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  2. chiromikey

    New KYOEI Website

    The website lists FP as identical. Is that not the case?
  3. TourSpecGolfer

    New KYOEI Website

    The wrong way to do combo sets is slap 2 different designs together that have 2 different molds, sizes, cg locations, topline thickness, FP, bounce etc.. etc.. We want consistency right? The proper way to do "combo's" would be to design clubs for that purpose. The reason why people want combos is that they think they need more forgiveness in the long/mid irons or smaller short irons or simply to be trendy. Bridgestone has combo's done right with the XBL's.
  4. bngolfer

    Epon SUS316 & Miura CB 1008 LTD comparos

    My bad, it was the CB2006.
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  6. nobmontana

    Epon SUS316 & Miura CB 1008 LTD comparos

    I have not seen a 1006 in person ... but based on the dimensions shown in their website, I think they are about the same size. I don't consider CB1008 to be too big at all. The PP 9003 on the other hand is a bit too big. From the Miura line ups, I believe MB and MC series are the most compact and then the CB 1000 series followed by CB 2000 series and then you have the PP series that are what Miura calls "Mid Size"
  7. nobmontana

    Epon SUS316 & Miura CB 1008 LTD comparos

    From the Tourstage range, I've gamed the X-Blade 709 Limited Combo a few years ago and the Bridgestone J015CB last season. 709s were pretty soft but the J015CB were so so... with the 709s I had Nippon 1150GH and then in the J015CB I had the Shimada K's 8001 in them. Neither of these combos were as soft as the SUS316 or the Miuras. The 709 limiteds and the J015CB both had dark finishes. Not sure what type of finishes they were but perhaps that had to some effect on feel? not sure..
  8. wedda

    Epon SUS316 & Miura CB 1008 LTD comparos

    I wrote it before - but I never felt anything as buttery soft as: Tourstage 705 type M Shimada tour lites Mazda slickfit I gamed Miura 501 for 5 years with Shimada tour lites and Mazda grips but these didnt even compare to the sensation of the Tourstage.. Currently I have epon 503 with shimada and the softness is not even near (thinking Endo forged both 503 and tourstages).. Maybe for me the Shimada tour lites (very high CPM) gave me a good feel off the face? or maybe the stiffness helps remove vibrations? or maybe a lot is in the grips? Anyone who tried Tourstage 705-M and SUS316? i'd love to get a comboset too...
  9. bngolfer

    Epon SUS316 & Miura CB 1008 LTD comparos

    Great review Nobs! For next year I have a set of idbl's with Modus 120S and a set of Honma 727V with KBS $-taper (along with the other sets...). I love the look of the idbl's, but have never played them, and the Honma's look so easy to hit. Given the fact that I hit about 10 balls per year on the range, the Honmas may be the ones I play the most. We'll see in late May/early June when courses around here are worth playing again. How do the 1008 compare in size to the 1006? I found them to be a bit too big.
  10. hutchy

    Zodia OZ Ti 3-wood - Tataki 70 sx

    I had the exact same set up at one point.....As good a FW combo as any Great price for this.....GLWS
  11. hutchy

    New KYOEI Website

    How do the Proto MBs play? They certainly look good and fairly user friendly.
  12. chiromikey

    New KYOEI Website

    I have the Protos, not the new KK...but I’m still confused as to why the CBs wouldn’t blend well with either MB.
  13. chiromikey

    Epon SUS316 & Miura CB 1008 LTD comparos

    Thanks Nobs! I’ve had a chance to play around with the Miuras but somehow the Epon SUS are a head that has never made it’s way to me. Having owned most of the cult Epons I’m not sure why these didn’t do anything for me. I think maybe they just came out when I was deep into blades or I got tired of Epon’s insistence of moderate amounts of offset. Anyways, I had no idea these were that soft, maybe I’ll have to reconsider. I have to agree with you about heavier steel shafts bringing out the best in forged heads. My iD-BLs with Modus120 X are the best feeling club I have. And there’s honestly not even a close second. The weight is the only explanation I have for an X flex shaft feeling better than any of the S flexes I typically play.
  14. hutchy

    New KYOEI Website

    Thats great.....You have the MBs already, should work out well for you Mikey. I will be interested on hearing your review.
  15. chiromikey

