matt

      • Brent valley

        The problem I have with Hogan company is lack of shaft choices,no Nippon modus 105 pro.also I wish they had a more chrome like ptx,of course you can order with 2 degrees stronger and flat or upright.i just think the company is due to change the look it’s been 3 years.great new staff bag

  7. what irons would you say that the Hogan edge irons are comparable to. For example maybe the callaway apex or mizuno 900 forged

    • Matt Saternus

      Jim,

      The Apex is similar, but longer. The Mizuno JPX 900 Forged is close, but less forgiving.

      Best,

      Matt

      • I currently play the Ping G400 irons with graphite shaft (R flex). They are very good irons, but are not forged.

        How do you think these would compare to the Hogan Edge with UST Recoil graphite shafts.

        • Matt Saternus

          Tom,

          The Hogans are not as forgiving. Any other performance differences would be unique to how those clubs fit you.

          Best,

          Matt

  8. Love the look of these irons. #SecretGiveaway

  9. Thomas Bagwell

    Enjoyed your newsletter, always have.

  10. Monty Morgan

    Nice review. It will be interesting to see how this company fares against the competition. Their demo program is an interesting idea.
    #SecretGiveaway

    • I know this is an old article, but I have a couple questions that I’ll ask anyhow. When you said that the Edge irons won’t flight a ball low, did you mean low like a stinger? Also, how are these irons at draws and fades?

      • Matt Saternus

        Jason,

        There is nothing stopping any iron – with exceptions for the extreme cases – from drawing or fading. With regard to trajectory, no, I’m not talking about knee-high stingers. I’m saying that these irons generally want to hit the ball on a high trajectory and bringing it down from there at all requires serious effort.

        -Matt

  11. Todd williams

    Looks like a set for me #SecretGiveaway

  12. Alexander Sharpe

    I have been playing 90 hogan edges for about 18 years. I always liked them but I am looking to finally purchase some new irons. I’m a long hitter, 7 iron 190 avg, with a natural draw and my ball flight is high. How do you think these new edges compare as far as forgiveness goes? Also I’m a 18 handicap but can’t seem to get over the hump so to say as my misses are usually big misses.

    • Matt Saternus

      Alexander,

      I don’t have firsthand experience with the old Hogan irons, but I would be very surprised if the new Edge irons are not more forgiving.

      Best,

      Matt

  13. Matt, love the review.

    I played Hogan Edge years ago (was about an 8 handicap and loved them ) now closer to 13

    My swing speed mid 80’s tops. Do you think I benefit from regular graphite

    I am looking for extra yards at hit early 50’s

    • Matt Saternus

      Ken,

      Going to graphite is no guarantee of more distance. I would suggest working with a fitter to find a head/shaft combination that can work for your swing.

      Best,

      Matt

  14. Sir: would u recommend the new hogan edge irons for a 90s golfer. Thanks

    • Matt Saternus

      Joe,

      I think the Edge irons are appropriate for a 90’s golfer, assuming they’re well fit to the player.

      Best,

      Matt

  15. Excuse me, I know my question is a bit strange, but for a player with a high handicap, and with a moderate swing speed it is more convenient to use the edge irons than the new ptx pro?

    The ptx pro are exclusively for players with medium or low handicap?

    Thank you.

    • Matt Saternus

      Rafa,

      The Edge is designed for the higher handicap player, but you never know until you try for yourself which will work better.

      Best,

      Matt

  16. Matt, Much appreciated informative review. I do not keep track of golf club updates, but I am seriously thinking about new clubs. Curious as to how the Edge would compare to the Ping I20.

    • Matt Saternus

      Daniel,

      They’re comparable clubs. My decision would mainly come down to preference, but the i20 may be slightly more forgiving.

      Best,

      Matt

  17. Kevin Wood

    I bought Ping G400s a couple of years ago and really like them but bought a set of Edges last year and love them even though they are less forgiving. Thought about the PTxs also but bought the Edges. What’s the difference between the two and what’s the difference between the PTxs and the PTx pros? The Edges are pretty good for the price.

  18. i am considering the Edge Irons. I now play Ping Karsten not sure of spell my problem the sole is very wide u get height easy but no distance how does the Edge irons compare to this Ping set i want forgiveness but also distance thank you for your reply .

    • Matt Saternus

      Gary,

      The Edge is not in the same league as the Karsten for forgiveness. My recommendation would be to get a fitting. A fitter will help you find the right iron to get you distance and forgiveness. Also, they may clear up some misconceptions about the relationship between height and distance.

      -Matt

  19. Carl Bannerman

    Hi, I am 68 years old , left handed, and am currently playing Titelist AP1 712 with regular flex UST RECOIL graphite shafts . I am 8-10 handicapper. I have lost some confidence in these irons and considering a change. Am looking at the sweet deal on the BH Edge irons which offer same type of shaft. Never played BH but reviews look good. How would you rate the Edges compared to AP1s with regards to feel, distance and playability? Thanks for your time.

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