Tourspecgolf is proud to introduce their new distribution program for qualifying retailers. Retailers who have an established golf business, that is selling and building clubs can apply for a retailer account with Tourspecgolf. We will begin small by offering a handful of brands like Crazy and Quadra shafts, Yururi, Geotech, Kenmochi, Muziik/Bangvoo. Hopefully this can grow to encompass more mainstream brands as well.
If you think you can sell high end Japan market golf gear and currently run a golf shop and/or club making business, please email me at gocchin @ tourspecgolf.com (without the spaces) and I will provide you with information on how the wholesale program works. I’ll also ask for background information/qualifications from interested parties so that Tourspecgolfer/Chris approve each account.
It’s our goal to make top notch JDM gear available worldwide and through a larger network and distribution channel more golfers globally can get exposed to and have access to cool Japanese golf gear. We look forward to those interested in joining TSGDN, the Tourspecgolf Distribution Network!
Crazy has announced a few new products which are very exciting for those Crazy fans and those who have always wanted to play Crazy. Crazy has long focused on making models that really excel for the faster swinger and harder power hitter. Many mere mortals get left out of the mix and have trouble finding the right Crazy shaft and flex to match a slower or more down to earth swing. Because of this Crazy has announced their all new Royal Decoration line. The Royal Decoration is a super lightweight sub 50 gram (46-48g) shaft made for ladies, seniors and slower to average swingers who want the ultimate distance shaft. Available in Black, Red or Blue this shaft is mid kicking with mid to higher torque for lots of feel. I’ll be talking on Monday with Crazy to find out more about the shaft including what grade carbon it uses and its actual design.
Another exciting release will be the new Toyoshima Crazy Wedge. Toyoshima-san has long worked on the Japanese tour, grinding wedges for various pros and now has created the next generation of Crazy forged wedges the CC-B 104 Special. This hand grinded and hand polished wedge will be available in 52 and 58* lofts with Crazy Black Wedge shaft. I took some pictures of the actual release wedge above as well as some of the prototype tester they had on hand at the Crazy Factory. The Wedge features a wonderful tear drop shape and straight neck and looks awesome with the simple black Crazy shaft.
We’ll be taking pre orders soon for the wedges as they are very limited and expect to be sold out very quickly. The new Royal Decoration will be added to the TSG pro shop this week along with a new TJ-46 Nero HIGH KICK shaft for those wanting low spin in a low launch shaft. We’ll also be adding the limited edition 80t iron shafts and doing a post on our visit to the Crazy Factory along with great video footage by Chris.
ONOFF never fails to have one of the classiest setups at the Japan Golf Fair and this year was no different. It’s never one of the largest exhibits nor does it feature fancy video screens and commercials or even show girls. However its definitely one of the most functional and stylish setups which is very much reflective of the company they are and the clubs they sell. Onoff along with GIII and Roddio has long been the golf wings of Daiwa Seiko Inc, which in the last couple of years has changed their name to Globeride. Globeride signifies a change to a more global outlook for all its group of companies and that very much includes ONOFF which is one of the few smaller yet mainstream Japanese brands with operations in both the US and Japan.
This years booth showcased ONOFF’s new 2011 drivers, new ONOFF Forged Iron, new S-Forged with conforming grooves as well as a few clubs out of top ONOFF Pro Shingo Katayama’s bag. We also saw the new GIII lines including their new premium and executive line the GIII Signature which sure looked very classy. I already love both the ONOFF Forged iron and the new drivers especially the XI-S model. The irons like all previous forged ONOFF irons are ultra soft and made for the better player yet possess a lot of forgiveness thanks to tungsten in the sole and the feel is very much enhanced by its pyramid shaped cavity design. The XI-S is the square faced athlete model and while an athlete model again it sports a lot of forgiveness in its design including Gravity Control weighting which brings the CG back and deeper for easy launch and lower spin. The XI-S unlike some of the ONOFF Black models of the past also features a slightly more shallow back design. Best of all it feels wonderful thanks to a Wide Hyper Effect face made from forged ELF Titanium.
