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Test In-Progress: Honma 2-Star Beres Driver

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Equipment Type: Driver
Vendor: Honma

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Honma Beres is all about lightweight luxury designed for low to medium swing speed players with very deep pockets. Pricing for a Beres driver can range from a low end of $850 for a 2-Star driver all the way up to $4,500 for a 5-Star driver.

Though the 2-Star is ironically considered “entry-level” by Beres (it did finish third in this year’s Most Wanted Super Game Improvement Iron testing), the line goes up to 3-, 4- and 5-Star levels. Just so we're clear, a full bag of 5-Star Honma Beres wares will set you back roughly $70,000.

With all of that said, we'd like to get feedback from MyGolfSpy readers. We're looking for two couples (yes, couples) to test, review, and keep two Honma 2-Star Beres drivers. This test is open internationally; right-handed testers only.

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Testing and reviewing the Honma Beres 2-Star will be @Fjd and @Cory O: should be a fun test not only for them but as couples!

Fjd

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A05833A2-6D6A-4B65-9945-C14B1BBEA9AC.jpeg.7aa761d850c7b1523d9529de7d6f979f.jpegOur Honma Beres drivers just arrived and they are a work of art.  Almost too nice to hit.  Mens driver is on the left and ladies driver on right is a Honma Beres Aizu 3 star model.  In addition to being known for their renowned beauty and attention to detail in paint and finishing of the head, these Honma Beres drivers are also known for their superior shafts in delivering hi smash factors whereas the driver face is designed for Hi Cor and more ball speed.  Will have to check this out


 

 

Took my Beres driver out today for the 1st time and played only 4 holes in 47° weather here in upstate South Carolina.  WOW!!!  What a great club.  The ball seemed to stay in the air forever.  I was cold, somewhat stiff and not reaching my normal swg spd of 79 mph, I swung easy and the driver provided very good length and was exceptionally straight on a number of hits.  Looking forward to warmer weather and some 18 hole rounds.

As mentioned, we live in upstate South Carolina and play year around.  I am 80 yrs old and have been playing for 65 yrs.  Still shoot in the hi 70’s at times but mostly low to mid 80’s from 5500 yd forward tees.  4D8DFC07-458C-435E-AD70-4FE41C72E08E.jpeg.3fd2004b749b14ea77816877e3011b7f.jpeg

 

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Awesome! Thanks for the opportunity. My wife and I will be looking forward to getting them out and hitting some bombs!

Feel free to ask if anyone has any specific questions.

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Doing a driver test .. as a couple .. should be extra interesting!!! Also looking forward to reading all about the (mis- 🤪🤣) adventures of the testing process ;)

(gee I do hope the couples stay together after this...) (..kidding kidding joking lol...)

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   Congratulations Testers!!!   

 @Fjd 

@Cory O

This will be an interesting read for your testing and reports!  The kind of golf bling that will never find it's place in my camouflage Sun Mountain bag with my experienced clubs. 👍

What I really want to know is what is going on in your minds handling, swinging, hitting golf balls, and storing these beauties 😍 (the hitting golf balls part is probably going to be the most harrowing...)

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Thx for the comments.  I’ve played for over 50 yrs and have been in the club making business in the past starting with Golfsmith, their clubmaking schools and then following Tom Wishon and his golf club products.  At 80 yrs old, my swing spd is down to 80 mph but can still break 80 when playing a 5500 yd crse. I look forward to seeing what a premium Japanese product feels like in terms of swg wt, feel, launch and whether you get good launch, carry and rollout with either a smooth or quick transition when you want to step on it and nuke it.

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Congratulations testers.  Sounds like an amazing opportunity to take one of these 'for a spin'. I am looking forward to your reviews.

