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