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  1. stockstocker


    Hi all. First sale here but please feel free to check my eBay username for feedback (titaneous69). Items to be shipped from Canada (Toronto) to Canada or USA ideally - if outside, please let me know so I can check shipping costs. Would like to sell the irons as looking at another set but open to trades on the driver. Cheers. 1. Romaro Ray H. 3-PW, S200 shafts, ROIR JAPAN grips (near new), 37.75in 5 iron, standard lofts and lies. Excellent condition (see photos): faces are excellent - there is a closeup of the 8iu that has the most wear. 3-4 iron barely hit. Mild scratches on the back of the 8i - photo of that also. Scratch on sole of 9i - also see photo. These are beauties but very similar to a number of sets I have and therefore am looking to purchase something a bit different. Looking for 670$USD , 625$, 575$ , now 500$ shipped (US/Canada) and PayPaled ([email protected]) LETS MOVE EM!! Purchased another set (of course....). 2. VEGA RAD 04 11 degree Driver with Quadra Fire Express MAX WBQ 65x, tipped about 1 inch. No sky marks. Comes with head cover. Some of the magnets are struggling (see photo). Awesome driver and super awesome shaft - very stable, not board-like at all. Really impressive. I get too much spin so looking for something nice that is a bit adjustable. For buying, say USD 295 shipped (US and Canada) and PAyPAled. A lot of driver and shaft here!! Thanks for looking!!!
  2. Looking for a 9.5 degree romaro alpha head or whole driver. My spec is 105mph swing speed, stiff-regular, stiff flex will suit me. Let me know if you have one to let go. Cheers.
  3. I had a fairly long range session earlier today. Below are my experiences. 1. Yururi Tataki wedges ​Among the wedges I've used (not many, just Mizuno MP-T4, Fourteen RM-21 and Yururi Tataki), Tataki is simply the very best. When I middle it, the feeling is unique, sensational and hard to describe but in my head it's like an egg heated to extremely high temperature and exploding. It's super soft and hot. The spin is ridiculous for conforming wedges. All balls stop dead after one or two hops. This set is just deadly within 100 yards. The raw black finish looks special. I made enough choji oil (pure mineral oil + 1% clove oil) to last a few years.. I routinely clean the Tatakis with it and they look gorgeous. 2. JBeam BM535 The shaft I use is Graphite Design AD-MJ 5s, 46-inch. BM535 head looks a bit narrower at address (top to bottom) than other drivers and definitely looks deep. For some reason, the shape just gives me immediate confidence. I hit it at the start of the session and every one was a high draw dead straight. The sound is solid but not loud. The launch is super easy and mid-high. I cannot be happier with it. 3. Romaro 455LX The shaft is stock RJ-TB stiff 46-inch. 455LX head looks wider than BM535 and clearly shallower. It launches the ball very high, not too high, but definitely higher than BM535. What really shocked me was the forgiveness for toe hit. I hit two shots clearly on the toes and to my astonishment, the balls went dead straight both times, just a tad lower and suffered negligible distance. This is the first time I've experienced this in a driver.
  4. RomaRo 435 LX with OBAN Tour Limited Shaft Very soft feeling combo, nice muted sound! I hit my longest drives with this setup. Unfortunately I cant control it enough to use is permanently :( This it a great driver especially if you are looking for an anti left setup (my problem is more on the right side...) The shaft is the top of the line product of OBAN. For detailed information, please check obanshafts.com. It is a great mid launch / low spin shaft with a smooth feeling. Details: · Driver Head: RomaRo 435 LX · Loft: 10 degree · Shaft: OBAN KIYOSHI Tour LTD 60 - 68 gr · Flex: S (O4 in OBAN lingo) · Length: 45,5 Inch · Grip: Pure Black · Headcover: original RomaRo Condition: The head is used. The shaft is new and has never been pulled. The head is in good used condition with normal brush marks on the bottom (black IP sole) and a minimal skymark (hardly visible when in use). The shaft is new and only used one driving range session and one round. Price: 550 EURO 450 EUR incl. shipping within Germany. Shipping to ROW will be shared, please inquire. (For reference: The MRSP of the head is 850 US$ and the shaft has 490 US$) In case of any questions please don't hesitate to contact me. I would prefer to sell this in a complete setup. Sorry no trades at the moment.
