Justin Rose to Honma

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  • jmvargasjmvargas Members Posts: 6,164 ✭✭
    edited Jan 5, 2019 8:17pm #392
    I have always maintained that Japan OEM equipment actually "made in Japan" is the best in the world when It comes to quality control and materials used...specially their top of the line models..



    unfortunately not too many golfers in the USA are aware of this and many Japanese OEM stuff is just a bit unaffordable for the average Joe--it certainly is for me.



    I applaud Honma's move to try and correct this situation and wish them all the best in this effort..



    am pretty sure the major US brands will take heed to improve their own products if Honma proves successful..
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  • d1boundd1bound Members Posts: 130 ✭✭


    Bonobo clothing?



    Moles in holes?



    HAS ROSE LOST HIS MIND?!?!


    He did find some money
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  • llewol007llewol007 4KidsGolfer ClubWRX Posts: 3,357 ClubWRX
    Makes sense to me. Former TaylorMade CEO who is close to Justin Rose now runs Honma. Probably promised him he would be the anchor Player for the company and he can have whatever design clubs he wants. Looking at the clubs he has pictured just recently, looks like he is close to his 2014 Mb roots. Heck, these guys are good enough to play as close to anything as they want. Just added a couple of zeros to his annual check and bam. Good for Taylormade as they are probably trying to trim their roster as well.
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  • Dscvrr St LouisDscvrr St Louis #CALLAWRX 12/12/12 & HOGAN Ft Worth ClubWRX Posts: 5,398 ✭✭
    We had Honma at CC over the last year, hoping to have the new irons soon enough. They were priced less than most premium irons on the wall from the main OEMS. So they were smart in the pricing over in the US!! and felt amazing, owned a set for 6 months..
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  • LesmondLesmond Members Posts: 11,595 ✭✭
    Driver: TaylorMade M6 10.5*
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  • BarracudaBarracuda Members Posts: 520 ✭✭
    pga43 wrote:


    Has it also been mentioned yet that he's got the formerly known as Directed Force now the L.A.B Golf putter in the bag?




    Wrong, it's an Axis one putter.





    Greg
    He is using a #7 type axis? Do you know if it will come to retail. I have tried the original axis, and although it was ugly, the roll was great.
  • OldTomMorrisOldTomMorris Edinburgh, ScotlandMembers Posts: 2,256 ✭✭
    Lesmond wrote:




    Loving how Justin is walking us thru the process of his new clubs. Quite an insight for fans that are interested in those kind of things.
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  • Tiptx1122Tiptx1122 TMPing Members Posts: 1,651 ClubWRX
    I hated to see Justin Rose leave TM but who knows what his asking price was to stay with them. Plus what he has done in the last few previous years will be awful hard to duplicate so I wish him the best with Honma as I know they are some nice clubs as I've owned one of there drivers but it wouldn't surprise me to see Rose stick with TM woods.
  • QuigleyDUQuigleyDU Members Posts: 6,588 ✭✭


    We had Honma at CC over the last year, hoping to have the new irons soon enough. They were priced less than most premium irons on the wall from the main OEMS. So they were smart in the pricing over in the US!! and felt amazing, owned a set for 6 months..




    only 6 months???
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  • the bishopthe bishop Members Posts: 3,232 ✭✭
    QuigleyDU wrote:



    We had Honma at CC over the last year, hoping to have the new irons soon enough. They were priced less than most premium irons on the wall from the main OEMS. So they were smart in the pricing over in the US!! and felt amazing, owned a set for 6 months..




    only 6 months???


    Hey that's an eternity for some of us folks around here.
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  • Dscvrr St LouisDscvrr St Louis #CALLAWRX 12/12/12 & HOGAN Ft Worth ClubWRX Posts: 5,398 ✭✭
    QuigleyDU wrote:



    We had Honma at CC over the last year, hoping to have the new irons soon enough. They were priced less than most premium irons on the wall from the main OEMS. So they were smart in the pricing over in the US!! and felt amazing, owned a set for 6 months..




    only 6 months???


