What we say...
The impossible combination of forgiveness and feel is delivered by the smartest head in golf say Ben Hogan.
Positioning weight around the edges of the head creates more stability and, in turn, more forgiveness. However, perimeter weighted, cavity back investment cast clubs sacrifice the elusive quality of feel.
Perimeter weighting technology has been nearly impossible to incorporate into a single-piece forged iron. So the Edge is constructed using two separate forged parts. The face is forged first using a hydraulic hammer, then laser-welded to the back frame and hosel that's forged separately. Although expensive and difficult to manufacture, the process allows Hogan to create exceptional perimeter weighting both inside and out the club head.
The hollow construction also allowed Hogan to vary the thickness of the club face. The longer irons with stronger lofts have very thin, yet strong faces for exceptional distance… even on shots struck towards the toe or heel. The mid and short irons incorporate a progressively thicker face providing solid feel for scoring shots.
Each heads packed with polycarbonate foam to create an incredibly solid feeling iron.
Larger face, more offset and a thicker top line
The Edge are on average 12% larger than the PTx, creating a larger effective hitting area. This means shots struck closer to the toe or heel, or high or low on the face, will perform much like they would if hit on the sweet spot. So, you get a lot of the same distance and accuracy of a perfectly struck shot.
Hogan have also added a bit more offset. This provides two benefits; first, it allows more time for your hands to square up at impact. Offset also creates higher shot trajectories and steeper decent angles, allowing shots to better hold greens.
You need to know: Ben Hogan Edge iron review
Perimeter weighting is difficult to incorporate into one-piece forged irons. So Hogan have created the Edge as two pieces (the hosel and body are created separately from the face). It’s an expensive technique but means precise and efficient perimeter weighting. A polycarbonate foam inside gives a solid feel, even though the heads are 12% bigger than Hogan’s PTx iron.
We say: Ben Hogan Edge iron review
Hogan have always been about tradition, but more than ever they’re including some seriously good new tech to help you play better. The Edge is much more than your average game improvement iron. It wasn’t fastest or longest (you wouldn’t expect it to be from the same 7-iron loft as the average blade in our forged irons test). But for golfers wanting a cracking looking cavity back which is also forgiving, it’s fantastic.
Our verdict: Ben Hogan Edge iron review
We hope Ben Hogan’s buying model takes off because these irons are top drawer. We hear a lot from golfers who don’t want strong lofts or models being updated every 12 months. If that’s you, Hogan are a brand you really should take a look at. They’re doing things the old fashioned way, with a modern twist.