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  1. So what does this first post make me.... Chairman and CEO of the Washington Society for Ultra High-End Japanese Golf Gear That Doesn't Stand A Chance Of Helping My Pathetic Game? Ha, ha. Anyway, I'm in the Seattle area, Kirkland specifically. The 36 boring holes of Willows Run are right down the hill so my best golf often requires a bit of a drive. (More on me in the "Introduce Yourself" thread at the top of Japanese Golf Equipment. PM me. Perhaps we'll tee it up. Ben S.
  2. For years, I thought the two goofiest things in golf were those little score-clickers that old ladies wore on the wrist -- and headcovers on irons. No pro, no tournament winner, no low-handicapper, not college star, no hot junior and no self-respecting hustler would ever embarrass himself by covering his irons with headcovers. So why am I doing exactly that? Seems that a few years ago, I saw a set of irons I just HAD to have.... AND they came with graphite shafts, a feature that I'd been eager to try. So I won the eBay auction and a week later a box showed up carrying the most beautiful set I'd ever seen. HOWEVER.... never having hit graphite, I thought "Hmmmm, what if I just hate these shafts and want to sell the clubs? Won't I get top dollar if there's not a scratch or a nick? Maybe I should use iron headcovers while I try them out for the next few weeks." Well, here it is, some seven years later. The clubs are still in my bag The headcovers are yet on the irons and they STILL look brand-new. And guess what.... these are CAST clubs. So my question to all the TourSpeckers, those of you bagging those creamy, butter-soft forged clubs (the ones subject to bag chatter plus dings and nicks if you even LOOK at them wrong) -- who uses headcovers on their irons? Thanks and happy golfing. PS -- In all these years, not ONE PERSON has ever commented on my use of headcovers, not friend, brother or stranger. And all along I've been prepared to "explain myself." But I haven't had to. Even once.
  3. As a relative newcomer, I try to see from Profiles where the members are but not everyone states a location. UK, Japan, of course, Chicago and Florida are a few that I've noticed so far but what about everbody else? If there's a thread such as "Introduce Yourself" or "Name your city and country," I haven't found it yet. By the way, I'm posting this under "Japanese Equipment" only because its the thread that gets the most views. Oh yeah... I'm near Seattle, WA, USA. Kirkland, actually.... near Redmond. Just down the street from Microsoft's World and Intergalactic Headquarters and not too far from Sahalee C. C. (1998 P.G.A. Championship, 2002 NEC World Golf Championship and 2010 U.S. Senior Open.) Anybody else? _______________________________________________________________________ Ah... just as I had hoped: title of my original thread has been changed by the Mods to better encourage greater participation. (Just who are all these JDM freaks anyway? ) I grew up in San Diego and learned most of my golf from the aces in the well-respected San Diego Junior Golf Association, competing against friends such as five-time Tour winner Morris Hatalsky (he and Tracy were married in my Mom's house) World Series winner Lon Hinkle and 1969 U.S. Junior Amateur champ Aly Trompas. I tried to walk on at Arizona State but after the coach looked his roster which included Hinkle and All-Americans Tom and Paul Purtzer, he told me "Uh Ben.... I think we're going to stick with what we've got." Probably a good call. I was a TV sportscaster for several years but one day I woke up and realized that "If I were going to be Bob Costas, wouldn't I be Bob Costas by now?" I then entered the financial services world so today I run a small, aggressive advisory firm here in the Seattle area. Golf? Low handicapper, won a few long-drive contests years ago and now simply want to continue to play low-70's golf from the blues. But with a soon-to-come bag of top-line JDM gear, I'm sure to be busting par one day soon, right?
  4. As the one who posed the original question, I appreciate being directed toward accurate infomation. Much appreciated.
  5. Forgive this question from a relative newcomer but after hearing such great things about various products from Epon I looked in the TourSpec drop-down menu but there's nothing for Epon there. I've sent this question to the site owners but have yet to hear back. These guys do an amazing job with so much Japanese gear that I'm certainly not complaining but perhaps someone can fill me on on where to go for Epon if not here. Is that a fair question? Thanks and happy golfing.
  6. I just looked up some pics of that Epon Zero. Freaking gorgeous! Still, as a guy who presently launches a pretty high ball with 8.5 degrees (give or take a few!) I'm not sure what that "zero loft options" 10.5 would do to my trajectory. One way to find out, I guess.
  7. <><> Always something better man, if we didn't think so we would all be using the same sticks we started with.>> Well, come on... don't keep us in suspense. What's "better" than the S-Yard. Throw the people a bone!
  8. Great stuff, everybody... thanks. I think it's fascinating regarding the contrast between the average golfer in the U.S. and Japan. Over here, endosements may not mean everything but they mean a lot. We're very interested when a Tour pro changes equipement companies. Sure, we're aware that they move for a better deal but there's always the undercurrent that "Hmmmm... Sam Speed moved from company "X" to company "Z". Does that indicate the gear from company "Z" is better?" Then, of course, there's the pro whose switch makes a big fuss .... and finally the results come in. Is there an average golfer who's now not wondering about Nike equipment following the dismal season endured by Rory McIlroy? (Of course, Player of the Year Tiger Wooods is bagging the same stuff. Weird, huh?) By the way, are you all familiar with the term "blueprinting?" Perhaps it's a phenomenon present only here in the U.S. In this process, the golfer purchases a set of clubs and takes them to his clubmaker. The clubmaker then proceeds to dismantle the entire set and throws the shafts away. He then weighs each head, making adjustments to get each to weigh exactly the same. He then selects the chosen shafts and measures and weighs every one... insuring that every single shaft is identical. The clubs are now assembled and again measured for consistently correct lofts, lie and weight. This "blueprinting" process apparently evolved as serious golfers discovered that "off the rack" American stuff was subject to wildly inconsistent specs.... often erratic in every important category including loft, lie, weight, etc. They may not call it "blueprinting" out there on the PGA Tour, but you can bet that every pro is playing with a perfectly constructed set, regardless of the manufacturer. Happy golfing.