    LOL! Had 4 sets of irons at the time, needed to weed it down!!! Set I regret the most about getting rid of though!! Just great feel and performance.
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    Callaway BB Alpha 815 Hybrid 20*(Set to 19*)Veylix Rome 988 S
    Callaway X Forged 2017/Apex MB 2017 Modus 3 Tour 120 X
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  • daleheaddalehead Members Posts: 1,461 ✭✭
    Honma now owned by a Chinese businessman who has hired an American former Taylor Made exec to do his marketing. Reports of Honma clubs available off the rack at Roger Dunn. Haven't checked the JDM board. Are the guys over there apoplectic?
  • QuigleyDUQuigleyDU Members Posts: 6,588 ✭✭

    QuigleyDU wrote:



    We had Honma at CC over the last year, hoping to have the new irons soon enough. They were priced less than most premium irons on the wall from the main OEMS. So they were smart in the pricing over in the US!! and felt amazing, owned a set for 6 months..




    only 6 months???


    LOL! Had 4 sets of irons at the time, needed to weed it down!!! Set I regret the most about getting rid of though!! Just great feel and performance.




    i have been around here long enough to know how it goes. i am simply jealous that i do not have the funds to live that way. my last set of irons i had for 5 years. i recently retired a 3 wood that i had for about 7-8 etc.
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  • LesmondLesmond Members Posts: 11,595 ✭✭
    edited Jan 14, 2019 8:09pm #405
    Driver pics







    Irons/wedges



    Driver: TaylorMade M6 10.5*
    Fairway: TaylorMade M6 15*
    Fairway: TaylorMade M3 19*
    Irons: Titleist 718 T-MB 4 iron
    Irons: Titleist 718 AP2 5-PW
    Wedges: Cleveland RTX4 (raw) 50*, 54*
    Wedges: TaylorMade Hi-Toe 60*
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  • Aaronwilson_95Aaronwilson_95 Members Posts: 829 ✭✭
    Barracuda wrote:

    pga43 wrote:


    Has it also been mentioned yet that he's got the formerly known as Directed Force now the L.A.B Golf putter in the bag?




    Wrong, it's an Axis one putter.





    Greg
    He is using a #7 type axis? Do you know if it will come to retail. I have tried the original axis, and although it was ugly, the roll was great.




    I can’t remember how long ago , but I remember you mentioning that someone (high profile ) who was under contract couldn’t use their axis putter in tournament play but they carried it around for training . This wouldn’t be that player by chance ?
  • summerofsummerof Members Posts: 201 ✭✭
    Some good looking irons there. At least from the back, for what that is worth.
  • theboypinoytheboypinoy Members Posts: 2,075 ✭✭
    Interesting to see that they were able to get him into a Honma shaft as well, in the driver.



    I"ll be interested in seeing if he keeps it in the bag! image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />
  • doubledubdoubledub ClubWRX Posts: 71 ClubWRX
    I wouldn't be surprised to see him back in the Tensei Orange soon. I believe he was one of the few that put it in play and actually stuck with it all last season (I could be wrong). Is that Homna shaft available or is it a prototype for Rose?
  • Luke'sdadLuke'sdad Lukes's dad Members Posts: 100 ✭✭
    Seems pretty much any top pro who has this type of a major equipment change, always has a period of time when they struggle adapting to their new gear. Rose isn't a young pup any longer, and I imagine the money was just too good to turn down. Can't blame the guy for that, but it will be interesting to see if he maintains his current form, or struggles with the new sticks initially.
  • D_iGital_pUnkD_iGital_pUnk Hack Members Posts: 12 ✭✭
    Can someone shed some light on the Axis putter? What's it about?
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  • Holy MosesHoly Moses Members Posts: 10,464 ✭✭
    “That was a big factor in having that flexibility,” Rose said at Honma’s official North American launch Monday at Riviera Country Club. “The putter was a huge reason why this conversation [with Honma] started. I’ve continued, fortunately, to be surprised at every step of the way with the products Honma has been able to produce.”



