Back In Canada… The Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company

The Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company is Back … in Canada!

72 Years After Legendary Golfer Ben Hogan Captured The Canadian Open, Iconic

Hand-Crafted Ben Hogan Edge Forged Irons Now Available for Unique

Factory-Direct Purchase by Golfers Across Canada

Best-in-Class Pricing, Shipping Program Provides Significant Savings

When Compared to Canadian Retail Costs; 3 Time PGA TOUR Winner J.J. Henry

to use Ben Hogan Irons at Canadian Open

Fort Worth, Texas – July 24, 2018 –  The iconic Ben Hogan Golf Equipment brand, founded in 1953 by one of the game’s greatest golfers,  is back … in Canada.  In timely fashion, 72 years after Ben Hogan captured his first and only professional victory in Canada – winning the Winnipeg Canadian Professional Golf Open in 1946 – and in conjunction with the 2018 RBC Canadian Open, the Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company has introduced a complete line of new iron sets, wedges and accessories for golfers throughout Canada.

 

As part of its international re-launch, Ben Hogan Golf has created a unique factory-direct purchase and shipping program, whereby golfers throughout Canada can save significantly as compared to competitive products purchased through brick and mortar retail outlets.

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Highlighting the 2018 Ben Hogan line of products are the new, re-engineered Ben Hogan Edge forged, game-enhancement irons, modeled after one of golf’s most successful iron sets and designed to provide the rare combination of ‘feel with forgiveness.’  In addition to the re-engineered Ben Hogan Edge irons, the complete 2018 line-up of Ben Hogan Golf products can be purchased exclusively at  www.BenHoganGolf.com.

 

3-Time PGA Tour winner J.J. Henry will be teeing it up with Ben Hogan Irons as he competes in the RBC Canadian Open, July 26-29 at Glen Abbey GC, Oakville, Ontario.

 

“72 years ago Ben Hogan captured his only professional victory in Canada, so it is only fitting that we re-introduce the iconic brand to golfers prior to the 2018 RBC Canadian Open,” said Scott White, President & CEO, Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company.  “All Ben Hogan golf equipment … irons, wedges, hybrids and utility clubs … are hand-crafted, one at a time in our Fort Worth, Texas factory.  This allows us to maintain exceptionally high quality control levels.  Because we only sell directly to the consumer via our website, retail markup is eliminated.  As a result, our tour-quality products cost about half of what competitive products would be priced at in a pro or retail shop.  Even with international shipping costs factored in, customers throughout Canada will be able to buy Ben Hogan Golf Equipment at surprisingly affordable prices.”

 

Re-Engineered Ben Hogan Edge Irons

The original Ben Hogan Edge Irons, which were introduced thirty years ago, gained acclaim as the game’s preeminent ‘Game Enhancement’ irons. Many serious golfers played the Ben Hogan Edge Irons because they looked and felt like a player’s iron, but offered the same forgiveness and playability of an investment cast ‘game improvement’ iron designed for beginners and less skilled players.

 

In 2018, the Ben Hogan Edge Irons have been re-engineered with that same principle of providing exceptional feedback, as golfers can actually feel what they are doing, right or wrong, at impact, and minimize the effect of off-center hits. Now, golfers don’t have to choose between aesthetics and performance.

 

This feel principle is achieved through proven perimeter weighting technology, whereby engineers position weight around the edges or perimeter of the head to create more stability and forgiveness. Up until now, it has been nearly impossible for the golf industry to incorporate perimeter weighting into a single-piece forged iron.  However, the Ben Hogan engineering team answered the challenge and constructed the new Ben Hogan Edge Irons using two separate forged parts.  In achieving this innovation, the hosel and back frame are forged first, then the forged face is laser-welded into place.  While difficult to manufacture, this process allowed the design team to create and deliver exceptional perimeter weighting inside the club head.

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Additionally, highly engineered, hollow head construction allows the thickness of the club face to be varied throughout the set.  The longer irons with stronger lofts have a very thin, yet strong face that promotes more distance, even on off-center hits struck on the toe or heel. The mid and short irons incorporate a progressively thicker face design which provides for a solid feel on scoring shots. As a result, and on average, the Ben Hogan Edge Irons are 12% larger than the tour-proven Ben Hogan PTx Irons. This creates a larger and more forgiving hitting area as shots that are struck closer to the toe or heel, or high or low on the face will perform much like they were hit on the sweet spot.

 

Also, the Ben Hogan Edge Irons are slightly offset. This provides more time for the hands to square up at impact. It also creates a steeper descent angle for higher shot trajectories that better hold the greens. A thicker top line creates an appearance of more mass in the club head which provides more confidence at address.

