Ben Hogan Ft Worth 15 Irons Review

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The Ben Hogan Ft Worth 15 irons are beautiful irons with fantastic feel and performance.  Much easier to play than their looks would make you believe.

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Introduction

There are many legendary names in golf – Nicklaus, Snead, and Palmer, just to name a few – but only one carries weight in the world of golf equipment: Ben Hogan.  Mr. Hogan’s name has been on some of the finest irons in many eras, so it’s easy to understand why golfers were so excited when the company was relaunched at the 2015 PGA Show.  The Ben Hogan Ft Worth 15 irons are the first release from this “new” company, and they’re worth every bit of the hype.

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Looks

You will be hard pressed to find an iron more attractive than the Ben Hogan Ft Worth 15 irons.  Everything about them is classic and traditional – thin soles and top lines, minimal offset, and taste branding.  The toe of the iron starts out fairly square in the long irons, but does become more rounded as you move into the higher lofted clubs.

The other thing that I noticed about these irons is the obvious care that was put into their construction.  These are not clubs that are mass produced on an assembly line, but rather ones that are built carefully by skilled club makers.  From the way the ferrule is turned to the orientation of grip, no detail is overlooked.

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Sound & Feel

Regardless of what ball you use, the feel of the Ben Hogan Ft Worth 15 irons is as soft as warm butter.  The sound is muted like forged carbon steel should be – no loud “click” here.

Beyond that, the feedback is world class.  These irons clearly communicate exactly where you struck the ball on the face, but, unlike older forged blades, mishits don’t sting your hands.

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Performance

If you want the short version, here it is: the Ben Hogan Ft Worth 15 irons are some of the best irons I’ve ever tested.  More important than anything else, they make me want to practice and play golf.  They’re forgiving enough to be fun on the course, but they have tremendous precision and shot control.  Now to get into the details.

Let’s start with one of the most obvious features: the lofts marked on the irons instead of “numbers.”  These Hogans are made in every loft from 20° to 47° (the wedges go from 48° to 63°).  The company calls this the Hogan PreciseLoft System, “the ultimate expression of precision.”  The motivation for creating this system was to get away from the competition most other companies are in, “Who can make the longest 6-iron?”  As the Hogan company shows on their website, the loft of the 6-iron has gotten 10 degrees stronger since the 1970’s in addition to getting over an inch longer in an effort to be longer.  The new Hogan irons avoid this altogether by simply fitting golfers into the lofts that will produce consistent, appropriate distance gaps.  In my testing, I found that my set produced perfect 10-12 yard gaps between clubs from the 26° iron all the way to the 61° wedge.    To find out which lofts you need for your game, simply go through the HoganFit process HERE.

Another important feature of these clubs is the V-Sole, something designer Terry Kohler brought over from his SCOR scoring clubs.  As you can see in the pictures above, the sole of each club is divided into a high-bounce area and a low-bounce area, the high-bounce section being nearer the leading edge.  If you look at the specs, you might be surprised by just how high the bounce is, anywhere from 10° in the long irons to 18° in the short irons, but I can tell you that the turf interaction is superb.  These irons are able to enter the turf easily, giving you a great feeling of compression, but they quickly work their way out of the dirt post-impact.  Also, because of the low-bounce rear section, the leading edge sits close to the ground, so you can feel confident in hitting them from the tightest lies.

Have you ever tried to hit a nail with the hammer turned on its side?  That’s what Mr. Kohler believes many golfers are doing when they play irons with extreme perimeter weighting.  You’ll notice that the Ft. Worth 15 irons look like blades with a small dimple in the middle, a dimple that gets smaller as the loft goes up.  This is done to put most of the club’s weight behind the ball at impact.  Seems pretty logical to me, and in practice it produces beautiful results.  Additionally, it’s worth pointing out that the irons are designed progressively.  The long irons have more weight low in the club to make it easier to get the ball airborne.  The scoring clubs have more weight higher to produce a boring trajectory and consistent distances.

That may be the longest Performance section I’ve ever written, so let me say this simply once more: the Ft. Worth 15 irons are phenomenal clubs.  When my swing is clicking, I know these irons can produce any shot I can imagine, but they also provide plenty of support for days when I bring my “C” game.  As I said, these irons make me want to play more golf, which, I think, is what really makes them worthy of the Hogan name.

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Conclusion

For the aspiring or better player, the Ben Hogan Ft Worth 15 irons should be at the very top of the list of irons that you must try this year.  You can see which Hogans fit your game by getting a free HoganFit HERE.