  5. My thanks to Chris for letting me review the new iBrid Chapter 2 from RomaRo. To begin with, I should say that over the years I’ve hit so many hybrids that they threatened to take over my garage at one point. I grabbed the very first one I ever saw (from TaylorMade…) and have had an on/off, love/hate relationship with them ever since. I love my long irons and I love my fairway woods, so although the concept of a hybrid made sense to me, it was always a tough sell. Like many golfers, I found a lot of them to be hook machines, especially off the tee. And the ones that seemed to work well off fairways didn’t seem to be right on the tee, or sometimes from the rough. And with virtually all of them, the hooks would return no matter how promising the feel when new. After endless experimenting, I finally settled on an 18-deg 2-iron and the Miura HB3 20-deg for my bag. I consider the Miura to be the perfect hybrid for me. It sets up like a long iron, is very small in profile, has the dense solid feel of a driving iron that I like, and most of all it goes straight like a long iron. So, I was more than a little curious to hit the iBrid. First test, out of the box and my two cats gave the immediate paws up to this beauty. It’s a gorgeous little club. (see Chris's pics for that) My black and white cat, whose name is Kobayashi Maru (interesting story that involved Tario, but I’ll save that for another time…) especially fixated on the head. Some clubs she immediately hisses at, and I usually find them to be unappealing at address later… As I said, they were both good to go on this baby. So off to the range. First thing I noticed was exactly what Chris describes in the blog. The face of this club, which is a forged cup, has more spring than I’ve ever felt in a hybrid. That same coefficient that measures time on the face -- which I love to be long on drivers and fwy’s -- is there in spades on this club. The ball is sucked in and then ramped out with a delicious feel. And the sound is also unique in my experience for a hybrid. There is a loud audible pop when you hit this thing on the sweet spot – not like an iron, not like a fwy, but like a new kind of weapon. It sounds almost copper-y, if that makes sense. The face shape is more iron-like than many hybrids, and I’d say the center is pushed out slightly toward the toe, making the club very forgiving on off-center hits. Open the face a little, and you get a more muted sound for a fade. Close it slightly and the sound is more staccato, kind of like a bullet firing into a nice draw. For me, sound is a big part of the equation, and this club definitely has its own unique sound which drew inquiring looks at the range, and later at the course. And definitely a forgiving, workable club, this thing, not a hook machine. Two rounds at the home course right next to my HB3 only reinforced the uniqueness of the iBrid. I found I could easily pick shots off the Kikuyu fairway, and when I took it into the rough, it went down for the ball with a growling authority that gave confidence. Off the tee on a couple of long Par 3’s, I also found the club in its own class. I haven’t said yet, but the iBrid is LONG. I wasn’t nuts about the ATTAS EZ shaft, but then I tend to not get along with UST Mamiya shafts so well (except for the Freq Filtered putter shaft…). I’ll say this, the shaft is beautiful to look at – a kind of smooth gunmetal grey – but like Chris, I’d love to try this thing with the new TRPX UT shaft when it’s out... For now though, when you catch this club and shaft right, it blows out shots with a strong piercing trajectory more common to fwy’s that have good run out than a soft landing hybrid. And oh yes, that sound stays equally interesting off of grass. The thing pops (and rocks). It brings smiles to those looking on as well as to you when the ball flies. I remain faithful to my driving iron, as nothing beats the feeling for me of puring a shot with one of those off the tee. But as far as hybrids go – and I would call this more of a hybrid than a driving iron -- the iBrid wants a place in the bag, insisting on its own distinct quality and range advantage. I’m still not giving up my Miura, but this club is a contender, and I applaud RomaRo for introducing something new, unique, and fun into the hybrid family.
  6. Romaro UT 4-Hybrid (24*) Head ONLY. I lost the head cover and order a replacement head cover from Japan. There are light scratches on the head. At the face, there are marks as well. Sold. Thanks.
