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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




Looking to find a driver that can launch a ball farther than my 10* hybrid.  All the best to those who are selected to try out this club!

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Would love to see if your driver can help me pick up some speed on my swing.

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I have played my Ping driver for 3 years now and I am on the hunt to look at something new

I am very interested in being a tester for Homma

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i mean, you can never have too many drivers, or irons, or wedges,............or putters.........or..........

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I'm currently using a knock-off brand driver.  Would LOVE to be able to become a tester for this one!!  Our golf season is finally underway up here in east-central Wisconsin!!

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Currently play the Honma XP-1 and love it!  Excited to try the next generation Driver from Honma!

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2 things about Honma.

1 - The rare times I've tried their drivers they have always been expensive but felt cheap. I'm not a fan of the skinny little grips they have always seemed to put on their drivers. 

2 - This does "look" better than what I've seen from them in the past. Where I live, you'd have to order it sight-unseen. Ain't nobody got one of these to test... besides Club Champion and good luck getting out of their with any change from your thousand dollar bill. 

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I swing a little too fast for this....

118+ Swingspeed  ball speed 174+

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I’m a Woman and would love to try the Honma GS Driver. 
 

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Have been looking for exactly this, New driver with forgiveness and added speed possible for the slightly aging.  Would love to game it and see what it can do for me!

 

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Good luck to all those that apply!  There is something about that mole that speaks to me lol. Great looking drivers but definitely not for me. Honma makes amazing equipment and the TW-X irons are firmly in my bag and not leaving anytime soon!

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submitted for my wife, cant seem to find a driver that she can swing fast enough. hits her hybrid well about 170 yards, but cant get the driver to go out further than that off the tee. she's tried her mother's beres and liked it, so I'm so curious if this would work for her. She's currently using a cobra speedzone and used to use the cobra f-max superlite to no avail. 

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My swing speed can be timed with  a sand clock, would love to try this club.  18 handicap play 3 times a week.

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I'm in need of upgrading from my present Callaway driver and would love testing this one for a replacement.

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Looks fast and I would welcome to test one.

 

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Would love to test this as I'm still looking to replace my Ping G15!

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I'm 74, but still play over 100 rounds a year.  I'm currently playing a Taylormade M1 but am losing distance faster than I'd prefer.  HELP!!!

 

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I am 16.4 index and 82 mph swing. Would love to give this driver a try and see if I can get more distance. 

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I am a fan of the smaller market (for us in the US) clubs. The technology is there and they make some great quality clubs for a bit of a thinner wallet. I’d love to try out this new driver.

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