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Test In-Progress: Honma GS Series Driver

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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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183 Comments




I would love to try the Honma TWGS driver. I'm a big Honma fan, something about it works very good for my swing. I have a TW 747 driver a TW 737 driver, 7 5 and 3 wood in the TW747. And a TP-1 3 wood hybrid. I could give you a good comparison to the previous generation drivers.

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Would love to get some more clubspeed.  Thanks for the opportunity.

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Me, me. 

Eight handicap. Aging a bit. In need of speed. I'm ready, willing and able. [also right-handed]

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Would love to test the Honma driver. I have a set of their irons.

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Was stationed in Japan and remember seeing these in Nikki golf stores.  Never got one, but would love to test it.  It will take a lot to beat my current driver, but if it does, in the bag it goes!!  Cheers!!

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Luv my TW747 4H! And definitely looking for anything that can help increase my SS as I'm 55 and getting into my slower yrs. 

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On 5/21/2021 at 9:38 AM, Frankie25M said:

That's a sweet looking driver that i would love to game.

Honma drivers, because of the shafts are amazing,  I play the tw747 I'm 61 and avg. 270 off the tee, not as long as I used to, but not horrible.  And shot dispersed on driver, best I've ever hit fairways. 

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Signed up for this.  At 79, i definitely struggle to generate enough speed.  Still carry a 13 index, but it wasn't long ago that I was in single digits.  I hit my drives straight, but only about 200 yards and it puts a lot of pressure on my short game.  If this Honma GS can give me a little more swing speed, maybe I can start hitting irons to par 4's again. LOL

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Another awesome opportunity from MGS and Honma. Glad to see them back with more testing as I can recall last years testing of the Honma drivers they were received very well and had some awesome feedback. Good luck to all those who are selected and looking forward to see how these work out for everyone!

Edit: Here is a link to last years... I understated how much the testers loved these. Can only be a great sign on things to come from this review opportunity.

 

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I am surprised this hasn’t gotten the number of sign ups that the last couple did

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I will freely admit that I signed up for this fully aware of the "U.S. Only" restriction.  Having said that since I am currently in Hong Kong for a while, I was hoping for some kind of special dispensation since I am a lot closer to where they are made and it is a HUGE brand here in Asia.  I was worth a shot!

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I would love to test that. Since my fusion surgeries I have lost about 10 MPH on swing speed, down to about 83. Maybe time to give up on TaylorMade?

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Very interesting to see how this testing group with feel compared to the Callaway testing group.

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I've been using a Honma TW 737 Driver for quite a while now and have fallen in love with it.  It has a Vizard EXC-65 stiff shaft and I think it's one of the best shafts I have ever used.  I bought the 3 wood after my sucess with the 737 driver.  Same long distance and consistent feel with it.  Has the Vizard Type Z shaft in it.  Moved up a product year and bought the XP Hybrid.  Love it also has the Type Z shaft.  Would love to try one of their newer products to compare the consistency and feel.

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Surprised to see less than 3000 sign ups for this based on how many signed up for the EPIC test.

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Man, would have thought (based on other announcements) testers would have been announced yesterday......oh well, refresh again!

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I was thinking the same, logged in this morning expecting that testers would be listed.  Mrs Shapotomous keeps asking me if she got picked.

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Did people get picked? I see some profiles at the top in the "testers" block.

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1 hour ago, DechamBRO said:

Did people get picked? I see some profiles at the top in the "testers" block.

Yes you got picked !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!

See the source image

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I better tell my wife......if another golf club arrives at the house, she might cut off my Snells 😬

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