I think this is going to be a great year for ONOFF. They are a company that believes in quality over quantity and they do not flood the market with tons and tons of new models but instead concentrate on making a lineup of great looking and performing models worthy of a customers yen. This year they have a very well rounded lineup from drivers, to woods, to irons to wedges. And to top it all off, all clubs are available through their Labo Spec department with Roddio and other upgrade shafts as well.
Chris of course put together one of his awesome videos showcasing ONOFF. Please watch it here.
Here also are some pictures of ONOFF from the 2011 Japan Golf Fair! Please click on the album to view!
Titleist’s Vokey TVD wedge, has been one of the most popular wedges in Japan over the last couple of years. 2011 calls for a brand new model, the Vokey TVD-R C-C wedge. The TVD-R is being released in very limited numbers in the US, one loft at a time, while in Japan it has been released as a full retail model with a choice of 7 lofts and custom shafts as well.
The new TVD-R features a new grind from Bob Vokey call the “R” Grind. The R Grind is a modified TVD grind featuring a pre worn leading edge which allows for easy in and easy out clearance through the turf. The crescent shaped bounce surface is narrowed and cambered for shot making along with tour proven heel toe and trailing edge relief to create more pure impact. Like previous TVD models, the TVD-R features a spin milled face for maximum spin and C-C grooves (Condition of Competition conforming grooves) for tournament play.
The TVD-R is currently available in 48/8, 50/9, 52/10, 54/11, 56/12, 58/10, 60/9, 62/8 lofts and bounces. The standard shafts are DG S200 and Nippon NS Pro 950 Stiff. Those faster and stronger swingers will appreciate the TVD-R with DG S200 as swing weight is D3 for 48 50 and 52* lofts and D5 for 54 56 58 60 and 62* lofts. Shaft options from Titleist Japan’s custom workshop include KBS Tour, Project X, DGHL and SL, Nippon 850gh and 750gh and Titleist Motore Graphite. All optional shafts are special orders which will take 3 weeks.
The all new Fourteen MT28 V5 Forged T.S Wedge is scheduled to come out April 1st. It’s a limited edition wedge that usually sell’s out over the course of a couple of weeks. This year Fourteen is doing things a little differently. The V5 T.S wedge will only be coming out in the U.S and in limited quantities. This will probably make is ultra desirable to the Japanese golf fanatic.
It features that reverse taper design to raise the CG for a more stable shot. The 58* and 60 degree wedges are available in two distinct sole grinds, H-Grind and M-Grind. The H-Grind has been engineered for variety and control its entire sole portion is flat with a slight heel and toe relief to enable better shot management. For a low bounce just open the club face and for a high bounce close it up. The M-Grind is professionally inspired and features and features a slight ridge on the bottom center of the sole. When you open the club face it utilizes the back portion of the sole while closing it uses the front. This is basically in hand adjustability or manipulation, The M will allow you to be more creative in shot selection along with being able to optimize bounce at will.
The club head is visually appealing and the leading edge has a nice rounded curve to it. It’s profile from above is what I would consider semi compact, not as small as the TourStage X-Wedge but not mid sized either. Fourteen has been famous for years due to a process they use called Mirror Face Milling. For those who haven’t heard of it its a milling process that goes over the face many more times than most wedges at a much slower pace. This means production takes much longer when compared to say a Vokey or other wedges on the market. It actually mills the grooves to become sharper which creates more spin and is supposedly critical to it’s performance and one of the reasons Tour Players in the U.S and Japan use it without being paid to.
It’s dark non plated black finish reduces glare and unlike previous models of the T.S (TOUR SPEC) wedge the V5 T.S is available single club vs 3 wedge sets and in a whole slew of loft options all the way from 48 and for the first time ever a 62* loft! Below we have a video I’ll shoot straight with ya and say right off the bat that a couple of things are inaccurate about our comments. First the 60M we were hitting is in fact a D6, yet Tatsuro desired it to be D6 and I assumed it was D2 because past models were that light.