For players who love the feel of traditional, muscleback forged irons but want some extra help in the longer clubs the new Ft. Worth Hi irons ($169 per club) are probably worth a serious look.
Available in one degree increments from 20º to 31º (the 3-iron through 7-iron range) the Hi irons are forged from soFt carbon steel and feature a two-piece hollow construction with more mass in the low and deep area of the clubhead for improved launch and forgiveness.
A slightly larger profile than the standard Ft. Worth irons further contribute to making the Hi irons more friendly while the company's V Sole design, which provides more leading edge bounce, allows for easier turf interaction from a variety of lies. The Hi irons are designed to fit perfectly with the standard Ben Hogan Ft. Worth forged irons but can be mixed with just about any iron set.
"More golfers than you would think desire to take advantage of the qualities of a true quality forged iron, but are ‘scared away' by the longer irons," said Terry Koehler President/CEO of the Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company. "With the Ft. Worth Hi irons we are able to deliver game improvement technologies where it is needed most -- in the long irons -- while maintaining the exacting tolerances, feel and shotmaking characteristics of the higher loFts of our innovative Ft. Worth irons."
The Ft. Worth Hi irons are available now and come standard with a choice of KBS Tour V or KBS Tour 90 steel shaFts or UST Mamiya Recoil graphite shaFts ($184 per club).