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TourSpecGolf Now Offers Tour-B’s in Custom Finish Woods & Irons!

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Great news Bridgestone fans TSG is now offering factory customizations on the the Tour-B’s from Bridgestone Golf.  This includes a large variety of paint colors for the woods as well as seven different plating options for the irons.  The prices are pretty reasonable woods cost 80 bucks for a new coat of paint and the irons are 35 per head to change the finish.  You also have the option to match grips, ferrules, and paint fill.  Please inquire with info@tourspecgolf.com

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Another Fine Set of Mizuno Yoro Craft MP-66’s

Mizuno MP-66 Golf Irons YORO8

Hello Beautiful…  MP-66 Yoro Craft Irons and TSG has thrown the kitchen sink into these.  Where to start?  The MP-66’s are Mizuno’s newest iron,  it’s Japan Only and Mizunos new flagship players CB.  It’s small,  soft, and forgiving.   Much more forgiving than it’s predecessor.

Our customers absolutely love the MP-5,  MP-55 and MP-66.  The feedback has been outstanding in feel and forgiveness across all three of those models.   When you add over the top options to these sets it takes them from great to amazing depending on your specific needs.   We got some great pics to drool at after the jump…

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Honma TW-W FORGED ** CuStoM BLaCk NiCKeL **

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You are looking at Sakata Factory Custom Black Nickel Honma TW-W Forged Wedges!  Hideto Tanihara had a hand in working togeher with Honma in the development and testing of these wedges.  Geared to the low handicap / pro player it’s designed for a lower trajectory with what he calls “incredible spin”,  he plays both the AW & SW on the JPGA tour with Vizard IB-95W Shafts which are also unique in that Tanihara-san wanted a shaft that would produce a more accurate lower launch result that still stopped on the greens quickly.

I have not hit the Black Nickel version but I do have a few rounds under my best with the standard finish model and they not only feel great but are top of the food chain when it comes to quality of fit, and finish we wouldn’t expect any less from Honma.  Follow the Jump for more feedback and photos….

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Mizuno Yoro Craft MP-15 Irons

Mizuno Yoro Craft Irons

Mizuno Yoro Craft MP-15 Irons – The latest forged irons release in the MP line by Mizuno the MP-15 so I figured I would go the distance and request them optioned like a fully loaded baked potato.  These are the designed for the low handicap player forged of their 1025E steel and feature a blend ti material that removed over 30 grams of weight replacing it with only 10 grams.

The retail version is mirror chrome and as you can see this one is done up in double nickel satin finish for a drastically reduced glare in the sun… but wait theres more!   On top of the Double Nickel Satin Finish it features a W Sole Grind which is a subtle killed trailing edge + leading edge for the steeper swinger or player who is in softer conditions that wants to get through the turf more easily.  Still more modifications done by the Yoro Dept…  Follow the Jump to Read on!

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A day in Tokyo and Gold’s Factory – Photo Blog

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.

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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.

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Gold’s Factory New Hand Grind Wedges in Hand!

Some of you may have read about my visit to Gold’s Factory to have Master Sasaya grind a set of wedges to my liking. If you didn’t read the post you can see it here along with many photos.

After I left, there was more fine grinding and polishing to make the wedge smooth and ready for engraving.

I requested just the Gold’s Factory Logo and dots to signify loft, 1 dot for the 52* and 2 dots for the 58*.

Gold’s wedges can be finished in several looks, raw, raw polished, raw gun blue, plated chrome, plated satin, plated copper, plated teflon black and plated soft black. I had seen several Gold’s putters in the soft black so I thought it would be cool to try it on the wedges. I decided on translucent red for the G and F in Gold’s Factory and for the dots as well. The wedges were to be shafted with Modus3 Stiff and Red Iomic Sticky grips with white caps.

The wedges arrived today and I must say I am very pleased with the looks and finish . The soft black looks great and even with the plating you can still see the fine mill marks on the face. The grind and shape turned out perfect and the paintfill and logo look just right.   Check out the pics!

 

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Visiting Gold’s Factory – New Hand Grind Wedge

It’s been a while since I have dropped by Gold’s Factory and in the mean time, Gold’s has grown more popular than ever, especially here in Japan where their brand has received major publicity in most major golf magazines.  Being featured in Golf Digest Japan, Alba, Even Golf, Waggle as well as top enthusiast magazine Choice, has really enhanced Gold’s Factory and Master Sasaya’s reputation as savvy putter and wedge creator and modifier. So when Sasaya-san contacted me last week asking me to drop by to talk about his new wedge and to grind a set based on my feedback I was very happy to oblige.