  7. Finally, the new products by RomaRo are beginning to roll out. I just received the new Type-R driver and have had a chance to game it a couple of rounds and get some good range time in with it, and it's a beast. Based on the way it looks I was expecting it to play very closely to the 460HX that performs admirably and much to my surprise the two clubs play very different from each other. Let's wrap up the info before we move on to my review, The Type-R is 450cc's large available in 9.5 and 10.5 lofts, it comes standard with a square face angle and 59* lie angle. Total weight with the stock shaft is 303 grams and with its 56 gram stock shaft has a D2 balance in stiff at 46 inches. It features SP-700 titanium forged cup face and a 6-4ti body making it a 2 piece structure. One of the new features on this driver is its more shallow face, the older 460HX and the 430cc 435LX had deeper faces. One could expect a higher ball flight with the new Type-R which isn't really the case as RomaRo seems to have maintained the same trajectory as the HX yet by adding real estate on the heel and toe side have made this driver considerably more forgiving. The Type-R series started off with a utility wood that came out mid 2013, it won many fans and at one point made RomaRo the number 1 component company in Japan. While they no longer carry that title they are in the top 3, and I wouldn't doubt the release of their new 2014 models will give them a big boost. RomaRo has reduced the spin rates compared to the previous models kudos to them as going shallower can sometimes increase spin. Ok, so It's beautiful to look at but how does it play? I was able to test the Type-R against a variety of other clubs such as the Ryoma Maxima ST, Modart S&D, EGG1, Air KM200, and JDM SLDR. Now keep in mind all clubs had different shafts and specs which means this review carries little weight, but it was fun, and I wish some of you guys were there to help out. The club that I wanted the Type-R to go up against was my current gamer the Ryoma Maxima ST (very non-conforming) so I decided to compare the two on the range, on the course, and in appearance. I think a better visual comparison would be the Maxima Type-V because it has that all black finish, this is getting confusing Ryoma, RomaRo, Type R, Type D... Anyway while it's black like darth vadars helmet the face was kept free of the Ip finish I think that's a smart move on RomaRo's part because when black IP is applied to the face it seems to feel a little firmer at impact in my opinion. I don't have the measurements of the Type-R's face depth but the difference is quite substantial. One would assume the deeper face plays a more stable and penetrating ball flight but not in this case and for some the Maxima is hard to tame and or high launching this could be due to its hosel depth not being very deep or as deep as the D1 which means the shaft tip will play more active in this head. If you ever find yourself in this situation with the Maxima, I suggest you try a heavier, more tip stiff, longer length shaft. On the other hand, I have seen Tatsuro hit the Maxima in any flex dead straight and long for days, I've had my longest drives with the ST and it's a raging bomber. The better distance driver was the nonconforming Maxima because for the most part head to head on the same par 4 the Maxima ate the RomaRo's lunch by about 10yds or so. I didn't have a conforming version so again take this all with a grain of salt, not to mention while both are stock stiff flex shafts they still differ in specs, but yes the Maxima ST and I stress "nonconforming" was about 10yds longer on that day. The more forgiving club was the RomaRo Type-R, which I could hit much straighter, and bad shots really didn't seem as punishing in direction as the Maxima. In fact on this day this driver was the most forgiving for myself and others, whereas with the maxima you need to catch it square squared to reap its benefits. On some days, I can't hit the Maxima at all but the Type-R is so easy to square the face up at impact, I can't imagine how good it would be with a shaft like the TRPX Air. In the image above the RomaRo Type-R is on the left while the Maxima on the right, first big difference is the finish, the Maxima has a metallic effect that looks luxurious while the RomaRo is your basic black metallic. Keep in mind anytime photos are taken of top lines side by side the right always tends to look better and more straight but I think this picture shows the two perfectly. On the right the maxima is a hair closed while on the left the RomaRo is square, it's actually more square than the pic shows but it's handicapped visually by being on the left side. Feel all day goes the the RomaRo, see where I'm going with this? The Maxima ST may be longer, but this RomaRo feels so good and is so playable it truly is the Type-R Hybrid but driver version. It feels better than both of it's predecessors and the Maxima, and I will be gaming this now... but before it captains the bag it must first make it through the others... Bring on the MA01S and MA01D!
  8. potuna

    Sold thanks tsg

    Nice set of Onoff forged heads, 5-pw are 2011 heads in very good condition some lite bag dings,$325 shipped and paypal in the us, International pm me and we'll split shipping cost.
  9. Hi, have anybody plays with these 2 drivers? How do these two compare for forgiveness, feel, distance. Which do you guys like better? Many thanks in advance
  10. Here is a MINTy fresh set of RomaRo H 4-PW HEADS ONLY. As can be seen in the photos the heads are in great condition. Headcovers used so no dings or bag chatter. $550 net to me includes shipping.
