TR20 – Honma’s new woods and iron

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By Ed Travis

Honma Golf is making a significant effort to capture a bigger portion of the golf equipment business in the United States and the newest string to their bow is the TR20 family of clubs. TR20 stands for Tour Release 2020 and the line is slotted in the better-player category.

There are two driver models (440cc and 460cc) both having a titanium frame with extensive areas of the body in strong but lightweight carbon fiber. The adjustable hosel is interesting since rather than the conventional design where the entire head or shaft turns as loft or face angle are changed, Honma uses an inner hosel ring that moves so head and shaft orientation remain constant.

The TR20V irons are forged from soft carbon steel in a cavity back design and the TR20P are forged from S35C steel with an L-cup face. Honma tells me they are similar enough in design to make a combination set helpful to players wanting a more forgiving long iron in the bag.

“TR20 drivers are a feat of engineering craftsmanship from our incredibly talented teams in Sakata and Carlsbad. Combining innovative carbon construction with the legendary shaping of our takumis in Japan is something we’re very excited for golfers to experience,” said Honma President John Kawaja.

Honma’s Vice President of Global Product Chris McGinley said about the two iron models, ““The combination of Honma hand-crafted looks with tour level performance, modern constructions and expert designs provide a blend of looks, sound and feel that golfers will love.”

On the PGA Tour the number nine player in the Official World Golf Rankings, Justin Rose, is playing a prototype TR20B that is expected to be available this summer.

WYNTK TR 20 drivers
Better-players category
440cc or 460cc heads
Three adjustable sole weights (choice of 3,6,9,12, & 15grams)
Adjustable hosel – face angle +/- 1.5°, loft +/- 1°, lie <2°
Titanium frame with carbon fiber crown/sole
Thin cast titanium face with vertical grooves in back
Stock shafts VIZARD 50, 60, 70, plus Tour upgrade options
At retail in March for $649.99
WYNTK TR20V irons
TR20V players category
Forged one-piece modern cavity back
Smaller head than TR20P
March retail $174.99 steel shafts /$199.99 graphite
WYNTK TR20P irons
Players-distance category
Forged body with L-cup face
Stronger lofts
Internal pocket with tungsten weight
March retail $174.99 steel shafts /$199.99 graphite


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Ed Travis

Ed Travis is a national award winning golf journalist and has had a life long love affair with the game. He has competed in tournament golf both as an amateur and as a senior professional and though his competitive days are behind him he still plays regularly and carries a handicap of 2. He and his wife live in suburban Orlando.