New golf equipment for 2021: Irons

Ben Hogan Player’s Black Combo Set (Ben Hogan)

Price: $840 

There was a time when everyone played the same irons through the set, but now it is common to see pros and elite golfers blend two or three different types of clubs. Why? What golfers want from long irons (distance, height and forgiveness) is different from what they demand from short irons (feel, accuracy and consistency). With the Player’s Black Combo Set, Ben Hogan is doing the blending for you and helping to make all the clubs look consistent. 

The 4-iron through 7-iron in this set are Ben Hogan PTx Pro models, while the 8-iron through pitching wedge are ICON irons. All seven clubs are forged for enhanced feel and have been given a limited-edition, glare-reducing diamond-black-metal finish that is seven-times more durable that nickel-chrome finishes. 

The PTx Pro irons in this set are all hollow to allow the faces to flex more efficiently at impact and to create more ball speed. They also have internal tungsten weights to lower the center of gravity and encourage higher-flying shots that come down on a steeper angle. 

The ICON irons have a thinner topline, less offset and a shorter blade length than the PTx Pro irons. They also feature a progressive center of mass, so the center of gravity elevates slightly as the lofts increase. Many golfers like this because it makes it easier to flight approach shots down for better distance control and enhanced feel. 

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