Hogan CFT Edge Hybrids
I first purchased a 17* 1h and found that I hit it long and straight. My past experience with hybrids was straight but less length than I needed. This club was almost a replacement for my driver! I began relying on this club for the majority of my par 4 and 5 tee shots. I found a smooth swing, with a full turn delivered a long, high ball flight with decent carry. If I overswung and tried to muscle the shot, results were far less predictable. Smooth tempo was the ticket.
I was so impressed, I purchased a 21* 3h and a 14* 0h. I had high hopes that the 0h would replace my driver. The 3h was everything I had hoped for and I use it off the tee when it's the right distance and also for shots out of the rough.
The 0h, however, was not up to the standard I expected. The 1h and the 3h had #4 Apex Edge Lightweight Graphite shafts by Hogan golf. These exceptional shafts are made by Sun Woo, a Korean club and fishing rod maker. The 0h I bought on eBay had a great shaft - a steel Rifle 6.5 - but besides being different in weight and feel, it was rather short. I don't know whether the lack of distance was due to the length of the Rifle shaft or its differing feel. I am having an older Aldila stiff graphite shaft (in an appropriate length) put into the 0h and I hope that it will pick up the 15-20 yards over the 1h I need to have it replace my driver.
I am sold on the Apex shafts. They are stiff and feel reliable and stable, promoting control and straight flight yet lively enough to produce the great distance I have experienced. I've had good length from graphite before, but not combined with this level of control. I also find it interesting that these hybrids seem to fit so well into my game, considering I use old school blade irons with stiff steel shafts and a heavy swing weight.
I hope Callaway, the new owners of Ben Hogan, will continue with the CFT Hybrids. I also would like to be able to buy a replacement shaft for my 0h -- a #4 Apex. So far, the word at Callaway is that Hogan shafts are unavailable and the only way to get one is to buy a club and pull the shaft. That's not a great way to treat Hogan customers, so Callaway needs to tune this up. They are a brilliant (and profitable) company, but my sense is that they have not got a good feel for the TLC Hogan users appear to be used to receiving.
I've sent an inquiry to Sun Woo about which of their products might most closely resemble the specs of the #4 Apex Edge. A clubmaker with access to the Hogan specs might also be able to figure out which Aldila, Fujikawa or UST would be a good replacement.
I'd recommend Ben Hogan CFT Edge Hybrids with Hogan Apex Lightweight Graphite shafts. In my experience they are a far better buy than Adams or Nickent. They look terrific, are inexpensive (check eBay or the Callaway "pre-owned" site) and perform like their namesake!
Ben Hogan Edge CFT Hybrids--The Hybrids for Most of Us.
I love long irons because they require you to practice and use excellent technique. For several years, I regularly kept a 2-iron in my bag. At that time, I had a 7 handicap at my club and I could hit a 1-iron about 260 yards. However, times have changed. I don't own a 1-iron, or 2-iron anymore. Even when it comes to a 3-iron, or 4-iron, if you aren't practicing and playing regularly, it is difficult to be a good ball striker with your long irons.
During one particular round of golf, one of my partners asked me if I had ever struck a hybrid. When I responded negatively, he offered me his new Cleveland Hi-Bore hybrid. I struck the ball and was simply in awe of the ease of ball striking as the ball rocketed down the fairway. I immediately went to the club review issues and began comparing hybrids. When I saw Hogan hybrids were the best hybrids recommended for the mere mortals in the golf existence, I decided to try them.
Unlike some hybrids, the Hogan hybrids bring confidence and a measure of forgiveness. They are easier to hit than long irons and the ball flight is mid to low trajectory with steel shafts. You get a nice "click" noise on good contact and lots of distance. The Apex shafts seem to be exactly the flex on the labels. The Hogan Apex graphite shafts seem to keep the ball flight straight like steel, although the trajectory seems mid to high. They are easy to hit from rough and easier to use for punch shots from bad lies than long irons. They work better for chip shots, too. Oh, if you happen to make poor contact, you get a "thud" and a little sting to remind you you have done a bad thing.
Hogan hybrids are nice looking clubs at address. The finish produces almost no glare at address. On the other hand, the painted soles are a bad idea. The blue portion looks dull after regular use. The red paint wears off. The headcovers have too many colors, fade like Dracula in sunlight and fit poorly. Too make matters worse, the number tags fall off with just more than casual contact. For example, drop the club with the headcover on and the tag is not likely to come up with the headcover. In short, the headcovers are too busy and too ornamental!
