Ben Hogan TK 15 Wedge Review: The Classiest Short Game on the Course
Back in the day, Ben Hogan believed that a wedge with a heavy sole and thin upper face would result in wildly inconsistent shots. With that in mind, the Ben Hogan TK 15 wedge has been engineered with a lighter sole and perimeter weighting for more consistency on full shots while maintaining top-level greenside performance.
Everybody already knows that the latest Ben Hogan clubs are arguably the best looking clubs on the market today — they look like they belonged in Sinatra’s bag — but does the Ben Hogan TK 15 Wedge back up those looks? We’re here to find out, so let’s take a look at some of the tech behind the TK 15 first.
Ben Hogan TK 15 Wedge Science Stuff
Ben Hogan Golf believes full shots that are left short with a wedge isn’t all your fault. According to their build approach, wedges need more weight at the top of the face — traditional wedges don’t adhere to this theory.
So, the engineers designed the Ben Hogan TK 15 wedge with the mass more evenly distributed across the back of the clubface. The result: more penetrating trajectory on full swings, and improved distance control on all shots.
They don’t stop at redistributing the mass on the back of the club. No. The brains at Ben Hogan treated each wedge and loft separately during construction. There is no bending because the company did not want to compromise the club’s bounce and offset. Additionally, as the loft of the Ben Hogan TK 15 wedges decreases, the mass is gradually moved to the toe and heel and higher on the clubhead. Hit it high on the face or out on the toe, the Ben Hogan TK 15 isn’t going to penalize you too much.
Ben Hogan TK 15 Specs
- Lofts: 48 – 63 degrees
- Material: Forged 1025 Carbon Steel
- CNC-Milled Face
- Grip: Lamkin Ace 3-Gen
- Shafts: KBS Tour V (S, X), KBS Tour 90 (S, X), UST Mamiya Recoil 660 (A, R), UST Mamiya Recoil 680 (S)
- Lie: 1 -3 degrees Up, 1 – 3 degrees Flat
Sound and Feel
Probably the biggest selling point of the Ben Hogan TK 15 wedge is the way it makes you feel when you lay it into the ball. It’s an intuitive measure that cannot be quantified, but it’s arguably the most important, and the Ben Hogan TK 15 wedge makes you feel almost invincible from inside 100 yards.
The TK 15 has a mellow, muted pop on strikes thanks to the soft carbon steel, but it’s not dull or numb. The weight of the clubhead is nearly perfect — it’s not too heavy, it’s not too soft. It’s the Goldilocks of head weight. Enough weight that you can feel if it’s open or closed throughout the swing, but not too heavy where you’d be concerned about submarining it at impact.
After hearing “redistribution of weight to the toe and heel,” the worry was that while it would be very forgiving, it might leave you guessing exactly where you made contact on the face. Yeah, that’s not an issue. The Ben Hogan TK 15 wedge seems to have perfectly balanced that line of adding perimeter weighting for forgiveness without compromising feel.
Ben Hogan TK 15: How Does It Perform?
The Ben Hogan TK 15 makes its living in full-swing shots, but I’ll be honest, when I saw the ball flight described as “penetrating” on the Ben Hogan site, I was slightly concerned. Penetrating isn’t usually an adjective that I would choose to illustrate a wedge’s trajectory, but after playing with them for a while, it makes sense. The TK 15’s have a lot less weight in the sole compared to traditional wedges. The weighting is more closely related to that of an iron, and that produces a consistent trajectory as well as what feels like a more penetrating flight. With the Ben Hogan TK 15 wedge, there weren’t occasions where the wind was knocking the ball down. It seemed to come off the face a little hotter than most wedges and hit it’s apex — which was not any lower than other comparable wedges — faster while still maintaining a steep landing angle.
Amateur golfers always want to spin the ball back like Phil Mickelson, so they go out and buy the latest Mack Daddy or Spin-Milled Vokey. The reality is that most of us don’t have what it takes to have that pinpoint accuracy that the pros do, and buying wedges with crazy, laser grooving doesn’t provide the characteristics that an amateur needs. Hugely spinning wedges used by an amateur from distance more often than not results in leaving the shot short, and that’s where the Ben Hogan TK 15 wedge is ideal. Ben Hogan golf believes — rightly so — that spinning the ball should be left to ability, not the attributes of the club. Now, they still push the USGA groove limits almost as much as any other wedge manufacturer, but they have not set out to build a wedge that spins first. They want consistent flight and trajectory foremost. That said, the Ben Hogan TK 15 if struck properly will stop on a dime, spin, and one-hop with the best of them.
If there’s one word that would best describe the Ben Hogan TK 15 wedge, it would be “versatile”. That versatility is due to the V-Sole design. The leading edge has a higher bounce, and the main portion of the sole has a lower bounce. What this means is that you can take normal, attacking swings in the fairway, but when you need to get through the ball in the sand, the low-bounce main saves the day.
The Ben Hogan TK 15 is an interesting bird. It can be hit at full swing similar to a low iron and keep all the personality and performance of a wedge. The perimeter weighting saves you on bad strikes without loosing the feel necessary in a wedge, the low-weight sole is constantly providing you with reassurance from the consistent flight and trajectory, and the V-Sole design allows you to hit any number of shots in any condition.
With what Ben Hogan Golf has accomplished with these wedges, it’s not outside the realm of possibility that they could have a thriving business without selling any irons. Low handicap players will love the workability that they provide, and mid-to-high handicap players will love them for their forgiveness and consistency.
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