    New KYOEI Website

    Well I’m thoroughly confused. Going by the specs and few pics, they look like they’d be a perfect match to make a combo set out of. I understand if they won’t be sold that way but I was thinking about buying the CBs and shuffling them in with my MBs at my leisure. I guess I’m missing something here...
  16. hutchy

    Epon SUS316 & Miura CB 1008 LTD comparos

    Lol...Nothing special at all.
  17. nobmontana

    Epon SUS316 & Miura CB 1008 LTD comparos

    Oh ... they're nothing special ... just two sets of Crazy CBI-80 limiteds in the Stiff flex and Regular flex. 🙂 I think they would work awesome with the SUS316 and the CB1008s
  18. bngolfer

    Zodia OZ Ti 3-wood - Tataki 70 sx

    Thanks Stew! I have one more and they are really good in fw I find.
  19. nobmontana

    Epon SUS316 & Miura CB 1008 LTD comparos

    The head shapes on these are okay. ideally want less offset and slightly pointy toe shape. The Seven x Shinagawas have the ideal shape for me. But I'm not gonna use them for money my games at the weekend Men's club. I do have a new old stock set of IDBLs which actually have the ideal shape in a cavity back. Perhaps I should rip them out of the shrink and put it in my rotation.
  20. supo

    Zodia OZ Ti 3-wood - Tataki 70 sx

    do you mind if I chip in here, bec i play this shaft i nseveral pieces now.... , the tataki, its made by daiwa for labo spec, is its NOT for retial sale it came only with certain labo drivers a cpl of yrs ago, its mid maybe slighlty mid high kick, balance , for a soaring but flat flight, shingo katayama used it in his 358 driver, to maximize distance and keep t he ball going up forwards for as lon as possible, they didn't do a bad job either with that description IVE FOUND...... it doesn't like to go left , no matter what head its in. u can get pretty smart with this and itll go great, hope that helps a bit.
  21. hutchy

    Epon SUS316 & Miura CB 1008 LTD comparos

    Great stuff Nobs...... What would be the unobtainium shafts.....Care to share...lol SUS are superb...one of those heads I wish hadnt left the stable. Had the tour lites in the SUS and loved the feel with that shaft, as you say very nice with the plating. The best feeling set up I can remember playing was the P1 with SPR...Should never have turned those in to copper and sold....Anyway thats what we do. Gaming the P3 ATM with 105 Limited..... I rate them for a pocket cavity. Slight click and very lively but with a great feel also, very satisfying shape. Just not sold on the black mirror finish.
  22. supo

    Epon SUS316 & Miura CB 1008 LTD comparos

    u seem to like that head shape huh, ? the other one u cud easily throw in to the mix is the PRGR nabla ids ver ysimlar shape. very similar IF NOT SOFTER feel. denser shafts ,like NS sp blue/shimada tour 125s,dgs200/ns 125s DO enhance the feel of the likes of mizzie/onff/epon/ prgr nabla id which are butter soft . miura.yamaha,prgr,tourstage etc... feel best with a slightly less taught shaft like NS 950s/1050, .sp orange, modus 120s dg tour lights. its a pretty discernable difference tin my book and its enough for me to oust asset bec they have non perfect shafting. but we are al la bit magimae otaku s here..............
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  24. nobmontana

    Epon SUS316 & Miura CB 1008 LTD comparos

    The SUS316s are as soft or softer than the AF Tour CBs in my opinion. I believe I had graphite shafts in the AF Tour CBs so probably not a fair comparison. With steel shafts, I started installing Pro Soft inserts in all my irons as well as my putters. The inserts remove unwanted vibration upon impact. I think it makes the impact feel a bit muted in most cases. I also think the heavier Modus 125 also contributing to the denser feel at impact. I've always thought heavier weight steel bring out the best feel in forged heads. DG S400s would probably feel awesome in these heads, but they are also too heavy for me. At my age, it's probably another 5 years or so that I get to keep playing these heavier steel shafts. Gotta enjoy them while I can! 😉 Once I get to a point where I can't swing these shafts any longer, I'll switch to graphite. I've already saved a couple of "unobtainium" graphite shafts for that purpose!
  25. D22marshall

