Ben Hogan Ft. Worth Irons
Jon Paterson
Friday, March 11, 2016

BEN HOGAN FT. WORTH IRONS

CATEGORY: Better Player Irons
PRICE: $1,200, steel; $1,300, graphite
WE TESTED: Ft. Worth/Hi in 21°, 29°, 41°, plus Ft. Worth in 21°, 25°, 29°, 33°, 37°, 41°, 45° with KBS Tour 90 steel shafts
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The Hi irons (above) produce a higher ball flight than the standard Ft. Worth.

PROS

PLAYABILITY: This club can execute any shot a serious player calls for; lower than average trajectory, but the Hi heads can get more altitude; cambered soles interact beautifully with turf.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Rewards perfect contact with matching results; you get exactly what you put into them -- clunky swings can produce clunky outcomes, but solid ones can win closes-to-the-pin competitions.
DISTANCE CONTROL: Not as long as some, but similar to what several guys have in their bags; carry distances correspond to the club’s loft rather than an actual club number.
FEEL: Soft impact -- the ball stays on the face a long time; mis-hits twist and shout but provide useful feedback; scoring shots feel about as sweet as any premium wedge.
LOOK: A standout -- a throwback design that players like to look at as much as they like to swing; small head, thin topline and minimal offset announce workability at setup.

CONS

The small clubheads can look intimidating to hit; the Hi irons get shots airborne but not high enough for some guys; calculating how far each iron goes by loft can take a while.

BOTTOM LINE: These stunning irons were a fan favorite in this year’s test. The very best ballstrikers will benefit from the Ft. Worth’s proficiency, and they could also opt for the Hi model in the long irons.

NEXT REVIEW: Mizuno MP-25 Irons

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