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With the release of the Icon blades and that they are being delivered now, it seemed appropriate to launch a topic in the Equipment board.

 

I received my Icon blades today (4-PW, nickel plated). These have KBS Tour V stiff shafts at standard L/L/L. I would have preferred Nippon Modus3 Tour 120 stiff shafts but will give these a try to see how they feel and how they perform. I can always reshaft at a later date. Now to go to the only range in the area I know is open the next few days and see how they perform. I will post additional pictures later.

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Driver:  TaylorMade M3 440cc 9.5° (tour issue 9.9), Graphite Design Tour AD DI 6S   ||  3W:  TaylorMade M4 15° (small head), Graphite Design Tour AD DI 7S

Hybrid:  TaylorMade SLDR 2I Hybrid at 17°, Graphite Design Tour AD DI 8S  ||  Irons:  Ben Hogan Icon 4-PW, Nippon Modus3 Tour 120 stiff

Wedges:  Scratch Golf 1018 forged: 50°, 54°, 58°, Nippon Modus3 Tour 120 stiff ||  Putter: Byron Morgan custom Epic Day

Ball: Taylormade Tour Preferred (2016 ball)  ||  Bag: Sun Mountain Three 5 stand bag

 

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Got mine a couple days ago, man are they pretty.  Wont get to try them on the course till later in the week, though.  Hit a few in my backyard net and they feel great, 4 iron is surprisingly easy to h

I'm fully on board, too -- I came this close to my 3rd ace this morning with a 6 iron from 208 (a bit downhill and downwind). I've been really impressed at how easy the 4-6 irons are to hit.  

Put some BBF&Co on there. Little bit more regal.

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Here's the 6 iron at address.

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Driver:  TaylorMade M3 440cc 9.5° (tour issue 9.9), Graphite Design Tour AD DI 6S   ||  3W:  TaylorMade M4 15° (small head), Graphite Design Tour AD DI 7S

Hybrid:  TaylorMade SLDR 2I Hybrid at 17°, Graphite Design Tour AD DI 8S  ||  Irons:  Ben Hogan Icon 4-PW, Nippon Modus3 Tour 120 stiff

Wedges:  Scratch Golf 1018 forged: 50°, 54°, 58°, Nippon Modus3 Tour 120 stiff ||  Putter: Byron Morgan custom Epic Day

Ball: Taylormade Tour Preferred (2016 ball)  ||  Bag: Sun Mountain Three 5 stand bag

 

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Not sure if they're called a clamshell or not. I thought of the Apex 50 when I first saw these. I love the blade on blade design feature. My current gamers are the '99 Apex blades so I'm really looking forward to hitting these.

Driver:  TaylorMade M3 440cc 9.5° (tour issue 9.9), Graphite Design Tour AD DI 6S   ||  3W:  TaylorMade M4 15° (small head), Graphite Design Tour AD DI 7S

Hybrid:  TaylorMade SLDR 2I Hybrid at 17°, Graphite Design Tour AD DI 8S  ||  Irons:  Ben Hogan Icon 4-PW, Nippon Modus3 Tour 120 stiff

Wedges:  Scratch Golf 1018 forged: 50°, 54°, 58°, Nippon Modus3 Tour 120 stiff ||  Putter: Byron Morgan custom Epic Day

Ball: Taylormade Tour Preferred (2016 ball)  ||  Bag: Sun Mountain Three 5 stand bag

 

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Address photos with ball are much appreciated. Beautiful clubs. Congrats. To me in photos they don’t look as small behind the ball as the Ft Worth, they appear to be a touch more generous in face size, a big plus in my book. I like the Icon’s look a whole lot more. Will be interested in your early feedback on how they perform.

One advantage for me is I prefer the KBS Tour-V over the Modus 120. Both great shafts and Modus is always a contender when I try clubs. But Tour-V stiff for me is like a cross between the Tour and C Taper. I feel like it delivers a punch, gives me the more penetrating flight, especially for a 110g shaft. i’m curious how they do for you with the Icon.

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I will definitely give the Tour V 110 stiff shafts a through test. If they work well then why reshaft? The Icons have a 4 degree separation between irons (3 iron = 22*, PW = 46*). I am going to go with a 50* GW (as opposed to my normal 52*), 54* SW and my normal 58* LW. If the Tour V 110 stiff shafts worn out then I reshaft the wedges with it.

