Crazy rumor of the day: Justin Rose to Honma?

GolfChannelGolfChannel Orlando, FloridaMembers Posts: 1,894 ✭✭
Hoping this isn’t old news, but I heard from someone typically reliable on insider info when it comes to club contracts, that Justin Rose has signed a deal with Honma.



Silly season or crazier s*** has happened?
Driver: He who shall not be named...
3 Wood: Callaway Rogue w/Project X Blue Evenflow 75
5 Wood: Callaway Rogue w/Project X Blue Evenflow 75
Irons: Ping iBlade Nippon AWT 2.0 Stiff
Wedges: Callaway MD3 50, 54, and Honma TW737 Forged 62
Putter: Original Odyssey White Hot XG No. 7
Ball: Srixon Z-Star 2018 (Yellow)
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  • getair23getair23 Members Posts: 1,993 ✭✭
    Hopefully he pulls a Phil and switches out the entire bag for the Ryder Cup.
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  • mosesgolfmosesgolf Members Posts: 6,834 ✭✭
    Isn't Mark King the CEO of Honma now? Plausible that he recruits some Tour talent to come over
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  • bladehunterbladehunter Rain rain go the hell away ! south carolinaMembers Posts: 26,762 ✭✭
    I hope so.
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    TM Tour 17 M1 14.5* Graphite Design ADDI 8x
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  • MitchellMitchell Members Posts: 5,491 ✭✭
    Would not surprise me at all.
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  • 4rheel4rheel OC, CaliforniaMembers Posts: 1,865 ✭✭
    Good for Honma if it’s true.
  • ezpzezpz Members Posts: 466 ✭✭
    Would be nice, Honma make some sweet hats too. About the only thing they make I can afford anyways
  • GolfChannelGolfChannel Orlando, FloridaMembers Posts: 1,894 ✭✭
    getair23 wrote:
    Hopefully he pulls a Phil and switches out the entire bag for the Ryder Cup.




    Just as I finally purged this from my memory...
    Driver: He who shall not be named...
    3 Wood: Callaway Rogue w/Project X Blue Evenflow 75
    5 Wood: Callaway Rogue w/Project X Blue Evenflow 75
    Irons: Ping iBlade Nippon AWT 2.0 Stiff
    Wedges: Callaway MD3 50, 54, and Honma TW737 Forged 62
    Putter: Original Odyssey White Hot XG No. 7
    Ball: Srixon Z-Star 2018 (Yellow)
  • Hawkeye77Hawkeye77 Countdown to The Masters! ClubWRX Posts: 17,927 ClubWRX
    Tiger Woods to Benross - totally reliable source.
  • LlortamaiseyLlortamaisey Members Posts: 5,951 ✭✭
    I heard this rumor from the Golf Channel.
  • mallratmallrat Members Posts: 2,958 ✭✭
    edited Sep 20, 2018 #11
    A teaching pro at our club is on staff with Honma and told me the same thing on Weds.



    Edit... He said it is because of TM’s old president or something who is now running Honma USA
  • oz dee ceeoz dee cee Members Posts: 488 ✭✭
    I’ll go against the grain and say, “No way!”
  • mallratmallrat Members Posts: 2,958 ✭✭
    To be fair to Honma, they do make a very nice mb and players cb
  • nyrican52884nyrican52884 Members Posts: 92 ✭✭
    Hawkeye77 wrote:
    Tiger Woods to Benross - totally reliable source.
    Lol
  • JagpilotohioJagpilotohio 45+ inch drivers are evil. Columbus, OHMembers Posts: 7,243 ✭✭
    mallrat wrote:


    A teaching pro at our club is on staff with Honma and told me the same thing on Weds.



    Edit... He said it is because of TM’s old president or something who is now running Honma USA




    Makes sense to me. TM exec that’s used to paying pros is running the show.



    I just thought it was against Honmas “ideals” to pay people to play their stuff.



    Have they ever paid Pros?
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    14* Cally 815 alpha fuji 665 X 42"
    16* Cally 815 alpha fuji 665 X, 41.5" (set to 17*)
    19* Titleist 816 H2 fuji 8.8X TS 40.0"
    4-7 2016 Hogan PTx, KBS Tour V, 120X.  
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    33.5" Ghost spider slant neck.
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  • DrudershDrudersh ClubWRX Posts: 2,931 ClubWRX
    Drudersh to whatever catches his eye on the BST that week. Heard it from a friend who is 32% reliable.
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    Ping G 14.5 Tour 80x
    Titleist 716 T-MB 3 Iron AD DI 95x
    Ping Anser Forged Project X 6.0
    Ping Glide 50*SS, 54*SS, 58*SS Project X 6.0
    Odyssey Versa 2-Ball
  • grm24grm24 Western PAMembers Posts: 3,212 ✭✭

    mallrat wrote:


    A teaching pro at our club is on staff with Honma and told me the same thing on Weds.



    Edit... He said it is because of TM’s old president or something who is now running Honma USA




    Makes sense to me. TM exec that’s used to paying pros is running the show.



    I just thought it was against Honmas “ideals” to pay people to play their stuff.



    Have they ever paid Pros?
    Appears they do.



    http://www.honmagolf.co.jp/en/team_honma/
  • bscinstnctbscinstnct Members Posts: 26,679 ✭✭
    I seen this guy with Honma clubs once at the Chelsea Piers.



    They were all gold and the guy was smoking and talking on the phone a lot in Japanese.



    He couldnt really play golf but



    He was kinda scary, actually.