 

Further, enhanced V-Sole® Technology on the Ben Hogan Edge Irons benefits players of all skill levels. V-Sole Technology, which has long been a trademark of Ben Hogan irons and wedges, has been redesigned and ‘softened’ from sole to face, now combining a high bounce leading edge and low bounce trailing edge on the sole. This innovation minimizes ‘digging’ or ‘dragging’ to ensure solid impact, no matter the turf condition.

 

The longstanding Ben Hogan Precise Loft System has also been simplified in the new Ben Hogan Edge Irons.  The Company remains committed to consistent 4-degree loft gaps between each iron for optimal distance gapping and to minimize loft ‘compression’ at the short end of the set.

 

As with all Ben Hogan irons, the Ben Hogan Edge Irons can be customized at no charge. Golfers can select specific lengths, lies, and grips (standard or mid-sized) as well as their choice of a variety of steel and graphite shafts.

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True to the company’s innovative factory-direct distribution and pricing strategy, products like the Ben Hogan Edge Irons are shipped  direct-to-consumers in Canada for $735.00 ($USD) per seven-piece set (#4 iron – Pitching Wedge).  The Company offers a variety of Express and Expedited shipping options via both DHL Express and United Parcel Service (UPS) with guaranteed arrival to any destination in Canada in ten (10) days or less.  Express and Expedited shipping costs vary by region, but tend to average between $80 and $140 ($USD) for a set of irons.  The Company plans to introduce lower cost ‘Economy’ shipping options soon.

 

Ben Hogan Golf Company now provides short-term financing with NO interest, allowing golfers to pay for their new clubs over a period of time. And, players can Trade-UP their old equipment to offset the costs. Visit www.BenHoganGolf.com for more details.

 

About Ben Hogan Golf Equipment

 

The Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company manufactures premium golf clubs and golf bags, and is committed to continue Ben Hogan’s reputation of innovation, performance and classical designs.  The company is based in Fort Worth, Texas, Ben Hogan’s longtime home and the site of the original Company which opened in 1953.  The Company offers their premium products online at www.benhogangolf.com exclusively.  By eliminating the retail “middleman”, the Company’s cost structure is minimized and consumers are able to purchase high-quality golf equipment at factory-direct prices.

Until The Next Tee!!

The 2018 RBC Canadian Open Final Round

Well today is the day. It’s the morning of the final round of #OurOpen. As I sit here at 9:30 in the morning the conditions as I look out my window could be best described as benign. Nary a cloud in the sky or a breeze for that matter. What does this mean? It could be a real low scoring day during the final round of the 2018 RBC Canadian Open.

Saturday was a day full of excitement in that the first page of the leaderboard was jammed. Sitting atop the first page of the leaderboard  at -17 are four golfers that have varying degrees of familiarity with golf fans abroad. First you have the “Big Man on Campus” world #1 ranked golfer Dustin Johnson. Johnson who not only is sponsored by RBC (Royal Bank of Canada) but also warmed up to everyone in attendance at ‘The Rink” on Wednesday. Johnson was garbbed in one of his father-in-law’s jersey’s and those in attendance loved it (pictured below).

 

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The next two golfers are from South Korea.

First there is Whee Kim whose actual name  is Meenwhee Kim. Kim, entered the week ranked #155 in the world.  That ranking will get better if his finish holds up. Whee Kim has had a slough of missed cuts this year but he did have a 16th place finish at the recent John Deere Classic. While I don’t know a lot (if anything) about Whee Kim I do know one thing about him. On Tuesday during the practice round he was very engaging with the young fans around the 6th green.

Also from South Korea is Byeong Hun An (pictured above). Ranked 61st in the OWGR An has actually amassed a very good season very quietly. He’s had Top 10 finishes at the Memorial, RBC Heritage, and The Honda Classic. An will be paired with DJ in the final round when they tee off at 1:40 pm EST. As i recollect he played his practice round with Kim and was equally engaging with the spectators in attendance.imageedit_43_2141856402

30 year-old American Kevin Tway is also right there in the mix at -17. He’ll be teeing off with Whee Kim in the second to last pairing. during the 2018 PGA Tour season Tway has had a very nice season. Much like An, Kevin Tway has had a very nice season. He’s seen his OWGR go from 221st during the week of the Arnold Palmer Invitational to his current position 147th. So his overall game is trending the right way. Could it be enough to hold off the likes of DJ, Whee Kim and An? Who knows really?

