Ben Hogan's Own 1953 Irons Auctioned
B.H's. own set of 1953 MacGregor Irons fetched $42,551.15 in auction.
The high lead tape on the backs of the irons is extremely interesting. Clearly an attempt to raise their centre of gravity and keep the ball down. A concept not totally endorsed by his own brand until the release of his 'PC' (percussion centre) irons in 1984 - 31 years later. And never repeated again. Not surprising as today's irons (by all manufacturers) tend to be sole weighted to enable everyone's great grannie to get the ball airborne.
Notice also that the hosels are pinned, and the four part ferrules. It's a mixed set, evidenced by a 2.5" hosel whilst the others are 3". Something to be careful with if you collect B.H. irons. For example the 1966 'PC5' range had 3" hosels, and the 1967 'PC5' range 2.5" hosels. Sellers get confused and accidentally state the wrong model and / or the wrong year both on and off eBay. I've recently purchased a PC5 2 iron. A beauty to behold.
Hogan's knowledge concerning both the golf swing and club design was years ahead of its time, and sadly the latter was either never fully understood or understood but rejected by golf manufacturers. I was a few years ago fortunate enough to meet a gentleman who knew Hogan well. He informed me how he drilled holes in his persimmon drivers and inserted weight in them for increased power.
I guess that the amazing sum paid for his irons is yet another tribute to the legend.
ALSO GOOGLE: Ben Hogan Irons end up in Aberdeen (Aberdeen, USA) as link not working.