Ben Hogan GS53 Max Driver Review

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My current driver has a smoke yellow 70g. Anybody have any input which shaft would be the closest(that they offer)? Thanks for your help!
 

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This driver is starting to come alive for me as I regain confidence in my swing. The past to rounds I’ve hit 4 drives in the 260 range. If those were in the summer those would have been 290.

I made the N+ upright adjustment otherwise standard 9 deg loft. The Lin-Q purple combination is fabulous for me. My Epic Flash was a 10.5 playing D plus 1 loft with a PX HZRDUS Smoke Black yet I can launch this driver better.

My drive on 18 today a visually could see the bulge and roll do it’s job to “self correct “ a fade.
 
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My current driver has a smoke yellow 70g. Anybody have any input which shaft would be the closest(that they offer)? Thanks for your help!
that is hard to say, The Smoke black is probably a bit stiffer then yours in a lighter package. maybe the X-flex Tense blue gets you the weight you are used to and some how offsets that. I think you are looking at the Stiff smoke Black or the X Stiff Tense Blue.
 

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This driver is starting to come alive for me as I regain confidence in my swing. The past to rounds I’ve hit 4 drives in the 260 range. If those were in the summer those would have been 290.

I made the N+ upright adjustment otherwise standard 9 deg loft. The Lin-Q purple combination is fabulous for me. My Epic Flash was a 10.5 playing D plus 1 loft with a PX HZRDUS Smoke Black yet I can launch this driver better.

My drive on 18 today a visually could see the bulge and roll do it’s job to “self correct “ a fade.
Glad to see this. I also figured out my driver swing recently and I can't wait to try this driver (won the contest last week). My speedzone is performing great, but I have a feeling this one is going to be a monster for me.
 

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Glad to see this. I also figured out my driver swing recently and I can't wait to try this driver (won the contest last week). My speedzone is performing great, but I have a feeling this one is going to be a monster for me.
it gives you some good feed back when you hit the center. It rewards you with a good ping when you hit the button!
 

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Went to the indoor simulator place this afternoon. Hit some 8 irons to warm up, then the Callaway Big Bertha​
B21. Next, I switched over to the Ben Hogan GS53 Max. It sits behind the ball nicely. The carbon fiber and the BH logo really stands out. This driver sits extremely neutral!
The GS53 Max definitely feels heavier than the BB21. I have the 62 gram Project X HZRDUS Black shaft​
playing 44.5” in the Hogan. The Callaway has the 55g RCH shaft. After the first swing, I can confirm that it is louder than the original GS53. It’s not offensive, but very prevalent. Reminds me of the Ping G400 Max really. Louder than the Tour Edge EXS driver. Kinda surprising given the carbon fiber in the head. The best way to put it is remember that scene from Bull Durham when Ebby Calvin “Nuke” LaLoosh tells “Crash” Davis, “ I want to announce my presence with authority!” Well, it definitely does that. To be fair (insert Letterkenny gif here), I was hitting indoors, so it should mellow some outdoors.
If sound is feel as @Jman says, than it’s not as soft as the standard model! It’s not a bad​
feeling driver, just not the pillowy magnificence those that played the original driver might have come to love. This driver really gives its user the feeling of power. It feels like a forged sledgehammer!
Performance wise, this driver showed it was lower spinning. One drive was as low as 1500 rpms! Overall, it​
averaged 3-400 rpms lower than the GS53. I was absolutely stunned to see a lower launch and more penetrating flight than the original!😳 With the weight moved toward the rear of the head, I would have bet money it would be higher launching of the two models. With more testing, I might loft the driver up from 9.0° to 10.0°. The GS53 Max showed a big performance potential. I’m super excited about given this a fair shot to knock the BB21 out of the bag...putting that 14th Ben Hogan club back in my bag!

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Great stuff sir!

Did you order it from Hogan at 44.5"? If so, did they bring the swing weight up to the D2 - D3 range? I believe the driver with that shaft at stock length (45.5) would be around D2. The swing weight would be crazy light (around C6) after taking an inch off if some kind of head weight were not added back to it.
 

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How would this be for someone with a higher swing speed?
I did the homepage article on it and am a 108-110 guy historically.
 
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I am 68 and enjoy playing but have a 21 hc. Most of my problems come from driving right instead of straight. I have been looking at the BH GS53 Max for a while to see if this can help me stay in the middle. Have talked with BH people to figure out what shaft to use for swing speed of about 88-91. Going to Club Champion to try out shafts and drivers soon to make a purchase. Any and all comments are welcome at Robert.younger1@gmail.com
 

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Great stuff sir!

Did you order it from Hogan at 44.5"? If so, did they bring the swing weight up to the D2 - D3 range? I believe the driver with that shaft at stock length (45.5) would be around D2. The swing weight would be crazy light (around C6) after taking an inch off if some kind of head weight were not added back to it.
I believe they did. It doesn’t feel light at all! If I get a chance, I will try to measure the swing weight.
 

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I believe they did. It doesn’t feel light at all! If I get a chance, I will try to measure the swing weight.
When I get around to ordering one, I will go 45". Have tried shorter and longer and keep going back to that as my best fit. When I ordered the original GS53 with the Helium shaft at 45", it came in at D1 so they must have added some weight to it, otherwise it probably would have been C8 or 9. Must be to the head and not a shaft tip weight because the Accra TZ6 55 at 45" that I play in it plays to a D2 swing weight, which makes sense compared to the Helium because it is 3 or 4 grams heavier.
 

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Low spinning and forgiving.... that’s right up my alley. Gonna have to add to my list of drivers to try before making my next purchase.
 

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Finally got this thing to the range today. Going head to head with my sz xtreme.

The Hogan is about 1/2 - 3/4 inch longer than the cobra. It also has a standard size grip (I usually use a plus4 midsize).

The ball flight was much lower with the hogan...but that could be down to a difference in the shaft (smoke yellow vs smoke black), and I was hitting closer to the bottom of the face with the gs53max.

Not really a fair test today because I didn't swing the BH as well as I would like, but Cobra won this round. I'm going to put my normal grip on it and maybe try to get to a simulator this week.

I am a little bummed because I'm now leaning away from the dual driver setup.
 

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My initial reaction...

 

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Super impressed today by the GS53 Max! Performance is night and day different from the standard model. The ball really wanted to go straight. The few I hit to the right stayed on track and never took that hard right turn that plagued the GS53. They were playable... talking edge of fairway/1st cut of rough. Not 2 fairways over! It is definitely louder than the original. Surprising by the addition of carbon fiber, you expect a more muted sound. Very Ping G400 Max to Cleveland Launcher HB loud. Feel is no where comparable to the GS53. But, I feel more of a solid impact where the original felt more explosive/springy.

GS53 Rating-
Looks- 8
Sound- 10
Feel- 10
Distance- 10
Forgiveness- 3
*X-Factor- Traditional*
Total- 41

GS53 Max Rating-
Looks- 9
Sound- 6
Feel- 8
Distance- 10
Forgiveness- 10
*X-Factor- Confidence*
Total- 43

Overall, I would say if you play Ben Hogan ICONS, you will probably benefit more from the standard GS53 driver. You can consistently hit the middle of the club face and square it up allowing for long bombs. If you play a combo set, PTx Pros, or EDGE irons, the added forgiveness of the GS53 MAX will pay huge dividends by not punishing you so severely when you don’t swing the club consistently!

I need more time to test to see if the MAX can bounce the BB21 out of the bag!
 

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