Seven Dreamers is a new shaft company launched early 2014, while new the company has a long standing history in composites dating back for over half a century. In 1955 Minamoto Takeishi Watanabe came across a material that left him intrigued with all it’s possibilities, he decided to single handedly study composites and after 2 years of research in 1957 established his very first composite molding plant in Shibuya, Tokyo and thus began the company Super Resin Inc. Click Read More to Continue…
RomaRo is one of the most well rounded Japanese Golf Brands available today, their entire line up from putters to drivers and grips to apparel and bags is top notch. This is my long term impressions on the 2014 RomaRo Ray H Forged irons their newest and flag ship players CB.
First let’s break down the basics of what it is, The Ray H is a fusion of a muscle back and cavity back made of Japanese S20C Forged steel. The weight expanding across the cavity helps produce a fair sized sweet spot yet also provides the benefits of cavity back perimeter weighting.
It’s been almost a couple of years since S-Yard released it’s BOLD wedge, unfortunately Mr. Kobayashi is no longer the president and lead designer of S-Yard but his product still lives on and sells well here at TSG.
A limited edition plated version was released which was one of the biggest requests people had of S-Yard a version of the BOLD that does not wear in the finish like the original black version did.
For those not familiar with the bold wedge it’s a spin machine with a higher center of gravity than nearly every other wedge that’s available today, not so easy to see in these pictures are but there are also laser markings all over the face, this further improves spin rates when the club face is wet due to dew or rain. The Bold removes weight from the sole and places 3 tungsten weights opposite on the back face raising the CG point for a more stable and consistent trajectory. Click Read More to see more pics…
Introducing Fujimoto Gikoh from Himeji, Japan. It’s always fascinating testing and evaluating new products in the JDM golf scene.
Early in 2014 Tario, Jacque, and myself visited some of our vendors and clients in the small town of Ichikawa. Not our first trip out there but definitely the most positive as the last time we were here the factories were downsizing and reducing capacity due to tuff economic times following the disaster in 2011. This year it’s obvious that things are on the rise again.
Himeji Japan and specifically in the even smaller town of Ichikawa there are a handful of small makers isolated in the beautiful countryside, it’s a quiet place not only known for its golf factories, but also, its high end leather, paper, and coffee. For more photos and explanation please click Read More…
Every so often an iron is released that wows us, by far the most popular irons of early 2014 has been the CB358by OnOff’s Labo Spec department, Labo Spec is essentially the tour design service and with ONOFF’s #1 tour player being Shingo Katayama they have their hands full.
Shingo Katayama is a very unique player, he demands clubs specially made for him that fit his preference, many are already familiar with the 2013 OnOff forged model which was also a hit here, Shingo loved that iron but wanted something with less offset, sharper angles, and a smaller profile yet while keeping the great feel and extra forgiving performance.
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Is this weird to you?
Don’t worry PRGR is known for pushing the envelope, for those not so familiar with PRGR aka (Pro Gear) it’s a JDM brand owned by the giant Yokohama Rubber co. PRGR was started back in 2001 (same as TSG) their first club was the TR speed titan followed by the PRGR Duo drivers. Just fantastic clubs back in the day ahead of the times with technology and style.
Very popular on TSG was the Egg series it’s been popular for years and still is today, The product that broke through to TSG members was the original Egg fairway wood. Not traditional by any means but it gets the job done and focuses on performance. Years later the Egg series is still going strong and in this blog post I’d like to introduce everyone to the newest member of the egg family the Egg 1 Driver.
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This is the 4th Generation PRGR Egg fairway wood and since it’s very first rendition we here at TSG have been big fans.
First kudo’s to Pro Gear (PRGR) for always thinking outside of the box, innovating and pushing the boundaries of design, I think the entire Egg series is a reflection of their willingness to take chances in order to gain improved performance.
Recently fairway woods with shallow faces have been getting more love than their deeper faced siblings and for those that need even the slightest help getting the ball airborne a shallow face depth does improve those chances, the first 2 PRGR Egg fairways were semi-shallow but over the years they have slowly evolved into deep faces yet with every ounce of weight pushed as low and close to the ground as possible.
This M.F.D technology morphs the face to expand and retract creating a powerful pop off the face with good timing. The sweet spot is very large especially on misses high or low of the CG. We have more pictures & review after the Jump, click Read More to continue…
Finally, the new products by RomaRo are beginning to roll out. I just received the new Type-R driver and have had a chance to game it a couple of rounds and get some good range time in with it, and it’s a beast. Based on the way it looks I was expecting it to play very closely to the 460HX that performs admirably and much to my surprise the two clubs play very different from each other.
Let’s wrap up the info before we move on to my review, The Type-R is 450cc’s large available in 9.5 and 10.5 lofts, it comes standard with a square face angle and 59* lie angle. Total weight with the stock shaft is 303 grams and with its 56 gram stock shaft has a D2 balance in stiff at 46 inches. It features SP-700 titanium forged cup face and a 6-4ti body making it a 2 piece structure.
One of the new features on this driver is its more shallow face, the older 460HX and the 430cc 435LX had deeper faces. One could expect a higher ball flight with the new Type-R which isn’t really the case as RomaRo seems to have maintained the same trajectory as the HX yet by adding real estate on the heel and toe side have made this driver considerably more forgiving.
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PRGR is what I would consider one of the big brands in Japan and for years they have been making some of the most underrated products. People are missing out on some incredible designs and today I’m showing off the iD Nabla Black iron… Nabla ok there’s a funky word for a golf club that leaves most native english speaking people scratching their heads but besides it’s name there is a load of tech and quality in this iron.
Let me break it down, the iD Nabla is made at Endo of S20C and features some cutting edge technology most notable is Alpha gel in the mid irons. What is this Alpha Gel? well so far only a couple of brands have used it and that’s Epon & PRGR, it’s a transparent gel that provides cushioning and vibration dampening performance, it’s also extremely durable in harsh temperatures.
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It’s easy to take pics of such a beautiful golf club with such an obvious and unique feature, Miura’s MB-5005 takes a different approach at understanding the relationship between muscle and cavity and to me it’s a blade with a cavity and also a cool under channel shooting through the center allowing for better lower weight placement. 15 grams was removed from the center of the club head and moved to the irons perimeter, this iron the (05) is suggested to be played as a mid iron combo’d with a set of the 5003’s. This is Miura Gikens forgiving cavity back… wait I mean blade.
Here’s looking down at the pitching wedge, it’s got a wider sole than some would expect and I say good because although it’s labelled the more forgiving 5003 it’s still got a butter knife top line like most Miura irons. Let’s take a look starting with the PW working our way down to the number seven then four.
How’s that for a great looking PW, Miura Giken nailed the shape on these and the finish.
Here is the product listing in the TSG Proshop: TSG Store
Features and Technology
– S25C WDD Accurate Forged head for soft and consistent feel.
– 15 grams heavier head than the previous MB model with lowered CG to promote a higher launch.
– Unique cavity within the Muscle Back to distribute weighting evenly in the toe and heel; making it easier to produce a straight flight.
– Minimal offset design to allow for workabilty in both directions.
– Slightly wider sole than the previous MB for smooth flow across any surface.
– Thin top line, compact head, and smooth rounded toe that is popular among better players.
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