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Matt Saternus

Founder, Editor In Chief at PluggedInGolf.com
Matt is the Founder and Editor in Chief of Plugged In Golf. He's worked in nearly every job in the golf industry from club fitting to instruction to writing and speaking. Matt lives in the northwest suburbs of Chicago with his wife and two daughters.

53 Comments

  1. SirShives

    Matt,
    Do you foresee any tour pros putting Hogan irons in the bag? Any plans for the Hogan Co to position themselves for Tour use?

    • Matt Saternus

      I have no idea if they plan to pay for tour usage. I would say that if money wasn’t involved, you’d definitely see these on tour.

      Best,

      Matt

  2. Don Sleeth

    Hi play the SCOR4161 clubs ( 60, 56, 52, 48, 44 ) and love them. However I am a high handicapper – 23 but coming down.

    Do you think these clubs would be suitable for me? I hit my SCOR clubs well and my driver well but I’m not happy with my 8 through 4 irons ( Callaway Big Bertha – ugly offset and I have a natural draw!)

    Thanks for the review!

    • Matt Saternus

      Don,

      I absolutely think they’re worth a try. As I said in the review, they’re 100X more forgiving than they look, and they certainly don’t have any “ugly offset”!

      Best,

      Matt

  3. How would you rate the new TK wedges? I have been playing Scor wedges for a couple years and recently purchased the FT Irons, which I love. I haven’t been able to find out how the new TK wedges compare to the older Scor wedges.

    • Matt Saternus

      Tim,

      We have a full review of the wedges coming soon, but, long story short, they’re excellent. I played the SCOR wedges too, and the new Hogans are very similar.

      Best,

      Matt

  4. Jason Warlond

    Matt, Great revue. And fully agree with the comments. I have a set of JPX 850 Forged (great irons by the way) which are closer to Game Improvement than player. The Hogan’s are just as forgiving and long, look so much better (this is what they meant by “sex on a stick”) and I can move the ball around more. But the the feel and distance consistency of the Hogans is 2nd to none for me, including some other Mizuno MPs I’ve played. Soft but solid.

    To Tim, I played the Scors as well. The Ben Hogan’s are similar but better … little softer but just as consistent.

    • I currently play the 850 forged and am looking for something new why did u switch

      • Matt Saternus

        Joseph,

        Switch from what to what? I don’t see a reference to switching what’s in my bag in this review.

        Best,

        Matt

      • Hi, Joseph,
        Probably too late but suspect your comment was to me not Matt. I found the 850s not quite as soft as other Mizunos (that Boron stuff?!). The Ben Hogans are just as forgiving, but look and feel better. PS. If you get to hit them, try and do on turf, not mats. The turf interaction on these is like nothing else I’ve hit. They are far more forgiving on a fat hit because of it.
        Cheers

  5. Mark Cintula

    I too have been playing SCOR wedges for a couple of years, absolutely love them, gave away my Volkies. I’ve been golfing for just over 5 years, my handicap is a 12-14, I purchased a set of FT. Worth Irons, was nervous when they arrived about the performance from a different weight perimeter style iron than I am used to, my worry was to no avail, they perform beautifully, love them. I receive plenty of compliments on their appearance, & performance, very positive all around. I’ll play these for a long time to come. Glad I made the purchase. You’re NOT getting them back, so please don’t ask.

    Faithfully,
    Mark Cintula

  6. Todd Hunter

    Hi Matt,

    Very nice review on the new Hogan irons. I know that you also have reviewed the Miura CB-57s. I wonder how you would compare the two (or any other Miuras you may have hit in the past) in terms of feel, feedback on mishits, and distance consistency? I think that my next irons will either be these Hogans or one of the Miura models, so I am trying to get some idea how they might compare.

    Thanks again for a great review,

    Todd Hunter

    • Matt Saternus

      Todd,

      You’re comparing two of the best of the best. I would give the nod to the Hogans for forgiveness and consistency, but the gap isn’t huge. Feedback and feel on both are excellent. Obviously plenty of people will prefer one to the other, but that’s subjective.
      Whichever way you go, make sure you’re fit for the best shafts for your swing.

      Best,

      Matt

  7. Jason Warlond

    NB. Wanted to clarify. I own and game a set of the the Hogans. The Mizunos are now the spares.

  8. Mark Langowski

    Hi Matt and all others:

    Matt – Great analysis on these irons and the wedges as always.
    I am curious if there is a way to test drive/demo the irons prior to purchase?

    How about the fitting process – does using the fit analysis tool equate to a custom fitting?