  11. anybody have any experience with the Romaro 2013 Ray V Forged Type R irons? Read the review by T and looks very good! any input would be great. thanks
  12. This is my biggest sale ever and has some of the best iron sets ever made! First up is my favorite Epon Blade, the AF-Tour This comes 3-PW with KBS Tour Stiff shafts The 5 iron is 37.75 and all of the irons are standard loft and lie I had these shafts spined to the shaft band (they are brand new pulls from the new Taylomade TP MC irons) and the grips are not aligned These were just built with white ferrules and weighted perfectly SOLD Next up is a set of 2012 Yamaha InpresX V-Forged Tour Model 4-PW This set of irons lives up to the hype because they are AMAMZING! These are shafted with UST Mamiya Recoil 125's, F4 (stiff) flex They are in Very Good condition at least 8.5-10, just check the pics! There is 2 small scratches on the 5 iron from a hidden obstruction The 5 iron is 38" and the set is all standard (Loft and Lie) These have custom designed ferrules from cell-parts.net and also have Iomic Sticky 2.3 grips This combination is a new classic by having incredible feel and performance SOLD I have another set of irons for sale with Recoils! The RomaRo Ray H irons are a hybrid muscle back and blade The top line is razor thin and amazing to look at as it frames the ball This set is 4-PW with the 4 iron being a Full cavity back Ray V and the rest are The Ray H The 5-PW have Prototype Recoil 125's in an F4 Stiff Flex, the 4 iron has a standard 125 F4 shaft The 5 iron is 38" and the set is all standard (Loft and Lie) There are 2 small marks on the pitching wedge (see pic) with just normal wear on the rest of the set These have custom designed ferrules from cell-parts.net and also have Iomic Sticky 2.3 grips This is also an incredible combination of feel and performance! SOLD Finally is a very nice wedge from Miura This is a Miura-Giken Forged WMF-06 58* Wedge This comes with a Tour Issue Dynamic Gold S400 Wedge Shaft and an Iomic X-Grip The grip and the ferrule are a matching blue color and it is very sharp This wedge is in good shape with some normal wear, the grooves are deep Just $115 shipped in the U.S.
  13. potuna


    Excellent condition set of RomaRo Vs with KBS V Tour stiff shafts. They play plus 5/8" or 38 5/8" five iron, these are the shafts Phil used to win the Open. Loft and lie standard, they have near new red Pure mid size grips. $825 drop to $800 drop to $750 shipped priority mail and paypaled in the conus, International message me for a qoute, not looking for trades,thanks.
  14. asem76

    wtb: Romaro Type R iron set

    Hi... looking for a used (but still in good condition) set of Romaro ray V type R iron set. Thanks
  15. Is it me, or has the BST been boring lately. Time to spice it up with some gems. Prices are shipped to US; will work with you on worldwide shipping. Offers welcome; "what's your best price?" questions, not so much. RomaRo Pro Forged- heads only Great condition, standard specs. Worthy of their reputation as smooth and forgiving. $old RomaRo Tour Select 3W (14.5*) Crown and face are perfect; minor brush marks on the sole from the glossy finish (look worse that reality). Very long, great feel. $old with Accra DyMatch 2.0 MT70 M4 shaft (1.5" tipped for 3W) Tourstage MR-23 US Spec 53* Wedge - head only Very good condition. Solid wedge; you already know how good. $100 Yonex Ezone 56* Wedge - head only Very good condition. Currently bend to 58*. This thing is so versatile. $90
  16. With some hesitation, I am thinking of selling my RomaRo H irons 4-PW heads only. These are the ones with the star. Paintfill have been removed. These are usually sold as a six iron 5-PW set but mine includes a 4I for a total of 7 heads. I am playing well with my Crazy protos and my spare bag is struggling for space with 3 to 4 more putters coming in this month. $0LD shipped airpost with track and paypaled heads only. Insurance extra. Thanks for looking and season's best.
