Top 10 JDM Brands

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lhahnlhahn  474WRX Points: 104Handicap: highMembers Posts: 474 Greens
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I've hit/owned a decent amount of JDMs including Miura, Shinegawa, Epon and Yuyuri irons but wonder if I'm missing out on anything.
In your opinion, what are the top ten JDM brands by popularity, not including brands that are already available in the US/Canada (ie. not Mizuno, Vokey cold forged, etc).
Of the ones I know and see around Vancouver I would rank as:
1. Miura
2. Epon
3. Shinagawa
4. Yuyuri
5 -10? ...JBeam? Kyoei? OnOff? A Grind? PRGR?

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  • LionGolferLionGolfer  1420WRX Points: 148Members Posts: 1,420 Platinum Tees
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    I'm not saying these are or are not top 10 as its personal but there are so many other jdm brands like roddio, a-grind, Itobori, grind works, kamui, grind studio, mystery, gtd, Orion, modart etc... Miura and epon are possibly that 2 two brands that started the JDM trend and are still good but by no means are they the standard any more for me at least.

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  • coopscoops  1264WRX Points: 191Members Posts: 1,264 Platinum Tees
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    You missed a couple of major ones - Yamaha and Tourstage (even if Bridgestone did bizarrely decide to ditch the Tourstage brand for their best golf equipment).

    Maybe add Fourteen to those two with OnOff & PRGR.

    A-Grind should get more love but is a bit less known - its designer was the main guy at Royal Collection before, and RC have made some very pretty irons in the past when he was there... and the woods at that time were sold under Sonartec's brand in US - quite a legendary 3 wood design.

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  • xxioxxio Cebu, Philippines 5824WRX Points: 287Members Posts: 5,824 Titanium Tees
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    Miura and Epon have dealers in the US.

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  • theothertwotheothertwo  2597WRX Points: 189Members Posts: 2,597 Titanium Tees
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    Honma should be in there?

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    It would be tough to get a top 10 as very few forge their own heads. Quite a few come from the same foundry. That being said; Epon, Miura, Kyoei.

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  • tsupotsupo  1224WRX Points: 126ClubWRX Posts: 1,224 Platinum Tees
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    popular for who ?
    what do u want, a name no one near you plays ?
    theres trillions of them.. literally , but they are not popular at all
    u want an OEM that isn't in the US theres prob only PRGR , Yamaha or fourteen , everyone else has a foot in the door nowadays id think.
    if u want bespoke the lsits above cover it well but to ad to that..
    yonex....masda....muziik...fujimoto....buchi....XXIO..... these guys make decent gear.
    popular here, is popular there..

    titlesit/ping/Tm/cally/srixon/mizuno/onoff/..etcetc........

    go small.. its more fun!

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  • lhahnlhahn  474WRX Points: 104Handicap: highMembers Posts: 474 Greens
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    I guess by top ten most popular I meant by name recognition. For example, if you asked 10000 average golfers in America to name all the JDM brands they know, which names would pop up the most.

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    On -, @lhahn said:

    I guess by top ten most popular I meant by name recognition. For example, if you asked 10000 average golfers in America to name all the JDM brands they know, which names would pop up the most.

    10k AVG golfers would only say Mizuno. Some may say Bridgestone and Srixon.
    I would guess only 5% would say Honma, Yonex, Fourteen or Miura.
    0.1% would say Epon, Yamaha, OnOff, PRGR or others.

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    King F7 2-3 (19*), Fujikura Pro 75h, S
    R15 Black 4h (21*), Fujikura Speeder Evolution 77, R
    PXG 0311 Gen1 4-iron, Steelfiber 95S
    Fourteen TC770 Forged, 5-PW, Roddio Pentacross I-8, SR
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    Drivers. Hybrids. XXIO is a great product line.

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  • golfinguru11golfinguru11 Nor Cal 333WRX Points: 225Handicap: 1.8Members Posts: 333 Greens
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    Miura is still the gold standard in forging to me. Family owned and operated. Just wish they made some new sticks for lefties (been using the CBs for over a decade now).

