HONMA stockists can look forward to a bright start to the season thanks to the introduction of the high-performing Tour Release product line that has already made it into the bag of Tour star Justin Rose, with the TR20 460 driver

    Engineered to deliver exceptional speed and Tour-level performance, clubs in the TR20 line include two holistically designed drivers and two sets of irons. Fairway woods, hybrids and further iron models are due out later this year.

    Now the leading Japanese brand is synonymous with golfers for delivering performance and speed in beautifully-crafted designs, given the recent product releases.

    TR20 succeeds the popular TW747 range and joins the XP-1 game-improvement family and luxury BERES line to offer serious golfers premium golf equipment.

    HONMA has amassed over 60 years of the finest club building experience and harnessed feedback from some of the best golfers in the world to bring to market the incredibly fast TR20 range.

    “Renowned for crafting the most premium products in golf at our factory in Sakata, the drivers are our most technologically advanced yet and the irons deliver the incredible looks and feel that we pride ourselves on at HONMA,” said Alejandro Sanchez, General Manager of HONMA Golf Europe.

    TR20 Drivers

    The TR20 Drivers come in two beautifully shaped profiles – 460 and 440cc – in a near-total carbon body and lightweight titanium frame to deliver explosive distance and accuracy.

    A TiCarbon Fast Frame comprises a lightweight, ribbed ET40 Carbon Crown that saves 14 grams of weight, while a Carbon sole saves 20g. The two premium components combine to reduce unwanted vibration for a more efficient deflection off the club face.

    The sole features three strategically positioned weights, with a possible five weight options (3,6,9,12,15g) to ensure ball speed, launch, spin and swing weight can be optimised for greater distance and accuracy. Innovative vertical grooves feature behind the precision cast thin titanium face, saving an additional 2 grams of weight, providing increased face repulsion for explosive ball speeds.

    The hosel incorporates the Non-Rotating System to allow eight possible loft and lie adjustments to be made, ensuring the spine of the shaft remains in the 6’oclock position for greater impact consistency.

    The TR20 Drivers have been holistically engineered with the high performance VIZARD shafts (50,60,70g) to ensure all components work in perfect harmony. Additionally, the VIZARD FD/FP and Tour prototype shafts are available as an upgrade.

    The TR20 460 and 440 drivers are available in 8.5°, 9.5° & 10.5° lofts, plus a weight kit is available for the perfect setup.

    TR20 Irons

    Combining highly sought after HONMA craftsmanship with Tour-level performance, the TR20 irons have been engineered using the most premium materials to deliver incredibly precise feel, distance and control.

    Crafted for golfers seeking a better player preferred blade length, the TR20 V iron is forged from the finest soft S20C carbon steel and incorporates a modern cavity back design. Built in strong but playable lofts, TR20 V irons feature a HONMA mole logo in the cavity as an emblem of uncompromised forging heritage, something that HONMA prides itself on.

    The TR20 P irons are a true player’s distance iron with game improvement playability. They feature a forged S35C steel body with an L-cup face for increased ball speeds and a tungsten weighted pocket cavity to create speed-enhancing forgiveness on off centre strikes, while a low centre of gravity and high MOI is achieved for a high launch and longer carries.

    TR20 irons have been designed to allow golfers to build the perfect set by blending forgiving P long irons with the more compact V short irons.

    As standard, the TR20 irons will be offered with VIZARD TR20-85 graphite and Nippon Modus 105 shafts and are built with ascending weight for increased speed with longer irons and added control with short irons.

    The first TR20 products will be available for fitting this month and at retail in March at the following RRPs per club: TR20 Drivers: £599/€699; TR20 V Iron: £219/€240 (Graphite) | £175/€200 (Steel); TR20 P Iron: £219/€240 (Graphite) | £175/€200 (Steel).

    An additional set of Tour Release irons called the TR20B is currently in development.

    HONMA Becomes Approved Supplier To Foremost Members

    HONMA is the latest manufacturer to become an Approved Supplier to Foremost Golf, the U.K’s largest retail and marketing services group, effective from 1 February 2020.

    HONMA will provide Foremost members across the UK with preferential buying rates, as well as Point of Sale and marketing support designed to help the sell-through of its growing range of top quality hardware products.

    “We’re thrilled to welcome HONMA as an Approved Supplier to our professional membership,” said Foremost Approved Supplier Manager Chris Glenday. “HONMA is one of the fastest-growing brands in golf and offers Foremost members a great opportunity to sell premium quality equipment at affordable prices and excellent margins.

    “The Foremost group looks forward to developing a strong partnership with HONMA and I’m confident that both parties will benefit from our members’ efforts to maximise the tremendous potential of the brand, backed by Justin Rose as its principal Tour player,” he added.

    Alejandro Sanchez, General Manager of HONMA Europe, commented: “We’re very excited to be forming a new commercial partnership with Foremost and believe that it can take our brand to the next level by providing access to the biggest network of green-grass accounts in Europe.

    “HONMA is committed to growing its reputation and sales in the UK, Europe’s biggest and most competitive golf market, and we recognise the retail strength of Foremost and its membership, who can play a key role in meeting our aspirations with our exciting new product ranges,” he added.

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    As an avid golfer since the age of eleven Dan lives and breathes all things golf.  With a current handicap of eleven he gets out and plays as often as his work life (and girlfriend) allows. Dan confesses to still being like a kid at Christmas when it comes to seeing the latest golf equipment. Having served as GolfPunk’s Deputy Editor, and resident golf geek for the past 13 years and working for golf's oldest brand, John Letters Dan brings to GOLF RETAILING an excellent understanding of the sector.