My current gamers are Cleveland RTX3 54*/58* and a 50* Cleveland CBX. I have a big swing so most holes are driver-wedge, or driver-short iron. My wedges get quite the workout in an 18 hole round. I chose the Equalizer Black wedges with KBS Tour V(Stiff) +1/2" longer and 2* up.
These things are dead sexy. With a DBM black finish, a forged body and beautiful milling on the back they are easy on the eyes. The dark red script lettering is subtle, with only "Ben Hogan" and "equalizer black" in white lettering popping off the backside. The knurling and milled pocket on the back is hidden by the DBM finish. Which is a double edged sword for me. I love the finish but wish the knurled pattern stood out more. Just a personal preference, and definitely not a deal breaker.
1025 soft carbon forging makes for a soft hitting wedge. I'm a firm believer that wedges are nearly peaked out on technology/innovation. I just don't see where else we can go with wedges and remain conforming.
I will say even with an off swing(*see my other Ben Hogan reviews), these are performing as expected. My game around the green is inconsistent at best. However, I really have put some good swings, chips and even flops with these. I've had very little issue with these digging even in soft course conditions. Plenty of height on full swings, which makes it easy to hit them in the air and let them drop in. I suspect as my swing starts to return, I will see even more backspin. The feel off the face is pillow soft and hardly feels like contact is made. Looking forward to good days ahead with these wedges.
Hard to find many negatives with anything in the Hogan lineup. That being said, I'm going back to the grips. Yes, they only offer one brand, model, and color. That's a strike against them, as golf has become so personal these days. Everyone wants to customize every aspect possible. I would love to see more grip options. Maybe a corded version, a soft version, and the current offering. Maybe colored options, even Hogan colored options(red, navy, white) with such a rock solid lineup, this is an easy fix to a problem they shouldn't have.
Faces and grooves of Hogan(L) and RTX3(R)
Similar toplines, the RTX might be a smidge thinner. Hogan(L) RTX(R)
The soles, the RTX are a bit more abrupt in the sole grind as you can actually see the grind line.
At address, with open face:
Boudoir photos for one of the sexiest wedges on the market:
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