  • gunmetalgunmetal Members Posts: 1,840 ✭✭
    Makes perfect sense.



    1. Ascend to #1 in the world



    2. Change out entire bag



    3. Descend from #1



  • Donovan84Donovan84 Members Posts: 19
    Wow, I think I'm fairly tuned into the golf world, and this is the first time I've ever heard of Honma Golf.
  • Holy MosesHoly Moses Members Posts: 10,480 ✭✭
    Rose playing the best of his carrer and wants to switch? Dumb. He doesn’t need money.
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    Ping G30 3W 15* (DI-7X)
    Ping i20 3 (DI-95S), 4-UW (PX 6.0)
    Ping Glide 2.0 56*SS, 60*ES (PX 6.0)
    Ping Vault Arna
  • grm24grm24 Western PAMembers Posts: 3,212 ✭✭
    edited Sep 21, 2018 #22
    gunmetal wrote:


    Makes perfect sense.



    1. Ascend to #1 in the world



    2. Change out entire bag



    3. Descend from #1


    So what excuse do the players that have ascended to world number 1, left all of their clubs the same, the descended from number 1 have? Another daily typical WRX over reaction to something that might happen. This place never disappoints.
  • fly787fly787 Las Vegas, Nevada and EuropeMembers Posts: 123 ✭✭
    based on this: "High-end Honma has a minimal footprint in North America, but it seems King and company intend to change that. King, who oversaw impressive growth, experimentation, innovation, ever-shrinking product cycles, and glittering launches at TaylorMade says Honma is planning a major launch for January and plans to have a strong tour presence". I would expect Tour signings of some top talent asap...
    TM 2016 M2 9.5 757x
    TM 2016 M2 16.5 757x
    TM  P790 Recoil Shafts
    Honma  GW
    Callaway PM 56.13 SW
    Odessey Tank X7 with Flat Cat 
  • theboypinoytheboypinoy Members Posts: 2,076 ✭✭
    Makes sense. On this very site, there was an article about Honma planning to have professionals on staff as part of their new strategy with the former
    fly787 wrote:


    based on this: "High-end Honma has a minimal footprint in North America, but it seems King and company intend to change that. King, who oversaw impressive growth, experimentation, innovation, ever-shrinking product cycles, and glittering launches at TaylorMade says Honma is planning a major launch for January and plans to have a strong tour presence". I would expect Tour signings of some top talent asap...




    Yeah, makes sense with "plans to have a tour strong presence." With him playing so well, he'll be constantly on TV.



    http://www.golfwrx.com/525620/former-taylormade-ceo-mark-king-is-taking-over-at-honma/
  • elwhippyelwhippy Members Posts: 3,161 ✭✭
    I imagine TM need to cut some costs but letting one of the best players on the planet go would seem a bit odd. Honma irons and hybrids are superb. Classic looks. But Rose is not the kind of player to shift hardware and Honma are a niche product outside Asia.
  • JagpilotohioJagpilotohio 45+ inch drivers are evil. Columbus, OHMembers Posts: 7,243 ✭✭
    edited Sep 28, 2018 #26
    Donovan84 wrote:


    Wow, I think I'm fairly tuned into the golf world, and this is the first time I've ever heard of Honma Golf.




    Oh boy.....



    Come my little Newbie, and take Uncle WRX’s hand and let him lead you down the rabbit hole to the world of unknown, exotic, and obscure equipment.



    Soon you will discover all sorts of wonderful brands and boutique makers that you never knew about but suddenly have a need to explore and own.



    Be careful along the way, as your quest for the best and most interesting equipment will surely lead to your wallet becoming mysteriously lighter and your basement becoming full of “perfect” clubs that didn’t quite work out as expected.



    It’s an adventure....prepare yourself for the ride.
    Post edited by Unknown User on
    9.5* Cobra LTD, Old school Grafalloy Blue, 43.5"
    14* Cally 815 alpha fuji 665 X 42"
    16* Cally 815 alpha fuji 665 X, 41.5" (set to 17*)
    19* Titleist 816 H2 fuji 8.8X TS 40.0"
    4-7 2016 Hogan PTx, KBS Tour V, 120X.  
    Ping i210 8 & 9 Proto 125 F5 hardstepped 1x.
    Ping glide 2 46-12, 50-12, 54-14 (at 55) stealth, Vokey SM6 60M (61). Wedges Recoil Proto 125 F5
    33.5" Ghost spider slant neck.
    Srixon Z-star XV
    Jones Trouper Bag
  • notsohardnotsohard Members Posts: 735
    Played Honma blades in the late 80's, beautiful club, they got stolen and then with insurance money went down the Wilson Rd starting with the 51's.
  • rangersgoalierangersgoalie Members Posts: 1,811 ✭✭
    I still have some Honma Blades from the 90’s, including a set with custom squRe grooves they made for me



    Unbelievably nice clubs.......



    Have a number of persimmon drivers from back then as well.....they’ve always made great stuff imo
  • gunmetalgunmetal Members Posts: 1,840 ✭✭
    grm24 wrote:

    gunmetal wrote:


    Makes perfect sense.



    1. Ascend to #1 in the world



    2. Change out entire bag



    3. Descend from #1


    So what excuse do the players that have ascended to world number 1, left all of their clubs the same, the descended from number 1 have? Another daily typical WRX over reaction to something that might happen. This place never disappoints.




    Relax my man. It was mostly in jest.
  • miboymiboy Members Posts: 670
    If they are trying to break into the US market should be a good move.

    Honman has some players in the LPGA under contract.
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