Gear Sneak Peaks


Japan Golf Fair 2013 Day 2

Friday at the Japan Golf Fair is for golf businesses and press only while the weekend is open to the public. While opening day Friday was busier than ever, Saturday is typically the day where attendance records are broken. It’s the day where we play catch up for photos and videos and its also the most challenging day to shoot due to the crowds getting in the way. Here are just a few of the highlights from the second day and as usual stay tuned for videos as well as all our pictures in the gallery.

I have to say it was the most busy Golf Fair ever and we didn’t even get the chance to visit our friends at Geotech until Saturday. Geotech’s booth was focused on their new GT product line coming out in March and the new clubs look fantastic… many of our followers were not into the finish of last years Quelot clubs from Geotech so they will be glad to see that the GT line features clean designs and nice black heads in all the woods. Geotech has also created a few limited models exclusive to online retailers like TSG including the very nice GT Forged LTD. Edition seen above.  Forged from S25C and CNC machined with a pocket cavity, this new iron looks great and we can’t wait to try it out.

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Custom Mizuno Yoro Order – Twilight MP-63 for Dr.H!

Dr. H loved his custom set of Yoro MP-69 so much that he decided to get a second set but this time using the MP-63 as a base. It’s our first set of MP-63 and they look simply awesome with the twilight finish. He also added another set of MP-R Wedges this time in black gloss!

Here are the specs!

Mizuno Yoro MP-63 3-PW
Twilight Finish
Stamping 63-ENAME
H (Mizuno Blue for name and Mizuno and Runbird)
No Paintfill for Iron Numbers
Remove Grain Flow Forged
+0.5mm FP (LESS offset)
W sole grind
Modus3 Stiff
38.00″ 5 Iron
1* Upright Lie
1* Stronger Loft
Mizuno New Decade MCC Blue
D3

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GIII 2013 460HR Hi COR Driver Review

Roll the clock back 7+ years ago and Japan was still the premier source for non conforming hi COR drivers with pretty much every single brand in Japan having at least one non conforming head in their lineup. Some Japanese brands had heads with COR as high as 0.90, well over the legal limit of 0.83 COR. As 2006 came to a close most major mainstream Japanese brands decided that going forward, all their drivers would conform to USGA and R&A rules meaning hi COR heads became suddenly scarce and hard to find. Fast forward to the present and 2012 saw a resurgence of non conforming Hi Cor drivers. With many brands maxed out at 460cc and the 0.83 COR limit, brands decided that recreational golfers who wanted more distance were willing to pay for hi COR drivers and didn’t care if they were conforming or not since many recreational golfers don’t play in tournaments or competitions.

While a driver’s performance and distance can be attributed to many things, including, materials, design and the ultimately the ability to hit the sweet spot consistently (a big sweet spot helps too), a higher COR can be a quick way to more distance. COR stands for the Coefficient of Restitution and measures the elasticity of the collision between the ball and face at impact. The higher the number or higher the COR the more elastic the collision is. With all things being equal there has always been the debate as to how much impact COR actually has on distance. Some say for a 100mph swing, every 0.01 in COR can result in an additional 4+ yards. As swing speeds increase, that gain also increases. I want to stress again though that the COR of a driver is only one aspect of creating distance and even though there were many great Hi COR drivers back in the mid 2000’s, in my opinion, most conforming drivers today would probably out distance those non conforming drivers of old thanks to better materials, designs and bigger sweet spots and in many cases longer length shafts but we will get into that later.

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Gold’s Factory New Hand Grind Wedges in Hand!

Some of you may have read about my visit to Gold’s Factory to have Master Sasaya grind a set of wedges to my liking. If you didn’t read the post you can see it here along with many photos.

After I left, there was more fine grinding and polishing to make the wedge smooth and ready for engraving.

I requested just the Gold’s Factory Logo and dots to signify loft, 1 dot for the 52* and 2 dots for the 58*.

Gold’s wedges can be finished in several looks, raw, raw polished, raw gun blue, plated chrome, plated satin, plated copper, plated teflon black and plated soft black. I had seen several Gold’s putters in the soft black so I thought it would be cool to try it on the wedges. I decided on translucent red for the G and F in Gold’s Factory and for the dots as well. The wedges were to be shafted with Modus3 Stiff and Red Iomic Sticky grips with white caps.

The wedges arrived today and I must say I am very pleased with the looks and finish . The soft black looks great and even with the plating you can still see the fine mill marks on the face. The grind and shape turned out perfect and the paintfill and logo look just right.   Check out the pics!

 

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Custom Mizuno Yoro Order- Double Nickel Satin MP-64 and MP R12 Wedges

We’ve got our first set of the new MP-64’s from Yoro done for PADF. The MP-64 is a superb looking new cavity back and in the hands of Yoro can be even more unique and cool looking. While the MP-64 is available for all custom finishes, the stamping options are more limited due to the design of the back cavity. In fact what you see here is all that can be done stamping wise. PADF also added a set of matching MP R12 Wedges.