As far as Canadian content goes my prediction of Corey Conners was way off base (so was Varner III winning). Mackenzie Hughes could make things really interesting this afternoon. The reason why I say this is because the conditions are perfect for somebody to make a big move and go low. Maybe Hughes is that guy. Hughes tees off at 12:30 pm EST and sits at -11. Yes, the names above him have an equal opportunity to go really deep today during the final round and he needs a -6 today alone to catch the current leaders. But an astounding number like -10 would really get him into the conversation. Dare to dream right?!

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Mackenzie Hughes won the Rivermead challenge Trophy in 2017. He could repeat in 2018. (Photo Credit: Canadian Golf Hall of Fame)

Either way, what people don’t realize is that during the Canadian Open there’s a tournament within the tournament. It\s no secret that no Canadian golfer has won our Open since Pat Fletcher in 1954. That drought could have ended in 2004 when Vijay Singh beat Canadian Mike Weir in a playoff. That year Weir would win the Rivermead Challenge Trophy for being the Low Canadian. Hughes won this prestigious trophy in 2017 and he could repeat… that said he has his eyes on aspirations a little bit bigger than the Rivermead.

Time will tell how the 2018 RBC Canadian Open finishes. It very well could be DJ who wins and I’d like that a lot. As would legions of Canadian golf fans across our great, unique and diverse country. Will this be the final Canadian Open held at the famed Glen Abbey Golf Club? That answer remains unknown and flutters in the wind.

Until The Next Tee!!

 

Introducing…. Exclusively @9

Company awarding limited-edition Breitling Navitimer watches for hole-in-ones, attracting new players and group outings to partner courses

INDIANAPOLIS (July 2, 2018) – An Indianapolis-based company is changing expectations in the game of golf by creating truly unforgettable experiences on the course. Exclusively @9 is now offering players at select courses a daily opportunity to win a limited-edition Breitling Navitimer watch any time they score a hole-in-one on designated par-3s. The company’s first partner is The Fort Golf Resort in Indianapolis.

As the only company offering season-long, daily opportunities for golfers to win an exclusive product, @9 is helping to attract new players and more group outings to partner courses. To be eligible, players simply book their tee times through the Exclusively @9 website. No memberships, outside sponsorships, insurance or additional cost is required by individuals or participating groups when booked through @9.

“Exclusively @9 is helping to attract new players to the game of golf and increase excitement during every round that’s played,” said Eric Wynne, president and CEO of The Global Collaboration Group, parent company of Exclusively @9. “Courses have the opportunity to implement our program for the same amount of money third-party vendors charge for only booking tee times. Increased demand reduces inventory, resulting in price increases and greater price stability per round for the course.”

PGA-caliber video equipment is installed by @9 on the designated holes to record and collect data from participating players and provide complete reliability in hole-in-one verification. Using solar energy to power the cameras and recording equipment, @9 can set up multiple holes without laying wires or causing damage to the course. All equipment is installed within a week without disruption of play and eliminates the need for a course representative to be present to verify a hole-in-one.

There is no up-front cost for installation of the program or proprietary, non-intrusive video cameras. Exclusively @9 also offers seasonal courses the opportunity to pre-book rounds during the off-season.

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The Breitling Navitimer. Not exactly your watch from the “dollar store”. A prize worth winning. This does not depict the watch being awarded. Photo Credit: Breitling

As a report from the National Golf Foundation depicts a decline in on-course participation, Exclusively @9 is helping courses differentiate themselves from competitors by offering a unique player experience and opportunity to win an exclusive product for no added cost. The company plans to expand its product offerings and course partners throughout 2018.

“Exclusively @9 is bringing an exciting new element to the game of golf that the industry has never seen before,” said John Swan, PGA director of golf at The Fort Golf Resort. “There are typically about 10 hole-in-ones hit each season at The Fort, and with this one-of-a-kind opportunity from @9, we’re hoping to see even more this year.”

Exclusively @9 is founded by Eric Wynne and Michael Reid who have 50 years of combined experience working for a Fortune 500 insurance and financial services company, including as owners and operators of their own agencies. The duo, along with other business partners, first brought the Exclusively @9 experience to a Web.com Tour tournament in 2017 where a spectator sunk a putt during a putting contest to win the first @9 Breitling limited-edition watch.

The company has formed partnerships with leading organizations in their respective industries, including Breitling, a Swiss watchmaker and Reis-Nichols, a premier Indianapolis jeweler, to offer the highest-quality experiences, products and services. Since 1884, Breitling has established a global reputation for high-precision timepieces, its pioneering role in the development of the wrist chronograph, and its uncompromising commitment to design excellence. The Swiss watchmaker has agreed to manufacture 1,000 limited-edition Navitimer watches that are available through Exclusively @9.

For more information on Exclusively @9, visit www.exclusivelyat9.com. Connect with the company online via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for additional updates and announcements.