The History of Ben Hogan Golf Irons

By Brendan O'Brien

Ben Hogan, one of the greatest golfers of all time, was victorious in 63 PGA Tour tournaments. Hogan's career was highlighted by four U.S. Open Championships, two Masters, two PGA Championships and a British Open victory. Hogan is also known for quality golf equipment, starting Ben Hogan Golf in 1953.
 

Precision

In 1954, the Ben Hogan Golf company developed and distributed its first set of irons, called "Precision." Hogan tossed out the first irons produced by the company because they did not meet his strict quality standards.

1960 and 1968

American Machine and Foundry (AMF) bought Hogan's company in 1960, with Hogan staying on as the chairman of the board. Eight years later, Hogan developed Apex shaft irons. This steel shaft was billed as being less stiff in the longer irons and stiffer in the short irons.

The Edge

The Edge iron collection hit the market in 1989. These clubs became the company's best-selling irons in the history of the enterprise.

Apex Edge

The company launched the Apex Edge iron and billed it as "the world's first two-piece forged iron with a forged Carbon Steel frame and forged face," according to the company's Web site. These irons are marketed to lesser players who enjoy the forged iron feel.

Callaway Golf

Callaway Golf bought the Ben Hogan Golf company in 2004. Hogan's line of products, including the irons, began to be sold under the Callaway name until Callaway discontinued the clubs in 2008.

Revived Ben Hogan

In 2014, Callaway sold the rights to Ben Hogan to Eidolon Brand, run by Texas golfer Terry Koehler. Koehler had dreamed of reviving the line of clubs first designed by the Texas legend Ben Hogan, and his dream has become a reality with the introduction of the Ft. Worth Irons and the PTX Irons. In addition, Hogan also sells high quality wedges and hybrids. 

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About The Author

Brendan O'Brien is a professional journalist in Milwaukee, Wis. He has worked for several news organizations, newspapers such as the "Milwaukee Journal Sentinel" and trade magazines during his 15-year career. He is currently a freelance writer who works for several publications.

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