Odyssey had on display a very rare and limited putter made for the Japanese market named the Damascus Grand Limited Putter. ( This is true Damascus steel ) as Damascus has been a trend lately when it comes to high end putter materials that said not all Damacus is the same. Some brands offer full Damascus made putters at less than half the cost of the material alone. This is what I’m calling Faux Damascus or Damascus look.
Dr.H is one of Tourspecgolf’s most loyal customers and is the current owner of now 3 sets of Yoro Craft Mizuno irons. He appreciates the best in premium clubs and is also has great brands like Crazy and Kamui Works and Gold’s Factory in his bag. Today his 3rd set of Yoro Crafted clubs were delivered to me or some quick photos and I have to say this is one of the most amazing Yoro sets produced yet. A full combo set with the MP-H4 for a 3 iron followed by MP-54 4-6 Iron and Twilight MP-4 6-PW (yes he ordered two 6 irons due to loft differences – the JDM MP-54 is strong lofted). He then topped them off with RAW MP-R4 Japan model wedges. All the clubs have his name DR.H in Mizuno Blue paintfill on them (on the hosel for MP-54 and MP-H4. The offset was also reduced in all the clubs and all the irons had a W sole grind done on them as well.
Dr.H also had a 34″ Calfornia Del Mar modified by Gold’s Factory going up to 20g sole weights, 3 x arc reactors in the back cavity, original Premium Zone horizontal milling on the face and 3 sight lines. A G mark on the toe and Dr.H’s company logo on the toe face. All finished in Tour Teflon Black and done in Acid Green (which admittedly we had a hard time matching to the acid green brakes on his Porsche). Photos tell the whole story so I don’t really need to write much more. Just Read More to see the rest of the photos! Continue Reading
It has admittedly been too long since we have blogged. These last months have been busier than ever and it will only get busier with many new releases on the horizon. I will try my best to blog as much as I can over the coming months to introduce all the new products for 2014.
I was at Gold’s Factory in Tokyo yesterday to take care of some custom jobs we are doing for TSG customers. I decided to take the opportunity to snap some photos of the weights and inserts that Gold’s Factory provides. Many times when helping a customer create their custom master piece, they are confused over all the different type of insert options that Gold’s offers. Master Sasasya has created names for these inserts but when I tell a customer they can put Orbit around G in the sole and Arc Reactors in the cavity, they usually have no idea what I am talking about.
So I thought snapping some photos would help people visually identify with these weights and inserts. I will also do a post in the future about face millings and face insert options from Gold’s Factory. Its important to know that every single insert used by Gold’s Factory and that you see in these photos are machined from scratch by Gold’s factory. Because of this, they can control quality and vary the size, weight, and colors of all the inserts they do. (as I have mentioned before as well, Gold’s even machines their own tools!) Many of the weights are of course for practical purposes, ie in order to bring head weight up or shift the COG/bias of the putter. Some of these inserts are of course more for aesthetics and really help each custom job look very cool.
For those of you who own a Gold’s Factory or have seen one in person, you can attest to the top notch work Master Sasaya does from perfectly cut holes on putters to perfectly machined weights and inserts that seamlessly fit them. For those who have not seen my previous posts on visits to the Factory they can see some of the machinery and staff in action in these posts:
Yesterday I was in Tokyo to visit Gold’s Factory to talk to Master Sasaya about some future putters and how things in general are going. Gold’s is very busy with a queue of jobs from all around the world and as usually many beautiful putters are being produced and modified. Instead of doing a usual long write up, I thought I would make this more of a photoblog since I snapped some photos while I was there. Pictures can tell a whole story so I will just add a few lines here and there.
Before heading over to Nakajyuku in Itabashi, I thought I would swing by Shinjuku and check out some cameras. I brought along my Fuji X-Pro1 which I use for all my photos on this blog along with a 35mm f1.4 and a 18-55mm zoom. All the photos at Gold’s are with the 35mm and the outside shots the zoom lens.
Every so often we send in a batch of new putters to have modified by Master Sasaya of Gold’s Factory. TSG is always talking about Gold’s because they really are a one of a kind company. Totally unique and you know what you will get when having anything touched by the master… Excellence, a level of quality so high and an attention to detail so critical you would expect the best.