    So a big/huge factor as to why you went to Honma wasn't even...Honma?



    https://www.golfdigest.com/story/the-real-reason-justin-rose-signed-with-honma
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  • dunndunn Members Posts: 6,362 ✭✭
    I like the look of their previous MB better....his new driver looks sick



    New MB looks lil funky to me
  • KonkliferKonklifer Thinkin' of a master plan... location, location.Members Posts: 7,813 ✭✭
    Holy Moses wrote:


    “That was a big factor in having that flexibility,” Rose said at Honma’s official North American launch Monday at Riviera Country Club. “The putter was a huge reason why this conversation [with Honma] started. I’ve continued, fortunately, to be surprised at every step of the way with the products Honma has been able to produce.”



    So a big/huge factor as to why you went to Honma wasn't even...Honma?



    https://www.golfdige...gned-with-honma




    Sounds like TM wanted him to use their putter.
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  • OldTomMorrisOldTomMorris Edinburgh, ScotlandMembers Posts: 2,256 ✭✭
    edited Jan 16, 2019 11:16am #415
    Rose has stated in an interview with GC that he has been "working" with the equipment for 4/5 months. No surprise given his approach to his game that he was very prepared for the Jan 1 switch.
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  • jmvargasjmvargas Members Posts: 6,164 ✭✭
    edited Jan 16, 2019 4:41am #416
    I'm fairly confident that after the initial "getting to know you" period with his new sticks Justin Rose will do very well with Honma for many years. to come...the company has been making top-notch equipment for more than 60 years I believe and those of us here in Asia know that and many have coveted their equipment for a long time but it was just out of reach for the average income earner so we had to make do with the more affordable western made stuff....their list of past and present endorsers and users of their equipment includes many of the elite Asian golfers both men and women and reads almost like the Asian Hall of Fame for golfers....
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  • gticlaygticlay gticlay Members Posts: 986
    I guess the Honma wants to buy TM thing sounds reasonable. I've played a complete set of them before in Asia. I don't know how much they cost, but there was gold plating at least on the irons. It was so long ago I don't remember what model etc but they looked a bit cheesy to me at the time. Certainly not made for the NA market! Their newer stuff looks nice.
  • GoGoErkyGoGoErky Members Posts: 1,142 ✭✭
    Konklifer wrote:

    Holy Moses wrote:


    “That was a big factor in having that flexibility,” Rose said at Honma’s official North American launch Monday at Riviera Country Club. “The putter was a huge reason why this conversation [with Honma] started. I’ve continued, fortunately, to be surprised at every step of the way with the products Honma has been able to produce.”



    So a big/huge factor as to why you went to Honma wasn't even...Honma?



    [url="https://www.golfdigest.com/story/the-real-reason-justin-rose-signed-with-honma"]https://www.golfdige...gned-with-honma[/url]




    Sounds like TM wanted him to use their putter.




    That’s the case with all their staff. They want players to use all the gear and also to upgrade every release
  • goudokgoudok Members Posts: 44 ✭✭
    Didn't read entire thread, but getting used to equipment is a thing. Like im an 8 handicap my irons were fit for me over 3 years ago and every time i go try something else and get fitted, fitters generally can get better numbers, but i hate the feel, ok not hate it but it just feels different enough that i don't even want to get used to it. I know I would get used to it, but i don't even care to kinda thing.

    I know for pros they can make anything feel exactly how they want them to feel. No wonder you see a ton of players without a deal now they'll keep playing whatever they are used to and not bother switching.
  • LesmondLesmond Members Posts: 11,595 ✭✭
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    Fairway: TaylorMade M3 19*
    Irons: Titleist 718 T-MB 4 iron
    Irons: Titleist 718 AP2 5-PW
    Wedges: Cleveland RTX4 (raw) 50*, 54*
    Wedges: TaylorMade Hi-Toe 60*
    Putter: TaylorMade Spider X copper 

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  • KrazyTrain18KrazyTrain18 Members Posts: 3,164 ✭✭
    Holy Moses wrote:


    “That was a big factor in having that flexibility,” Rose said at Honma’s official North American launch Monday at Riviera Country Club. “The putter was a huge reason why this conversation [with Honma] started. I’ve continued, fortunately, to be surprised at every step of the way with the products Honma has been able to produce.”



    So a big/huge factor as to why you went to Honma wasn't even...Honma?



    https://www.golfdige...gned-with-honma




    At least he's being honest, I don't think anybody would realistically have expected the woods to be as good as they are.
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