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Just received an email from MGS asking for feedback on the Honma Beres driver that we won and what I thought of it.  Would love to provide a response but there has been no info on shipping or delivery.  Have no idea when I will get it

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I'm chalking this up to the current shipping/supply chain issues. When the clubs get here, they get here and we'll take them out for testing! No offseason here in SoCal, so it'll be doable regardless. My wife also got the PXG 0211Z set, so that driver will probably give a much more fair competition for the Honma to try and beat than her old boxed set driver would have been. (also probably worth mentioning we received the PXG clubs like 5 days after the order was confirmed)

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So a box arrived shortly before Christmas. There are a few unusual things that I might detail out in my review, but needless to say I was surprised when I opened it up.

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As special as a Honma Beres driver is to begin with. These are some extra special ones.

Took mine out for the first time today (wife is a fair weather only golfer) and initial thoughts are positive.

More definitely to come!

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5 minutes ago, Cory O said:

So a box arrived shortly before Christmas. There are a few unusual things that I might detail out in my review, but needless to say I was surprised when I opened it up.

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As special as a Honma Beres driver is to begin with. These are some extra special ones.

Took mine out for the first time today (wife is a fair weather only golfer) and initial thoughts are positive.

More definitely to come!

I'm glad to hear you finally got it in and it looks absolutely nothing like what I would have expected. It's different, but in a good way. I can't wait to see what you think of it and have fun testing it!

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Wow, that's a serious paint job.  Do they all look like that or did you choose a design?  Certainly, that would spark a conversation when you take the head cover off that thing.  And look at the mirror finish of the face!  I would be afraid to use it.  Looking forward to how it performs for you and your wife.

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20 hours ago, pakman92 said:

Wow, that's a serious paint job.  Do they all look like that or did you choose a design?  Certainly, that would spark a conversation when you take the head cover off that thing.  And look at the mirror finish of the face!  I would be afraid to use it.  Looking forward to how it performs for you and your wife.

They all look like that with this edition, just a different base color for the different star levels. The one they sent for my wife is VERY pink. She's not the biggest fan of that, haha.

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131 Comments




Swing speed dropped a lot after age 65 and heart surgery. Need something designed for slower swing speed.

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I would love to test out a new driver --- and a Honma !!!

above my pay grade.....  my current is 6 yr old Titleist 915.

Thanks for chance to enter contest 🙂

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Would really love to test this driver as I've seen my swing speed decline dramatically as I've aged. Currently playing with a 4 year old Ping G series driver that I actually like, but with my decreasing awing speed I would really like to see if I can improve my distance by changing drivers. I currently play between 10 to 12 rounds monthly. 

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As much as Mrs. Nut deSPIESes playing golf with me, I'm sure she would put up with it to test out a driver better than the one she's using now.  That's where she gets frustrated anyway ... off the tee.  "I'm embarrassed hitting off the tee, especially with people watching, cause I don't suck & don't hit it that far."  Maybe this one would cure her of her woes & worries about the tee box.  

edit:  She just said as I'm typing this ... "I'd love to play with a new driver.  It's gotta be better than the POS I'm playing with now."

Thanks for the opportunity MGS & Honma! 

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This would be an awesome beginning for my new golfing wife and I to test out these beauties. I'd like to thank both Honma and MGS for this wonderful opportunity to test some prime clubs and offer feedback.

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I'm ready to give you feed back from a 70. yo "core" golfer with an 8.8 index playing year round in Tucson AZ

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Wow, it would be great to test a club of this nature and compare it to my TM M4 with a UST Proforce V2 7F4 shaft.

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Happy to put this up against my Tour Edge C721; going say the TE would win, could the Beres prove me wrong?

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Who wouldn't want to test an $850 driver with the opportunity to keep it? I'll take it to bed with me, now that's attention to detail!

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would love to test this driver out, currently have a cobra speedzone and I am in the market for something different.

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would love to test this driver out, currently using a cobra speedzone and am in the market for something new. 

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Another great testing opportunity from MyGolfSpy and Honma, and it should be an interesting one seeing as it's the Beres line and for couples. Makes me wish my wife played. Good luck to everyone applying!

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