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    Callaway Epic Flash SZ 15* - Accra TZ6 75 x
    Callaway Apex Hybrid 20* - VA Raijin 84 x
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  • andrieddleandrieddle  1834WRX Points: 99Members Posts: 1,834 Platinum Tees
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    Honma, Epon, Fourteen, Kyoei, Miura, Yamaha, XXIO are the mainstream ones
    Then you have the smaller ones like A-Grind, Romaro, etc

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  • Christen_The_SloopChristen_The_Sloop  1388WRX Points: 307Members Posts: 1,388 Platinum Tees
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    It really depends who you ask.
    Popular?
    Mizuno
    Srixon / XXIO (Dunlop, Maxfli)
    Bridgestone (Tourstage) - A teammate from my college team was shocked I used Bridgestone. Didn't know they made clubs.
    After that you probably won't find too many outside of this site who care.
    Miura
    Onoff (Daiwa)
    Honma (Chinese owned)
    Yamaha (still not all that famous, except for golf carts, guitars)
    Tenga (Their air-tech line is surprisingly popular here)
    After that it's pretty hit or miss.
    Epon
    Fourteen
    PRGR
    And then you have your boutique brands
    I have a store down the street that has a selection of Japanese clubs - Basically everything listed above and Golden Ratio, Baldo, Jean-Baptiste and I've got a be forgetting something

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    22 - Mizuno CLK Daimana Thump 90x
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  • KevinnzKevinnz  389WRX Points: 90Members Posts: 389 Greens
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    Epon is overrated, tried their irons, just so so compared to miuras, i mean real miura not the later semi faked.

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    On -, @Kevinnz said:

    Epon is overrated, tried their irons, just so so compared to miuras, i mean real miura not the later semi faked.

    You have taken too many drugs Danny.

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  • LionGolferLionGolfer  1420WRX Points: 148Members Posts: 1,420 Platinum Tees
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    well, not sure about miura but he's not far off about Epon. They are good but indeed overated.

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  • tsupotsupo  1224WRX Points: 126ClubWRX Posts: 1,224 Platinum Tees
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    true , best and truest specs of any club there is spec wise and made at endo...definitely over rated
    seriously...

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  • LionGolferLionGolfer  1420WRX Points: 148Members Posts: 1,420 Platinum Tees
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    yes.. seriously
    And you think all are forged in endo japan these days... Not saying Thai manufacture is worse just that Epon is no more what many still think it is.. and part of that is Made in Japan. Some heads still are of course BUT NOT all.

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  • Christen_The_SloopChristen_The_Sloop  1388WRX Points: 307Members Posts: 1,388 Platinum Tees
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    On -, @LionGolfer said:

    yes.. seriously
    And you think all are forged in endo japan these days... Not saying Thai manufacture is worse just that Epon is no more what many still think it is.. and part of that is Made in Japan. Some heads still are of course BUT NOT all.

    They manufacture work they do for OEMS in Thailand. The house brand, Epon is entirely made in Japan, from what I understand. I've never been disappointed by any Epon club or Endo forging. Not sure how people can say they are overrated. Mizuno trusts them to make their most state of the art iron. What more do you want?

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    D - Ping G400 LST Tour AD IZ 6x
    15 - Titleist 915 FD Attas G7 6x
    18 - Royal Collection SFD X7 Speeder Evolution II 757x
    22 - Mizuno CLK Daimana Thump 90x
    4-P - Tourstage MR23 U.S. Spec CB DGX100
    52, 56 - Cleveland RTX4 forged S400
    60 - Cleveland 588 
  • coopscoops  1264WRX Points: 191Members Posts: 1,264 Platinum Tees
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    On -, @LionGolfer said:

    yes.. seriously
    And you think all are forged in endo japan these days... Not saying Thai manufacture is worse just that Epon is no more what many still think it is.. and part of that is Made in Japan. Some heads still are of course BUT NOT all.

    The point is Epon is forged in an ENDO plant - not subcontracted. It is wholly owned and run by Endo - for a long time finishing was done in Thailand, now forging has been moved also to Thailand.

    My 301's were still forged in Japan - and say so on the clubhead.
    The 302's do not say Japan forged because they are not... and there is no mystery or obfuscation unlike Honma's latest irons.
    No need just for some screenshot - all you have to do is google, it's not hidden or deceptive.
    http://endo-mfg.co.jp/eng/biz_forging/

    http://endo-mfg.co.jp/eng/company/network/

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  • LionGolferLionGolfer  1420WRX Points: 148Members Posts: 1,420 Platinum Tees
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    Must have touched a raw nerve.... good that everyone is aware that Epon is not necessarily MIJ. Fine that its not over rated for some but it is for some others...

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  • easylittle5woodeasylittle5wood  1315WRX Points: 194Members Posts: 1,315 Platinum Tees
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    Mizuno Yoro Craft (also Mizuno Pro)
    Miura Giken
    Akira (prototype heads)
    PRGR Tune
    A-Grind
    Daiwa/OnOff
    Yamaha
    Maruman
    RomaRo

    Also Bridgestone and srixon have some things not available in NA. I believe with Endo you can get the same heads as Japan. The Callaway legacy black irons also need to be listed as all timers for JDM.