    Those of you that are playing the Ft Worth 15’s did you use the fitting tool or were you able to purchase via a custom fit golf shop and hit the irons/wedges and get fitted in a “traditional” fitting session?

    Thanks – Mark

    • Matt Saternus

      Mark,

      There are stores that carry the Ben Hogan clubs for demo, and I know the brand is working with many PGA pros at courses to make clubs available for demo.

      The online fitting is a great tool, but the one major thing that it can’t do is fit you for the right shaft. I got my set through the online fitting and opted for a shaft I was comfortable with and everything worked out well.

      -Matt

  9. Matt

    Thanks for response. I am waiting to hear back from Hogan in demo locations in California.

    Would you suggest to get fit for some irons that would include shaft selection and then specify that shaft when ordering the irons.

    I also read your review on wilson’s tour v4 irons what’s your thiughts on comparing the 2

    Was there a good distance gap through the set

    Thanks

    • Matt Saternus

      Mark,

      I think the best possible option would be to hit the Hogans with a couple different shafts and pick based on that. If that’s not possible, then yes, get fit for the right shaft and then use that shaft in the Hogans.

      The V4 is a great iron, but I’d probably lean towards the Hogans if given the choice of the two. I haven’t tested them head to head, but the V4 may be marginally more forgiving, the Hogan wins on the subjective elements. As I said in the review, the Hogans are just overwhelmingly fun to play.

      Best,

      Matt

  10. Larry Farkas

    I was one of the first to be fitted with the FT15 and TK 15 wedges on line (#71). I loved my first good set of clubs, Taylormade r7 cgb max. It took a little time to get used to the Hogan “blade” type clubs. The better I hit them, the more distance changes I went through. My scoring went down, but when I found the distances of the clubs, accuracy improved. My handicap returned and now I’m scoring better and more consistently. My handicap index is 10.8 but lately I shot a 79 and a 75. I am “throwing darts”. I love the look of the cubs and the wedges fit visually to the set. By the way I’m 65 and using senior flex shafts. I highly recommend the new Ben Hogan clubs,

  11. Linda Boland

    I am an older female, playing now with Ping G-20 irons. I was set to have a fitting for Titleist AP1irons, until my professional fitter told me about the new Hogan irons. I played with Hogan modified blades about 11-12 years ago and loved them. My index is 15, I would love to try the Hogan’s. Will there be availability for lighter shafts that would fit my swing?
    Thanks for your response,
    Linda

    • Matt Saternus

      Linda,

      The Hogans are available with a UST Mamiya Recoil 660 shaft which looks to be in the mid-60 gram range.

      Best,

      Matt

  12. Dear Matt,

    Thanks for your review but now I Need your help als you tested both of my next irons.
    Which one so you liked more the Miura cb 57 or the ben Hogans fort worth 15.
    I am just a Nine handycapper.
    Thanks in forward
    Michael

    • Matt Saternus

      Michael,

      There isn’t a bad choice between the two, but personally I like the Hogans. There’s definitely something magical about Miuras, but the Hogans are so easy to play and they feel great.

      -Matt

  13. Matt,

    Hogan irons, or Nike Pro combo? Both companies have a hogan heritage. I play hogan anniversary blades now, but would benefit from more forgiveness in the 4 and 5 irons.

    • Matt Saternus

      Bill,

      Both are great. I didn’t hit them head to head, but my recollection is that in the long irons, thin shots get better forgiveness with the Nikes.
      As always, I recommend trying both and being fit.

      Best,

      Matt

  14. Matt,
    Great review! I too live in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago and curious who you would recommend going to for proper fitting of these new Hogans? Website says there are a few fitters locally buy I’m curious if you have a preference.
    Thanks,
    Mark

  15. Matt-

    Thanks for the quick response and the recommendation, I have not heard of that company before. I keep reading other reviews in which people say they are next to impossible to hit with no forgiveness so, I keep rereading your review. I’m keeping an open mind and looking forward to my fitting with these irons and see what goes of it.

    I appreciate the help.

    Mark

  16. UNFORTUNATELY, THEY DO NOT MAKE LEFT-HANDED CLUBS. THEY INVITED YOU TO ORDER HOWEVER WITHOUT REVEALING THAT FACT.

  17. I have been playing Hogan irons for the past 30 yrs, 3 different sets. I still cant embrace the idea of no traditional numbers on the irons, I might have to walk around with a conversion chart. Why cant they be flexible enough to put both numbers and lofts on the clubs, this might make them more marketable. I don’t want to get re-educated, I just want to play golf!

  18. Hello, Where is the nearest fitting place or retailer store I can try the Ben Hogan Clubs? I live in Vancouver, it is ok for me to go down U.S. if necessary.

