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    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.

    Looks:
    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.

    Technology:
    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.

    Performance
    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.

    Nit picks:
    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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    Played 9 tonight and these were a big part of why I shot a good, for me, score.

    I didnít use them until hole 3, an approach into a par 5, and this was what I was rewarded with.



    As a digger I love the turf interaction with these. Hogan really did their V sole right. Much better than Srixon/Cleveland, IMO.

    Spin as you can see is good. I generally donít have much trouble generating spin and these accentuate that. That shot was out of thick rough.

    Feel is superb. I donít know that theyíre Muira soft but theyíre pretty damn soft feeling.

    Iíll update this as I play more but like the rest of the Hogan lineup these are must tries.

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    I am over 10 rounds in with these wedges and wanted to touch on the finish since I went with the black wedges. So far they are holding up pretty good. This is my 54 degree that I use the most. I have never owned black wedges so I was really curious to how they would hold up.

    Had another great day with these wedges again today. Was hitting 3 from 40 yards away on a par 5 right up the hill and stuck it to about 8 inches away for an easy birdie and on the other par 5 hit a great chip that I thought I made but rung around the hole and sat at inch away for a tap in par. Last one was from a greenside bunker that went through the sand perfectly and rolled right past the hole and stopped within a foot. These are so easy to hit around the greens and on full shots. The V sole makes each shot incredibly easy and then the spin you can get is huge when your wanting to stop the ball quick.

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    I was gonna do a big write up but they say a pictureís worth 1,000 words





    Iím a high hc but I donít have any trouble hitting it high or low with these. Iíve always been afraid of 10-30yd pitches for some reason, Iíd usually chunk or blade them. Iím extremely confident in those shots with these wedges. I think a lot of that is the V sole. Everyone raves about V soles Hoganís are the best version of it, IMO. Or at least Hoganís works for me better than the others.

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    Going from a well known quality wedge (Cleveland RTX3 and before them, Callaway MD3) I honestly didn't know what I was going to see with these. Today was my best day with wedges since the event. These wedges are great and create crazy high spin. Per my review, I hit a lot of full and partial wedge shots. I've never had wedges that back up like these do. They feel incredibly soft off the face, but play so well. Today on the front 9 I had back to back great wedge shots. #3, hit my hybrid to 95 out, but it left me 60' behind a 30'+ tree. I try for the hero shot, pull my 58* open the face and fly the top of the tree and it drops on the green, I two putt for par (because that's what I do) #4 short par 3 @121yds, I pull my 54*, hit a smooth shot a mile high but on the green. It drops on the back edge and sucks back 16-18' to the middle of the green, with a deep pitch mark. Hmm..never had THAT much backspin...probably a fluke. Get to #11 147yd par 3, pull the 50* which given the PTX are a bit shorter than my previous set was a gamble but it paid off. Apparently the wedges were true to my previous set. I hit it pin high, 8 or so feet right, and it sucks back 20+ feet leaving a nasty crater.(photos below) Color me impressed. I would have bet money just looking at them that the RTX with their cast bodies, closer grooves, and laser milled micro grooves would be easier to spin...good thing I don't gamble.

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    Looks like you tear greens up like I do

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    Just ordered a 48*, 52* & 56* set of BH Equilizer wedges today. Been using Vokey SM7 wedges that were bought used from eBay. Great results with them but they're not forged and the impact feel is a little hard.

    Looking forward to hitting forged wedges.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mach2 View Post
    Just ordered a 48*, 52* & 56* set of BH Equilizer wedges today. Been using Vokey SM7 wedges that were bought used from eBay. Great results with them but they're not forged and the impact feel is a little hard.

    Looking forward to hitting forged wedges.
    I think you'll be very pleased. The equalizer wedges are fantastic. Looking forward to your thoughts on the Hogan vs Vokey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mach2 View Post
    Just ordered a 48*, 52* & 56* set of BH Equilizer wedges today. Been using Vokey SM7 wedges that were bought used from eBay. Great results with them but they're not forged and the impact feel is a little hard.

    Looking forward to hitting forged wedges.
    They are fantastic wedges. I have never played Vokey wedges as I prefer forged wedges so cannot offer any comparisons. I think you will really enjoy the consistency, versatility and feel of the Equalizers.
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    I'll be ordering a set of these soon. I'm going to go with the 50, 54, 58, but haven't decided on chrome versus black. I'm working with Danny at UST to get a set of Recoil 110s to put in them so I have matching shafts down the line.
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    Quote Originally Posted by justincredible View Post
    I'll be ordering a set of these soon. I'm going to go with the 50, 54, 58, but haven't decided on chrome versus black. I'm working with Danny at UST to get a set of Recoil 110s to put in them so I have matching shafts down the line.
    That's what I went with, i had never had black so I went that route and haven't been disappointed yet. The wedges are fantastic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by justincredible View Post
    I'll be ordering a set of these soon. I'm going to go with the 50, 54, 58, but haven't decided on chrome versus black. I'm working with Danny at UST to get a set of Recoil 110s to put in them so I have matching shafts down the line.
    I had the same dilemma! I'm a chrome guy normally. I demoed the Equalizers in May and the back of the wedges have this "crosshatch" pattern. Just not a fan of that look in chrome. I know I wouldn't see it when I played, but it made me take a chance on the black Equalizers! I am glad I did! They look great! Clean and modern. Plus, it matches the Putters. So, if it helps, my vote is for DBM! But, the black Equalizers are on backorder I think!
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    Unfortunately, no matter which finish I go with, at least one loft I want is backordered. I assume the DBM finish is holding up well?
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    I ordered the PTX Pro 4-PW, Recoil 780 F4 w Smacwrap, 56* and 60* blacked out equalizer wedges w/KBS Tour V stiff, and 21* VKTR. The PTX Pros went on backorder after I placed the order, so I don't have them yet

    The wedges are very nice and so far the finish is far superior to my blacked Vokey SM6 52*. It's already worn completely off the sole and the contact area on the face. I also much prefer the vsole of the equalizer to that of the Vokey. The vokeys leading edge is very unforgiving on those touch chip shots, so I don't much use it anymore.

    Get some, you won't be disappointed.

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    These continue to be a bright spot in my bag. I have a whole new arsenal of shots with these wedges. I've hit more flops, and pitches than I've hit in the last 5 years combined and most importantly, they are going where I aim.

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