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  1. SOLD US$ 450 shipped or US$ 350 Heads Only, shipped Beautiful set of Miura Tournament Blade irons (5-9), with Miura 1957 Y series pitching wedge (48 degrees). Near perfect condition, hardly used at all. Complete with: - Nippon special edition red Modus3 Tour105 shafts, regular; - Iomic 2.3 Sticky grips. All forged, purchased directly from official Hong Kong Miura dealer, built in Japan. Price includes worldwide air mail shipping with international tracking and insurance.
  2. Crazy Royal Decoration line has been known to be light weight and built of the average swing speed golfers, the new athlete model is built with the aggressive & faster swingers in mind. The new RD athelte model is slightly heavier than the original RD shafts to accomodate aggresive swingers. The shaft offers a very strong trajectory along with consistent feel & forgiveness for the average player with an aggresive swing. The shaft is in excellent condition and comes with a brand new lightweight (25gms) golf pride tour 25 for lightweight traction & control. I tripled wrapped it so it feels like a midweight grip. 50gms, SR flex i took off the adapter to try on my ryoma head and extended it by about an inch. Currently the length is 44 inches. I will throw in the adapter too. Asking 299 usd, Retails at around 600usd
  3. We may as well start the thread now since someone will start it sooner or later. As Chris mentioned in our video, we finally saw the new Ryoma D-1 Maxima at the Golf Fair and of all places it was in the Graphite Design booth (GD is a partner of Ryoma's and helps produce their shafts). We do not have full details yet, on the drivers, as a matter of a fact Ryoma had preferred people not talk about it since they had some issues with design leaks/theft leading to copies even before launch. We have held back but since it made a public appearance already there is no sense really in hiding it. We have to assume it will eventually come out. It features a shallower back head, and a shallower face. The head shape is not as round at address, its almost subtly triangular. It still uses DSI technology and and still has a big weight in the back. Stew gave his thumbs up and we are all excited to try it out!
  4. George Takei is a name that is synonymous with golf club design in the Japanese market. The former founder of Gauge Design Japan and G-Field Golf has traveled the road both high and low when it comes to golf clubs in Japan. At its peak, George had led Gauge Design into becoming the number one putter on the Japanese tour, besting the likes of Odyssey and Scotty Cameron. Gauge Design Japan and G-Field eventually dissolved as the company broke off seeing former employees of Gauge form new companies like Gold's Factory and Romaro Sports. George however, continued to hone his design skills and passion/dream of creating the ultimate golf clubs. Several years ago, the George Spirits brand was born. George continued on his journey to create his dream golf clubs, with the sky the limit. Top quality forged irons and wedges, premium forged and cutting edge designs for woods and of course putters. George Spirits recently released their Mono line of pin style putters the Mono1 , Mono2 and Mono3 models. Personally I am much more of a mallet type player so I was very happy to see George release the new Mono M1 putters featuring Style1 a center shafted small mallet and Style2 a double bend shaft over heel mallet. I was immediately draw to the Style1 as I typically use a center shafted putter with more of a straight back and forth type of stroke. George Spirits as usual was of course very accommodating and sent over both models for me to try out. All the new Mono line putters from George Spirits are premium SUS303 steel and fully CNC Machined. As I mentioned the Mono M1 are small mallets and feature nice 350g head weights. The face of both putters feature a fine but reasonably sharp feeling CNC milling designed to promote forward roll and improve feel. Besides material, the way the face is milled on a putter can very much affect the feel of the ball at impact. Feel is subjective and everyone is different when it comes to personal tastes. There are those golfers who love ultra soft feeling putters and those who prefer a firmer feel. I think I have always been right in between and I am glad to say that George has designed the M1 putters with just the right amount of milling depth to create a soft feel but still good feedback at impact. Soft but crisp as the ball pops off the face of the putter at impact. Not too soft to the point where the feel is muted and not to firm to the point where impact is hard. Another interesting design point of the Mono M1 putters is something George has carried over from his first generation George Spirits putters a few years ago and that is a top line channel parallel to the face. The channel does a couple of things. First it acts as an alignment tool along with the two sight lines in the flange. The channel is perpendicular to the white sight lines creating a T (or two T's) aiding the golfer in squaring up straight to the ball. The second thing it does is create a sound channel or sound slot to a certain degree. While many sound slots or floating faces as they call it are typically on the bottom of the face on the M1 they are on top to not only fine tune the sound at impact but to act as that alignment aid. I like it. Both M1 Styles are very solid putters. The workmanship is superb, a flat black finish on top prevents glare while an IP sole adds some class. The machined "divots" in the back cavity are a very nice touch and 350g for many is just the right weight for playing on various types of greens. If I were to pick at anything, I would have liked to see variable weight heads in other words heavier heads as the length gets shorter. 350g seems just right at 34" but at 33" its a tad lighter than I would have liked. I really want to keep the Style1 center shaft as I've spent the day putting with it and like so many things about it, the way it sets up, the way it feels at impact, the way the ball rolls off the face and very nice direction and distance control. Best of all what really stands out is a reasonable price for a premium machined SUS303 putter that won't break the bank. We'll be adding both the Style1 and Style2 <a href="http://www.tourspecgolf.com"><strong>to the pro shop</strong></a> in coming days so make sure you check them out!
