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Ben Hogan PTx PRO Irons Review

This is Golfer Geeks' review of the Ben Hogan PTx PRO Irons.

I'm an avid golfer, a 9.2 handicap on my way to a 2 (been a 5.6) and frequent tester of golf clubs and equipment since 2015.

I tested the 6-iron and 9-iron from the PTx PROs over multiple range sessions and rounds of golf when they first arrived on the scene in 2019. I now own the 4-iron, 5-iron, 6-iron, and 7-iron PTx PROs as part of my Player's Combo Set and have played many more rounds and had many more range sessions.

Summary: The PTx PROs are superb performing and forgiving low handicap irons for around half the price of the big boys. (see coupon code below for 10% discount if interested) Shaft and grip options have been limited since the lockdowns.  

In short, Hogan Golf has done it again...again. 

In this Ben Hogan PTx PRO Irons review, I discuss my experience with the clubs, unique features and benefits, as well as customer reviews and potential alternatives. 

Ben Hogan PTx PRO Irons Overview

The PTx PROs are an updated version of the PTx irons from 2016 (which I also reviewed). The updates resulted from continuous testing and customer feedback. 

According to Hogan:

  • The PTx PROs were not designed to be "player" or "player distance" irons. They didn't set out to "have the longest 7-iron on the market" by jacking their lofts. (I think this is splitting hairs juuust a bit. The PROs are "player" irons and are plenty long.)
  • They were designed to be the highest quality and best performing irons for better players seeking certain performance characteristics. 

I think they simply optimized for performance and playability with a little forgiveness and launch help in the mid and long irons. 

Ben Hogan PTx PRO Irons Review

Why Consider the PTx PROs

The PTx PROs will best serve strong ball strikers looking for a little forgiveness and help getting the ball in the air with mid and long irons, but don't want to sacrifice low-handicap iron performance.

Features & Benefits

1) Larger Face Profile & More Offset

They were designed with a little more offset and a moderately larger face profile. They produce a slightly higher and more stable ball flight than the original PTx irons.

2) Multi-Material Forged Construction

Hogan irons feature a proprietary three-piece multi-material multi-step forging process designed to deliver consistent "linear center of gravity" for each iron.

Short irons (8-iron through PW) 

  • Constructed from two pieces of 1025 carbon steel (face and body).
  • A light piece of variable-sized titanium is co-forged between the face and body to move the center of gravity (CG) higher in the club head for a more piercing ball flight which prevents ballooning and enhances distance control

Long and mid irons (7-iron through 4-iron) 

  • Have a hollow construction made of a soft 1025 carbon steel body forged with a MS300 maraging steel alloy face insert. (used in aerospace applications)
  • This allows Hogan to use a thinner face which increased coefficient of restitution (COR) and durability. 
  • A tungsten weight is forged into the toe to add forgiveness and increase spin for easier launch and higher ball flight. (Easier to hold greens)

3) Optional Diamond Black Metal Finish

  • Reduces glare and provide better contrast with the golf ball.
  • Is more durable and reduces wear on grooves

The Nickel-chrome finish (my choice) is also very durable and is a proven way to protect forged clubs

4) Enhanced V-Sole

All Hogan irons are designed with a high-bounce leading edge and a softer low-bounce trailing edge to help you deal with any turf or rough condition. 

Testing the PTx PRO Irons

My method of testing: I initially tested the 6-iron and 9-iron, but I now have the 4, 5, 6, 7-irons in my combo Set

I look at a few things when testing:

  1. How the club feels in my hands
  2. How they look behind the ball at address. Intimidating? Anything strange?
  3. Feel at impact
  4. What happens to the ball after solid contact
  5. What happens with my normal mishit...towards the toe 

My Experience with the Ben Hogan PTx PRO Irons

The PTx PROs performed well for me as long as I kept my swing disciplined. They are low handicap irons, so they won't, didn't, and don't forgive sloppy swings. They are precision instruments with a touch of forgiveness. Do your job and they'll do theirs. 

They are my reward for becoming a more consistent iron player and have been excellent performers for me. 

  • I get consistent distance and direction with great feel
  • The short irons have a medium-high flat ball flight with tight dispersion. 
  • I'm able to launch my golf ball a little easier and keep it in the air longer for better green-holding with the mid and long irons.
  • I get all all the distance I need without jacked lofts

I have complete confidence hitting the PROs when I play. There's not more you can ask from your clubs. Put a good swing on them. Hit somewhere around the sweet spot. Go putt your ball in the hole.

