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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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So I wanted to give the forum an update on this test. Due to shipping delays industry wide, we're going to have a slight delay in the reviews for the GS Series driver. We are hoping to have the drivers in our testers hands by mid-August. More to come from the testing group shortly.

 

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It looks like the first drivers have started to arrive a little early! We'll hopefully have initial thoughts and reviews coming shortly.

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1 hour ago, GolfSpy_TCG said:

It looks like the first drivers have started to arrive a little early! We'll hopefully have initial thoughts and reviews coming shortly.

Glad to see they are starting to arrive! Time to start stalking the FedEx truck!

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18 hours ago, TBT said:

Glad to see they are starting to arrive! Time to start stalking the FedEx truck!

MGS won't cover any stalking related charges during your test 😂

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6 hours ago, GolfSpy_TCG said:

MGS won't cover any stalking related charges during your test 😂

I have a particular set of skills 😎

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Ok all, seems like I was the first one to get the driver! Not sure why, but hopefully that gets me a little extra time with it before posting my final review. Speaking of that, I started working on it, and holy cow was it getting long, so lemme take this opportunity to get some stuff out of the way (otherwise, I am going to demolish the word limit). Since I am the first, here is how it came (standard box, don't want anyone to think it came without a box):

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I started golfing as a  kid with my dad, but it didn't really take. Not because I didn't enjoy golf, but i was shy and hated getting paired up with others. I joined the Air Force as an analyst in 2000 and was stationed in norther Japan for my first duty station. This is where I got back into golf, really into it, after a friend talked me into playing again. Over the last several years, the amount of golf has decreased as it seems every next duty station had less and less people I worked with playing, to the point where over the last 2-3 years I played only maybe 3-4 times a year in best ball tournaments. I retired last year, and was hired as an Army civilian, and at that point i decided I wanted to golf again, lots of golf, and since i work about 3 minutes from the course on base, i could easily do 9 after work on most days. So that is where I am now, generally playing 2-3 nine-hole rounds a week, and maybe an extra 6 holes with my son at First Tee. 

I can't say my driver is the strong or weak point of my game right now, as it is kinda more the inconsistency in my swing that is killing me, to the point where my misses can be almost anything from a high fade/slice, to a low pull hook. I actually have 3 gamers right now, that until this arrived, i was testing against each other to see which would best suit my game. The Cobra SpeedZone Xtreme, 2017 Taylormade M1 460cc, and 2016 Taylormade M2. Right after being selected for this review, I actually ran into a young Lieutenant on the course who had a Honma TW737 445cc driver with the forward weight. He let me try it out (9th Tee) and I hit it 285 total, which I had only been hitting my two (I was putting the M2 and Cobra against each other that day) around 250-260 max. So that got me curious if a lower spin driver/shaft would benefit me, so this is when i purchased the M1, and some low-spin shafts for each, which i have been playing around with as well. 

As I stated before, I am an analyst, and I love it. I love data (such a friggin nerd) and because of that this year I purchased the Arcoss sensors and a Mevo launch monitor (wife said I couldn't get a Foresight GC4, something about it costs more than what we will likely spend on our son's first car.....pfffffft). What's better than playing golf? Playing golf and sitting on the couch with a cold beer and looking at all the data from your round! So my testing will be using both of these systems, and if I can get some from the Foresight CG2 at my local Ediw Watts, then I will include that as well. So here is some data to give a little more insight into my swing/numbers:

Cobra SpeedZone 9.5 degrees, Aldila NV NXT Green Shaft, Stiff

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201 7 Taylormade M1 9.5 degrees, Tensei CK Blue, Stiff (this is actually the stock shaft from the M2, I also have an Aldila NV NXT green in stiff for this as well, but during this range session I had already hit quite a few balls, and was pretty tired)

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Please, let me know if you have any questions or comments! I will try and get a descent slow-mo video of my swing to post as well. 

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Not sure what happened, why it added two images i had already put in there again at the bottom....oh well. And already the moderators are regretting selecting me for testing 🤣

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