  17. Final prices! no more discounting. so please do not ask. I have once again accumulated too many equipment over the last few months. Need to clear them out. Not looking for trades at this time. Prices are Paypal Net including shipping to CONUS. International shipping may be possible for some items for additional cost. TRPX S-013 9* head w/wrench and headcover 1deg open 196g Mint condition. SOLD JBeam FX Tour 425 Black IP 9.5* head w/headcover square face 201g Very good condition except minor brush mark on sole. SOLD JBeam FX Tour 425 10* head w/headcover square to slightly closed 206g used but not abused. normal marks from usage. SOLD Romaro 460HX Black 9* head w/headcover 9* Square face 199g Very good condition except for some marks on sole from usage. SOLD Titleist 909D3 9.5* w/ Diamana Stinger 70X I was told this club came from the JGTO Tour. Mint condition. Not splitting at this time. 44.75" approx. D3 swing weight SOLD JDM Titleist 983k H-Cr 7.5* non-conforming w/Stock Speeder S Not ridiculaously hard to hit. Awesome feel off the face. can still outdrive most modern drivers. Paint on leading edge of crown has had a minor touch up. Other than that in great condition. Fun little driver with great feel and sound! SOLD Shafts: All cosmetically and functionally in excellent condition Basileus Z 70 X 43.5" SOLD Crazy Black 50 7.7 43.75" SOLD Crazy TJ46 8.1 43.25" SOLD Crazy Black Tour 65 SX 43.5" SOLD Wedges Mizuno Yoro Custom R12 52* & 56* w/KBS Tour 120 S Black Nickel Chrome Very lightly used. SOLD
  18. Am neutral to the i-brid. Can play it but also ok if it sells to try something else although I know not what yet....so let's have bst decide its fate. Selling HEAD and HC ONLY my RomaRo i-brid 20*. $OLD inclusive of air post with track and paypaled. INSURANCE EXTRA. Thanks for looking.
  19. First up is 7 X-Evolution Blue with a yellow cap grips These are all brand new in the original wrapper. $OLD Next is 6 Black with white lettering No1 Expert series Grips Less torque thane the original No1 grips and nice and tacky These are also BRAND NEW $OLD I also have 3 White with the black cap Iomic Sticky 2.3 grips These are BRAND NEW in the wrapper SOLD And I have 5 White with Gold Caps RomaRo Mid Sized pulls These are in good shape with the unique RomaRo tacky grip pattern SOLD
  20. my sales suck, usually b/c I put them up while I'm sauced and feel guilty for buying more gear so they end up very confusing...reported with more pics to clarify irons have recoil 110 proto f3 hard stepped 5-g + 56 w nsp 650 shipped conus (scus) I will pull the shafts if u want... onoff 3w type s (for some reason, thought it was labo but its not) w smooth kick stiff, 235 scus 18* fw wings w smooth kick stiff 165 scus all clubs have fresh no1 50 rounds 3 low 1 high take all to 1 place 750 intls, I'll split shipping w u if u take it all thanks for looking!
  21. potuna

    All sold Thanks TSG

    I have some really nice items to move, I'm not looking for trades except a Syard XV or Ryoma V head in the right deal. Prices are paypaled and shipped in the US, International I'll ship for actual cost minus US shipping. On to the goods. Romaro Tour select 14 with Diamana Blueboard 73 stiff playing 43". Hit maybe a dozen balls, excellent with cover. Hot Ti face, $3old Romaro Ray Ute 18 head and cover only, again hit a dozen balls, excellent. $old Romaro Ray Ute 21 with fubuki 415 stiff, has more wear than the others but still very good condition. I'd rather keep the shaft as they don't make them anymore. Complete club $old
  22. Hi all, I am getting a set of mp-69 and looking for some penetrating flights with stopping ability, and forgiveness for 2 to 4 iron. I am playing in heavy wind condition in the afternoon and the ONOFF hybrids with roddio shaft are good clubs but the wind really knocked them down hard. I have some success with my good old mp-29 3-iron recently. After talking to Tario, he suggested the following to replace the longer irons. Anyone has experience with following clubs? By the way, I do not like offset and my last club builder suggested no offset due to my dead pull. Welcome all suggestions.... The Z-UTI http://www.tourspecg...roducts_id=4545 i-Brid http://www.tourspecg...roducts_id=4281 Zero iron http://www.tourspecg...roducts_id=3424
  23. <a href="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/DSCF0369.jpg"><img'>http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/DSCF0369.