Review of the Ben Hogan PTx PRO Irons

  • Looks: Gorgeous compact clubhead that frames the ball well at address
  • Sound/ Feel: Solid contact gave me a pleasing click. I can gauge where my mishits are pretty easily too
  • Distance: Consistent distance and not short by any means
  • Forgiveness: My standard solid shot is between the sweet spot and the toe and I lose minimal distance and direction if any at all.
  • Flight / Playability: Normal ball flight for me is high and flat. I find it easy to take off yardage and to flight the ball lower when I care too.  

Customer Reviews

There are 381 reviews on the Hogan website and the average customer review for the PTx PROs is 4.9

Who are PTx PRO Irons For?

Low Handicaps (0-8): Yes. You are Hogan's and the Pros target market
Mid Handicaps (8-11): Strong ball strikers can play these well
High Handicaps (12 +): Hard Pass. You DO NOT need the frustration of trying to hit these irons.

  • The Edge EX irons are a much better choice if you hover around 12 - 20 or so. 

Ben Hogan Demo Program

You can always a demo(1) club as you get them for 2 weeks for a nominal price. Hard to pass up this option. 

Potential Alternatives

Ben Hogan ICON Irons: For Low Handicappers (0-4ish)

The ICON irons are muscle-back blades and require consistently good swings to take advantage of their player attributes. These are for you are looking for shaping, flighting, and playability above all. They are a little forgiving, at best.  You can likely play the short irons if you are able to play the PTx PRO irons, but the long irons will be a serious challenge. Read my ICON irons review for full details.

Ben Hogan Player's Combo Set: For Low to Low-mid handicappers (0-10ish)

The Player's Combo set consist of ICON irons PW through 8-iron and PTx PROs 7-iron through 4-iron. You get the performance of premium blades in your short irons and the help you need to elevate the ball more easily in the mid and long irons. The best of both worlds. This is the set I play and love. Read my Player's Combo set review for full details.

Our Verdict

I recommend the Ben Hogan PTx Pro irons if you are in the market for

  • Low handicap irons with a little more forgiveness on off-center hits
  • An easier time launching with longer irons.
  • Aren't willing to sacrifice performance in your short irons.

Ben Hogan Golf just puts out one quality iron after another and the PTx PROs are no exception. I loved them and I think the better ball strikers among us will love them as well.

Thanks for checking out our Ben Hogan PTx Pro irons review and let us know how they work for you

Ben Hogan PTx PRO Irons Review

The Good:

  • Superior control & consistency. Especially short irons
  • Easier time launching ball with mid and long irons
  • Compact but not intimidating clubhead inspires confidence at address
  • About 1/2 the price of the big boys

The Bad:

  • Shaft & grip options somewhat limited since lockdowns
  • Occasional delays in shipping due to demand
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FIRST LOOK: Ben Hogan PTx PRO Irons

Have you ever had a club you wish to hell you’d never got rid of? For me, it was a set of Y2K Hogan Apex Plus irons. They didn’t have much sentimental value – I bought them on eBay for about $75. They had plenty of bag chatter, some nice wear marks right on the sweet spot and felt like a foot massage from a young Kathleen Turner. Loved the look, too, with the Hogan signature and the Sunburst logo –  just the sight of them made my heart do the Rhumba.

I don’t know who’s holding them now, but I want them to know I still love them and miss them terribly.

For any old-school Hoganistas out there who loved the Spalding-era ’99 Apex blade or ’00 Apex Plus, you might be in for a little flashback with this week’s release of the new Hogan PTx PRO forged irons.

They take you back a bit, don’t they?

Hello Old Friend

“We spent a lot of time on the graphic presentation as much as we did the technology,” says Hogan CEO Scott White. “We wanted to get back to the Hogan history and heritage, and we wanted something people would instantly recognize as being a Ben Hogan design.”

The new new Ben Hogan Company has had a bit of a branding problem. The Ft. Worth blades, the old PTx cavity backs, and last year’s Edge game improvement irons, while all fine sticks in their own right, had no branding consistency. They’re all members of the same family but look like they all came from different fathers.

The new PTx PRO still doesn’t fit with the other two irons sets, but it does look enough like the Apex Plus and its Spalding/Callaway progeny Apex Edge and Apex FTX to be listed as a direct descendant on Ancestry.com.

“If I have any criticism of our product line is there’s not a lot of consistency in how our irons look,” says White. “Going forward you’re going to see more and more products that look like and have the aesthetics of the PTx PRO.”

The original PTx irons were released in 2016, the last club released by Hogan before it declared bankruptcy in early 2017. Since rebooting in August of that year, the PTx has been Hogan’s best-selling iron, but three years later, it’s due for an update.