  5. Heads Only 5-PW. Used but not abused. Message me if you need more pics. Asking $600 shipped.
  6. <a href="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/slide.jpg"><img'>http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/slide.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-21639" title="slide" src="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/slide.jpg" alt="" width="648" height="248" /></a> It's been a while since I have dropped by Gold's Factory and in the mean time, Gold's has grown more popular than ever, especially here in Japan where their brand has received major publicity in most major golf magazines. Being featured in Golf Digest Japan, Alba, Even Golf, Waggle as well as top enthusiast magazine Choice, has really enhanced Gold's Factory and Master Sasaya's reputation as savvy putter and wedge creator and modifier. So when Sasaya-san contacted me last week asking me to drop by to talk about his new wedge and to grind a set based on my feedback I was very happy to oblige. <a href="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5304.jpg"><img'>http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5304.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-21641" title="DSCF5304" src="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5304.jpg" alt="" width="648" height="972" /></a> As you all know I get to take lots of pictures and test golf clubs mostly at home here in Kiminomori so it was nice to be able to pack up the camera and head out to Tokyo to shoot some pictures in a work shop rather than my backyard or at the range/golf course. I arrived at Gold's Factory located deep in the heart of Nakajuku in Itabashi just after 10am and right away Sasaya-san pulled out a box of raw forged heads to show me. We talked a bit about wedge manufacturing and how a hand grind wedge from Gold's Factory differs from a mass produced wedge which most mainstream brands produce. Sasaya-san explained to me this new hand grind wedge is forged from JIS SS400 in Himeji and is now being produced by Gold's Factory with CNC machined conforming R&A grooves. For those not familiar with SS400, its equivalent hardness is about S18C. Raw heads are delivered at heavy 338g weights allowing for major customized grinding to each customer specifications. The new hand grind wedge also features a very fine CNC machined face milling, this milling can be varied from fine to deep. <a href="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5362.jpg"><img'>http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5362.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-21675" title="DSCF5362" src="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5362.jpg" alt="" width="648" height="432" /></a> <a href="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5302.jpg"><img'>http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5302.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-21643" title="DSCF5302" src="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5302.jpg" alt="" width="648" height="465" /></a> Unlike mass produced wedges many of which are rolled in a barrel, Gold's Factory grinds and sands and polishes from start to finish. They do send the wedge off for plating if that is required by the customer otherwise they finish the raw wedges themselves. The hand grind process is a tedious one but even before that, the planning of the wedges design must be considered. Sasaya-san and I talked about differences between preferred shapes and styles of wedges from Japanese golfers to American or overseas golfers. In Japan, many golfers prefer wider soles and more bounce due to the lusher and softer courses and bunkers. As Sasaya-san put it, the big round head with goose neck was made popular by Jumbo Ozaki and it has stuck. I told him this is not the wedge TSG customers overseas really want and he agreed that this was probably the case. <a href="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5303.jpg"><img'>http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5303.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-21646" title="DSCF5303" src="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5303.jpg" alt="" width="648" height="432" /></a> Breaking the wedge into various sections, we talked about the sole grind, the neck, including the back of the neck and how it flows to the top line as well as the front of the neck and how it flows to the leading edge. The neck is a sensitive part of the wedge and even the inner neck, or curve connecting the neck to the face and scorelines must be considered. A artfully ground neck will allow for the lines of the head to flow and for the design to balance. We talked about the top line as well as the head shape and leading edge and Sasaya-san explained he typically grinds the leading edge last in order to have it flow with the neck. <a href="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5305.jpg"><img'>http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5305.