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Ben Hogan's personal experimental prototypes from the 1960's – 2022 Charles Schwab Challenge


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Obviously some dead ends on some of those experiments, but looks like some S2H2 tech in there. Everything old is new again!

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Cool stuff. Goes to show there are a lot of failed ideas in R&D. But it would be interesting to see what was taken from these and applied to other ideas. 

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9 minutes ago, ggpro said:

Wow Ben Hogan invented the “Bassackward” putter!

 

Who’d a thought ?

Looking at that thing made me oddly nervous, LOL

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Thank you for posting really educational

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Trying to imagine me making my own clubs...haha!! 

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That one driver kind of reminded me of the Wilson Invex.

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Thanks for sharing.🍻

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23 hours ago, elwhippy said:

So glad none of them came to market. 

Hahahahahahahahahahahaha, Im dying in the office LOL!!

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- Something that is a fairway finder when needed and long
- Something that high, consistent and helps with par 5’s
-  Something to help with long par3’s and short par 4’s

-  Something metal, lots of them and go the gaps I need
- Something metal, 2x of them and helps me 120y and in
- Putters - limited rotation because I cannot afford misses

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On 5/24/2022 at 12:49 PM, atursky said:

Thanks to the Ben Hogan Foundation, I was able to take photos of Ben Hogan's personal prototypes from around the 1960's on the range at Colonial Country Club on Tuesday ahead of the 2022 Charles Schwab Challenge. According to Robert Stennett from the foundation, Hogan didn't necessarily use these in competition, and they didn't make it into retail production, but these were clubs that Hogan had built and experimented with. They came directly from his personal collection and were donated to the foundation. He was truly ahead of his time, and he constantly chased perfection. 

 

Here's a brief explanation of each club: 

 

1) One of the first ever "hybrid" clubs

2) One of the first ever "metalwood" drivers

3) A modern driver shape with a "bore-thru" shaft

4) A super lightweight 5-iron made with an aluminum head and wave-like grooves on the face

5) A putter with the shaft in the toe

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The iron looks great, no offset.  That type of putter works, I have two similar that I made, having never seen the one in the photos.

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19 hours ago, Grim said:

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That to me just looks like an old school 90s Great Big Bertha profile. 

I got a kick out of you calling the Big Bertha old school in this scenario. 

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