As you all know I get to take lots of pictures and test golf clubs mostly at home here in Kiminomori so it was nice to be able to pack up the camera and head out to Tokyo to shoot some pictures in a work shop rather than my backyard or at the range/golf course. I arrived at Gold’s Factory located deep in the heart of Nakajuku in Itabashi just after 10am and right away Sasaya-san pulled out a box of raw forged heads to show me.  We talked a bit about wedge manufacturing and how a hand grind wedge from Gold’s Factory differs from a mass produced wedge which most mainstream brands produce.  Sasaya-san explained to me this new hand grind wedge is forged from JIS SS400 in Himeji and is now being produced by Gold’s Factory with CNC machined conforming R&A grooves.  For those not familiar with SS400, its equivalent hardness is about S18C.  Raw heads are delivered at heavy 338g weights allowing for major customized grinding to each customer specifications. The new hand grind wedge also features a very fine CNC machined face milling, this milling can be varied from fine to deep.

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Custom Mizuno Yoro Order- Double Nickel Satin MP-33 and MP R12 Wedges

We’ve got our first set of custom Yoro MP-33 blades done for customer Michael. So far the most popular model has been the MP-69. Like the MP-69 the MP-33 being  a muscle back, has the most custom options from Yoro Craft. Michael decided to go all out with this classic iron and order a 2-PW set! Its honestly rare these days that we have customers ordering a 2 iron let alone brands even offering them anymore. Michael topped it off with a 3 wedge set of MP R12’s. Here are the custom specs:

Mizuno MP33 2-PW
Double Nickel Satin
33RB-FNAME Stamping
Own Name: MICHAEL
Mizuno Blue paintfill for Mizuno logo and Runbird
White Paintfill Iron Numbers and MICHAEL
Remove Grain Flow Forged
+0.5mm FP (Less offset)
Trailing edge grind
Nippon Modus 3 Stiff Soft Stepped Once
New Decade MCC Blue Mizuno Grips

Mizuno MP R12 50 56 60
Double Nickel Satin
R12-ANAME Stamping
33RB-FNAME Stamping
Own Name: MICHAEL
Mizuno Blue paintfill for Mizuno logo and Runbird
White Paintfill Iron Numbers and MICHAEL
Remove Grain Flow Forged
+0.5mm FP (Less offset)
Nippon Modus 3 Stiff
New Decade MCC Blue Mizuno Grips

 

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Gold’s Factory Next Gen PZ Milling and Trinity Putters

Gold’s Factory sent over a couple if their new Trinity series putters featuring the new Next Generation Premium Zone Milling. they are for a photo shoot I’m doing however it was a good opportunity to also test out the new milling for the first time and see the new Trinity weights and inserts. The two models I received are both based off of Gold’s Factory’s Anser No.2 head made from premium JIS SUS303 steel (also known as GSS in some circles). As with all Gold’s putters, they can be fully customized including lie, loft, head weight, type of milling, finish, weighting, engraving, types of necks etc. The sky is the limit. This is an intricate milling process with the cnc machine guided by HAND.

Compared to the original two Red and Blue Trinity prototypes, these two are far more clean and simple with only two weights in the sole and inserts in the cavity and face heel. Head weights are 350g but Trinity models can go as high as 380g or so depending on the type and number of weights used. Each weight is CNC machined right at Gold’s Factory on order and come in a variety of designs and sizes. The Trinity putters also feature the tri-level sole we’ve all seen on Tiger’s Newport 2, and the brushed non reflective satin finish for that pure and simple look.

This was my first time rolling the ball with the new Next Generation Premium Zone Milling.  Premium Zone milling was first introduced on the now defunct G-Field’s Premium Zone putter about 6 years ago (hence the name Premium Zone). PZ milling is known to give great forward roll and super soft feel. Master Sasaya further enhanced the milling angles by using overlapping half circles and zig zag patterns within those circles. These milling marks are at similar depths and angles to the original horizontal PZ Milling so the result is just as good forward roll and just as soft (if not softer) feel PLUS now reduced side spin.

Feel is very subjective and one of the most debated topics is the feel of putters. Soft or crisp? Too soft? Too Hard? Not responsive, not enough feel? I do like a soft feeling putter but not to the point where I get no feedback. Some carbon steel putters and insert putters can be this way, too soft that you really can’t tell where on the face you hit it. The great thing about SUS303 is that it has a certain crispness to it and the Trinity putters have that combination of soft but crisp feel thanks to the face milling and material complimenting each other. Putting the ball is very responsive and with minimal skidding the putter face is great at promoting forward roll. At 350g, these two Trinity’s have great balance of direction and distance control. I tried putting with different balls which all have different cover firmness to see what kind of feel I would get from the Next Gen PZ Milling and every ball was responsive and produced the similar soft but crisp feel that I like. Hitting the putter off center is much more muted so you can clearly tell when you pure a putt simply by the sound and feel.

As always Gold’s can create your own custom putter or do some serious modifications for your existing putter.  The sky is the limit for what is probably the most used club in your bag! Check out some of the one of a kind putters Gold’s has or base models which you can use to design your dream stick!

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