  9. We know that American golfers place a great deal of emphasize on the endorsements of professional golfers when it comes to choosing their equipment. TaylorMade, for example, is well-known for it's "tee-up money" to members of the PGA Tour. In other words, if a pro uses, say, a Taylormade driver, then he's paid... what, $3000 or more just for using the club that week. Even if he's not a "staff" member. Callaway pays big dollars to a handful of major stars, Titleist has an array of PGA players on staff, Ping has their stable and so on. The thinking, of course, is that American amateurs "want to play what the pros play." As a newer member of TourSpecGolf (one who's now very interested in the renowned QUALITY found in Japanese products) I am nevertheless curious about the endorsement trend on the Asian tours. If, for example, Ryo Ishikawa, "The Bashful Prince," uses a particular brand of golf club, do buyers follow suit? More to the point, are there Japanese companies who place a great level of importance on their "tour staff" or is the concept of a "celebrity endorsement" primarily an American phenomenon? I ask because many of the best Japanese brands are new to me and I'm wondering if some of these companies seek to achieve a higher profile due to their association with the pros. Which Japanese companies have the highe profile due to their endorsement deals with Asian professionals? Thanks for the input.
  10. NOT Golfwrx? Gee, I was hoping that it was the reincarnation of Bomb Squad Golf! Say, Hutchy, I hear great things about that S-Yard t.388 but you're selling yours? Was there something you didn't like about it or did you simply come across something better? Thanks.
  11. TWENTY YARDS! Gee, Channa, you sound like you're writing a Krank "add." (Just curious: is that how "ad" -- short for 'advertisement' -- is spelled here at TourSpec? Sorry, I'm just a newbie. Who can spell.) And for the record, there is NO Krank "Element" driver anymore. This model has simply been re-named the "Formula 5." Actually, your comment doesn't sound like an ad or a plug..... sounds as though you hit a driver that surprised you and then offered your opinion. Look, folks, I'm not trying to get, uh... kranky here, and I know full well that this forum is dedicated to Japanese gear and is full of committed "Japan is better" converts. But STILL -- when a small company like Krank (or Geek or SMT) does extremely well in the face-caving sport of Long Drive, don't you think it's worth discussing? If Long Drive is your profession (or at least a serious, time-consuming hobby) wouldn't you come armed with what you thought to be the strongest, longest, most durable driver you could find? And as for "comparing" the S-Yard t.388 and the Krank Formula 5, you'll see that I was only juxtaposing the price and nothing else. As clearly stated elsewhere, I have yet to hit either. Are there Long Drive competitions in Japan and if so, what manufacturers tend to dominate or at least lead the way? Hutchy said: << Forgive me for thinking this sounded like a add...! maybe its just me >> Well, you are forgiven because it is just you. What... when we discuss the pluses and minuses of various golf clubs we're not supposed to list salient points in the conversation?
  12. Hutchy, with all due respect, I'm only providing my opinion regarding the Krank Formula 5. As I clearly stated, I don't own one, I've never hit one and I have absolutely no affiliation with Krank. However, because Krank is the overwhelming favorite of the winners at the annual World Long Drive Championships near Las Vegas, Nevada, USA (going on right now, by the way) I think it's silly not to mention the rave reviews that I've read from others around the web. And no, I'm not talking about the testimonials listed on the Krank website; I'm referring to various Long Drive Forums. Search around; you'll find numerous positive comments and you'll be impressed. Or not. And, for the record, my first post was not a Krank "add," it was merely my opinion. What... you're saying that in a post titled "Krank Elements Driver" we aren't allowed to post on that exact topic? Seriously.... get serious. (The Krank "Element" was quickly compelled to change that name to the Krank Formula 5. Exact same club.) And sure... post some pictures for those too lazy to look around the web.
  13. First off, I haven't hit this driver or even seen it in person but I've had many conversations with Krank about the Formula 5 (formerly the "Element.") If you go to the Krank website, www.krank.com, you'l see that the company claims to sell 95% of their drivers to average golfers and only 5% to long driver competitors. Reading the testimonials available (yes, I know full well they can be skewed) we can see that golfer of many different skill levels just love their Krank drivers. In descriptions of the club's construction, it sounds as though the Formula 5 is well-designed and technically sound. A complete Krank driver will run about $400 with their stock shaft.... a far cry from, say, a new S-Yard T.388 which was just quoted me for $975. Krank has a 30-day "satisfaction" guarantee. No, you can't hit it and return it but the owners say they'll work to make a buyer happy and I presume that means swapping out lofts and/or shafts if need be. I have no affiliation with Krank but I can tell you that as I look for a new driver for 2014, the Krank Formula 5 will be very high on my list.