Mizuno MP-64 5-PW
Double Nickel Satin
Stamping: 64-ANAME608
Name: PADF – Red Paintfill
Remove Grain Flow Forged
No Paintfill for logos or iron numbers
+0.5mm FP (less offset)
Rounder sole grind more bounce
Mamiya ATTAS Iron 7 Regular
Iomic Sticky 2.3 Red Round
37.50″ 5 Iron – 35.00″ PW
2* Flat
D2

Mizuno MP R12 52/07 56/13 60/08
Double Nickel Satin
Stamping: R12-DNAME610
Name: PADF – Red Paintfill
Remove Grain Flow Forged
No Paintfill for logos or iron numbers
+0.5mm FP (less offset)
Mamiya ATTAS Iron 7 Regular
Iomic Sticky 2.3 Red Round
52: 35.00″ 56: 35.00″ 60: 34.75″
2* Flat
D3

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Yamaha 2013 Inpres X V Forged Iron Review

Every year when November rolls around the excitement at Tourspecgolf builds for the announcement of the new Yamaha lineup for the upcoming year. It has turned into big event annually where many of our top customers and in the know golf enthusiasts queue up for the chance to pre order the new models.  As we all know here the Limited Edition Tour Model irons are always the first to sell out typically even before launch. This year Yamaha kept the new models under a tight wrap, amazingly with no leaks as to what they even looked like. Last month when the models were finally revealed many were surprised to find this years V Forged Tour Model was now a blade and this years standard V Forged model was now a… wait what is it exactly?

I’m reviewing the standard V Forged first as Yamaha has decided this year to not offer demos of the Tour Models since they are limited editions. Because of that we need to wait for our actual orders to come in so that we can review the Tour Model.  In early November when Yamaha released pictures of the new V Forged, many people did indeed say “what is it exactly?”  The V Forged has always been a superb all around, close to mid sized cavity back, aimed at the improving golfer and better player.  The key is that is has always obviously been a cavity back.  The new V Forged is quite a departure visually and design wise from all previous generations of the V Forged, and Yamaha does indeed refer to it as a cavity back.

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Miura Giken’s new MB-5000WC Forged Wedge

Today I’ll just take a quick look at the new MB-5000WC forged wedge from Miura Giken. I have them as heads only so unfortunately I won’t be shafting them up, so this will be more a look at their design and aesthetics.  Miura is not one to release new models at a rapid pace here in Japan, each model is carefully thought out and tested before going into production. The last wedge they released, the WMF-06 which I took a brief look at herewas in itself quite a radical design for Miura, stepping away from the traditional. Ten months later, Miura Giken has unveiled the MB-5000WC which on the surface looks much more simple than the WMF-06.

At first glance, the placement of the logos and branding seems much cleaner which makes the beautiful satin finish stand out even more. While the WMF-06 was a chrome brushed satin head, the new MB-5000WC appears almost white satin like. The finish looks great. On closer inspection though what really stands out is the smoothly curved back face of each wedge which is what Miura dubs its Hollow Back Design.

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Visiting Gold’s Factory – New Hand Grind Wedge

It’s been a while since I have dropped by Gold’s Factory and in the mean time, Gold’s has grown more popular than ever, especially here in Japan where their brand has received major publicity in most major golf magazines.  Being featured in Golf Digest Japan, Alba, Even Golf, Waggle as well as top enthusiast magazine Choice, has really enhanced Gold’s Factory and Master Sasaya’s reputation as savvy putter and wedge creator and modifier. So when Sasaya-san contacted me last week asking me to drop by to talk about his new wedge and to grind a set based on my feedback I was very happy to oblige.

As you all know I get to take lots of pictures and test golf clubs mostly at home here in Kiminomori so it was nice to be able to pack up the camera and head out to Tokyo to shoot some pictures in a work shop rather than my backyard or at the range/golf course. I arrived at Gold’s Factory located deep in the heart of Nakajuku in Itabashi just after 10am and right away Sasaya-san pulled out a box of raw forged heads to show me.  We talked a bit about wedge manufacturing and how a hand grind wedge from Gold’s Factory differs from a mass produced wedge which most mainstream brands produce.  Sasaya-san explained to me this new hand grind wedge is forged from JIS SS400 in Himeji and is now being produced by Gold’s Factory with CNC machined conforming R&A grooves.  For those not familiar with SS400, its equivalent hardness is about S18C.  Raw heads are delivered at heavy 338g weights allowing for major customized grinding to each customer specifications. The new hand grind wedge also features a very fine CNC machined face milling, this milling can be varied from fine to deep.

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Gold’s Factory Update November 2012

It’s been a while since I’ve updated some of the things going on at Gold’s Factory. They sent over a few putters so I thought now would be the perfect time to do so.  Stainless Beads Blast was originally a finish for SUS303 putters but now Gold’s is using the same technique, beads blasting, to overlay logos and graphics over SUS303 putters.  They sent me their new “Blaster” putter to snap some pics of and it does look very nice. Custom logos and personal marks will look very cool with the white satin like beads blast. Here are more pictures and as you can see they can bead blast anywhere on the head, the neck and the sole.

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New Epon Tour F3 and F4 Golf Balls Preview!

You can imagine how surprised I was when Epon contacted us to announced that they were releasing new premium tour level golf balls. Epon is of course best known for creating some of the most premium high performance forged golf clubs known to man and based on their track record of design and producing top notch products, my surprise turned to excitement.  Epon has released 2 models of golf balls, the Tour F3 and Tour F4. Both balls are premium tour quality balls which focus on maximum performance. Lets take a closer look at both models as well as a few first impressions.

 

 

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