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Equipment Type: Driver
Vendor: Honma

Testers Announced - Honma GS Series Driver

The Honma T / / World GS Driver is all about more speed, more forgiveness, more visible technology, and more fitting options. The ‘GS’ stands for ‘Gain Speed,’ and true to its name, it’s packed with technology geared towards game improvement including the the Keel Sole, Flip Slot, Radial Face Design, and Ultra-thin Variable Crown.
We have five members here who will be reviewing the GS series drivers. Follow along below as these folks put the technology to the test:

@GolferChick

@thegolfgal

@DechamBRO

@TBT

@tehuti

 

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Hey all! So just an update, I think at this point only two people for this test have received their driver, @GolferChick and myself (somehow I was actually the first, receiving it on July 14th), so hopefully should start seeing stuff posted from the others soon. 

Because of this, I can't/won't talk to much about the driver as I don't want to inadvertently influence any of the other reviewers. What I will say is that when I actually had it in hand, it looked even better than the pictures that were posted for the review sign-up!

Please, allow me to take this time to introduce myself a little bit, and give you (probably) more detail then you need to know about me and my game 🙂 I was born in 1980.......ok, that is too far back, and waaaaaay more then you are interested in. I started golfing when I was 10 (that was when you were allowed on the course back then), and would golf occasionally with my dad. I really didn't get too into it back then, as I was always embarrassed when we would go to the course, and get paired up with another twosome. So it was kinda off and on until I was 20 and in the Air Force in Japan, this is where I met a fellow Airman who was big into golf, and started playing a lot, like a lot - a lot. Since then it has been at least a fairly regular part of my life, playing regular rounds, best ball tournaments, on Unit intramural golf teams, etc. Over the last 4-5 years though, it started to really slow down, to really only maybe 3-4 times a year (seems when I got to my last duty station, less and less people were playing, and i didn't really meet any others golfing). Well, last year I retired (right when Covid hit, geez thanks for that timing) and I decided that I wanted to golf again, even if that means just 9 holes after work (now an Army Civilian). So now I am at the course/range generally at least 3 days of the week, plus over the last few weeks have started taking lessons to try and get my game back to where it used to be (or at least close). I used to be a lower to mid-80s golfer, and now am more of an upper 80s lower 90s golfer. My swing speed before lessons was in upper-90 MPH, now in the lower 100 MPH range.

I am hitting my driver better, but still struggle with some things. First, contact.....my misses on the face are generally more towards the toe, or low on the face. My bad swing is when I forget to extend down the target line at/after impact, and instead have a more in-out-back in (arcing) downswing. This, along with my wrists getting through too quickly because of the arcing swing, leads to my usual miss, a low duck hook into Brenda's back yard (Alex Etches on YouTube anyone???).

I have been an analyst my entire career, so I really like numbers, looking at data, etc. So for this test I will be using my Mevo launch monitor, as well as my arccos sensors to assist in gathering data for comparison to my current gamer (Cobra Speedzone Extreme, with an Aldila Rouge Elite Green R-flex shaft). I also really like to tinker, so changing/trying out various shafts, playing with the loft adjustments, etc is really just tons of fun (I think that used to be my nickname) for me.

I look forward to going through this process (obviously already been in the midst of it for almost a month now), and answering any questions I can about the product. If you have questions, fire away!

UPDATE: 30 Aug 2021

Hmmm, apparently I can just keep adding to this instead up adding comments.....okalidokali then

I have kept working on my swing, and am fairly happy with where it is right now. Most recent "change" is really just shortening my swing a little, using my shoulder touching my chin as my trigger to stop my backswing and start the downswing. Otherwise, it seemed like most of my issues were with overswinging which completely destroyed my timing, balance, etc. 

Well, the reviews are further delayed, right now Honma may not be able to get the other testers drivers out until mid-September 😞 Sooooo, in the meantime I will continue to add to this reivew/post. 

Here is the arrival of my driver:

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Who's who? Ok, not hard to tell the Taylormades....

 

 

 

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Well, I better stop there....don't want the moderators getting mad at me for posting images too soon. I will get a video of my swing soon (hopefully in slo-mo).

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Driver:  :cobra-small: Speedzone Xtreme 9.5, Aldila NV Green 65 S-Flex. For now, testing in progress

Fairway: :ping-small: G400 3 Wood, 14.5, Alta CB 65, S-Flex

Hybrid:  :ping-small: G400 3 Hybrid, 19, Alta CB 70, S-Flex

Irons:   :cobra-small: RADSPEED one-length 5-GW, KBS Tour, R-flex

Wedges:  :cobra-small: SnakeBite, 56, KBS Hi-Rev 2.0

Putter:  :cameron-small: Phantom X #6 w/ SuperStroke Pistol GT 2

Ball:  working on that, going to be a urethane ball in the $35 range.....testing to come.

Grips: Winn DriTac midsize

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183 Comments




Another great opportunity, I love my Honma 4 wood, and by the reviews from the Honma driver test from last year, they make a great driver.

Good luck to all who apply.

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The Honma has a great look about it, and if it can help me (as a 64 year old) generate some more speed and distance, it would be a godsend.  I use a Gamin S62 (previously used an S60) and have a good history of my driving distance, so improvement should be easy to track.  

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Looks like a nice driver. Increased speed would be a definite plus.

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At 73 always looking for more firepower. Would e very interesting to see what this Honma driver can do!

 

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I have Honma wedges and they are great. I also have drivers from every major manufacturer except Honma and a few other Japanese companies ...would love to try the Honma driver!!

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I heard good things on the driver. I'm a senior player looking for a new driver to get it out there.

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I would be interested in testing.  Have my own simulator hitting bay at home :)

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MGS testing for 2021 is no joke ! this is awesome, heard good things but never saw a Honma in the wild yet .

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Presently looking to change drivers. My swing speed is high on the medium spectrum. The look is pleasing to my eye. It would be great to hear how it sounds. I kind of enjoy not going with the herd. This driver just might be high on my list for potential replacement of my present stick.

Please choose me!!

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Have used this driver twice and found it to be extremely good. Would love to put it in my bag.

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Hoping to get my wife a test on this, she uses a Men's senior flex. She's a beginner, but really good considering. Driver is her strength, 200-225 yards on good strikes

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Great looking club!  Currently using a TaylorMade R9 430cc with a reg shaft.  I play 45-50 rounds a year. Would love to test the new Honma T// World GS Driver.

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I feel the need, the need for more speed!   At 61 it's a big issue losing distance off the tee!   I hope this club can help.

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Hi MGS,

I'm heading to Pinehurst in June and would love to try it out there!  Also playing Tobacco Road, so the Honma will get plenty of opportunities to shine!

 

Cheers,

TK

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Currently playing XXIO driver. Feels like I’m not getting all I should out of it!

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my wife and I are both avid golfers.........although we are both Sr's we feel we would give great insight to the Pro's & Con's of the drive.......if you want an honest opinion  give us a try

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I’m a custom club fitter and would love the opportunity to get some experience with Honma!  

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