    Epon SUS316 & Miura CB 1008 LTD comparos

    Glad the sus went to a good home. i know you have the epon af tour cbs for a period can you comment on them compared to these 2? i personally found the sus to be a be clicker compared to the af tour cbs. i did have a set of the miuras that I only gamed for 1 round and moved them on, but I think the shimada tour Stiff and muziik grips did not work in that head for me. totally get the shaft grip comments you made. cheers Nob
  26. hutchy

    New KYOEI Website

    A bit of both Mikey. The exact word track was: We are not doing any combo sets. They are 2 different shape and size forgings so its not the right way to do things. Personally a combo would be the way I would go....For now I will have a set of cavity's unless something changes.
  27. Haven't done a comparative review in a while ... We've been lucky here in Washington this fall and weather has been dry thus far. Got quite a bit of 9 hole rounds after work. I've built both of these sets in the last 3 months and now have a good idea of their differences strength and weaknesses. The builds: 1. Epon AF-505 / SUS316 Combo, NS Pro Modus 125 S ( #4&#5 are AF-505 ) built with Prosoft inserts 2. Miura Giken CB 1008 99.3% pure iron, True Temper Monaco Stiff Soft Stepped x 1 built with Prosoft inserts While I have owned and tried many forged carbon steel irons, most have been either S20C or S25C in one form or another. These two irons I have now are sort of unique in that they are neither S20C or S25C. The SUS316 as the name suggests is made from forged SUS316 Stainless Steel. From a physical property perspective, it is supposed to be softer than S20C... The CB 1008 is what Miura claims as "99.3% Pure Steel" Carbon in typical carbon steel material is considered "impurity" in steel. 99.3% Pure Steel contains a lot less carbon and supposedly a lot softer. I've come to learn over the years that physical hardness of the material isn't the entire story when it comes to the feel at impact... the ball, shaft and grip also play a vital role in the overall sensation transmitted from ball to face, face to hosel, hosel to shaft, shaft to grip, grip to hand. Looks: From address, they look awfully similar. Both have a players cavity profile but with thinner top lines than your typical CBs. I like that about these two irons. There is some offset on both sets. Not significant enough that they bother me. For all I know I think it's helping me hit it better. The Epon have the standard Chrome plated finish. I believe these came in non-plated finish as well but I have heard they turn dark after a while ( probably from oxidization ) and are more susceptible to chatter marks. I am happy with the Chrome finish. Perhaps the raw ones are a touch softer feel? not sure. The Miuras have a beautiful Satin Chrome finish. I'm thinking Miuras Satin Chrome finish is by far the most durable finish. After several rounds, I typically start to see tiny dots of rusting on the face but I just don't see that much with Miuras. The back cavity side design is all preference but the Epons look much like the Titleist 695 CBs. the Miura CB-1008 on the other hand is a lot more classic simpler design but the cutouts added give an updated look. Feel: Both irons rank at the top when it comes to how soft they feel at impact. By a significant margin, I believe these are the two softest irons I have owned. The Miuras feel a bit more denser. and the Epons are lighter feeling impact if that makes sense. Both are marshmallow soft when you hit the middle. I really don't have the urge to try other irons at the moment. I do have the Seven x Shinagawas which I love playing, but the feel at impact goes to the Epon and Miuras. The Shinagawa MBs do look 100 times better though!!! Performance: The Miuras are slightly stronger lofted with a 45 deg PW all the way to a 22 deg 4 iron. The Epons are 46 deg PW and 24 deg 4 iron. It's interesting that Miura put stronger lofts on these players profile cavity backs. It is said that the 99.3% Pure Irons are so soft that there have been reports that distance is somewhat shorter on these irons and so they had to compensate by making the lofts stronger. I have not yet validated this in detail but I pretty much use the same club for the distance I need on both of these irons. So perhaps the claim is true. One aspect that is quite different is the flight on these two irons. I do believe the difference comes from the shafts. Epon/Modus 125 has a mid to high trajectory and the Miura/Monacos have low trajectory. Where I see the ball flying after impact is significantly lower than anticipated for the Miuras. From that, I think the Miuras would be a great choice for windy conditions. The Epons are a good all rounder. Accuracy is a bit better with the Epons. Possibly because of the slightly heavier shafts. Distance wise, Interestingly I seem to be getting a little more distance out of the heavier Epons/Modus combo. The differences are slight but noticeable. Two great sets of irons that I will rotate and keep playing. I am enjoying iron play more than ever thanks to these two sets!!
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