ClubTest 2016: Ben Hogan TK Wedge
BEN HOGAN TK
WE TESTED: 52°, 56°, 58° with KBS Tour-V steel shafts
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: Available in 48- to 63-degree lofts, with weighting to match each one.
LOOK: A winner -- compact, confident and traditional; slim muscleback head gets rounder as loft goes up; testers love the attention to detail -- from the wedge-specific grip to red stripes on the ferrule.
FEEL: One of the top-rated -- a super-soft forging; mis-hits are harder in the hands but they don't hurt; stable, head-heavy weighting earns praise.
DISTANCE CONTROL: Excellent on full swings and intuitive on partial ones; arguably the easiest to flight down, especially the gap wedge; availability in every loft can be a huge plus.
PLAYABILITY: An exacting instrument, capable of turning precise ideas into professional results; the V-sole takes getting used to, but it's a versatile grind with the game to go all over the course.
It lacks patience for vague input or high-handicappers, and even strong players might want a bigger margin for error; a pesky tendency to dig in bunkers or wet turf; scary to lay open.
BOTTOM LINE: Any club bearing the Hogan name has a lot to live up to, and it doesn't disappoint. Players capable of manufacturing shots will make the most of it -- and take advantage of the first-class look, feel and control.