The obvious updates are aesthetic, but there are a couple of things under the hood that should matter to you.

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Co-Forged, 3-Piece

If you define forged irons as an iron forged from a single piece of steel then no, the PTx PRO doesn’t qualify. That line, however, continues to be blurred by OEMs offering multi-piece heads with forged components. In that sense, Hogan isn’t breaking any new ground with the new PTx PRO’s. In fact, other than aesthetics the long irons in both the old and the new PTx irons appear to be virtually identical. Both sets’ long irons feature hollow-bodied, three-piece co-forgings, with forged 1025 carbon steel frames and forged MS300 faces. Tungsten weights are placed in the toe area to fine-tune CG, launch angles and spin.

The scoring irons (8-PW) are also fairly similar in construction to the original PTx irons. Like the old irons, the new PTx PRO feature the forged frame and face, with lighter titanium cores to help lower the CG, but there are slight differences.

“Feedback we received from users of the original PTx was the short irons had a tendency to balloon a bit,” says White. “The new irons have titanium cores of different sizes and geometry to lower the CG, so new they’ll deliver a much more penetrating trajectory compared to the original set.”

Hogan calls it Linear Center of Mass Weighting, which keeps the CG as a consistent level throughout the set for consistent launch. “We had it in the original PTx irons, but we think we’ve perfected it in the PTx PRO,” says White. “You’ll get consistent mid- to higher-trajectory with the long irons and mid- to lower-trajectories with the scoring irons, which is what most accomplished players want.”

As was the case with last year’s updated Ft. Worth irons, Hogan has modified PTx PRO V-Sole, with a more aggressive bounce on the leading edge and a softer bounce on the trailing edge.

“It not only allows a good player to manipulate the clubhead for any lie, but it really reduces turf interaction,” says White.

Specs, Pricing, and Availability

We haven’t seen or tried the new PTx PRO irons yet, so there’s no practical feedback we can give. The original PTx was included in our 2017 Most Wanted Player’s Iron testing and scored very well in ball speed and carry distances, but both the long and short irons dropped off when it came to accuracy. The technical updates to the scoring irons, Linear Center of Mass Weighting and V-Sole are helpful tweaks that should address those areas, but certainly seem to be playing a supporting role to the obvious aesthetic upgrade.

The loft structure remains what purists would consider more or less traditional, and are identical to the original PTx irons, starting at a 22-degree 4-iron with four degree loft increments up to a 46-degree pitching wedge.

Hogan is making the PTx PRO available in 5-, 6- and 7-piece sets, depending on how long of a long iron you’d like in your bag. With Hogan’s direct-to-consumer pricing, the 7-piece set (4-PW) sells for $770.00, the 6-piece set (5-PW) sells for $690.00 and the 5-piece set (6-PW) sells for $600.00.

Per usual with Hogan, all loft/lie alterations and grip options are no extra charge, and there’s no upcharge for graphite shafts. Hogan’s shaft offering is quite limited: KBS Tour-V, KBS Tour 90, True Temper Dynamic Gold and UST Mamiya Recoil, which White says can fit about 99% of the golfers who call in. “We do get calls for some of the exotic and more expensive shafts, but we’re still trying to keep our cost structure under control, and we can’t inventory every shaft in the world. If we lose an order because of a shaft we don’t carry, well, I can live with that.”

Hogan is also introducing a new Flat Rate International shipping option. Any order over $400 can be shipped almost anywhere in the world for a $40 flat rate – not including duty or taxes (those remain the responsibility of the buyer). White does say there are a few places, such as Australia, where the flat rate is $50, but for Europe and most other parts of the world, it’s only $40.

The PTx PRO irons are available today on the Ben Hogan website.

Filling the Bag

It’s been a busy spring for Hogan. A couple of weeks ago the company released a quartet of putters – three blades and a mallet – the first Hogan putters of consequence since the Bettinardi-made lineup, again from the Spalding era.

“It would have been easy to just whip up some investment cast putters and stamp the Ben Hogan logo and the back and be done,” says White. “But that’s not what we wanted to do.”

The new Precision Milled Forged Putter line features the Hogan Sunburst logo on the heel of each milled face and the iconic Hogan signature on the back, but it’s the forged part that piques the curiosity. According to Hogan, the putter head itself is CNC milled, but it’s milled from a forged hunk of 1029 carbon steel as opposed to an investment cast hunk of steel.

“99.9% of the putters on the market right now – even some of the high-end putters – start with liquified metal that’s poured into a mold. That’s the block you start with,” says White. “We start with a piece of metal that’s been forged. The grain structure hasn’t been compromised; it’s been hammered into place.”

