Ben Hogan BH-5
Ben Hogan’s legendary focus filtered down to his company, long renowned for forged irons for better players. In 2005, Hogan will cast a wider net, starting with its cast BH-5 iron. The long irons have a thin face and a deep undercut cavity to shift weight to the perimeter (for stability) and set the center of gravity low and back (for soaring shots). As the clubs get shorter, the faces get thicker and weight moves higher to boost feel and control.
$625 (steel), $675 (graphite); 866-834-6532 or benhogan.com
Callaway Big Bertha Titaniumn 454
The company that made big beautiful had been suffering lately from cc envy. Those days are over. At 454cc, the newest, biggest Bertha driver supplies plenty of confidence and perimeter weighting, and sports built-in draw bias, all to help you find more fairways. For added pop across the face, Callaway engineers began the design process with an R&A-approved driver–which until 2008 has no COR limit for recreational usage–before dialing down the springiness to the USGA-maximum .83 COR. $375 (graphite); 800-588-9836 or callawaygolf.com
Ping S59 Tour
Ping knows how to help the needy– its game-improvement G2 is golf’s top-selling iron. The sleek S59 Tour shows the company can also electrify the elite. With a narrow sole, minimal offset and a polished finish, the compact head sports blade-like looks, feel and playability: This is Ping’s most traditional iron ever. Its small cavity adds a touch of forgiveness, while the bar across it moves the center of gravity low and forward for a piercing ball flight. $1,000 (steel); 800-474-6434 or pinggolf.com