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  1. Yeah I'm wondering the same thing, i'm in the need for a new rangefinder and looking at the Pro XE but I don't want to pull the trigger just yet if a newer model releasing soon. If anyone has any news or details on this please let us know, much appreciated!
  2. Personally from my experience I would say Epon is the softest of the 3 hands down and probably the most forgiving, but the Miura feel is one of a kind. Not as soft as the Epon but a unique solid/dense yet soft feel. If your a better ball striker I would say Miura but Epon for me is the best all around. Honma is a very distant third in my opinion and the quality of build plus feeling are way behind Miura and Epon. I would put Mizuno ahead of Honma
  3. Sure, so I got my new Epon AF506 had 1 quick range session and took them out on the course. Previously my best score was a 84. It took me the first front nine to get adjusted to the distances as I am about 1 club longer now than what I was with my mizuno jpx900 forged but the lofts are identical. I ended up shooting a new best 81 which was unreal and level par 36 on the back nine. Yes my putting was good this day but the ability and confidence to hit the greens or get it close was a great feeling. These feel better than my mizunos, more forgiving, higher launch which I was looking for, better turf interaction, and better spin. Ball comes off the face hot but still super soft and thin top line. Now I would say in terms of comparison to the Miura CB301 I think the front to back distance dispersion is maybe slightly better with the Miura however these Epon's go really straight and much more confidence inspiring lining up behind the ball. CB301 I think would be easier for shot shaping. But if your looking for just straight dispersion I think the Epon is better. Feeling off the face I think is softer than the Miura and a bigger sweet spot and less punishing than the Miura but I must say the Miura feeling when you catch it flush is a very unique satisfying feel. Soft yet firm, they definitely live up to the hype in that regard. But less than decent strikes with the CB301 you will feel it in your hands and lose a lot of distance. With the 506 any type of decent strike is really gratifying and consistent. I would say if your a 0-15 handicap and good ball striker the CB301 might be a slightly better option and little bit more accurate but if your like 10-20 the 506 is for sure the way to go and will not be disappointed. Obviously go try them yourself and see which one you get on with better or prefer as everyones taste and expectations are different. But I definitely won't be taking these out of the bag for a very long time. I even sold my sm8 vokey 52 wedge and ordered a Epon tour wedge s with modus 115 wedge shaft which should arrive end of this month. Ive been busy with work and haven't had a chance to get back on the course but can't wait to get back out there and really put these through the ringer, hopefully breaking 80 in the near future lol.
  4. Absolutely agree! I am American living and working in Bangkok, Thailand for the past 8 years. Just started getting into golf more seriously as a hobby the last year. Here JDM clubs and brands are more easily accessible and popular along with of course your big marketed brands TaylorMade, Titleist, Mizuno, Callaway, etc. But I think if you do your research on some of the JDM brands like Epon and Miura you see the much better quality control and attention to detail. Hate to say it as an American but we are often very closed minded and think just because the tour players are playing big marketed brands that that's automatically the best route to follow without even knowing that many of the top tour player irons are actually Endo or Miura forged with their logo slapped on it but they are getting paid millions to play their brand clubs. Also the big brands have a certain budget when they reach out to Endo or other forging companies to create their clubs/models so they can reap maximum profit and release new models every year or two. Kind of like buying smart phones in a way. But Epon doesn't have those restrictions and want to make the best possible product they can and won't release a new model until they feel it has really improved on its predecessor. So back on your point I think its definitely worth paying the extra money to get a product that is more tailored towards you and that you will keep in the bag for many many years with confidence and not so worried about the next brand that comes out worrying if you need to upgrade. Like I said out here my fitter got me a bit of a discount as his shop is a authorized Epon dealer but I got everything brand new for just about 100 bucks more than a new set of TM P790. Like I said I don't like that some of the brands have OEM shaft options that don't necessarily fit you and the quality is a bit lower. I love Epon and Miura's approach that they sell the heads separate to really allow the personalization and build with premium aftermarket shafts, grips, etc. and not handcuffed to regular OEM stuff. In fact its actually cheaper than buying a big marketed brand iron and then later taking that iron to a fitter to change the shaft or grip to your specs. I know everyone has their own preferences on brands and what fits them but I highly encourage to just go out and try some of the JDM's and see the quality and attention to detail not to mention their much better forging and feel. You know the saying nothing feels like a Mizuno (and I was in that category/mindset) but my Epon's feel wayyyy better than my Mizunos and perform better. Miura also feel better. I couldn't be happier with my new 506's and don't even look at the others not he shelfs when walking through the golf shops or plazas. I also watched the TXG review before trying and buying mine, I 110% agree with all their comments and experience with them. It's like comparing a Nissan GTR or Acura NSX vs. Ford Mustang or Chevy Camerro lol. Yeah I hope I can break 80 soon with these in the bag. I also can't wait to get the Epon 52 tour wedge s and the 506aw in the bag. They should arrive end of the month!
