Introducing the Ryoma Maxima 2016 Driver - Here are your first in hand photos and review of what is one of the most highly anticipated drivers from a Japanese golf brand this year. Three years in the making Ryoma claims to have made a significant improvement in all around club head performance over the previous version (D1 Maxima) which was released nearly three years ago. If you have tried any of Ryoma Golf's clubs you know, they are not just another club made for the sale of release they often bring the player better and tangible results over most other clubs on the market.
My review will highlight my thoughts against it's predecessor, Please Follow the Jump for more pictures and a review...
The New 2016 Ryoma Maxima Driver - Back in March we sat down with Mr. Tanihara President and Designer of Ryoma Golf a man who we consider a genius and separate from the traditional golf industry in Japan with a background in medical science and technology. During our meeting he pushed across the table a couple of new prototypes and asked us not to take any photos, what I had in my hands was the next generation 2016 Ryoma Maxima. This club is three years in the making as Mr. Tanihara wanted to see large tangible improvements over his competitor's performance. Everything was re-evaluated and designed completely from the ground up starting with the material and featuring new manufacturing methods.
Below is the official press release translated into English:
Our companies policy is to only release a new product when there is a performance difference from previous versions. The new 2016 Maxima is the first driver to be released in three years following the D-1 in 2009 and the D-1 MAXIMA in 2013.
The New 2016 Maxima driver's greatest features are the world's lowest center of gravity and the high rebound initial velocity.
The New "2016 Ryoma MAXIMA" is a complete revision of the original design. It further improves on the company's own patented DSI technology and has achieved the astounding feat of outperforming its famed predecessor by a distance of 10 yards on each shot. Designed using an unprecedented new forging method involving a new technique that utilizes every last gram of head weight to create the best distance driver in golf today.
An "under press Cup crown" featuring a bend angle of up to 130 degrees was created, which is impossible for all other titanium alloys. The welding position has been substantially lowered, and extremely high-density 17g tungsten powder was employed in the design of the new "anti-roll power booster". A lowering of the center of gravity corresponding to a score line interval of 5mm per club was implemented while maintaining the deep face shape, which achieved a low center of gravity rate of 50%.
Compared to ordinary drivers from other companies, the back spin has been reduced by 900 rpm on average. Also the average initial velocity was improved by 3.8mph as a result of the strengthening of the spring effect extending across the body. Our company has created an unrivaled high-performance club that belongs in a new category of its own. By continuing to create products that perform beyond their price, we strive to remain a producer trusted by golfers.
Pre-Orders now in TourSpecGolf ProShop:
The New 2016 VG3 Driver - I first hit this club back several months ago at the Tokyo Golf Show only issue was it was inside a swing cage and I wasn't really in review mode, well a couple of weeks ago I was able to take it out for a round at TPC San Antonio which is a lovely track I'm familiar with and got to give her a good run.
It's a Japan Only Premium offering from Titleist that caters to a wide range of player from the smoother swinging low handicap to even the high handicap golfer. So what makes it premium? It's the 811 Ti body and the SP700 Forged Cup Face these are top grade materials often only used in the very best JDM drivers. It's a High MOI driver with an elongated shape and what Titleist calls a center axis cg location, It's got the active recoil channel and sure fit adapter as well. On to my thoughts after the Jump...
Introducing the next-generation Blue Board shaft by Mitsubishi - The Diamana BF Series Blue
Continuing the same tradition of the original blue series the new BF blue board shaft is known for a tight dispersion combined with a smooth feel. Mitsubishi started by reinforcing the tip of the shaft to improve impact efficiency ball velocity. Mitsubishi utilized their new Superelastic DIALEAD material to particular areas such as the tip and butt section. What this does is improve the maneuverability of the ball at the players will. The tip section has also been reinforced with their new MR70 high strength carbon fiber mixed with boron fiber to improve elasticity without hindering energy loss transferred to the ball. The result is more distance with better direction and workability making the overall shaft experience both stronger and more flexible at the same time.
Reexamining the raw material fibers and the manufacturing process of the original blue board allowed Mitsubishi to create a new carbon fiber material possessing both improved elasticity and strength, something which has been hard to achieve in the past. Approximately 20% strength improvement and 10% elasticity improvement compared to Mitsubishi Rayon's past products. Now available for pre-order in the TSG ProShop with an August 5th Ship Date!
Razzle/Dazzle - A name that may not ring so well in the ears of westerners yet a wedge design that could help a range of players with their short game. The concept behind these wedges is what they call the "Claw Sole" it's a design that coupled with higher bounce produces easier and more consistent results around the green. Let's start with a unique aspect of these wedges, the bounce with 13 and 15* available which is much higher than most on the market today. This is especially for two types of players, those who have a steep descending strike and those who play softer or wetter conditions. The extra bounce also aids those who often finds themselves in bunkers or play courses with tall rough or soft sand.
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The JBEAM ZY-7 Driver Pre-order bank is now officially open at TourSpecGolf! You may contact us directly via email for a custom build [email protected] or purchase directly from the TSG ProShop listing that will launch tomorrow. This driver is only available via specialty JBeam dealers like TSG.
A little background on why the new ZY-7 is such a highly anticipated driver. J-Beam has been known to produce some of the best and longest drivers in all of Japan many of their models have unique spin reduction and launch characteristics. Many brands like Crazy, TRPX and others have sought to collaborate with Jbeam seeking similar performance in their clubs. This new ZY-7 is being used on the Japan Long Drive Tour by JBEAM sponsored player Yasuhiro Yamazaki as a prototype already securing him the top spot twice in his last two events.
The history of Jbeam's drivers date back more than 30 years where Mr. Kazuhiro-san the father of the current president shown below was a persimmon driver artisan famous in Japan, for years Kazuhiro-san watched his father meticulously grind wooden heads to the specifications of many of Japan's best professional players. Kazuhiro-san has taken much of what his father has taught him and incorporated modern technology and his personal philosophy on how to create maximum distance for many types of players. Follow the Jump for more information about the new 2016 JBeam ZY-7 Driver.
Introducing the new JBeam TF-Ti Utility Wood - Designed for the widest range of player from higher handicaps to single digit golfers seeking a higher launching long distance easy to use clean contact design. Made using what Jbeam calls Hyper steel which is a high rebound soft impact stainless material coupled with a titanium construction the result is more distance compared to other hybrid clubs. Follow the Jump for more feedback and photos...
Just wanted to post these up of a custom set of SEVEN X SHINAGAWA irons finished in soft black. This is one of my favorite finishes on my favorite blade irons, the soft black finish is very durable yet has a soft feel at impact it has zero glare and gives the iron a stealth look that isn't too dark or light. Enjoy more photos at all angles after the Jump...
Weeks back I swung by J-Beam's head quarters to check out their new full titanium TF Fairway Woods. I snapped these photos and was able to hit each loft on the launch monitor against my own gamers. The new TF caters to a wide range of players from the better golfer who wants an easier long distance fairway wood to the mid and high handicapper who is looking to make easy contact with a high penetrating launch. These surprisingly fit the bill for all players. Follow the Jump for more impressions...