For the money, the Hogan Edge CFT Hybrids are definitely a good value. With a little less color on the club heads and headcovers, they would be perfect. BTW, if you aren't a single-digit handicapper and you haven't tried a hybrid club, you are seriously mired in the 90s and giving up a small bucket of strokes every round. My Hogans unceremoniously outed my 3-iron and 4-iron in a single round!
Save your tokens and try these Hogans (or somebody's hybrids), as in before your next long iron accident. You won't regret it.
"Beaten by skill, but NEVER by technology!"
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LONG IRON SOLUTION
The Hogan Edge CFT Hybrid Fairway wood is a very good solution to hitting long irons. The one I bought via E-bay took the place of my 4 iron, which I seldom used anyway. Now, when I have that 180 to 190 yard shot, I pull the CFT and generally it is on the green or very near by. For those of you that have not tried a Hybrid in place of your long irons, it is worth the money. I have Hogan irons, so, I wanted the Hogan Hybrid. I have tried the Adams I-wood (another Hybrid Club) and it is good also. I prefer the Hogan simply because well struck shots feel much better. I paid $30.00 for it brand new in the plastic off E-bay. I researched it on the internet before I bought it and at on-line golf stores, the cheapest I could find it new was $99.00. What a deal!!
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Review of Hogan Edge CFT Hybrid Rescue club
This club is a work of art. It is far better than the taylor made rescue range, as it has more workability than the taylor made range. It has a much more traditional feel to it, in that its a lot easier to draw, fade or hit a straight shot with this. The only drawback I can say about this club is that the longer the hybrid you choose, the harder they are to use, but thats obvious for all clubs, but in this range, its more pronounced, in that the 1 hybrid is a driving iron, and I wouldn't recommend it unless you are playing off single digits, as its a very hard club to use.
Just remember, try to play it more off your front foot, and it works like a charm, don't swing it like an iron.
The forgiveness in the 3H 4H and 5H hybrids are fantastic, and well worth trying out. I found they are great from all types of lies, and especially in putting spin on the ball as opposed to most other types of hybrids.
The shaft is pretty good too, but if you can afford it, I would recommend using this with a grafalloy shaft, but that might get expensive. Its very easy to chip shots with the 5h aswell, from rough lies.
I can honestly say I've never used a club before that I had very little to complain about, but this would defintely rate as among one of them. But with the hogan range of clubs, sometimes you can get a real winner or a hard club to use, but in this case, the 3,4 and 5 are definately worth taking a look at.
I found the stiff shafts too stiff for me, as they are a little more whippier than the taylor made range of stock shafts. But having said that, I prefer the regular flex of the shafts.
If you want to know, Ben Hogan hybrid shafts come in the following range:
Apex 4 - Stiff
Apex 3 - Regular
Apex 2 - Seniors
The new range of Hogan clubs come with a small dot on the base of the head, this is supposed to mean that the club has been 'perfectly' balanced, though I think this is just a silly gimick, as I've tried both with and without, and they feel exactly the same. It might actually just be a way to try and prevent fakes, but whose to say.
I hope this review helps.
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Hogan Hybrids are money in your pocket!!
I am in my mid fifties, single digit handicap and have lost a little distance and accuracy in my long irons. I play MacGregor forged blades. I decided I needed a little help with some of the new technology available.
I researched a wide variety of hybrid clubs and gave the Hogans a test drive.
WOW? With the stock graphite stiff shaft I increased my length by 14 yards with the 3 iron and increased my accuracy by at least 25%. I still miss the greens from 200 yards out all too regularly, but I am at least at the green and leave a little chip and a putt for par. I also hit a lot of greens, also...especially from the tee box on those long par threes.
If you put a nice tempoed swing on these babies they are straight...that's right...I said straight. If you try to muscle them they tend to hook or slice...Duh?!! For the money I am a big believer in the Hogans. They are definitely the best bang for your buck and they may be the best overall hybrids even if money doesn't matter.
The hybrids aren't miracle clubs from the rough. Sometimes I wish I had an iron for those shots, but if you can keep your drives in the fairway, or light rough...you are going to see a HUGE improvement in your approach shots.
I have three hybrids now (the #1, #3, #4) I trade them in and out of my bag depending on how long the course plays. The #1 is a great 3 wood replacement. Not as long as my Callaway Steelhead III, but it is straighter.
My money grubbing playing parners all have Hogan's now. They got real tired of giving me their cash every weekend. That is the only downside to playing the Hogans. Your partners will be playing them, too!!!!
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