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Honma announces new tour release product line

CARLSBAD, CALIFORNIA / SAKATA, JAPAN – Honma Golf officially announced the release of its all-new Tour Release product line, the company said Monday, January 20. The new TR20 line includes two different drivers and two sets of irons, with new fairways, hybrids and additional iron models to come later in 2020. TR20 provides fast, tour-level performance with uncompromising Honma craftsmanship to a wide range of golfers who seek premium performance.

The new TR20 drivers are Honma’s most technologically advanced product to date, featuring a nearly-total carbon body and a fast titanium frame. The TiCarbon Fast Frame combines ultra- lightweight ET40 carbon crown from Toray Composites with a carbon sole on a highly optimized titanium frame that is both weight and speed efficient. A unique vertical groove face works with the Ti frame and carbon body to deliver speed.

TR20 drivers come in two beautiful profiles. TR20 460 is a full-profile driver deeper front-to- back with a swept crown for confidence and playability. The TR20 440 is a compact profile that sits higher in the back for a traditional appearance.

Both drivers feature three strategically-located and adjustable sole weights to provide flight and playability preference for increased MOI, reduced spin, or more draw bias. Honma’s Non- Rotating Hosel allows the clubhead to be adjusted +/- 1.5 degrees in face angle, +/- 1 degree in loft, and +/- 1 degree in lie angle without changing the orientation of the perfectly-spined Honma VIZARD shaft for more consistent performance and impact delivery.

Honma TR20 drivers are holistically engineered with Honma VIZARD shafts, designed to provide a better whole club in 50, 60 and 70 gram options with different EI profiles to meet the distance needs of golfers with different swing speeds and shaft loading tendencies. Honma VIZARD shafts are premium made in the Honma Japan Sakata factory and use only the finest materials from Toray Composites in their manufacturing. They are a premium upgrade that comes standard versus typically cost-engineered stock shafts from other manufacturers.

“TR20 drivers are a feat of engineering craftsmanship from our incredibly talented teams in Sakata and Carlsbad. Combining innovative carbon construction with the legendary shaping of our takumis in Japan is something we’re very excited for golfers to experience,” said Honma President John Kawaja.

When Honma ambassador Justin Rose saw TR20 for the first time, the first word out of his mouth was “badass.” He immediately put TR20 460 into play at the Hero World Challenge in December and at the Singapore Open last week.

Also announced Monday were two new sets of Honma irons called TR20V and TR20P.

TR20V is a true player’s iron that delivers players distance. Forged from soft S20C carbon steel with a modern cavity back design to provide easy-to-launch performance with shot control. TR20V is built with a better player-preferred blade length and topline, and a recessed, electroform Honma mole logo in the cavity as a nod to the great forged irons of Honma’s past.

TR20P is a player’s distance iron with game-improvement playability. TR20P features a forged S35C steel body with an L-cup face for ball speed and a tungsten-weighted pocket cavity to create speed-enhancing forgiveness and a low center of gravity for higher launch and longer carry distance. The common design language allows golfers to blend TR20V and P irons into an ideal set.

Honma TR20P and TR20V will be offered with VIZARD TR20-85 graphite and Nippon Modus 105 shafts as a standard option. VIZARD TR20 shafts are designed with a stiffer tip section for trajectory control and are built with ascending weight to increase speed with longer irons and increase control with shorter irons.

“The combination of Honma hand-crafted looks with tour level performance, modern constructions and expert designs provide a blend of looks, sound and feel that golfers will love,” said Honma Vice President of Global Product Chris McGinley.

An additional set of irons called TR20B is currently in development with prototypes already in play by Justin Rose and will be available for fitting and at retail this summer.

“Every time I come to Honma with a new request on equipment, they far exceed my expectations. The TR20 driver has spoiled me with speed and my new irons give me confidence over every shot,” said Rose.

TR20 products will be available for fitting in February and at retail in March. Drivers will sell for $649.99 and irons will sell for $174.99/club with steel shafts or $199.99/club with graphite shafts.

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I must admit that these clubs look great! A very classical outline and color scheme. I am always a little skeptical when I see a “new” brand, but I don’t think that Justin would jeopardize his scoring if the equipment did not live up to his standards. And then I saw that Honma had been around since the 50s, so I am pretty sure they know their craftmanship. For sure, a lot of good golf equipment has come out of Japan.

I hope to be able to give them a test beating someday soon!

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