Nearly seven decades after Ben Hogan, the man renowned for the greatest swing in golf, founded his equipment brand, Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company (BHGEC) has launched the ICON Irons, a set of forged muscle-back blades featuring many of Mr. Hogan’s design philosophies.
Developed for better players accomplished at working the ball, the ICON Irons combine traditional styling with modern performance. Better yet, given the company’s innovative Direct-To-Consumer business model which minimizes operational costs and completely eliminates retail mark-up, ICON irons will be sold at www.BenHoganGolf.com and for $770 (chrome) and $800 (black) for a 7-piece set … far less than the price of many competitive blades in the market today sold through traditional retail stores.
“Ben Hogan always had exceptionally high standards … especially for his blade iron designs. We think the new ICON Irons would be something he would be proud of” said Scott White, CEO, Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company. “In the hands of accomplished players, they will find the ICON Irons offer an unmatched combination of performance, feel and eye appeal as compared to any muscle back blade on the market. This was Mr. Hogan’s mission and we’ve continued that tradition.”
White adds, “Offering a high-performance, forged muscle back set like the ICON Irons at a price point of $770 is unimaginable in today’s market, or in recent memory. It’s thanks to our successful direct-to-consumer business model, which allows golfers to buy direct at BenHoganGolf.com, and avoid the exorbitant retail prices they would pay for clubs of this caliber.”
The ICON irons are textbook Ben Hogan, carrying on the heritage of high-quality, beautifully forged, contemporary muscle backs and placing them in a re-imagined, contemporary package. A blade design having minimal offset, a thin top line, and shorter blade length, the irons are well-suited for accomplished players wanting to work the ball, true shot makers will consider these irons a game-changer thanks to an inviting look, top-notch craftsmanship, and several key trademarks incorporated into the design.
Highlighting the design elements of the ICON irons is Hogan’s “Progressive Center of Mass” weighting system that allows golfers, regardless of which club they’re hitting, optimal ball flight on both length and trajectory. The system positions more mass higher in the short, scoring irons to generate a lower ball flight for better control while eliminating any ballooning.
On the long and mid-irons, weight is located progressively lower to help generate a higher shot trajectory with more spin. Equally impressive, each loft in the ICON Irons set has a visible weight pad in the rear, with a unique size, shape and position for that specific loft and clubhead. This allows for a seamless performance transition from one iron to the next.
Unlike other companies that have strengthened their iron lofts over the years, which creates unbalanced gaps between irons, the ICON Irons feature consistent four-degree gapping, which was a Ben Hogan signature design element going back to 1953. This practice, when combined with a calculated graduation in club length, and head width and thickness for each iron, leads to a perfectly balanced set of clubs. This level of precision gives golfers much more consistency and flow throughout the set, with respect to performance and feel, while invoking the confidence that better players rely on in their irons.
The ICON Irons also feature Ben Hogan Golf’s proprietary V-SOLE technology, which provides a high-bounce leading edge and soft, lower-bounce trailing edge to promote forgiveness and prevent digging. Regardless of the length or thickness of the grass, the V-shaped sole cuts right through as if the golfer was hitting from the heart of the fairway.
Adds White, “ICON is the kind of club that the Ben Hogan Golf brand is known for and which epitomizes our ‘Forged/Feel/Feedback’ theme. Serious players can take comfort in knowing that ICON gives them the opportunity to hit their mark on every shot, while feeling the satisfying pureness of flush contact. Mr. Hogan once described that blissful sensation as running from your hands up your arms and into your heart. There’s nothing else quite like it in golf.”
The 7-piece ICON Irons sets will be offered exclusively at www.BenHoganGolf.com $770 in traditional nickel chrome finish, and $800 for proprietary Diamond Black Metal (DBM) finish. Due to delivery delays caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company will begin taking pre-orders for the ICON chrome irons immediately and plans to begin orders for ICON Black irons in the very near future.
As always, ICON irons will be offered with a variety of premium, after-market steel and graphite shafts, and no-charge customization. Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company also offers a number of consumer-centric programs, including free domestic shipping on orders over $500.00, flat-rate international shipping and a low or no-cost financing program. And, recognizing that many golfers want to personally experience equipment before they purchase, the Company offers a simple, risk-free Demo program, as well as a Trade-UP program where golfers can offset the cost of their purchase by selling used equipment back to the Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company.