A few rumors have been floating around in the last few hours on social networks that Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company is out of business and has fired all of their employees. I just received a “clarification” which is copied and pasted below:
Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company announces reorganization and restructuring – maintains commitment to building highest quality and most precise golf equipment in the world
Fort Worth, Texas: The Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company announced today that it is going through a period of re-tooling and right-sizing in an effort to become more nimble and profitable in the highly competitive golf equipment business.
The Company has voluntarily implemented a reorganization initiative to minimize expenses and streamline the operation. This included the reduction of a large percentage of the exempt and non-exempt workforce, some of whom will be rehired as contract employees. The company has not declared bankruptcy nor been foreclosed upon, and remains in the business of producing and selling the highest quality and most precise golf equipment in the world.
“Reports of our death have been greatly exaggerated”, said Scott White, President and CEO of the Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company. “While our organization does not look the same today as it did in 2016, we are confident that the changes we are making will make us a stronger and better company in the future”.
About Ben Hogan Golf
The Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company is based in Fort Worth, TX and manufactures premium golf clubs and golf bags. The company was started in 1953 by Ben Hogan himself, and is continuing Mr. Hogan’s reputation of innovation, performance, and classical designs. For players who are serious about their games, and the game of golf, there is only one choice: Ben Hogan Golf Equipment
Drumroll please… Happy New Year! Welcome 2017. This is the final 2016 year-end golf blog post. Today I’m happy to announce the best product Hooked on Golf Blog reviewed in 2016, the Miura Series 1957 Limited Edition Small Blade Irons. Check out the Hooked on Golf Blog Miura Series 1957 Limited Edition Small Blade Irons review.
These small blade irons are perhaps the most deserving product I’ve ever awarded for the HOG Product of the Year awards. They’re as incredible as they look. If you were to look back on the Hooked on Golf Blog Twitter to the most retweeted tweets, you’d see that consistently the ones with photos from this review are at the top. These are one of golf’s best products and everyone knows it.
Miura Series 1957 Small Blade Irons
Most people see blades, especially ones like these which are 15% smaller than normal blades, and think, “oh these are blades so I can’t hit them.” WRONG! I’m not sure how, but Miura’s engineering and hand-crafted design makes these easier to hit than many clubs meant for higher handicap players, not single digits or pros. The feel of these irons is so butter. What a joy to play.
Blade-a-licious! Could you hit this? Easier than you would think!
Congratulations to Miura. It’s not really a surprise that one of their products would win a HOG Product of the Year award. That’s pretty much what one would expect. But it’s still nice to recognize the quality, workmanship, looks, feel, and joy these clubs bring to the game of golf.
The most important club in the bag other than one’s brain, is the putter. 40-50% of all the strokes a golfer records on the course are with the putter. Putting is certainly the strength of my game. I rely on my putting big time to make up for other deficiencies in my game. Having the right putter setup is crucial. If any part of the setup is off even slightly, putts will be missed. Without the right weight and grip size/shape, the strength of my game would be neutralized. I don’t roll with the jumbo grips because they reduce the feel for me, and I don’t have a problem with breaking my wrists.
I’ve found the perfect grip for my putting, the Golf Pride Tour SNSR Contour (there’s a straight model as well). It’s a mid-sized grip with a taper which fits great in my hands. The taper is known as a pistol shape.
The grip is made from a proprietary rubber which feels soft and comfortable in the hands, and translates the feel of impact from the head to my hands. This is called “feedback.” Feedback is extremely important for any club, but putting is especially crucial because there is so much touch and feel involved.
On The Course
I’ve had this grip on my putter since before my trip to Scotland this past summer. It has been a fantastic grip and I’ve putted very well with it. Last week I had a round with 22 putts, starting off with eight 1-putts in a row. I’ve found the SNSR to be perfect in call conditions, from slow to fast greens and even with the Texas wedge (my best wedge). It was tremendous on the hard links ground of Scotland, even from 50-70 yards out in the fairway!
When the original grip on my Dornoch Putters Mad Dog 1 finally wore out, I went through several grips. That special putter has a handmade milled aluminum head, and it provides a ton of feel and feedback. I needed a grip that can compliment that amazing putter and the Golf Pride SNSR Contour is a perfect match.
How many decades have I been sniveling and whining about my short game here on this golf blog? 2? 3? I seriously have a better chance of getting a 4-iron close to the pin from 210 yards with a tree in my backswing, than I do chipping. That happened this past weekend. Thanks to Bombtech Golf I will be dropping a bomb on my short game and starting over with three new wedges.
Bombtech is famous for their Grenade driver which I reviewed a while back. It’s a great driver. Now they’re offering wedges which are very sharp looking. What’s crazy is that these wedges are priced at $99 for ALL THREE right now, instead of $99 each.
If these wedges can help improve my short game even a tiny bit, I’ll win that $99 in bets and the clubs will pay for themselves! Haha.
Can you buy a game? Most golfers seem to think so. For $99 it could be worth a shot, pun intended. Stay tuned for my (hopefully positive) review soon.
I’ve been gaming the Air Force One nitrogen charged driver now for about a year and a half. I told my buddies just today that I’ll keep hitting it until I find a better driver. I don’t care who makes it or what the retail price is, as long as I’m killing it.
Naturally I was eager to accept the offer from Air Force One to review their new Air Foil fairway metal-woods, based on my great experience with the driver. Here are a couple of photos of this new fairway wood:
Air Force One – Air Foil Fairway Wood
I hit 2-3 shots with the Air Foil 3-wood in today’s round, one resulting in a birdie on the par-5 10th at Mountain Dell. Unlike other “reviewers” though, I can’t review a club in three swings. Stay tuned for a full review, which will be a few weeks. When I test clubs I play real golf, on real golf courses.
Yeah, hard work I know. But I have to stay true to my golf blogger roots. FORE!