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-21647" title="DSCF5305" src="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5305.jpg" alt="" width="648" height="411" /></a> Based on popular feedback from customers I suggested to Sasaya-san we do an M style grind as its versatile and while not ultra thin it gives the appearance of a thinner sole. The trailing edge relief as well as the toe and heel relief allow for versatility in various lies and conditions and not to mention it looks good. (^_^) <a href="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5306.jpg"><img'>http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5306.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-21649" title="DSCF5306" src="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5306.jpg" alt="" width="648" height="473" /></a> <a href="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5311.jpg"><img'>http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5311.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-21652" title="DSCF5311" src="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5311.jpg" alt="" width="648" height="483" /></a> Most better players and TSG Customers seem to prefer less offset or a very straight neck so I requested this from Sasaya-san. He explained this would be the first thing he grind as its quite a bit of work to get the neck very straight and flat all around so that it flows into the blade of the wedge. In order to get that very straight neck, Sasaya-san spent quite some time grinding the neck portion by portion and closely inspecting its "lines" throughout the process. <a href="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5312.jpg"><img'>http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5312.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-21654" title="DSCF5312" src="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5312.jpg" alt="" width="648" height="432" /></a> <a href="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5313.jpg"><img'>http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5313.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-21656" title="DSCF5313" src="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5313.jpg" alt="" width="648" height="432" /></a> Next Sasaya-san moved to the sole. He has done the M grind quite a few times and quickly shaped the sole grind matching the trailing edge relief to flow into the straight neck. The heel relief will also allow the player to open up the wedge more easily and still point the leading edge at the target and keep it close to the ground for better contact. The initial grinding is actually the easy part and as an experienced master grinder, Sasaya-san can shape the wedge quite quickly. Its the fine tuning of the shape on the sand belt and much tighter parts like the curved inner neck that take more care. In the above picture you see the unfinished raw inner curve of the wedge and how close it comes to the face. <a href="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5317.jpg"><img'>http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5317.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-21657" title="DSCF5317" src="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5317.jpg" alt="" width="648" height="432" /></a> <a href="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5319.jpg"><img'>http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5319.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-21658" title="DSCF5319" src="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5319.jpg" alt="" width="648" height="432" /></a> <a href="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5320.jpg"><img'>http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5320.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-21659" title="DSCF5320" src="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5320.jpg" alt="" width="648" height="432" /></a> Many grinders grind/sand this curved portion in an up and down motion from top to bottom. Sasaya-sasn grinds the curve from neck towards the face without touching the face or scorlines. The sander is actually the most essential and most used tool in shaping and finishing the wedge even more so than the grinder which is used to get the general shape. <a href="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5321.jpg"><img'>http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5321.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-21661" title="DSCF5321" src="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5321.jpg" alt="" width="648" height="432" /></a> <a href="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5359.jpg"><img'>http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5359.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-21662" title="DSCF5359" src="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5359.jpg" alt="" width="648" height="432" /></a> The sander uses different sized pins in order to reach and grind different areas of the wedge and Sasaya-san goes through a very labor intensive hand polishing using 60 grit sand paper all the way up to very fine 1000 grit for a perfectly smooth finish. This hand process takes hours and is part of the reason why the wedges cost so much but because of this process you can be ensured a perfectly shaped and flat wedge unlike mass produced wedges today which can lack consistency. <a href="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5374.jpg"><img'>http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5374.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-21664" title="DSCF5374" src="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5374.jpg" alt="" width="648" height="432" /></a> <a href="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5373.jpg"><img'>http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5373.