Description From Ben Hogan Co:
"...the 1998 Apex Iron combines some of the best features of the '88 and '94 Apex models. The result is the feel and performance you would expect from a forged blade, incorporated into the most playable blade design available today."
Review Abstract "Cosmetically these clubs are absolutely beautiful with flawless workmanship throughout the entire set." The Ben Hogan Apex is an "outstanding set of forged irons." Amazingly pure, soft yet solid feel at impact. Many players report vast improvement in their iron play with these clubs. Reported as "a little bit pricy, but worth every penny." "This is what the best club in golf feels like. This is the best iron out there."
Summary: I have been a golfer since I was a kid and have a good natural swing. For the first 15 yrs, I played with some DCI's and never really thought about changing. However, about 5 yrs ago I discoverd Ben Hogans book, Five Lessons and for the first time ever I understood the golf swing, I wish someone would have gave me this book when I was young!( I give it away all the time). The first season after I read this book was the most fun I've had on a golf course, my irons where pure & straight and my scores droped into the 70's. Since then, I have read EVERYTHING Hogan and swithced to Hogan irons, the APEX EDGE PRO's(cavity back forged irons) Great irons,and with my new (Hogan inspired swing)my game got even better. Then I started to try some old school blades thinking it would interesting to see if I could hit them. I tried everything, Mizuno's, KZG's, Nike....then I found the APEX 98's. Much to my delight most of the blades were very playable and decided to get a set of Apex 98's. Got them off EBAY with Rifle 6.0 which I thought might be to much for me, but I hit them dead straight. I think everyone with normal ability should play stiffer shafts, the ball WILL go straighter and more consistent. For some reason I decided to reshaft them with the KBS tour shafts, did it myself, fun project, swingweight D-2 the hole bit. I leraned alot about the affect a shaft has on a golf swing/ball. For the record I actually have four 5 iron heads fitted with different shafts so I could try which shaft worked the best, (Stock Apex #4,Rifle 6.0, Project X 5.5 and the KBS tour stiff). I have to say the Hogan shaft was the worst, it was like hitting a different club, all the other shafts preformed much better, with ball flight lower and more powerful. This project has showed me that the shaft IS the engine of a club and a correct fit will help any golfer. I still keep the Rifle 6.0 in my bag because I think I hit it more consistent then the KBS's (always tinkering). The reason I talked about Ben's book is that it made me a much better golfer and I can really enjoy playing blades because of it. With that said a good blade iron will make anyone play better. At least buy a single 6I and take it to the range, I promise, you will be converted. In conclusion the Apex 98's are not only some of the best looking irons ever, they are also in a very small group of great blade irons (others:MP-29,MP-37,MP-14, KZG to name a few) that anyone can play and enjoy. A purely struk Apex is the only way to feel what Ben Hogan felt every time he hit a golf ball and for that reason I will play my Apex's for a long time.
Thx for reading
Similar Products Used: MP-29, MP-37, KZG, NIKE V forged, Really liked the nikes but will not support the Guy behind them. Actually if you look at the set Mr. Hogan desiged and played the "Personals" from 1953 you will see that its copied by Mizuno ( the MP-14's which Tiger played before his Titlest club contract and only if they made him a set that closly matched the mp-14'S! and now the nike's are very similar.
Summary: I picked these up from the net for less then $250 for about two years ago. The reason was that I wanted to try something “a little harder” then my Ping G5 and Eye2, and all my friends said that the ultimate set to have before you checked in to the Heavenly G&CC is a forged Hogan set. I have to agree. When you play good golf and have time to practice your shots and shot making capabilities, blades are the deal. If you are not that serious about your game, maybe you should look for something else, but at the same time; these could help you improve your game if given the chance. The shafts in my set are Hogan by Spalding no 3 (regular), and they fit the club heads nicely, I like the combination. Considering my swing speed (80-83 mph with I6) the do the job very good and I do not need a stiffer shaft. When the sun shines and you have the wind in your back, there are not a whole lot of sets I would rather have in my bag.
The only sad thing about this set is that Hogan as a company, for all intents and purposes no longer exists as an independent club maker, which I think is a great shame.
Summary: I played Hogan Radials (2-E) for a dozen years and then switched over to Ping ISIs about twelve years ago. Seemed the thing to do at the time. After then not playing for the last ten years, I got back into golf to teach my seven year-old son. I quickly discovered that I much prefer a thin topline with a compact head and hit my old Radials much better than the "easy-to-hit" Ping ISI-Ks that I also have. Since the Radials are a little tired and I wanted a stiffer shaft than the Apex 3 steel shaft I have on those clubs, I started researching blades. As a long-time Hogan fan, the Apex was high on the list. I found a set, 1-E in close-to-new shape with Rifle Flighted shafts (6.0) on ebay and pulled the trigger. All they needed were new grips.
The clubs are amazing. Draw, fade, knockdown...whatever you want. My distance is down a club from my Radials even though the lofts are a touch stronger, but I attribute that to the stiffer shafts. I'm still hitting the 8 iron about 145 though. The control makes it worth it as distance is not what's limiting my game at the moment.
I also really like having the 1 and 2 irons for tee shots. I often will carry one as a secondary driving option. Unlike most people, I'm much more comfortable with the long irons than woods or hybrids - a weak point of my game.
Interestingly, I tried playing the Pings again for a few rounds recently and my game fell apart. I found that with the Apex and Radial club heads, I set up much better and concentrate better allowing me to put the ball on the sweetspot more often. I belive some combination of the optics and offset is at work here.
Don't believe the hype that only low 'cappers can play blades. I'm of the belief that, yes, there's a difference between the cavity backs and blades, and yes, some people will perform better with one than the other, but the differences are much smaller than the marketing departments at the big companies or the local golf retail store would have you believe.
The way to improve your game is to improve your swing. Get a club that give you the feedback you need and don't be afraid to try a set of clubs like these and give it a go.
Customer Service: After killing the Hogan brand and legacy, I don't see myself buying anything from Callaway anytime soon.
Similar Products Used: Hogan Radials, Ping Eye 2, Ping ISI, various other blades
Summary: Excellent club. I have played custom built clubs and clubs off the shelf, but none felt as solid and provided the ball flight/workability skills I have found with these. Before purchasing my Apex, I tried Titlest, Callaway and Taylor Made, these clubs are the best!