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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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My first impressions of the Honma T\\World GS is it is a good looking and lightweight club.  Honma states it has :

KEEL DESIGN & WEIGHT

Shaped with a raised keel towards the heel to promote draw-biased flight and increase MOI.

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FLIP SLOT

TW//GS driver features Flip Slot technology to maximize face flexure and reduce spin for more speed and additional forgiveness.

After a good hour on the driving range I can say the Honma T//World GS is much easier to draw than my present driver and the distance seems to come much easier.  I was afraid I could not hit the lighter shaft well but that was not the case.

 

 

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I tested this driver in the number one way that it matters, in my bag on the course.  I tested in my league, in tournaments and on fun days out with my friends.  I have never touched a Honma club before so it was a put up or shut up test so to speak.

 

Looks (10 out of 10 points) 

The Honma T\\World GS has an appealing shape, crisp look  with just enough graphic highlights on the shiny black head as to not get distracting.  The alignment aid is simple and stands out enough to be effective.  Most drivers have a similar shape and black is fine for me.

 

Sound & Feel (10 out of 10 points)

 

The video is there you can hear the perfectly centered hit on the driver and it is music to my ears.  You can hear the difference when you miss the center and that is what I like.  On this perfectly centered hit and others like it I felt nothing  Which lets me know it is getting out there.  I was able to feel my misses which lets me know I am straying.  All drivers sound a little different which is ok to me but not all drivers have a good feel.  The stiff shaft was correct for me which I am sure helped me to like how the club felt.

 

Basic Characteristics (18 out of 20 points)

 

The Honma T\\World GS hits the ball with my usual medium to high ball flight.  I was able to work the ball left and right in addition to keeping it down a bit to get it out of the wind.

I would describe this driver as easy distance, the drive in the video was a perfectly placed 230 yard drive and I did not have to swing crazy to get it.  I was able to hit the ball where I wanted with general ease.  The one downside to the driver is if I really try to step on it it is very easy to pull hook it.

 

The club is easily adjustable and it should have enough adjustability for most golfers and too much for many.  😉   I had no problem using the Honma T\\World GS to compete in fall tournaments and I just had to learn not to overswing.  

 

On-Course / LM Performance (28 out of 30 points)

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Congrats to the testers.  Looking forward to hearing your thoughts. Honma makes great clubs; if you haven’t tried them you are in for a treat

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Looks like I am being called out of the bullpen and being added to the test group, look forward to running this driver through its paces.

 

Big thanks to Honma Golf and MGS for the opportunity!

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Congrats testers! Looking forward to seeing how these drivers perform! 

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I would love to try the new Honma GS Driver, it really looks great. I would compare it to my driver, always looking for distance and accuracy under the gun.

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Currently have a Cobra Amp Cell and would love to try a new driver

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80 years old. Joined Port Colborne  Golf Club in 1951 at 10 years  of age. Still play 4 times a  week. Playing a Ping 410 plus with senior  shafts  sim 2 os irons. Still hit driver 180 to 200 yes. Would  love to evaluate  a Homa for comparison  

 

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I always love the posts in a testing thread trying to signup weeks after signups were closed 😂

 

I am looking forward to getting this in my hands, as a golfer who has lost some swing speed do to injury I am hoping there is some merit to the claims of increased swing speed.

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On 6/15/2021 at 12:20 PM, TBT said:

Looks like I am being called out of the bullpen and being added to the test group, look forward to running this driver through its paces.

 

Big thanks to Honma Golf and MGS for the opportunity!

Very cool, I know you will do a great review. 

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Just now, DechamBRO said:

Thanks. Have been reading what I can on the driver.....is it weird that the loft/lie hosel adjustment has me intimidated?

I have the 4 wood from them and the adjustments work the same way, it is weird, but after playing around with it, it is not too hard, I have not changed my settings too much, but I have played with it and return to the standard settings, the idea behind it, is that the shaft is spined from the factory, so it keeps the shat at the same position, regardless of your adjustments.

I love the 4 wood that I got from them and I think you guys will have a blast with that driver too.

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5 minutes ago, xOldBenKenobiX said:

I have the 4 wood from them and the adjustments work the same way, it is weird, but after playing around with it, it is not too hard, I have not changed my settings too much, but I have played with it and return to the standard settings, the idea behind it, is that the shaft is spined from the factory, so it keeps the shat at the same position, regardless of your adjustments.

I love the 4 wood that I got from them and I think you guys will have a blast with that driver too.

Awesome, I can't wait. I have also tried to find the adjustments and how they work, haven't had much luck, though I did find some charts for the TW737/747....not sure if it is the same or a little different. Should find out soon!

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51 minutes ago, DechamBRO said:

Awesome, I can't wait. I have also tried to find the adjustments and how they work, haven't had much luck, though I did find some charts for the TW737/747....not sure if it is the same or a little different. Should find out soon!

I think they have had the same system for awhile, a long time ago I found this video from 2012, it was still the same for my 4 wood.

 

 

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13 minutes ago, xOldBenKenobiX said:

I think they have had the same system for awhile, a long time ago I found this video from 2012, it was still the same for my 4 wood.

 

 

Nice, thanks!

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8 hours ago, xOldBenKenobiX said:

I think they have had the same system for awhile, a long time ago I found this video from 2012, it was still the same for my 4 wood.

 

 

That’s the most confusing hosel adjustment I have ever seen!

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2 minutes ago, TBT said:

That’s the most confusing hosel adjustment I have ever seen!

It does look pretty complicated, but my current driver doesn't allow me to adjust the open or closed face without also affecting the loft. When I dropped my head from 8* to 6*, my driver sits more open because of it.

 

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On 6/25/2021 at 5:51 PM, GolfSpy_TCG said:

It does look pretty complicated, but my current driver doesn't allow me to adjust the open or closed face without also affecting the loft. When I dropped my head from 8* to 6*, my driver sits more open because of it.

 

This is true, and as someone who doesn’t need a draw biased driver I do appreciate the ability to adjust the loft without closing the face.

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On 6/25/2021 at 6:51 PM, GolfSpy_TCG said:

It does look pretty complicated, but my current driver doesn't allow me to adjust the open or closed face without also affecting the loft. When I dropped my head from 8* to 6*, my driver sits more open because of it.

 

6*???? Who are you??? Bryson DeChambeau???

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18 hours ago, DechamBRO said:

6*???? Who are you??? Bryson DeChambeau???

Haha, Dechambeau plays a 4* custom spec I believe!

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On 6/25/2021 at 3:47 PM, TBT said:

That’s the most confusing hosel adjustment I have ever seen!

This is exactly why I stay away from adjustable heads! 😄

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