Honma hit new ground at the start of 2019 when announcing that major winner Justin Rose was ditching TaylorMade and joining the brand, and now there is a “game improving” range launched targeting regular golfers.
Rose, the 2013 US Open champion and 2016 Olympic gold medal winner, has enjoyed a solid first year using his Honma range of clubs since combining with the Japanese brand to create bespoke clubs to play on tour.
While Rose’s TW747 driver was among the top of the range options from Honma, the manufacturer has now launched a much more affordable set of clubs with the creation of the XP-1 range that includes drivers, fairway woods, hybrids and irons.
The XP-1s will be part of the T//World range that Honma prides itself on, but will help provide game improvement at a price point that everyday golfers can afford – although they still remain on the higher end of the general golf sales sector pricing.
“The new T//WORLD XP-1 range looks and performs like no other game improvement set of clubs on the market,” Alejandro Sanchez, General Manager of Honma Golf Europe, said. “Recreational golfers who want to up their game should take a serious look at these clubs, as they represent the latest entry level into the premium quality that stands behind the HONMA brand.”
High-class in terms of design and looks, the XP-1 range has been created with a draw bias to help extract maximum distance and offer the type of forgiveness golfers are looking for to lower spin levels and prevent those annoying wayward shots.
Honma have focused on increasing swing speed, producing a higher launch trajectory and generating an impressive feel across the entire range.
Honma XP-1 Driver
The XP-1 driver comes in an attractive and sleek design with black carbon crown – the thinnest in the industry – contrasted beautifully with the silver face. Honma have introduced innovation with the Double Slot Sole on the club head to help produce accurate tee shots by flexing on both the heel and toe to help lower spin levels. The face also flexes upon impact for lower spin and more ball speed. There is what Honma are calling Five Fang Technology, a unique design of tabs on the crown and sole to help strengthen the face further. The launch angle is aided by a 15g weight pad in the club head.
Honma XP-1 Woods and Hybrids
The XP-1 woods and hybrids also have the same Double Slot Sole design on the crown to provide the kind of forgiveness and ball striking that we all dream of having consistently. The centre of gravity is low thanks to the internal sole weighting system, promoting a high launch from the thin and fast 455 steel face.
Honma XP-1 Irons
Distance combined with accuracy has been the focus from Honma in the creation of the XP-1 irons, particularly delivering what high handicap players are looking for. The design features a tungsten sole weight in the longer irons and a deep cavity in the shorter irons, both of which should help produce an eye-catching launch angle and longer carry distance.