This month, we are taking a short break from our series of articles looking at the irons range from a single original equipment manufacturer (OEM). Two years ago (January 2016) , I wrote an article about clubs I wanted to try later that year. This month, I will take a similar approach and discuss the clubs I want to try in 2018. Most of the clubs I will discuss were released in the past 1-2 years, with only a couple of exceptions. This is keeping with the “mottainai” spirit (don’t …..Read more.
This month, we continue our series of articles looking at the irons range from a single original equipment manufacturer (OEM). So far, we’ve taken a look at the irons from Srixon and Bridgestone. This month, we focus on the global brand Miura. The Miura brand is a very small and obscure player in the irons category, and mostly recognized by very serious golfers. Miura does not have any visible presence on the PGA, Champions or LPGA tours. The Korean golf pro K.J. Choi has played Miura irons off and on …..Read more.
Last month, we started a new series of articles looking at the irons range from a single original equipment manufacturer (OEM). The first OEM we looked at was Srixon. This month, we focus on another globally familiar brand: Bridgestone. I did write last month that I wasn’t going to look at Super Game Improvement (SGI) irons, but I’m making an exception this month because Bridgestone’s range is quite broad, and SGI irons do serve a valuable segment of the total golfing population. The Bridgestone brand is a relatively small player …..Read more.
This month, we start a new series of articles looking at the irons range from a single original equipment manufacturer (OEM). The models within the range we will review start with a Game Improvement (GI) Cavity Back (CB) model, then to a Players CB, and all the way down to a true Muscle Back (MB) blade. So-called Super Game Improvement (SGI) models will NOT be reviewed because I personally find them “clunky” and my ball striking is good enough to hit more compact irons. In fact, I have not played …..Read more.
This month, we conclude our series of Japanese Domestic Market (JDM) clubs versus United States Domestic Market (USDM) clubs. So far, we’ve looked at irons, drivers, wedges and hybrids. Note that I am not doing a putter shootout because, as I’ve mentioned before, putters are very personal, and frankly there is no difference between a JDM putter and a USDM putter. Find a putter you like and don’t worry if it was made for the Japan market or the US market. This article covers the fairway wood – the 3-wood …..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, 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.