    Thanks,
    Kris

  19. Jukka Rinta

    Hi Matt,

    Thank you for the great review. I live in Australia and can’t buy Hogan here. So my only option would be to order directly from Hogan in the US… I’m currently playing Titleist 712 MB with KBS Tour X shafts. Unfortunately my swing speed is no longer what it used to be, and as I don’t have time to play much more than once per week, the consistency is not what it once was… So need to consider something more forgiving. But I love the look and feel of proper blades.

    I was recently fitted for TaylorMade PSI Tours and they feel so much easier to hit than the Titleists. Would appreciate your thoughts on the TaylorMades or some of their direct competitors (Callaway Apex Pro 16, Titleist 716 CB, Mizuno MP-25) compared with the Hogan. Especially what it comes to feel and distance with slightly off centre hits.

    Regards,

    Jukka

    • Matt Saternus

      Jukka,

      I think the Hogans are in the conversation with the Apex Pro and MP-25, and superior to the CB in terms of forgiveness, but that’s not based on direct head to head testing, so take it for what it’s worth.

      Best,

      Matt

    • Jukka

      I know response is delayed.

      Heads up. I am also in Oz and got hit about $250 AUD import duty. Did order online but knew what shafts i wanted. But love the clubs. Have had them over 12 months now. I barely read other iron reviews now.

      Fyi. Have hit Titleist 712s CBs and liked them. But Hogans easier but nicer to hit.

      Cheers

  20. I am in my 2nd year playing currently down to a 17 index, but it is dropping. I currently play the Hopkins DJ-21 irons. I know you’re probably not familiar with them (no one is) but they are a cavity back iron. After reading this review I feel more confident that i could buy and play these FT Worth irons. Would you say that is true or I am reading too much into the forgiveness. Thank you

    • Matt Saternus

      Zach,

      I would recommend getting a fitting, but there’s no reason a 17 can’t play these.

      Best,

      Matt

  21. Alastair Sloane

    Look forward to news from Ben Hogan Golf

  22. I would be interested in the club trial for the fort worth 15 irons

  23. Gene Bacone

    I don’t understand the number system

  24. What beautiful. Clubs
    I would love to test these Hogan Fort Worth irons

  25. Peter McGill

    Not available for us who are left handed?

  26. ROGER HUSTON

    I have long been a favorite of the Eidolon wedges and before that the Reid Lockhart wedges. Since I know some of the great Hogan admirers that worked for the old Hogan Company and now the new company I am confident to say that they are committed to bringing back the Hogan brand in a way that would make Mr Hogan smile. I am a small club maker and with the Wishon Sterling Irons and now the Hogan offerings I am delighted to see the small companies having a huge impact on the golf industry. I believe (my opinion) that what the custom club makers and smaller companies like Ben Hogan offer is excellence in putting together the best components that the everyday golfer could play. Their V sole offers dual bounce basically the same design carried over from the Reid Lockhart,Eidolon, and Scor Golf. I have a combination set of Ft Worth Hi Irons and the Ft Worth 15’s with the largest part of my set 4 TK wedges. I am an older player and I switched to the Recoil shafts in the senior flex. I tested the KBS 90 shafts, but the ball flight was higher and they felt a bit soft over the Recoil plus the Recoil shafts brought the ball flight down. I am considering adding one of the VKTR hybrids to the set. In closing I encourage any prospective customer to be properly fit. I would add that so called “game improvement” irons ( I do build them and sell them) will not give you the proper feedback to improve your ball striking. I think hitting with a shovel is much tougher than hitting with a mallet.

  27. I bought a set of the Forth Worth 15 and TK Wedges to match the clubs I was playing with Titleist CB 712. I have only started to play with the Forth Worth irons recently and the difference in the ball coming off these irons is incredible. I have dropped two shots off my handicap in a month from 8.4 to 6.4 and think I can get down further. I am 62. years old

  28. Will Ben Hogan Golf ever build the Ft Worth 15 in left hand. I played the Hogan Edge forged clubs for years wore the groves off the high loft wedges and really miss the Hogan quality.

    • Matt Saternus

      Randy,

      Ben Hogan Golf is going through some financial issues right now, so I would not expect to see anything new from them for a while.

      Best,

      Matt

  29. FT worth or the Wilson FG Tour V6?

  30. Matt,

    I know this was an older review, but are the Ft Worth 15 Black essentially the 2015 model with the PVD finish…otherwise the same feel as the originals? Also, have you hit the new models? For $700 it seems like a great deal. Thanks for the great work.

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