In recent years, the annual new product announcement for Yamaha has become a huge event at TSG. Yamaha’s enthusiast following is indeed a large one overseas, thanks to wonderful designs, great Endo forged feel, and typically awesome performance. This year Yamaha was very careful ahead of the official November 12th announcement at preventing leaks of info and images of the new clubs so as to keep everyone in suspense. I started a forum thread on the pre order of the Yamaha clubs based on speculation of their designs back on October 13th and it has been a very popular thread with our members.
Finally today Yamaha rewarded our patience with their official product announcement. The good news is the products look great and they released an unexpected surprise in the adjustable Remix driver. The bad news is as it is every year, that the limited Tour Model irons which are sold out every year before launch, will probably be sold out again in the next week or so. Luckily many customers took a leap of faith and ordered even before knowing what they looked like!
In the next few days as we digest all the new designs an specs on the new models, we will be adding the products officially to the pro shop for pre orders. We will also be posting more up to date info on each model as well as promo videos and impressions. In the meantime here is a brief overview of what was announced – you can also visit the forum topic and join in the discussion.
The new Endo forged V203 Tour Model was created in close conjunction with very popular Japan pros, Hiroyuki Fujita and Toru Taniguchi. A 430cc head with a more traditional shape and slightly deeper head , the V203 is designed to provide feel and control but with distance and some forgiveness thanks to a huge sweet spot created by Yamaha’s “Ultimate Face” design. The Power Chemically Milled Crown uses mesh like variable thickness ribs which control the deflection of the ball at impact. This helps the head create a strong trajectory with low spin. The V203 has the new Tour AD GT series shaft as a stock shaft. Graphite Design has designed this new shaft with a quicker and high action tip area matched with a stiff but and mid section for more feel of the head through impact and a powerful kick. This is a limited edition with 5000 pieces.
This is the first year we have seen the V Forged Tour Model as a a muscle back. The story is the 2012 model Tour Model cavity back was so forgiving that Fujita pro asked for something with a little bit more workability and spin control. Yamaha went to the drawing board and decided a muscle back with a more compact head would be the key. However even with the smaller head and muscle back design, they were able to keep the MOI of the head the same as the larger cavity back resulting in similar forgiveness. This Endo forged S20C blade is made for great feel plus all around performance. The score lines and face milling have also been redone to create more contact and friction at impact resulting in more spin and control and feel. Every year this is the most popular and anticipated Yamaha model release and this year is no different. Even though they increased the numbers to 2000 sets, we expect them to be sold out very soon before launch as they are every year.
The Yamaha V Forged iron is in the running year in and year out for the best balanced forged cavity back. It does everything well, feel, control, forgiveness and distance. Always a favorite of the mid capper to better player wanting forgiveness or the improving golfer wanting to step uo to the next level. The back cavity is radically redesigned from previous years and the head itself has become slightly smaller or shorter in the heel area. Also Endo forged S20C steel, the head provides awesome feel matched with good spin control thanks to sharing the same new groove design from the Tour Model.
Yamaha wedges are sometimes under appreciated compared to their iron siblings. Perhaps a lack of lofts (again for 2013)… or limited bounce options (again for 2013), but there is no doubting the feel and performance of a Yamaha Endo forged S20C wedge. The new 2013 model looks very very clean and all business. It has the tighter scorelines for more contact and the new face milling for more bite and spin control. A beautiful teardrop shape and straight neck with versatile grind will make this a popular wedge for many. Will be available in 52/8 56/12 and 58/12.
Yamaha woods are very popular for their all around solid play especially with better players. Smaller traditionally pear shaped heads and square face angles allow for great stability and workability. They feature the very versatile Fric Off sole which reduces friction with the ground at impact allowing for the club to maintain full speed through the ball. For the new models, they have moved the CG point forward in the head creating a more powerful and penetrating launch. In the 3 wood and 4 woods this will be useful for getting that carry and run needed on long par 5 second shots. The same actually goes for the Utility where the CG is again moved forward slightly for a stronger trajectory. Both these clubs excel off the tee and deck.
Finally the big surprise was an all adjustable Inpres X Remix driver. This is Yamaha’s first foray into the adjustable driver offerings and the Remix looks to be a good one. 5 Shafts are available as standard offers including the OEM Inpres X MX513D shaft as well as the Tour AD GT-6, Diamana B60, ATTAS 4U 6, and Rombax Type-S 65 (these 4 are standard offerings but with an upgrade charge). The Remix is available in 9 and 10* lofts and comes with 2 x 13g weights in the head. Also included are 1 x 4g and a whopping 1 x 22g weight. These are some pretty heavy weight adjustments for a driver head and will allow for some interesting combos ie very draw biased with 22g in the heel and 4g in the toe or very fade biased if you go vice versa. Or very heavy if you go 22g + 13g or get an additional 22g… etc. We are looking forward to trying this out and seeing how the adjustability plays out. According to the price list, it is priced as head only as well but I bet the catch is you have to get the shafts from Yamaha anyway since they probably won’t sell the adapter…. looking forward to the demo!
So there you have some basics on the new releases. Stay tuned in coming weeks as we post more info and impressions and Yamaha promo videos!