Driver:  TaylorMade M3 440cc 9.5° (tour issue 9.9), Graphite Design Tour AD DI 6S   ||  3W:  TaylorMade M4 15° (small head), Graphite Design Tour AD DI 7S

Hybrid:  TaylorMade SLDR 2I Hybrid at 17°, Graphite Design Tour AD DI 8S  ||  Irons:  Ben Hogan Icon 4-PW, Nippon Modus3 Tour 120 stiff

Wedges:  Scratch Golf 1018 forged: 50°, 54°, 58°, Nippon Modus3 Tour 120 stiff ||  Putter: Byron Morgan custom Epic Day

Ball: Taylormade Tour Preferred (2016 ball)  ||  Bag: Sun Mountain Three 5 stand bag

 

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March 18th. They shut down operations shortly after that. Resumed 2 weeks ago.

Driver:  TaylorMade M3 440cc 9.5° (tour issue 9.9), Graphite Design Tour AD DI 6S   ||  3W:  TaylorMade M4 15° (small head), Graphite Design Tour AD DI 7S

Hybrid:  TaylorMade SLDR 2I Hybrid at 17°, Graphite Design Tour AD DI 8S  ||  Irons:  Ben Hogan Icon 4-PW, Nippon Modus3 Tour 120 stiff

Wedges:  Scratch Golf 1018 forged: 50°, 54°, 58°, Nippon Modus3 Tour 120 stiff ||  Putter: Byron Morgan custom Epic Day

Ball: Taylormade Tour Preferred (2016 ball)  ||  Bag: Sun Mountain Three 5 stand bag

 

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It should take about 2-3 weeks. Should be soon!

Driver:  TaylorMade M3 440cc 9.5° (tour issue 9.9), Graphite Design Tour AD DI 6S   ||  3W:  TaylorMade M4 15° (small head), Graphite Design Tour AD DI 7S

Hybrid:  TaylorMade SLDR 2I Hybrid at 17°, Graphite Design Tour AD DI 8S  ||  Irons:  Ben Hogan Icon 4-PW, Nippon Modus3 Tour 120 stiff

Wedges:  Scratch Golf 1018 forged: 50°, 54°, 58°, Nippon Modus3 Tour 120 stiff ||  Putter: Byron Morgan custom Epic Day

Ball: Taylormade Tour Preferred (2016 ball)  ||  Bag: Sun Mountain Three 5 stand bag

 

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Man they look great. I’ve really been thinking about order them with the x100s soft stepped and if that doesn’t work I’ll just switch to PX LZ 6.5s that I know work. So all new orders won’t ship until June?

Driver: TaylorMade SIM MAX (10.5 degrees - set to 9.75 and 1.5 degrees open)

Shaft: Aldila Rogue 130 White 70 TX (at 45" and tipped 1")

3-wood: TaylorMade SIM (15 degrees)

Shaft: Aldila Rogue 130 Black 70 TX (at 43" and tipped 1")

UDI: *** Under Construction ***

Irons: TaylorMade P-7MC 4-PW (1 degree upright)

Shaft: Nippon Pro Modus3 Tour 120 X

Wedges: Cleveland RTX Zipcore Tour Rack (Raw) 52.10, 56.12 & 60.12

Shaft: Nippon Pro Modus3 Wedge 125

Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2 Mid-Slant (at 34")

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Purdy. Wish I was young enough to play an iron like these. But at my age I play geezer golf and need all the help I can get. My first good set was in the late 60's and it was an Hogan Apex set.

My senior bag.......

TM M2 9.5* driver reg
Callaway Rogue 3 & 5 fw woods reg
Callaway Rogue X 4,5,6 hybrids reg
Cobra F9 SL  6-g irons
Cobra King Black SL 56*
Ping CrazE putter
Datrex 15 way IDS cart bag - black

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The combo sets are very appealing. Never say never on a full Icon set, I guess, but I’d be reluctant to pass up the pop and easy launch in the PTx Pro long irons. The Icon scoring irons would be fun to play and the two heads fit so well together. Will be great to finally see reviews from the players getting them right now.

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I have the PTx Pros that I won here last year. The Icons look phenomenal. I would love to have a blended set of the Icons with the PTx Pros just on looks alone. Looking forward to reading some reviews on them. I might have to get a combo set down the road!

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Driver: 10.5* SIM2 set 1 click lower- shaft TBD 

Fairway:  M3 3HL with Diamana Whiteboard 80s

Hybrids: 19* Adams 19* Proforce V2 85f4
Irons: 3 X Forged Utility (Proforce VTS 104s); 4 iron X Forged Utility, 5-PW Ben Hoga PTx Pro:  All shafted with Modus 125s
Wedges: Cleveland Zipcore Wedges (All Raw with Modus 125 Wedge shafts) 48* bent to 49*, 52* Mid bent to 53*, 56* Mid bent to 58*. 