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-21665" title="DSCF5373" src="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5373.jpg" alt="" width="648" height="428" /></a> After grinding the neck and sole Sasaya-san moved on to the top line and shape of the head. We talked about how a company like Fourteen does a tapered top line and decided instead to do just a clean and simple thinner topline which gives it a nice blade like appearance at address. <a href="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5336.jpg"><img'>http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5336.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-21668" title="DSCF5336" src="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5336.jpg" alt="" width="648" height="422" /></a> <a href="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5378.jpg"><img'>http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5378.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-21669" title="DSCF5378" src="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5378.jpg" alt="" width="648" height="416" /></a> We were getting closer to the desired shape of the head but I had one request for Sasaya-san and that was grind the heel side of the wedge lower so that the shape would be much more tear drop. This also gives the illusion of a higher toe and promotes working the ball diagonally across the length of the face for added spin control. <a href="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5369.jpg"><img'>http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5369.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-21673" title="DSCF5369" src="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5369.jpg" alt="" width="648" height="432" /></a> <a href="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5379.jpg"><img'>http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5379.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-21672" title="DSCF5379" src="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5379.jpg" alt="" width="648" height="432" /></a> Finally Sasaya-san grinded and sanded the leading edge to match and flow into the neck. The straighter leading edge and the additional grinding I requested not only gave the wedge a very much tear drop shape but made the neck appear even straighter with the top line towards the heel being lower. It had pretty much taken the morning to create this shape which is still nowhere near done, additional touching up as well as lots of fine sanding is still required. At this point the heads were still around 314g in weight, so plenty of room for Sasasya-san to smooth out its looks and finish. <a href="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5385.jpg"><img'>http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5385.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-21677" title="DSCF5385" src="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5385.jpg" alt="" width="648" height="432" /></a> I decided that we would plate this wedge to prevent rusting and finish the wedge in a soft black with 1 dot indicating the AW and 2 dots indicating the SW to to keep the sole clean and the wedge simple. In a couple of weeks I should have the finished 52 and 58* set for pictures and they will look awesome. The Hand Grind wedge is still a custom made wedge like no other in Japan. Its the only wedge available here where you can dictate all the design aspects from the original raw head to finished product. There are also a ton of finishes including raw, raw polished, raw with gun blue, raw black, chrome, chrome satin, white chrome (pearl satin like), Teflon black, Soft Black, Copper, Black Boron etc. Top that off with any engraving you want including custom logos and names all hand milled and you have your one of a kind wedge! Stay tuned for pics of the finished set and if anyone wants to make their own please feel free to <a href="http://www.golftoimpress.com/contact"><strong>contact us!</strong></a> While I was there I also snapped pics of the Gold's Factory workshop for your viewing pleasure! <a href="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5356.jpg"><img'>http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5356.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-21680" title="DSCF5356" src="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5356.jpg" alt="" width="648" height="432" /></a> <a href="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5333.jpg"><img'>http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5333.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-21679" title="DSCF5333" src="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5333.jpg" alt="" width="648" height="432" /></a> <a href="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5342.jpg"><img'>http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5342.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-21681" title="DSCF5342" src="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5342.jpg" alt="" width="648" height="432" /></a> <a href="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5351.jpg"><img'>http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5351.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-21682" title="DSCF5351" src="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5351.jpg" alt="" width="648" height="432" /></a> <a href="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5352.jpg"><img'>http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5352.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-21683" title="DSCF5352" src="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5352.jpg" alt="" width="648" height="432" /></a> <a href="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5344.jpg"><img'>http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5344.