Ben Hogan Equalizer II wedges are an attractive set of short game irons that can enhance your approach play – all without costing the earth.
Carrying the famous name of Hogan, the second generation of Equalizer wedges are cleverly being pitched as a cheaper alternative to the likes of Titleist’s Vokey wedges.
But don’t think that because these forged wedges are reasonably priced that they don’t perform exceptionally. Ben Hogan have worked hard on creating the perfect combination and they come in striking steel and black colour options.
The Equalizer wedges come with a host of technology and design features including precision milled face and grooves for maximum spin, u-shaped grooves, improved V sole design and a variety of lofts.
What Ben Hogan say about the Equalizer II wedges:
“We’ve incorporated Ben Hogan’s wedge design philosophy across all wedges…all worthy to bear the legendary Equalizer name.
“During his playing career, Ben Hogan’s competitors called his Pitching Wedge his ‘Equalizer’ because he used it so effectively.
“While he was never the longest or even most accurate player on Tour, Ben Hogan had one of the best short games in the business.
“Ben Hogan credited his short game success to his wedge design. He knew 65 years ago that ‘unbalanced’ wedges…wedges with too much weight positioned near the sole of the club and, in turn, very thin faces…wouldn’t perform consistently. After years of experimenting with weight distribution, he found one of his many ‘secrets’.
“We’ve incorporated Ben Hogan’s wedge design philosophy across an entirely new line of Gap, Sand and Lob wedges…all worthy to bear the legendary Equalizer name.
“Equalizer wedges not only perform exceptionally well around the greens, but they look great too. They truly are the perfect blend of science with artistry.”
Ben Hogan Equalizer II Wedges Design & Features
Hogan’s new Equalizer II wedges feature a progressive centre of gravity, larger head and a thinner top line than the original Equalizer.
The key design element in the Equalizer II wedges is the improved V-Sole technology and a new sole geometry suitable for a variety of golfers and course conditions.
The V-Sole combines high bounce on the leading edge with low bounce on the trailing edge for the most forgiving wedges yet from Ben Hogan.
The design team concentrated on tweaks to the high front edge with a low back edge and have designed a wedge that can be easily manipulation in terms of loft, regardless of a downhill, flat or uphill lie.
The wedge has a high centre of gravity, with weight set low to prevent ballooning and increase accuracy and maximise distance on full shots.
The Equalizer II wedges have an aggressive groove pattern that allows golfers to hold short shots on the green.
The new Equalizer II wedges are available in a range of lofts from 48 to 62 degrees in nickel-chrome and black. The Texas Grind models are limited to 50 degrees, 54 degrees and 58 degrees.
Verdict: Are the Ben Hogan Equalizer II Wedges any good?
There’s a lot to like about the Equalizer II wedges, which stand up strongly against other much more prestigious and popular brand in the marketplace.
Ben Hogan are tweaked the design of the first generation and the result means much better turf interaction and contact thanks to the high bounce on the leading edge and low bounce on the trailing edge.
You can expect to make much better contact on full shots, half shots and short chips from around the putting green.
How much do the Ben Hogan Equalizer II wedges cost?
The are sold at £125 / $172 per wedge.
What lofts are available in the Equalizer II wedges?
The forged wedges are available in a range of lofts from 48 to 62 degrees. The Texas Grind models are limited to 50 degrees, 54 degrees and 58 degrees.
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