The iron set billed as “the most significant set of irons to ever grace our auction block – or any auction block” can be yours if the price is right.
On GreenJacketAuctions.com, Ben Hogan’s MacGregor irons from his 1953 season are for sale with the current bid at $6,050.00. Hogan won three majors – the Masters, U.S. Open and the British Open – with these sticks and created Ben Hogan Golf Company later that year, making his MacGregor irons a collector’s dream.
The set is one of three sets of MacGregor irons out there that Hogan actually used. The other two sets belong to the USGA and Merion Golf Club. According to the site, these irons were previously owned by former PGA Tour player Jimmy Powell.
We were most interested in the USGA Museum set, as it also dates to the 1953 Season. According to the USGA Museum, that barely-played set was used by Hogan to win the 1953 U.S. Open. The USGA recently granted us access to their 1953 U.S. Open set, which is displayed in the Ben Hogan Room at the USGA Museum in Far Hills, NJ. So what happened when we closely inspected the USGA Museum set? Well, let’s just say that we were in for the shock of our collecting lives!
The USGA Museum set of Ben Hogan irons attributed to the 1953 U.S. Open was actually a partially mixed set – it was missing the original 9 iron that matched the rest of the set (Ben Hogan Personal Model 1037). Well, guess where that 9-iron resides? YES! – the missing 9 iron from the USGA Museum set is in our possession and is included with our set of Ben Hogan’s 1953 irons.
Every amount of custom clubwork imaginable has been performed on these clubs – the soles, heels and bounce have been ground, the hosels bent, the lofts and lies altered, and a substantial amount of lead weight added. Most of the grips appear to also contain the reminder wire for which Hogan was known to use on occasion.