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  • JD3JD3  5025WRX Points: 386Members Posts: 5,025 Titanium Tees
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    Overall: Miura
    Wedges: Yururi
    Mass market: Mizuno
    Going downmarket: honma
    Irons: Srixon
    Shafts: Mitsubishi, fujikura, nippon
    Clothes: bloodshift
    Balls: Bridgestone

    Fourteen for wedges deserves an honorable mention, but they're not on same level as yururi, more like vokey (since vokey's gotten better)

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  • tbowles411tbowles411  25563WRX Points: 703Handicap: GolfClubWRX Posts: 25,563 Titanium Tees
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    We sell a LOT of JDM stuff. That's how we got started selling JDM only before we began selling OEM stuff.

    For us, Epon is our top JDM brand, and it's not even close. Then it's Srixon, Miura, Mizuno.

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    On -, @golfinguru11 said:

    Miura is still the gold standard in forging to me. Family owned and operated. Just wish they made some new sticks for lefties (been using the CBs for over a decade now).

    Miura sold a few years ago.... Just a heads up
    http://www.golfwrx.com/421704/miura-golf-sold-new-owner-plans-significant-investment/

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    Ping G25 20 & Anser 23 Hybrid
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    Scratch 50 54 58 Forged Wedges Nippon WV 115 Shafts
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  • tbowles411tbowles411  25563WRX Points: 703Handicap: GolfClubWRX Posts: 25,563 Titanium Tees
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    On -, @Tzoid said:

    On -, @golfinguru11 said:

    Miura is still the gold standard in forging to me. Family owned and operated. Just wish they made some new sticks for lefties (been using the CBs for over a decade now).

    Miura sold a few years ago.... Just a heads up
    http://www.golfwrx.com/421704/miura-golf-sold-new-owner-plans-significant-investment/

    The family is trying to buy them back. They didn't like the direction where the company was headed and the quality began to lack a bit.

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    G410 3, 5 & 9 Woods - Accra FX 2.0
    G410 4-5 Hybrids - Accra 80i
    G410 6-UW - Accra 80i
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  • TzoidTzoid Maryland 1749WRX Points: 175Handicap: 7Members Posts: 1,749 Platinum Tees
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    Interesting thread and before it turns into a Ford VS Chevy debate with Endo and Miura I'll throw my 2 cents in. I personally have only had 1st hand experience with a handful of true JDM irons and wedges ... Mizuno JDM , Miura Giken , OnOff , Scratch wedges ( forged in Hemiji Japan ) and Fourteen wedges.
    For feel I prefer the Endo forged OnOff Kuro 2015 Irons and Scratch wedges but as most can attest "Feel" is personal and all of these brands are exceptional.

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    Ping G400 3 Wood Aldila Rogue Silver 110 M.S.I. 70
    Ping G25 20 & Anser 23 Hybrid
    ONOFF KURO 2015 4-PW N.S Pro Modus3 Tour 120S
    Scratch 50 54 58 Forged Wedges Nippon WV 115 Shafts
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  • Kingcat990Kingcat990 European Tailored Golf Socks  4001WRX Points: 303Members Posts: 4,001 Titanium Tees
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    I hope they get the capital to buy them back. Miura has been releasing some strange models since the buyout, albeit, I got really great numbers with the IC601 heads.

    In continuation of the thread; my masda fast blades have one of the most unique feelings I have ever felt in an MB chassis in comparison to Miura and Kyoei. But they are nowhere near a "popular" JDM brand.

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    On -, @Kingcat990 said:

    I hope they get the capital to buy them back. Miura has been releasing some strange models since the buyout, albeit, I got really great numbers with the IC601 heads.

    In continuation of the thread; my masda fast blades have one of the most unique feelings I have ever felt in an MB chassis in comparison to Miura and Kyoei. But they are nowhere near a "popular" JDM brand.

    Let's face it though, w/ new tech coming out I don't think just a better quality forging is enough to stay ahead anymore.

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    Callaway Apex 2019 4 - AW KBS Tour 120s (hard stepped 1x)
    Yururi Tataki Wedges 52.5 and 60.5 KBS Hi-Rev 2.0x
    Ping Anser 2 Milled
    NDMC Grips (extra wrap lower half to reduce taper)
    Titleist AVX 
    UA Jordan Spieth 2
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    miura is 1 in my book due to the multiple offerings. I have the BB, MB001, and 501s but if I had to say a single iron that was the best feeling, looking and playing, the kyoei MB raw blacks are the best single offering around. I recently switched to ping BPs but change back to the kyoeis a lot especially for range sessions.

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    What about Vega? Any oppinions?

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