  5. So I recently purchased a new set of Epon AF-506 irons with NSPRO NEO shafts and Epon/iomic sticky 1.8 grips. My previous set was the Mizuno JPX900 Forged irons with NSPRO 950 GH HT shafts. Before buying the Epon’s I tried Srixon Zx5, T300, P790, Mizuno JPX921 forged and MCC, Miura CB301, Apex21 and DCB, over the course of the last 4 months. I loved the soft forged feeling of my Mizuno JPX900 but was looking for something slightly higher launch, better turf interaction, higher spin, and little more forgiveness without giving up that soft forged feeling.. I was narrowing my choices down to the Srixon zx5 and Miura cb301. Told myself I wouldn’t change irons and spend the money for a new set unless I was blown away and in love with them. The miura felt amazing, definitely lives up to the hype on their unique soft yet tight feeling but.. didn’t have quite the forgiveness I was looking for. Felt I needed to be a little bit better ball striker. I was really trying to convince myself the CB301’s were for me. The Srixon zx5 had the little more forgiveness, and vt sole I was looking for however the feel and sound off the face just wasn’t that pleasant to me given that its a multi piece forged. The spin numbers were not the greatest for me either. Side not the new p790 were nice but just super low spin for me and don’t think I could stick the greens as I would like. I also didn’t like the stock OEM shaft options for the Srixon and others. Telling these experiences to my golf friend he suggested I try Epon. He said the feeling is soft and quality is top notch but just a little expensive like the Miura brand. I did my research and found their background Endo forging very interesting and decided to go demo them. I must admit going in wasn’t expecting much and wasn’t even a huge fan of the look of the 506’s at first as I thought it looked a little more on the industrial look. But to my surprise as soon as I demoed it, within about 5 strikes I was absolutely blown away. The feel was softer than my mizuno, not quite as that rewarding as the miura but a very close 2nd. Was very forgiving compared to both the jpx900 and cb301, had good turf interaction like the Srixon, launch, shot shape/accuracy, and spin were also much better. Didn’t do a full fitting process either, just the shaft and swing weight. The lofts are identical to my JPX900 which was nice, however I am now 1 club longer. I just ordered the AW506 50 degree and a 52 degree Epon tour wedge s with modus 115 shaft and threw out my sm8 vokey 52. My best score previously was 84. My first round last week with them I shot an 81. I literally can’t say enough about my new irons. Absolutely love them and will not be changing anytime in the foreseeable future. Please don’t take my word for it and just go demo Epon. 2 of my friends also already got 706 Epon iron sets after trying mine and then going into a fitting. Cheers!
  6. So I recently purchased a new set of Epon AF-506 irons with NSPRO NEO shafts and Epon/iomic sticky 1.8 grips. My previous set was the Mizuno JPX900 Forged irons with NSPRO 950 GH HT shafts. Before buying the Epon’s I tried Srixon Zx5, T300, P790, Mizuno JPX921 forged and MCC, Miura CB301, Apex21 and DCB, over the course of the last 4 months. I loved the soft forged feeling of my Mizuno JPX900 but was looking for something slightly higher launch, better turf interaction, higher spin, and little more forgiveness without giving up that soft forged feeling.. I was narrowing my choices down to the Srixon zx5 and Miura cb301. Told myself I wouldn’t change irons and spend the money for a new set unless I was blown away and in love with them. The miura felt amazing, definitely lives up to the hype on their unique soft yet tight feeling but.. didn’t have quite the forgiveness I was looking for. Felt I needed to be a little bit better ball striker. I was really trying to convince myself the CB301’s were for me. The Srixon zx5 had the little more forgiveness, and vt sole I was looking for however the feel and sound off the face just wasn’t that pleasant to me given that its a multi piece forged. The spin numbers were not the greatest for me either. Side not the new p790 were nice but just super low spin for me and don’t think I could stick the greens as I would like. I also didn’t like the stock OEM shaft options for the Srixon and others. Telling these experiences to my golf friend he suggested I try Epon. He said the feeling is soft and quality is top notch but just a little expensive like the Miura brand. I did my research and found their background Endo forging very interesting and decided to go demo them. I must admit going in wasn’t expecting much and wasn’t even a huge fan of the look of the 506’s at first as I thought it looked a little more on the industrial look. But to my surprise as soon as I demoed it, within about 5 strikes I was absolutely blown away. The feel was softer than my mizuno, not quite as that rewarding as the miura but a very close 2nd. Was very forgiving compared to both the jpx900 and cb301, had good turf interaction like the Srixon, launch, shot shape/accuracy, and spin were also much better. Didn’t do a full fitting process either, just the shaft and swing weight. The lofts are identical to my JPX900 which was nice, however I am now 1 club longer. I just ordered the AW506 50 degree and a 52 degree Epon tour wedge s with modus 115 shaft and threw out my sm8 vokey 52. My best score previously was 84. My first round last week with them I shot an 81. I literally can’t say enough about my new irons. Absolutely love them and will not be changing anytime in the foreseeable future. Please don’t take my word for it and just go demo Epon. 2 of my friends also already got 706 Epon iron sets after trying mine and then going into a fitting. Cheers!
