These are our impressions of the new Honma TW-747P Irons after multiple full rounds and range sessions throughout two months. This is not a review we have one of those in the works being handled with a 12 handicap and a scratch player. This is to get you guys acquainted with why these are special.
Let’s start by getting you up to speed with the latest from Honma Golf most notably their signing of #1 ranked PGA Tour player Justin Rose followed quickly by him winning the 2019 farmers Insurance open! Honma Golf could not have asked for a better start with their newly acquired sponsorship deal and having J.Rose leave one of the most dominating brands in Taylormade golf for a brand (Honma) who has just started spreading their roots in hopes of conquest in U.S soil. How is that for a good start? To add to Honma’s swirl of positive news lately rumors where a buzz at the 2019 PGA Show in Orlando, FL that the owner of Honma Golf Billionaire Chairman Liu was considering purchasing Taylormade golf! I can confirm that this did not pan out as during Honma’s annual meeting Mr. Liu said that a feasibility report deemed it too risky of a purchase.
Honma’s onslaught of new releases with TW747 series includes two new drivers 455 & 460, a fairway, utility, two different iron models 747Vx and 747P as seen here along with new TW-W wedges and don’t expect it to stop there as TourSpecGolf is proud to be the first today to announce even more additions to the Honma TW747 line up with a new TW747v Iron, TW-U III Driving Iron, two new wedge models the TW-W I & S Grinds, Four amazing putters and finally all the TW737 woods for left-handed players! Boom! Ready for more? Follow the Jump…
That’s a lot of big Honma Golf news I just sprung on you there isn’t it? We will get to those new models all in due time, but for today we are focusing on the TW747P model which is likely to be their most popular and best selling of the new Tour World irons. Please browse the photo above, Now the “P” model is the most forgiving model and now see for yourself how compact and sexy it looks! Over the years Honma has shrunk this thing down, and now it looks very “player” at setup.
FORGIVENESS REVIEW: “For their size” which I consider semi-compact these are extremely forgiving especially with misses near the toe. Heel shots were no problem either. I think only when hit very high on the face does it lack forgiveness.
And it’s a cast head! You probably are not aware but Honma has been famous in the past for having some of the softest castings ever made, and I concur this iron does not feel cast at all, in fact, if I didn’t tell you I think the vast majority who hit the TW747P would think it’s forged. Bottom line is this is a soft feeling cast players undercut cavity iron by Honma golf designed to appeal to good players professionals.
DISTANCE REVIEW: I found these to be very long, longer than Miura’s New CB-301 and just a little shorter than Epon’s AF-705 and don’t forget that both the Epon and Miura have more offset and look larger, especially the AF-705 so it’s not in the same category. The bottom line that TW-747P has class leading distance for its size and in this segment.
See that sole? I think it’s purdy myself and what’s hiding in there is a 20-gram tungsten weight #4 thru #10, Honma has nailed it by including this because it allows the CG to be very low with such a compact and narrow shape and I have hit hundreds of shots with this iron, and it is the ultimate blend of shape, compact size, and forgiveness.
WORKABILITY REVIEW: Thanks to the very minimal offset and thin topline and not so wide sole these are very workable. Nothing like a blade but close to some forged single piece semi-mid sized irons. Due to the tungsten and undercut it is not as workable as the TW-747Vx or V model’s also in the line up which may be considered a positive as those seeking forgiveness often want straight.
Honma Golf has made the neck shorter by 4mm pushing the center of gravity location closer to the toe yet all this is offset by having the 20g’s of tungsten toward the heel side of the sole yet they also have a cutaway on the heel side of the neck, a little confusing but the end result is this iron is much more forgiving than any other iron this compact. The top line is nearly blade like and it’s offset is exceptionally minimal for what is Honma’s most forgiving iron in the tour world series.
FEEL REVIEW: The TW-747P’s feel is excellent considering it is cast with an undercut cavity BUT it is not on the same level as single piece forged irons. I play the SEVEN MCB which is pretty much the best iron money can buy in this segment and while the 747P is longer it is not nearly as soft and pure. This is not a surprise and I give the 747P a lot of credit for feeling as good as it does. Compared to the new Taylormade and Callaway irons that are multipiece the 747P wins easily.
The shape is nailed, and I want you to start zero’ing in on the fit and finish of this club. I can say the new TW747P’s quality of finish unequivocally, paint, badge, and quality SMOKES any Callaway, Taylormade, PXG, Titleist or Ping… Pretty bold statement? So here is the distinction, The new 747 returns to being finished in Japan instead of China like the 737 series was. Sakata Studio does a 2 layer nickel & chrome plating + satin finish + gloss portions and a hand-painted silver finish in specific areas. No other OEM is doing this let alone doing it in Japan. Honma is returning to its roots and doing things right! Again I repeat you hold this iron in hand next to any other big brand and compare for yourself.
SHAPE REVIEW: It’s hard to fault it’s shape unless I get really picky, in golf things are give and take and I on shape alone I would want the short irons to be less tear dropped and maybe more boxy, but I understand if they gave me that shape I wanted in the shorter irons performance would take a slight hit. Considering they have the TW-747V and TW-747Vx in the line up I think the “P” model has the perfect shape for who it is geared to.
Now moving on to the #11 iron, the #11 is actually is a gap wedge with a 48* loft. The 747P model has strong lofts unlike the 747Vx Forged, and I base lofts on the PW much of the time, and that sits at 43* so expect distance. For its size, these are one of the longest I’ve hit.
FIT & FINISH REVIEW: Again I will say they look much better quality wise than PXG, Callaway, Titleist, Taylormade, PING etc.. Very Very few brands are even close. CGS Orion, Miura and SEVEN Golf are the only others in this category and they are in it for different reasons. The combo of the painting of the head silver in some parts and the hand polishing at Sakata Studio in Japan put these up there with the very best I mentioned…. Review over but more info below to enjoy :)
And shape matters… The short irons are beautifully shaped, I hate the phrase, but one could say tour inspired which in short means they are not shovels, they flow from long to mid to short flawlessly. I am a stickler when it comes to shape and know all the previous 717, 727, 737P models very well and this one takes a different path, in the past, the former “P” model irons were never this compact or good looking. Again another indication that Honma is listening.
Honma offers these #4 thru #10 with optional #11, and SW wedges and SW is 56* by the way, and as you can see in the above photo, it has a beautiful curved leading edge and versatile full curved sole. Plenty of forgiveness on the approach shot.
The shape of these irons, especially in the shorter clubs have a bit of teardrop in them which lends itself to feel and forgiveness.
Now us being TourSpecGolf we handle both the Japan market versions as well as the U.S the heads are all the same with the only difference being the shaft options. Japan has quite a few shaft options for the TW747P which include NSPro, KBS, True Temper and Project X while the U.S has fewer. One shaft to note is the NSPRO MODUS 3 FOR T // WORLD available in ranges of 103g in R flex to 109 in X, this is very intriguing to me as Modus 3 shafts are some of the best in golf today.
TourSpecGolf is also able to put some of the new TW747 iron models in various custom finishes and install more exotic shafts for those in the know.
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