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-23423" alt="DSCF0369" src="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/DSCF0369.jpg" ></a> When it comes to choosing a a forged iron with all around performance, there are so many models to choose from. Brands in Japan all have at least one model that targets a wide range of golfers with premium forged feel plus ease of use. These type of irons appeal to not only improving golfers but even better golfers looking for some extra forgiveness. Average golfers eye these models as their chance to play a nice forged cavity back that can bring their game to the next level. Year in and year out models like the ONOFF Forged, Titleist VG3 Forged, Yamaha V Forged, XXIO Forged have really done well in that overlapping target range. As an average and improving golfer who appreciates not only quality forged irons but also design and the technology put into clubs today, I am always on the search every season for those forged irons that do everything well. Too many times these days do I have golfers email me and tell me they have an 18 handicap and are wanting a set of blades. Golf is not an easy game, choosing the right clubs to fit each player can help a player improve and make the game much more enjoyable. Choosing a club that is beyond the level of a golfer can make the game down right frustrating. As much as I would love to play a sexy set of blades and I understand the concept of a "challenge", I also have to face the fact that I need as much forgiveness and distance I can get as a slower swinger and improving golfer. Many get enamored by the pure feel and design of a muscle back and its promises of great control and workability. These promises are true as long as you can strike the iron well. Many cavity backs today can also provide premium forged feel but with features that help mere mortals make great shots. <a href="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/DSCF0366.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-23422" alt="DSCF0366" src="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/DSCF0366.jpg"></a> I've gone through all the usual suspects before, gaming the ONOFF Forged and Titleist VG3 as well as the Yamaha V Forged (2011 model) for extended periods of time. These 3 irons may very well be the benchmark of an average sized forged cavity back that appeals to both sides of the skills spectrum. I decided this year it was time to buck the trend and try something not so mainstream. Golf enthusiast boutique brand Romaro Sports has been growing as an increasingly popular brand here at TSG and is in fact one of the leading component brands in Japan. We have long felt their products are under appreciated and very underrated. Back in February we visited Romaro at the Japan Golf Fair where they showcased their new Type R lineup. The Type R currently includes Fairway Woods, a Utility and a set of forged irons (Type R drivers are also slated for later this summer!). Romaro has always been know as a brand with a focus on the athlete and better golfer so with the introduction of this Type R line, came a new appeal to those who wanted more forgiving clubs with an emphasis on easy launch and big distance. The woods now featured new forged variable cup Ti face and a deeper and lower CG thanks to the use of the HX weight. This helps get the ball in the air and produce a higher but stronger trajectory than the previous Ray FW and UT. What really stood out to me though was the new Ray V Forged Type R iron. I loved they way it looked and the improvements Romaro had made so I waited for months before deciding on this years irons in my bag so I could get my hands on the Type R. <a href="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/DSCF0362.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-23420" alt="DSCF0362" src="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/DSCF0362.jpg"></a> I decided that the new V Forged Type R would be my forgiving forged cavity back for this season based on the following criteria. 1. A soft forged iron 2. Mid sized or smaller 3. A good amount of technology 4. Bordering on automatic (ie easy to use and great distance... just point and shoot) 5. Could be built the way I wanted them Romaro being a components company, offers its clubs as heads only which allows in turn for them to be built to each customers specs with shafts and grips of their choice. While most manufacturers and brands today do offer custom options there are always limitations to what shafts and grips can be used and how much they will bend lie or loft. I knew that if this set was to be my gamers for the year they would need to be built exactly the way I wanted them. My first choice for a shaft was actually the new Fujikura MCI 60, which is Fujikura's new Metal Composite shaft, a graphite shaft with an inner tip section enforced with a layer of steel. This cross breed shaft meshes the feel and forgiveness of a graphite shaft with the control and stability of steel. But alas, the MCI was still so hot and I was told I would have to wait a month. Like most customers.... I hate waiting! (^_^) So I went ahead and choose a proven performer in the Graphite Design Tour AD AD-65 iron shaft. The Tour AD iron shafts have been around many years and for good reason, they simply perform all around. Graphite Design has never seemed to see the need to upgrade them or replace them as they are still the most popular upgrade choice for irons here in Japan . While the AF-75 is the most popular model an around 78g. I wanted to go a tad lighter with a focus on distance so the AD65 at around 65-66g was the best choice. Another reason I wanted the AD-65 was also because the butt diameter of the AD-65 is smaller than most shafts. I have tiny hands (Cadet Small) and when the butt of a shaft is too thick I feel I have trouble turning over the club and I tend to squeeze harder with the "fatter" butt. With this in mind I chose the AD-65 which actually has a 0.585" butt vs 0.600 (or more) on most other shafts. I was also very happy that Graphite Design had now made the EV color scheme (black and gold) a standard color (in the past if you wanted colors like EV or DI or BB for the iron shafts you had to wait 3 weeks - and you still do for DI and BB but not EV!). The gold rings of the Tour AD actually match the Gold paint fill for the Type R and V on the iron. <a href="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/DSCF0363.jpg"><img'>http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/DSCF0363.