Wow look at these huh, TSG Club Works takes the already awesome Buchi VS200 irons and mods them into these black boron beauties, these pictures are nice but in person these look out of this world. Yellow paint with white sheep + # and fuso dream logo look classy too. Get in touch with us if you need these at [email protected] Follow the Jump for More Pics!
It’s not easy choosing the right wedge there a lot of variables come into play from your type of swing to your conditions plus more all play a strong hand in how well you do with wedges, In this post I’d like to talk about what I feel are the best of the best on the market today when it comes to Japan Forged and Hand Made Wedges. So you may be wondering why does it have to be Japan Forged, well of course TSG is highly discerning about what is good and what is not but bottom line is anywhere in life you want to start with the best materials and it’s fact that J.I.S standards are the better and highest when you look into the mineral structure in S15, S20, S25C Japan reigns supreme in this regard, so basically we start with the best ingredients and you can’t always tell yes we are splitting hairs in some cases but again you only live once why not strive for knowing what you hold in your hands to score is special.
Why Handmade? For so many reasons while automation and mass production is more precise it’s no craft, China, Taiwan and other countries don’t have the skilled grinders to do this type of artisan work, this is a skill passed down with many years of apprenticeship it’s very personal and with experience you can look at wedges and know where they came from and who the grinder is there is just something special about not every wedge being 100% the same also et’s not forget finish & feel best is RAW or a Golf Specific NiCr Japanese Satin/Mirror holds no equal in feel and beauty.
These examples apply anywhere in life, handmade motors are best! handmade pasta is better! we lust over hand crafted watches and clothing, Knives and more there is without a doubt something inherently better about the product that’s made by human hands and costs more to produce, I know I’d rather buy a single wedge that had manufacturing costs 8X-20X higher in price than mass a produced product. Rant Over! Time to Follow the Jump to see what is TSG approved…
A couple of years back TSG released Buchi Global Edition Irons and Wedges and while it was received with a lot of excitement the lead times were a major disappointment with custom sets taking over 4 months to produce. TSG will begin offering the standard Buchi clubs which thankfully are in stock and readily available with custom build shaft/grip/specs.
Master Tabuchi-san is currently ranked as one of the top Grinders in Himeji Japan and his skills are in high demand as he has his own style of grind and shaping that can be seen in his work. The difference is often a more rounded shape with some very compact heads and while this iron looks sharp and edgy from different angles it is soft and smooth. Ready to see those angles? Follow the Jump Please…
Fresh off the grind the 2014 Buchi Global Launch Edition. TSG announced Buchi well over a year ago and at the time the brands design and shape catered to the tastes of Japan. Over the last year we had customers purchase Tabuchi-san’s custom grind wedges and while I was not a big fan at first , the comments began to roll in. Customers were claiming the Buchi custom wedge as the best feeling and most versatile they have ever played and that caught my attention as some of these guys play it all.
Since then we have gone through a half dozen prototypes all variants of what our customers requested until it became a blend of sorts. The result is a wedge that not only looks stunning but feels unreal and most importantly performs for a wide group players. We tested in the rain, in the desert, and from a variety of sand conditions to create a wedge that we think has few rivals.
Release is in June and it all kicks off with a limited 4 wedge set 50/54/58/62* lofts called the global launch editions. Only 10 of these sets will be made. In regards to price Buchi is an excellent value, these global models cost the same as the custom wedges! That’s pretty unheard of now days. So if you want something already prepared you can go with these, if you have custom requests and don’t mind waiting the cost is no different. Only the limited sets will demand a premium and for good reason, a new additional mold needed to be created to make it happen. Stay tuned for more info and the official release announcement.
Well it’s time for Part 2 of Craig’s whirlwind weekend here in Japan. If you read Part 1, you’ll know that Craig and I spent the morning and lunch at Gold’s Factory with Master Sasaya, not only figuring out to do with Craig’s putters but also having Craig watch Gold’s Factory at work. It was very exciting for Craig to see his own putters tweaked and worked on right before his own eyes. After lunch we parted ways with Sasaya-san and grabbed a train back to Akihabara where we switched to the Tsukuba Express train. A funny thing happened on the way to Rokucho Station where we were to be picked up by Crazy. I was joking to Craig that last year when I took Carl (mygreenaliem) to Crazy we were so busy chatting on the train we went right past Rokucho. After we boarded the train Craig and I got into deep discussions about drivers and irons and about 15 minutes later when I decided to look outside the train I realized we had missed Rokucho Station!! So we jumped off the train and hopped on the opposite track train only to find out it was also going in the opposite direction from Rokucho! Anyway to make a long story short, we eventually made it to Rokucho where our good friend Ueda-san picked us up to drive us to the Crazy Factory.
Craig is already the owner of a lot of Crazy shafts and drivers. This was his chance though to try all of Crazy’s offerings as well as to get fit for iron shafts for his Crazy Muscle Backs. We decided to get fit first for a driver shaft and we pretty much had Craig try every Crazy shaft.