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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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My Driver has arrived.  Stay tuned in the coming weeks to see how I feel the Honma T//World GS stacks up!

 

 

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Hello, I am Jackie an avid golfer from Minneapolis presently playing to a 4.2 HI. I have been playing golf for an exceptionally long time but was not that serious about how I played until the last 15 years or so. Now, I play every chance I get.  Nothing beats getting outside, enjoying mother nature, and shooting my lowest score ever.  I am an LPGA Amateur’s member and I love competing in Minnesota Golf Association events.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

 

The strength of my game has been my driving the past couple of years. 200 plus yards with a very high percentage of drives between the trees. I have learned to play smart golf as I age which has helped me lower my handicap a bit. My putting has been my biggest weakness and I have been working on it in addition to my short game 40 yards and in. Fixing these two are going to be a key to getting to that coveted 0.0 HI. I have also worked with a golf coach and fitness trainer to work on the mental and physical aspects of my game as both need attention and they will help me play solid golf for years to come.

 

I used to hit a medium height soft fade, which put my usual miss to the right.   However, I have recently been able to hit a soft draw which has been wonderful but also has made it harder to hit the fade. My swing tempo is what you would consider medium or average. Slowing down my back swing is key to hitting the ball consistently. My driver swing speed hovers around 85-88 MPH and being an AARP member, I don't believe it will be going up

 

My current driver I the PXG Gen 3 If I crunch it on a warm day I can get it out to 250.  It has an Adilla NV Stiff shaft that allows me to put a little extra torque on the driver.  My main goal with a driver is to get it out there 200 plus yards between the trees.  In the heat of the summer when I am swinging well and the balls are flying it is more like 220 plus between the trees with a good angle to the pin.  If I do that then I can get it on or close in two on most holes and shorter par 5’s.  Out of 4 par 5’s on my home course there is only one I can get on in a somewhat regular bases with a great drive and a good 4 or 7 wood.  2 of the other 3 once in a blue moon and the last not yet (close a couple of times).  On par shorter 4’s I am usually using a 9 iron or less to the green and on longer par 4’s that can go up to and including my trusty 7wood which I carry 155 yards.

 

 

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183 Comments




like ot try homa driver

Just now, Nevada PJ said:

like to try honma driver

 

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I play and love the TW-X irons and would like to see if the same love goes to their driver!  thanks

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I'd love to try it.  Fits my demographics... I'm 73 and currently play a Callaway Epic Max.  Love to see how it compared.

I've previously played the Honma XP-1 irons and really enjoyed them before moving on to the JPX 921 Hot Metal Pros.

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Have never hit one of these but would love to give it a test drive 

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I wouldn't kind trying out a honma product finally. Nearly bought a set is tw-x irons before settling on sub70

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Playing TaylorMade M Gloire driver designed for the same purpose of helping players whose swing speed has slowed as the Honma GS. Would be happy to provide real-life head-to-head comparison.  

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I would be very interested to see if how my 25 year old driver would compare to this driver. I get great distance with my driver but accuracy is the biggest issue. I’d love a great combination of good distance and great accuracy. 

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I had a Homna 3 wood last year did not like it to light,I would love to test the tr drver.I have tried the Taylormade sim driver first year edition I did not like it.The face on the SIM driver is narrower than that of my Taylormade M3 driver therefore I found it less forgiving,harder to hit the sweet spot.

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Hello there MGS,

I have been fit and replaced my entire bag outside of driver. I currently have, don’t laugh, a TaylorMade Burner SuperFast driver. I have not replaced it yet, because there has been no increase in performance with the new drivers during fittings over the last four months. Honma would have a chance to show off their superior equipment, compared to a 10+ year old driver, that has the same, or better, stats than every other name brand driver on the market. Let’s see what you got Honma!

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Would love to test this driver and compare it to my Ping G400.  I'm a 14 who's average drive is about 230 yards, so not a big hitter anymore at my age but would be curious if the GS would actually help me with distance.

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Currently gaming Honma irons.  Would love the opportunity to see if their big dog hunts! Count me in. 

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Would love to try this. I really struggle with my speed which is really hurting my game. I love the game and would really love to be able to play better and get better distance. 

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My Cobra Speedzone has helped straighten out my drives. Testing the Honma GS would be an excellent comparison!

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I play in Florida and Massachusetts, am 67 years old and a 7.8 index.  So I think I represent one of your sweet spots.  Would love to give your driver a good test.

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Signed up for my wife, she carries the ball about 175. Interested to see if she could pick up a few extra yards...

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That is just what a 67 year old needs.  More speed! I am in the 85-95 swing speed range

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Interested to see what effect of this GS Driver on distance.

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Great that you guys are looking specifically for women to test equipment as well. As the father of a young daughter who I hope will get into golf, this opens the door for opportunities for more young women to get into the game! Keep it going MGS!

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When I clicked the link on my iPhone to sign up, another member's personal info was already displayed in all the fields. I could see his name, address, email, swing speed, etc. I took a screen shot, but won't upload it here for privacy reasons. The form is obviously not secure, so I decided not to sign up. No telling where the personal info is going. Last thing I want is more spam and phishing.

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I would love to give it a try, as a recovering long drive competitor and used to swing nothing but Cobra's off the tee...I have switched to Callaway and would love to try something new.  Thanks.

 

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I've been getting the MyGolfSpy newsletters for quite a while, so have received many invites to sign up for equipment testing.  I just never got around to signing up here on the forum, but this time decided to take the plunge.

I'd love to give the Honma GS Series driver a good test and review. I fit the target profile, that's for sure.

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Would love to try it out. Currently playing a Cally Epic, time for an upgrade

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Seems like an interesting driver. Not sure if it can replace my Ping 400.

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