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www.ben­ross­ Avail­abil­ity: 4-SW

Stock shaft: KBS Tour 90 (s) Kuro Kage Black (g)

7i loft/length: 30.5° / 37”

TECH: A heat-treated face is teamed with a com­pres­sion cav­ity in the sole to min­imise ball speed drop-off on off-cen­tre hits.

WE SAY: You only get what you pay for? Rub­bish. For us, a lower price doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily mean lower qual­ity, but it does mean you of­ten get less tech. Com­pare the HTX to the Benross Type R and there’s no face cup or com­pres­sion chan­nel in the sole, which ac­counts for some of the US$90 price dif­fer­ence (on a steel shafted set at RRP). The HTX has a sim­i­lar lowheel, high-toe ap­pear­ance to the Type R, which wasn’t a mas­sive hit with any of our testers. But to be fair it posted a ball speed 2mph quicker and car­ried shots 3.6m fur­ther than our av­er­age.

VER­DICT: There’s not huge amounts of ob­vi­ous tech like some of the more ex­pen­sive models, but the HTX can hold its own. We couldn’t all quite agree we loved the head shape, but that’s per­sonal. We did how­ever like the solid per­for­mance and ob­vi­ous cost sav­ing.

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