The milling process after that forging isn’t all that different from the process with a piece of cast metal. It’s all a case of what you’re starting with.”

White says the difference is primarily in feel, sound, and consistency. Whether there are any actual performance benefits is an open question.

“We don’t expect, nor do we have any ambition to challenge the market leaders,” says White. “But we know these are great performing putters for those people who are kind of tired of the same old run of the mill putter.”

Hogan’s Precision Milled forged putters feature a Diamond Black Metal finish, are available on Hogan’s website for $250.00. Length and lie alterations and your choice of one of three SuperStroke grips are included in that price.

18-Month Health Checkup

Hogan 3.0, the reorganized, factory-direct company that rose out of bankruptcy court in August of 2017, in reality, is a 20-month old virtual startup. As such, the company is intent on staying lean as it grows. The assembly and shipping team at its Fort Worth facility is small, and the company outsources many of its core functions, including finance and some R&D. It’s trying to avoid out kicking its coverage, as its immediate predecessor did.

“We had a great year in 2018,” says White. “The factory direct or Direct-to-Consumer model absolutely, positively works. More people are visiting our website and placing orders, so they understand they can buy premium equipment without retail markup.”

And while you can’t go into a store and demo anything Hogan, you can try its 14-day Demo Program: for $20 you can demo a 2-club set for two weeks ($30 if you’re in Europe). Startups such as New Level and Sub70 offer similar programs, as does Bridgestone. While it’s not the same as whacking a handful of shots into a simulator while shopping for balls and tees, you do get to try the clubs on the course for a couple of weeks. Hogan says over 70% of the people who try product via the Demo Program wind up buying.

And Hogan isn’t done this spring. White says you can expect a specific progressive/combo iron set sooner rather than later. Instead of cobbling existing irons into a hodgepodge, White says the combo set will be specifically designed as a unified irons package. You’ll see other additions as well – again sooner rather than later – but the company is keeping mum about what those might be.

“I think going forward you’re going to see more and more products that look like and have the aesthetics of the PTx Pro,” says White.

John Barba

John is an aging, yet avid golfer, writer, 9-point-something handicapper living back home in New England after a 22-year exile in Minnesota. He loves telling stories, writing about golf and golf travel, and enjoys classic golf equipment. “The only thing a golfer needs is more daylight.” - BenHogan

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Ben Hogan PTx Pro Irons Review

For those golfers considering investing in a set of Ben Hogan irons, the classic Icon model is hard to ignore. But whilst the looks and feel might appeal, not every player wants the uncompromising blade-like performance of an iron like the Icon. 

The Ben Hogan PTx Pro irons have been designed to add an element of forgiveness and distance while still retaining a traditional look and forged feel. We wanted to see how they performed so we tested the PTx Pro irons, up against the Icon model, at West Hill Golf Club using a SkyTrak launch monitor.

Ben Hogan PTx Pro Irons Review

PTx Pro irons address

Looks-wise, the Ben Hogan PTx Pro irons are still relatively compact. The topline is noticeably thicker than in the Icon and there is more offset on offer but the overall package is still fairly traditional. They look beautiful both in the bag and behind the ball but if you’re looking for a game-improver style, confidence inspiring set, these might not do it for you. 

RELATED:Best Irons For Low Handicappers

The launch monitor data below shows the differences in performance between the PTx Pro and Icon 7-irons during our testing (both had the same Dynamic Gold S300 shaft).

Hogan PTx Pro data

The first point to make here is that, at 34˚, the static loft of both 7-irons is very traditional. We were surprised that the PTx Pro was not a little stronger but this certainly made it easy to launch and provided plenty of stopping power – look how consistent the spin rates were. 

It is also worth pointing out that by matching the lofts, players could easily combine the two models to gain performance benefits at both ends of the bag. 

RELATED:Best Compact Mid-Handicap Irons

For us, the standout number from the launch data was the added carry distance of the PTx Pro. Admittedly, this was the iron we hit last in testing and the club head speed may have increased slightly but regardless, with an average carry distance of 170 yards, this would make the PTx Pro impressively long, despite the traditional loft.   

We were also impressed by the feel on offer. Yes, the PTx Pro had a slightly hotter impact feel than the Icon but the differences were minimal. When you consider the potential benefit of the added distance and forgiveness, the Ben Hogan PTx Pro iron is an impressive offering that we think will catch the eye of plenty mid and low handicappers.

Verdict

The Ben Hogan PTx Pro irons strike a fine balance between offering the combination of forgiveness and distance many mid and low handicappers will want without losing the classic Hogan looks and feel that makes the brand so aspirational. 

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