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-21684" title="DSCF5344" src="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5344.jpg" alt="" width="648" height="432" /></a> <a href="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5347.jpg"><img'>http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5347.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-21685" title="DSCF5347" src="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5347.jpg" alt="" width="648" height="432" /></a> <a href="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5346.jpg"><img'>http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5346.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-21686" title="DSCF5346" src="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5346.jpg" alt="" width="648" height="432" /></a><a href="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5363.jpg"><img'>http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5363.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-21687" title="DSCF5363" src="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5363.jpg" alt="" width="648" height="432" /></a> <a href="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5381.jpg"><img'>http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5381.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-21688" title="DSCF5381" src="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5381.jpg" alt="" width="648" height="432" /></a> <a href="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5341.jpg"><img'>http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5341.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-21689" title="DSCF5341" src="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5341.jpg" alt="" width="648" height="432" /></a> <a href="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5325.jpg"><img'>http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5325.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-21690" title="DSCF5325" src="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSCF5325.jpg" alt="" width="648" height="972" /></a> Edit: 2 weeks later!! Got the finished wedges in today and they look amazing. Very happy with the way they turned out. As I had mentioned I decided to keep them clean with just the Gold's logo and dots to indicate the lofts. The Soft Black finish turned out better then expected! The shape I think is just perfect and the grind very handsome! These wedges have already been purchased by a lucky member!!
  7. <a href="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/DSCF5501.jpg"><img'>http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/DSCF5501.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-21729" title="DSCF5501" src="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/DSCF5501.jpg" alt="" width="648" height="248" /></a> Every year when November rolls around the excitement at Tourspecgolf builds for the announcement of the new Yamaha lineup for the upcoming year. It has turned into big event annually where many of our top customers and in the know golf enthusiasts queue up for the chance to pre order the new models. As we all know here the Limited Edition Tour Model irons are always the first to sell out typically even before launch. This year Yamaha kept the new models under a tight wrap, amazingly with no leaks as to what they even looked like. Last month when the models were finally revealed many were surprised to find this years V Forged Tour Model was now a blade and this years standard V Forged model was now a... wait what is it exactly? <a href="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/DSCF5503.jpg"><img'>http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/DSCF5503.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-21730" title="DSCF5503" src="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/DSCF5503.jpg" alt="" width="648" height="432" /></a> I'm reviewing the standard V Forged first as Yamaha has decided this year to not offer demos of the Tour Models since they are limited editions. Because of that we need to wait for our actual orders to come in so that we can review the Tour Model. In early November when Yamaha released pictures of the new V Forged, many people did indeed say "what is it exactly?" The V Forged has always been a superb all around, close to mid sized cavity back, aimed at the improving golfer and better player. The key is that is has always obviously been a cavity back. The new V Forged is quite a departure visually and design wise from all previous generations of the V Forged, and Yamaha does indeed refer to it as a cavity back. <a href="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/DSCF5496.jpg"><img'>http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/DSCF5496.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-21733" title="DSCF5496" src="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/DSCF5496.jpg" alt="" width="648" height="432" /></a> At first glance though, if anyone decides to call the V Forged a blade or muscle back, there probably aren't many who would disagree. Yamaha touts the V Forged as an aggressive cavity back or half cavity back model which we agree with. It has the lower portion of a cavity back which brings the center of gravity lower towards the sole yet the middle and top portion of the V Forged are very blade like. This top portion has a similar thickness to provide a consistent feel across the face. <a href="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/DSCF5488.jpg"><img'>http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/DSCF5488.