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-23421" alt="DSCF0363" src="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/DSCF0363.jpg" ></a> For the grips, I mostly use grips like Iomic, Elite, Nowon and Muziik but I wanted to try something new so I opted for the very popular and very new Nowon Ichi Limited grips. They had just announced a light model at 43g which would be perfect for helping me achieve swing weight (more on this later). While previous Nowon models like the No.1 50 48 and 43 were very tacky and very soft, that very soft feel came at the expensive of durability and higher torque. I found they wore down a bit too quickly and twisted in my hands more than I would have liked. The Ichi are perfect, still sticky and tacky but more firm and pretty bright fashion statements, especially the blue and orange ones I got. I called up Romaro and told them I was putting together a set of Type R's and requested heavier heads since I would be using light weight graphite as opposed steel (they spec their heads for 950GH which is around 95-98g). The drop in shaft weight of the 30+ grams would result in a drop of approximately 3 swing weight points (luckly the Tour AD balance is towards the tip or else the drop would be bigger). Romaro's variance in weight is not large which is in fact a good thing as a the sign of a well made forged head is the LACK of variance. Consistent weights is a good thing and as we always do I weighted each head on arrival to note a 7g spread between each iron (except for the PW which was 8g up) 257 264 271 278 285 293 grams respectively for 5-PW. This is not considered that heavy so the lighter grips would help me gain back a couple of points plus the increase in length from 37.75" to 38.00" would get me that additional 1.5 points. Romaro does include ferrules as well with their heads so once I had all the parts it was a matter of weighing everything, dry fitting for swing weight, and then assembling. Like most JDM brands, the Tour AD's have their spines marked so installation with the proper orientation is a breeze. Getting parts to achieve the right swing weight is essential as I don't like adding tip weights or tungsten down the hosels... Based on a 5 iron length of 38.00" I was able to get the following swing weights which are tad on the lower side but acceptable 5i D0, 6i D0.2, 7i D0.4, 8i D0.7, 9i D1.0, PW D1.4. CPM came out as follows: 5i 298. 6i 306, 7i 314, 8i 321, 9i 328, PW 336 . <a href="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/DSCF0372.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-23425" alt="DSCF0372" src="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/DSCF0372.jpg"></a> Now that I had built my new set of Romaro Ray V Type R irons, I could actually get out there and test them and compare them to the previous model. Overall, Romaro sharpened up the overall look of the V Type R. Slightly sharper lines with a slightly lower cavity and a dual V brace in the back face to help increase the sweet spot. The new Type R features a TPU (Thermoplastic Polyurethane) insert that now covers a much larger area of the back face. This insert is meant to improve feel by dampening vibrations. Honestly I am usually not a big fan of overdone vibration control as I think it takes away too much feel and feedback. However this is not the case with the Type R. You can still feel the ball compress on the face and you have a pretty good idea where you hit it on the face. The feel of the Type R is very good, soft but not mushy and the pocket cavity is not clickly like some pocket cavities can be at at impact. With its S20C material I put its feel very close to the ONOFF Forged which does NOT have pocket cavity and does not use any sort of vibration dampening. <a href="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/DSCF0371.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-23424" alt="DSCF0371" src="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/DSCF0371.jpg"></a> The Type R's set up well at address. Romaro has very so slightly increased the offset in the 4 5 6 irons to help the face of those longer irons at impact. The mid and short irons have the same offset as the previous model which is neither alot nor too little offset. The Type R is considered slightly smaller than mid sized. Its blade length is a bit longer but top line thickness very reasonable. The sand blasted face and stain finish contrast and frame the ball well. I should have also noted that I did adjust the lie angles 1.5* flat. <a href="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/DSCF0373.