Putter: White Hot OG 7s or Kingston KP1 Carbon Oil Can Finish

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Here are comparison pictures of the 6 irons for the Icon blades compared to the '99 Ben Hogan Apex blade (my spare set that has been rechromed with brushed finish and scoring lines redone). The red striped ferrule is the Icon, the solid black ferrule is the '99 Apex.

My take is that the Icon blade is slightly larger than the '99 Apex. The hosel is shorter so more weight is concentrated in the head. There have been some reports that the sweetspot is slightly towards the hosel but that remains to be seen. V sole of the Icon is definitely a new design feature. The Icon exhibits a true blade on blade design element where the '99 Apex blade featured a partial blade on blade.

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Driver:  TaylorMade M3 440cc 9.5° (tour issue 9.9), Graphite Design Tour AD DI 6S   ||  3W:  TaylorMade M4 15° (small head), Graphite Design Tour AD DI 7S

Hybrid:  TaylorMade SLDR 2I Hybrid at 17°, Graphite Design Tour AD DI 8S  ||  Irons:  Ben Hogan Icon 4-PW, Nippon Modus3 Tour 120 stiff

Wedges:  Scratch Golf 1018 forged: 50°, 54°, 58°, Nippon Modus3 Tour 120 stiff ||  Putter: Byron Morgan custom Epic Day

Ball: Taylormade Tour Preferred (2016 ball)  ||  Bag: Sun Mountain Three 5 stand bag

 

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I just received an email from The Ben Hogan company confirming these are indeed forged from 1025 carbon steel.

Driver:  TaylorMade M3 440cc 9.5° (tour issue 9.9), Graphite Design Tour AD DI 6S   ||  3W:  TaylorMade M4 15° (small head), Graphite Design Tour AD DI 7S

Hybrid:  TaylorMade SLDR 2I Hybrid at 17°, Graphite Design Tour AD DI 8S  ||  Irons:  Ben Hogan Icon 4-PW, Nippon Modus3 Tour 120 stiff

Wedges:  Scratch Golf 1018 forged: 50°, 54°, 58°, Nippon Modus3 Tour 120 stiff ||  Putter: Byron Morgan custom Epic Day

Ball: Taylormade Tour Preferred (2016 ball)  ||  Bag: Sun Mountain Three 5 stand bag

 

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I demoed these on my basement sim last week or the week before. They sent 6i and 9i; I only hit the 6i vs the same in Exotics CBX and Miura BB. Among all, only the Miura had my preferred shaft (Shimada Tour), and if I’m not mistaken, the Miura have a flatter lie (yes, just checked... 1.5* flatter stock), which suits me better.

On pured strikes the Hogan has an addictive, powerful crispness to it. I found myself hitting them high on the face often, though, and they felt harsh there. Hitting them high on the face could relate to the upright lie and/or shaft (Tour V), though I didn’t have as much issue with the Exotics (1* upright from BB, but with KBS Tour shaft).

In comparison, the Miura BB also feel powerful, but with a dense feeling instead of crisp like the Hogan. Of course, feel is subjective. I don’t recall spin rates, launch angles, etc, but distance on good strikes was comparable between the two (note: stock lofts the same at 6i; Shimada shafts 10g+ heavier). I just produced far more misses with the Hogan, and I found misses to be more penal than with the BB. Differences in spec at play, I’m sure. As usual, I left my little test wondering why I have anything besides my BB and why I occasionally let the eye wander. Still, the Icon is an exciting, beautiful offering that will make a lot of bags proud. They did so many things right with these - shape at address, minimal offset, V-sole, etc. OP, I wish you many, many low rounds with them!

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Great thread- I was calling to order the blended set last week, but they were not able to start the blades at the seven iron. I even asked it I could just buy an additional seven icon iron and they could not do that. I am not sure what happens if you loose a club. I guess they are starting on a shoe string, but one would think they could afford twenty or thirty seven and six iron Icons heads to set their blended sets up for different players setups. Its such a small price and minimal effort for great marketing by having better players at different golf clubs playing their products. I am bummed, probably going with blended srixon or mizunos this year. Was so looking forward to the throw back modern Hogan blended setup. Trying not to sounds like a complainer grumpster just cant play the hollow 7i. Not giving up on them at all, will try back next year. Hopefully by then they will have scaled and will be able to provide more custom options.

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Nice photo's. It looks like the top line is about the same thickness, is that the case when you look at them in person? I felt like the top line was way to thick on the Ft Worth's and TK Wedges. I'm playing the 99's now and I love them. I'll be really interested in how they compare on the course.

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