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:
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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…
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.
Last week I posted photos of the Kamui Pro TP-09D Driver here. Today it’s about it’s shallow faced brother the TP-09S, obviously D is for Deep and S is for Shallow. What you can expect is a more forgiving shape to promote straighter shots on heel and toe misses while the D is better for the golfer who hits high and low on the face.
The S also has more of a draw bias by design and a slightly higher trajectory with a touch more spin, enjoy more photos after the Jump…
The Kamui Pro TP-09D Driver – The TP-07 was an awesome club, the club just launched off the face with a powerful trajectory and soft metallic crunch type of feel, it was reproduced in multiple iterations from having a nitro air filled head to a foamed head to various face materials used over a period of many years, so it was about time for Chujo the parent company of Kamui Pro to release it’s successor the TP-09D and TP-09S drivers. The D & S stand for Deep and Shallow, the D is what we will cover today so please follow the jump for more photos…
Baldo 568 Competizione Driver – A very deep faced players driver that comes in at 420cc’s small, it’s got a forged DAT55G cup face which is as good as it gets when your talking about driver face materials. TSG can request baldo hand picks the heads for specific lofts ranging between 8.5 to 10.5 degrees as well as custom face angles and head weights. This is a better players driver designed to produce a medium trajectory and very low spin, it’s 420cc’s small but doesn’t look small and the face is extremely deep not only to aid with a lower trajectory but also better for players who mis-hit high and low of center. Baldo also claims this driver despite it’s size is very easy to hit with a stable ball flight yet is still workable.
These come standard with a 58.5* lie angle, and 198g-200g head weights the standard installed weight is 10g, but baldo does offer (12g, 8g, 6g, 4g, 2g sold separately). Baldo claims this driver reduces spin by 800 rpm on average due to the newly designed forged cup face. For more photos follow the Jump…
A few weeks ago we posted a Honma Beres S-05 4 Star Fairway Wood today we have the matching 4 Star S-05 Driver custom ordered from the SAKATA Factory in Japan with a custom matte black crown & 4 Star Shaft. We also had SAKATA adjust the standard face angle slightly open to promote a fade. To custom order your Honma Custom Clubs straight from the Japan factory please email [email protected]
Enjoy the rest of the photos after the jump…
Introducing the A-Grind Y-PROTO Driver – Right now A-Grind has a total of 3 drivers in their line up, the Classic 350, 440cc, and now the new Y-PROTO in this blog post I will break down the type of player that should be using each one yet our main focus will be on the new Y-PROTO as you see in these pics after the jump…
Had a chance to give the new Honma BeZeal a good whack, borrowed it for some range time in 9.5* with the standard stiff flex shaft and was very surprised how this shaft fit me, I tend to use very low spin and low launching heads ya know the player type with a square face heavier head and forward center of gravity.
The new BeZeal 525 is actually a high launch head with medium spin or honma calls the proper spin rate for this head design and while this shaft was light where I usually play almost heavy everything about this club made it go high and straight. More of my review after the jump…
Introducing the Kamui Works KM-300 Driver – featuring a non conforming inner rebound spring that at the moment of impact releases forward for a more powerful reflection off the club face, this spring makes this club non conforming in a new way usually non conforming is judged by the face COR related to thinness but Kamui Works has introduced this new method for even more distance advantage to the player. These are custom handmade heads so the options on these are many yes you can order this conforming but it will not have the inner spring.
Like the previous KM-200 they pump air into the head to further increase rebound along with grooves on both the inside and outside of the face to create better forgiveness on the heel and toe side, as you can see there is a cut in the rear moving the cg forward and low for a low spin mid/high trajectory designed with the purpose of creating the most distance possible. More photos after the jump…