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-23426" alt="DSCF0373" src="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/DSCF0373.jpg"></a> The sole of the Type R really shines and helps the iron excel when it comes to versatility. Relief in the form of a rounded/blunted leading edge as well as trailing edge relief , more bounce and a crescent cut in the middle of the sole all contribute to forgiveness, helping the iron dig less but get under the ball more cleanly for a more pure impact. The Type R also features Romaro's signature cut away toe which not only looks interesting but creates the illusion of a thinner toe area and removes some of the weight from the toe to be placed elsewhere. This weight reduction in the toe helps the iron rotate square at impact. The courses here in Japan are very lush, very soft, so an iron like the Type R does very well. Its interaction with the turf was superb, in fact better than the VG3 and ONOFF Forged. My bad shot us hitting the ball fat and I had no issues making clean contact during my 18 hole test round. <a href="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/DSCF0736.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-23427" alt="DSCF0736" src="http://www.golftoimpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/DSCF0736.jpg"></a> I've played the Ray V Type R now for over 3 weeks and I am very happy with their all around performance. They look great, are very forgiving and easy to use, pure feel with good feedback and best of all have pretty good distance and are very straight. While the cavity is lower, the V brace in the back face as well as the increased TPU vibration size help keep the CG centered in the iron for a stable and strong trajectory. You can go right at the pin with these irons without worrying about ballooning and lack of stability. The iron shafts and grips are a great match and I'm very pleased with the overall package. The new Ray V Type R are right up there along with the ONOFF Forged, Titleist VG3 as appealing do it all type of premium forged irons. Another iron I had considered is the brand new Miura Giken CB-2007 but was concerned about its thinner sole and its slightly more intimidating appearance due to less offset and a thinner top line. The pocket cavity of the Type R increases forgiveness and distance over the Miura which are key factors for me. The distance of the Romaro are longer than the ONOFF and rival the VG3 which have stronger lofts. While they border on mid sized, they are in no way bulky and are very appealing visually. For the average golfer or improving player wanting an iron that takes their game to the next level, the Type R is a great choice among many top contenders. While no club can overcome swing flaws and mistakes, the Type R is good at minimizing bad shots thanks an increased MOI design. For the better player who wants more forgiveness and ease of use in an iron that still appeals to them visually, and provides the pure feel of a one piece cavity back, the Type R are also a great choice, with its thinner sole and straighter top line. Best of all they can be made for each customer with their choice of shaft and grip to their specs. <a href="http://www.tourspecgolf.com/product_info.php?products_id=5027"><strong> You can always order the irons as head only</strong></a> or have<strong><a href="http://www.golftoimpress.com/contact"> TSG build them for you.</a> </strong>My search for a forged top performance iron is over thanks to the Ray V Type R, at least for this season. Its firmly in the bag along with the new Ryoma Maxima, an S-Yard XV Fairway wood and S-Yard Bold wedges. I have a gut feeling the new Type R utilities may be joining them soon!
  24. wmclarenf1

    RomaRo SX Wedge

    This just came in the mail today in a nice RomaRo box along with a nice RomaRo ferrule. Been looking for a specialised PW to replace the stock RomaRo H PW (not that there is anything wrong with the stock PW but just a force of habit I guess). Looks a lot nicer in the metal and not as big or clunky as I feared from Internet pics. Top line is a tad thick however. Took it to the fitters and put in a Shimada NW110 shaft and used a recycled Epon carbon fibre ferrule to match the rest of my wedges and irons. Plays to 35 3/8 finished length with an Iomic sticky grip, D1.5 SW and had the loft adjusted to 46 and the lie slightly more upright. I have yet to hit this but if the loft and lie adjustment is anything to go by, this should have a very soft feel. I do hope not Epon wedge soft though as I found those too soft. Lets hope this works out.
  25. wmclarenf1


    The clear off continues and now we are down to 4 drivers which is still at least one more than wanted. So with a heavy heart, I am putting up Fujin, my God of Wind RomaRo 460hx Black 10* head for sale. Comes with original RomaRo head cover. There is a serial number on the hosel and face is square to my eye. Head is in excellent condition. Sole has very very little wear. This is a carry bomber and also has a fair bit of roll. On a couple of occasions, I actually hit my longest ever drives. Great distance driver! Sold. Thanks for looking.