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Crazy rumor of the day: Justin Rose to Honma?

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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.<br />
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Silly season or crazier s*** has happened?
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  • getair23getair23 Members  2355WRX Points: 438Posts: 2,355 Platinum Tees
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    Hopefully he pulls a Phil and switches out the entire bag for the Ryder Cup.
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  • mosesgolfmosesgolf Members  7054WRX Points: 325Posts: 7,054 Titanium Tees
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    Isn't Mark King the CEO of Honma now? Plausible that he recruits some Tour talent to come over
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  • bladehunterbladehunter south carolinaMembers  31007WRX Points: 7,288Handicap: NONEPosts: 31,007 Titanium Tees
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    I hope so.
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  • MitchellMitchell Members  5726WRX Points: 574Posts: 5,726 Titanium Tees
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    Would not surprise me at all.
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  • 4rheel4rheel OC, CaliforniaMembers  2237WRX Points: 345Posts: 2,237 Platinum Tees
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    Good for Honma if it’s true.
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  • ezpzezpz Members  479WRX Points: 77Posts: 479 Greens
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    Would be nice, Honma make some sweet hats too. About the only thing they make I can afford anyways
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  • GolfChannelGolfChannel Orlando, FloridaMembers  2574WRX Points: 782Handicap: 0.9Posts: 2,574 Titanium Tees
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    getair23 wrote:
    Hopefully he pulls a Phil and switches out the entire bag for the Ryder Cup.
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    Just as I finally purged this from my memory...
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  • Hawkeye77Hawkeye77 IowaClubWRX  21789WRX Points: 5,781Posts: 21,789 ClubWRX
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    Tiger Woods to Benross - totally reliable source.
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  • LlortamaiseyLlortamaisey Members  6087WRX Points: 450Posts: 6,087 Titanium Tees
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    I heard this rumor from the Golf Channel.
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  • mallratmallrat Members  3343WRX Points: 482Posts: 3,343 Titanium Tees
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    A teaching pro at our club is on staff with Honma and told me the same thing on Weds.<br />
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    Edit... He said it is because of TM’s old president or something who is now running Honma USA
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  • oz dee ceeoz dee cee Members  514WRX Points: 104Posts: 514 Golden Tee
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    I’ll go against the grain and say, “No way!”
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  • mallratmallrat Members  3343WRX Points: 482Posts: 3,343 Titanium Tees
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    To be fair to Honma, they do make a very nice mb and players cb
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  • nyrican52884nyrican52884 Members  99WRX Points: 13Handicap: MidPosts: 99 Fairways
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    Hawkeye77 wrote:
    Tiger Woods to Benross - totally reliable source.
    Lol
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  • JagpilotohioJagpilotohio 45+ inch drivers are evil. Columbus, OHMembers  7343WRX Points: 672Handicap: 1.8Posts: 7,343 Titanium Tees
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    mallrat wrote:
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    A teaching pro at our club is on staff with Honma and told me the same thing on Weds.<br />
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    Edit... He said it is because of TM’s old president or something who is now running Honma USA<br />
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    Makes sense to me. TM exec that’s used to paying pros is running the show.<br />
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    I just thought it was against Honmas “ideals” to pay people to play their stuff. <br />
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    Have they ever paid Pros?
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    Drudersh to whatever catches his eye on the BST that week. Heard it from a friend who is 32% reliable.
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  • grm24grm24 Western PAMembers  4810WRX Points: 1,885Posts: 4,810 Titanium Tees
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    mallrat wrote:
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    A teaching pro at our club is on staff with Honma and told me the same thing on Weds.<br />
    <br />
    Edit... He said it is because of TM’s old president or something who is now running Honma USA<br />
    <br />
    <br />
    Makes sense to me. TM exec that’s used to paying pros is running the show.<br />
    <br />
    I just thought it was against Honmas “ideals” to pay people to play their stuff.<br />
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    Have they ever paid Pros?<br />
    Appears they do. <br />
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    http://www.honmagolf.co.jp/en/team_honma/
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  • bscinstnctbscinstnct Members  29558WRX Points: 6,455Posts: 29,558 Titanium Tees
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    I seen this guy with Honma clubs once at the Chelsea Piers.<br />
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    They were all gold and the guy was smoking and talking on the phone a lot in Japanese.<br />
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    He couldnt really play golf but<br />
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    He was kinda scary, actually. <br />
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  • gunmetalgunmetal IdahoMembers  1943WRX Points: 191Handicap: 4.8Posts: 1,943 Platinum Tees
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    Makes perfect sense.<br />
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    1. Ascend to #1 in the world<br />
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    2. Change out entire bag<br />
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    3. Descend from #1<br />
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  • Donovan84Donovan84 Members  19WRX Points: 0Handicap: 12Posts: 19
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    Wow, I think I'm fairly tuned into the golf world, and this is the first time I've ever heard of Honma Golf.
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  • Holy MosesHoly Moses Members  11142WRX Points: 923Posts: 11,142 Titanium Tees
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    Rose playing the best of his carrer and wants to switch? Dumb. He doesn’t need money.
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  • grm24grm24 Western PAMembers  4810WRX Points: 1,885Posts: 4,810 Titanium Tees
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    gunmetal wrote:
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    Makes perfect sense.<br />
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    1. Ascend to #1 in the world<br />
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    2. Change out entire bag<br />
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    3. Descend from #1<br />
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    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.
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  • theboypinoytheboypinoy Members  2106WRX Points: 153Posts: 2,106 Platinum Tees
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    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:
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    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...<br />
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    Yeah, makes sense with "plans to have a tour strong presence." With him playing so well, he'll be constantly on TV.<br />
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    http://www.golfwrx.com/525620/former-taylormade-ceo-mark-king-is-taking-over-at-honma/
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  • elwhippyelwhippy Members  3607WRX Points: 462Posts: 3,607 Titanium Tees
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    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.
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  • JagpilotohioJagpilotohio 45+ inch drivers are evil. Columbus, OHMembers  7343WRX Points: 672Handicap: 1.8Posts: 7,343 Titanium Tees
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    Donovan84 wrote:
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    Wow, I think I'm fairly tuned into the golf world, and this is the first time I've ever heard of Honma Golf.<br />
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    Oh boy.....<br />
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    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. <br />
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    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. <br />
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    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.<br />
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    It’s an adventure....prepare yourself for the ride.
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  • notsohardnotsohard Members  735WRX Points: 1Handicap: +.Posts: 735 Golden Tee
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    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.
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  • rangersgoalierangersgoalie Members  1947WRX Points: 448Posts: 1,947 Platinum Tees
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    I still have some Honma Blades from the 90’s, including a set with custom squRe grooves they made for me<br />
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    Unbelievably nice clubs.......<br />
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    Have a number of persimmon drivers from back then as well.....they’ve always made great stuff imo
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  • gunmetalgunmetal IdahoMembers  1943WRX Points: 191Handicap: 4.8Posts: 1,943 Platinum Tees
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    grm24 wrote:
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    gunmetal wrote:
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    Makes perfect sense.<br />
    <br />
    1. Ascend to #1 in the world<br />
    <br />
    2. Change out entire bag<br />
    <br />
    3. Descend from #1<br />
    <br />
    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.<br />
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    <br />
    Relax my man. It was mostly in jest.
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  • miboymiboy Members  670WRX Points: 0Posts: 670
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    If they are trying to break into the US market should be a good move.<br />
    Honman has some players in the LPGA under contract.
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