In the TSG Online Store we will begin offering some tasteful designs on a more regular basis, The first 4 putters to be released will be 3 unique new model Scotty Cameron Sonoma’s and a Japan Only Odyssey Tour iX Black Series #2. They do cost a pretty penny but with this level of quality one can expect that. Below pictures of my favorite of the Sonoma’s. Each Sonoma has a different finish, this one in Teflon Black and replaced the scotty circles with yellow ARC reactors by Gold’s Factory.. The tilted old school mini G is milled into the nose. The two weights on the sole have been increased now 15g each instead of 10g. Finally and the most unique modification to this putter is that it’s center shaft. There are no center shaft Sonoma’s in the wild. Especially ones that have been balanced perfectly to perform better than stock. Look forward to these in the TSG Online Store soon.
Master Sasaya of Gold’s Factory is a man who appreciates the fine details in premium workmanship. A few months ago we were talking about how some high end cars have a single “Meister” defined as “a person expert in or renowned for a specific skill” who builds the engines in their high end models from start to finish. We all know that nobody can tweak or modify a putter like Master Sasaya does and he is very much in his own way a Meister. Using the word Meister he created his new line of one off, one of a kind putters under the banner Meister Absolute Crafting.
These new M.A.C. putters would use all of Gold’s Factory’s best design ideas, each be unique in its own way and have only one ever made. Master Sasaya takes each head, machined from JIS SUS303 and through hand machining, grinding, polishing, modifying and finishing create his usual beauty. He asked me what I thought about names for each putter as he wanted to give each unique putter a name, and I suggested why not pay homage to the Greek Gods? Their names as putters would sound very cool. Master Sasaya agreed and we now have the first 4 M.A.C. putters here for sale. Artemis, Prometheus, Apollo and Zeus. Only one of each will ever be made so owning one will mean owning a one of a kind M.A.C. model.
George Takei is a name that is synonymous with golf club design in the Japanese market. The former founder of Gauge Design Japan and G-Field Golf has traveled the road both high and low when it comes to golf clubs in Japan. At its peak, George had led Gauge Design into becoming the number one putter on the Japanese tour, besting the likes of Odyssey and Scotty Cameron. Gauge Design Japan and G-Field eventually dissolved as the company broke off seeing former employees of Gauge form new companies like Gold’s Factory and Romaro Sports. George however, continued to hone his design skills and passion/dream of creating the ultimate golf clubs. Several years ago, the George Spirits brand was born.
George continued on his journey to create his dream golf clubs, with the sky the limit. Top quality forged irons and wedges, premium forged and cutting edge designs for woods and of course putters. George Spirits recently released their Mono line of pin style putters the Mono1 , Mono2 and Mono3 models. Personally I am much more of a mallet type player so I was very happy to see George release the new Mono M1 putters featuring Style1 a center shafted small mallet and Style2 a double bend shaft over heel mallet. I was immediately drawn to the Style1 as I typically use a center shafted putter with more of a straight back and forth type of stroke. George Spirits as usual was of course very accommodating and sent over both models for me to try out.
This year at the Japan Golf Fair it was a big year for Taylormade & Adams Golf. This was the official relaunch of Adams in Japan, Adams sponsored Tom Watson was on hand and so was the newly signed Jumbo Ozaki . As far as Japan Only gear Taylormade had newly released Gloire models completing the Gloire series, everything from the new Gloire reserve driver to fairways, utilities, irons, balls, bags, and accessories.
For those who have never heard of or seen the Gloire driver before last year it was Taylormade’s best selling Japan Only product. Many pro’s and amateurs gamed it in competitive play. It’s the only forged titanium driver Taylormade has in it’s line up and this year they really stepped into the unknown by utilizing a 70 layer graphite composite and thermostat urethane face. Multi Layer Flex face known as Limitless Technology.. Thats right the face isn’t made of Titanium! Taylormade says this tech has been 10 years in the making. They continue to push the envelope. So why did Taylormade use what is essentially plastic for their latest driver face? They wanted to create a bigger face and Titanium had it’s limitations. By using the Multi Layer Flex face It allowed them to increase the distance + forgiveness and create a whopping 30% larger hitting zone.
A very rare look into the mind and philosophy of Master Masayuki Sasaya of Gold’s Factory. In this video you will get to see some extreme face milling being done by hand. I had a lot of fun making this Video, It’s always a pleasure to spend time with Sasaya-san of Gold’s Factory. I’m Not sure what I enjoyed the most, the food, the drinks or watching him do what he does best in the GF Studio.