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-21737" title="DSCF5488" src="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/DSCF5488.jpg" alt="" width="648" height="420" /></a> While the V Forged is touted as an aggressive cavity, it still retains the larger size of previous V Forged models. So if we are to consider this to be blade like, it does tread away from being a muscle back with its longer heel to toe length and wider sole. The toe is still high and reasonably squared off and the heel side of the face has actually been lowered to provide a sharper image. The leading edge is slightly rounded to help out with some ease of use especially in softer turf like we find here in Japan. <a href="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/DSCF5490.jpg"><img'>http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/DSCF5490.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-21738" title="DSCF5490" src="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/DSCF5490.jpg" alt="" width="648" height="432" /></a> Yamaha first used face milling on last years models and its back again this year though slightly tweaked in its patter. The score lines now feature a 3mm pitch interval and together with the face milling are said to increase the amount of spin and control. Yamaha irons which are forged from S20C at Endo have always had a great feel to them and with these new grooves and face milling, the impact feel seems enhanced ever so slightly, almost like a softer compression of the face perhaps from the additional bite. <a href="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/DSCF5494.jpg"><img'>http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/DSCF5494.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-21739" title="DSCF5494" src="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/DSCF5494.jpg" alt="" width="648" height="432" /></a> As with previous V Forged models, the sole is mid sized and and grinded to provide versatility and extra help for those who desire a clean entry and exit from various conditions. The grind helps the iron get under the ball consistently which helps result in great feel at impact. Its colder now and the ground is harder and the V Forged had no problems interacting with the turf and taking a nice clean divot along with very nice impact. <a href="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/DSCF5492.jpg"><img'>http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/DSCF5492.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-21741" title="DSCF5492" src="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/DSCF5492.jpg" alt="" width="648" height="432" /></a> Along with being larger than the Tour Model, the V Forged also has obvious offset. Its not terrible but very noticeable and for some a possible turn off. Otherwise it frames the ball quite well. The longer face makes for a wide hitting area and the top line is straight and reasonably thin. The V Forged is workable to an extent with easy draws and fades at command. Controlling trajectory is a bit harder as the weight is all quite low which makes for a slightly higher launch and good stopping power thanks to above average spin. <a href="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/DSCF5506.jpg"><img'>http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/DSCF5506.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-21744" title="DSCF5506" src="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/DSCF5506.jpg" alt="" width="648" height="432" /></a> Past generations of the V Forged have always been one of the most popular choices for improving players to even low handicappers thanks to their superb all around performance. The new model has retained all these characteristics, ease of use, above average distance (lofts are also strong), accuracy and control, and feel, even with radically changed visuals. I feel the new design has in fact improved the feel which is fantastic in this iron. In previous models the cavity got so low and perimeter weighted that it may have lost some of its pure feel. With the half cavity design or almost muscle like lower back, a more pure and soft but not mushy feel is evident, the kind that feels great but still give you enough feedback to know where the ball compressed on the face. While it is thickest in the middle, that lower muscle spans towards the toe and heel minimizing harsh feel on toe miss hits. Center strikes and those towards the toe feel very good and are rewarded with a strong trajectory and pretty much straight ball flight right at the pin. <a href="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/DSCF5487.jpg"><img'>http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/DSCF5487.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-21747" title="DSCF5487" src="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/DSCF5487.jpg" alt="" width="648" height="432" /></a> The Yamaha's are available with DG S200 and NS Pro 950GH and this year Modus3 is a no charge upgrade. The standard graphite shaft is the proven Graphite Design Tour AD 75 in a BB Blue color this year. Yamaha also offers a variety of upgrade shafts directly from the factory. You can check out the new Yamaha V Forged <a href="http://www.tourspecgolf.com/product_info.php?products_id=4639"><strong>here in the pro shop!</strong></a>
  8. We're in for some exciting months from Epon. A huge bag of demo clubs arrived today and I started taking pictures of the new EHR driver which I will blog about tomorrow. Here is one of the pictures I took with some of the key specs. (more pics to follow after I do my blog) You can ask me any questions you want about the EHR as I have already been briefed by Epon but I will not comment specifically on other future releases as I can only talk about them when Epon gives me the green light for each.