This month, we continue our series of Japanese Domestic Market (JDM) clubs versus United States Domestic Market (USDM) clubs. So far, we’ve looked at irons, drivers and wedges. This article covers hybrid, sometimes called “utility”, clubs. The hybrid/utility club, for the average golfer, is indispensable. It is designed to be easier to hit than a long iron, and its introduction in the early 2000’s became a real game changer. The long approach shot became easier almost overnight. The hybrids in my shootout this month have between 19 and 21.5 degrees …..Read more.
This month, we continue our series of Japanese Domestic Market (JDM) clubs versus United States Domestic Market (USDM) clubs. So far, we’ve looked at irons and drivers. This article covers lofted (57 to 59 degrees in this case) wedges. The lofted wedge is an important club in any serious golfer’s bag. Even the best ball strikers in the world miss greens, and sometimes they “short side” themselves, and need a specialty club that allows them to get up and down easily. I specifically chose ~58 degrees but could’ve chosen 60 …..Read more.
Last month, we discussed the driver models (and shafts) that would take part in the shootout. Namely, on the USDM side, the “finalists” are: TaylorMade M1 (2016), Callaway XR16 Sub-Zero, Cobra King Ltd Pro (2016), and Callaway Bertha Mini 1.5. On the JDM side, the “finalists” are: Yamaha Inpres RMX Tourmodel (2014), TourStage X-Drive GR (2014), OnOff Labospec 358, and S-Yard T.388. All testing was performed outdoors on actual regulation length golf courses, in relatively calm conditions. On most occasions, both drivers were hit consecutively off the same tee box …..Read more.
My previous 2 blog posts focused on the “bread & butter” of Japanese Domestic Market (JDM) golf clubs, namely, forged irons, in comparison to their US Domestic Market (USDM) counterparts. This and next month, I will “flip” the discussion around, so to speak, and focus on the perceived strength of USDM clubs, namely, metalwoods, with the Driver in particular. A lot of R&D has gone into the design of the driver in recent years, starting with the introduction in the year 2004 by TaylorMade of the r7 Quad driver featuring …..Read more.
Last month, I introduced the concept of the shootout between Japanese Domestic Market (JDM) versus United States Domestic Market (USDM) golf equipment. We started with the bread and butter of JDM: forged irons, pitted against 2 forged USDM models and 1 cast USDM model. In particular, this month, I will reveal the head-to-head results of these 6-iron “matches”: (1) OnOff Forged (2011 version) vs. Titleist AP2 (2008 version) (2) Fourteen TC-770 (2009 version) vs. Callaway X-Forged (2013 version) (3) Honma Tour World TW-717V vs. Ping S58 OnOff Forged vs. Titleist …..Read more.
This month’s blog post starts a new series of Japanese Domestic Market (JDM) versus United States Domestic Market (USDM) golf equipment. My goal when I started writing blogs for Mottainai Golf wasn’t to claim how much better JDM golf equipment is compared to USDM golf equipment, but rather to educate the golfing public on JDM equipment in an unbiased manner. Most golfers outside of Japan have little knowledge of JDM golf equipment outside the larger OEM’s like Mizuno, Bridgestone and Srixon. Some golfers think Bridgestone and Srixon only make golf …..Read more.
Almost 1 year ago, in my February 2016 blog post, I started a monthly bag feature, which concludes this month. This January was a cold & rainy month where I live. Nonetheless, I found time to play 36 holes to write this article. I am keeping with the idea of using graphite shafts throughout my set during Winter to reduce the sting of cold mishits. The last “bag of the month” features a brand that is well known among global consumers of motorcycles, home audio equipment, and musical instruments. What …..Read more.
Last month, I wrote about Fourteen irons and wedges, and Roddio shafts. This month, I’m featuring the brand OnOff . Fourteen, Roddio and OnOff are all golf brands under the same parent company Globeride. The cold & frosty weather, combined with some business travel and personal illness, sort of limited the amount of time I had to play & practice this month. That being said, I did play 2 rounds of 9 regulation holes, and gathered enough data to write a good review. OnOff’s product range is comprehensive – drivers …..Read more.
This month’s blog post features a mixed bag, highlighted by Ryoma woods and Fourteen irons & wedges. Rounding out the bag is a G-Field/Gauge Design putter. Since November is the start of the cold late Fall & Winter seasons where I live, all the clubs in this month’s featured bag have graphite (carbon) shafts, except the putter. Carbon shafts are more vibration absorbing than steel, so on cold days if you miss the sweet spot of the club, you’ll feel less of a sting. I won’t switch back to steel …..Read more.
This month’s blog post features a single brand (with exception of the putter). This brand is well recognized globally for their sporting goods – Yonex . While even they admit that their golf division isn’t their mainstay (compared to racquet sports like badminton and tennis), Yonex does have quite a bit of history in the sport. Back in the mid/late 1990’s, Yonex made a splash on the PGA Tour by signing Phil Mickelson and Scott Hoch to their playing staff. The “ADX Tour” forged irons they played legitimized Japanese golf …..Read more.