  7. That's awesome. So I was really considering the Miura CB-301 and then I actually tried and pulled the trigger on the new Epon AF-506. I would say the Miura feel is definitely slightly better feeling and distance control front to back I think more consistent as well if your a good ball striker but the Epon was just much more forgiving for me personally and more consistent with a slightly bigger profile and sole compared to the Miura. I hope down the line or after this set I will be good enough ball striker to move into a nice set of Miura(love the back story and history of the brand). The Epon also is a 1 piece forged so that right away eliminated the Srixon for me and probably just the same amount of forgiveness if not slightly more than the Zx5. Also the Epon looks like to have good turf interaction as well. I pick them up tomorrow and can't wait to get em out on the course for some rounds hopefully next week. Safe to say though, JDM is where it's at if you get a chance to try some.
  8. I agree. I am picking up my Epon AF-506 tomorrow. Tried them at the Epon dealer last week. Felt amazing and forgiving. These are supposed to be slightly bigger sole but tad bit thinner face so more forgiving than the 505. I was looking at Miura CB301, Srixon zx5, and these. Miura I would say felt probably the best with its unique Miura feel, but the Epon so much more forgiving. Zx5 just didn't feel nearly as soft or nice due to its 2piece forged. I'm switching out of my Mizuno JPX900 forged irons. I wanted something with slightly higher launch and a little bit easier to hit and turf interaction but still that 1 piece forged feeling, so these Epon's fit the bill perfectly.
  9. Hey everyone, so I am I normally shoot about 85-95 I know that's a broad range. I am currently gaming Mizuno JPX900 Forged irons with NS Pro950 gh HT stiff shafts but was actually looking at switching out to the Miura CB-301. Has anyone here had experience with the CB-301 and could share their thoughts please? I tend to hit the jpx900 forged lower launch/flight and lower spin and looking for something higher launching, more spin, and a bit more forgiveness but still keeping that soft forged feel. I also noticed my turf interaction with the jpx900 forged wasn't the greatest either. I tried the Srixon zx5 based on how many raved about it and good reviews it got but the feel just wasn't the same but I did like the extra fogginess it gave. How does the Miura CB-301 compare to JPX900 forged in terms of forgiveness? I was looking/thinking about the Miura CB-301 with NS Pro950 NEO shafts? Thanks guys, I would really appreciate your guys feedback
  10. Hey everyone, so I am I normally shoot about 85-95 I know that's a broad range. I am currently gaming Mizuno JPX900 Forged irons with NS Pro950 gh HT stiff shafts but was actually looking at switching out to the Miura CB-301. Has anyone here had experience with the CB-301 and could share their thoughts please? I tend to hit the jpx900 forged lower launch/flight and lower spin and looking for something higher launching, more spin, and a bit more forgiveness but still keeping that soft forged feel. I also noticed my turf interaction with the jpx900 forged wasn't the greatest either. I tried the Srixon zx5 based on how many raved about it and good reviews it got but the feel just wasn't the same but I did like the extra fogginess it gave. How does the Miura CB-301 compare to JPX900 forged in terms of forgiveness? I was looking/thinking about the Miura CB-301 with NS Pro950 NEO shafts? Thanks guys, I would really appreciate your guys feedback
  11. What shafts are you guys using the Zx5 in? just curious, thanks
  12. Hey guys so I'm looking at maybe getting the Srixon Zx5 irons, however on the stock OEM Nippon Modus Tour105 shafts they are slightly different and have Tour105 D.S.T. on them instead. I get that the D.S.T. most likely stands for distance but i'm just wondering what is or is there any difference? Performance, ball flight, spin, bend or kick point, etc.?? I haven't been able to find any clear answers on this, thank you in advance!
  13. I would try to get some heavier head weights if possible, might help you gain a smoother stroke for the short putts and keeping the head a bit more stable. My fitter added 2 gram weights being my stock weights so 17g instead of 15g on my 34 inch and it helped tremendously despite only 4g total increase and the added swing weight. I also changed my grip to a super stroke pistol gt 1.0 for a bit thicker and more square feel. Everyone’s different in preference and feel but these changes especially the head weights made a big difference for me
  14. Has anyone struggled with ball striking or any other issues with the Srixon Zx5 wider sole? Also, any comments on the tour vt sole? Thanks
  15. Has anyone else struggled with ball striking or any other issues with the Srixon Zx5 wider sole? Also, any comments on the tour vt sole? Thanks
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