Honma TW757 Hybrids

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I will continue to share as I believe this club has earned it's way into my bag (I bought it a headcover this week, that's like becoming Facebook official), but I did want to summarize my thoughts thus far.

Looks

This is a great looking club. From the bottom which is very clean to the Vizard shaft I ordered in mine with the really good looking black gloss finish. Everything here says it's a well made club. It presents to the ball really well and lays on the ground perfectly to get a good neutral grip before swinging.

Feel/Sound

I would describe the feel and sound of this club to be crisp and snappy. It's a little different than other hybrids I have and have had that feel more dense. This one has a really nice impact sound and when it's really been struck well the club feels like it slices right through the ball effortlessly. I found low strikes to get a little denser and higher on the face strikes to push back a bit especially as they got near the toe so there is plenty of feedback on strike location. The sound here will please even the most discriminating of golfers and there is plenty of feedback for anyone to figure out what went wrong in their swing on the off center strikes.

Performance

This has been a really good club for me in my first month playing it. I put it up against my 7 wood to see if it could nab a spot in my bag. After several head to head shots I have found the hybrid to just be more forgiving. I am consistently closer to my target than I get with the 7 wood. That's to be expected since this club is 2" shorter than the 7 wood. I have pretty consistently found that if I take an inch off a club it makes it easier for me to square the ball up. What I have been surprised by is the launch I am getting from this given it is 3* lower lofted. In head to heads I am not really seeing much difference in peak height from my eyes. I know the spin is lower with this club as I am getting more rollout but for a lower spinning lower lofted club the peak height (again visually not measured) is really similar. This is not a low runner launching hybrid.

Summary

I was excited to get to test Honma as the only place I have ever seen their clubs at retail is a PGA Tour Superstore and the nearest one to me is over 100 miles away. This club has not disappointed. I expected a well made club. I think I also probably expected something more good player oriented. The club is definitely well made, but it is also performs really well. It's got plenty of pop and I would say it is on the upper end of launch for hybrids of this size based on my experiences. It is also quite forgiving as it has improved my dispersion from that 190-200 range where I am using it. I am going to run with this for the rest of the year and into 2023 as this club has moved from testing to playing.
 
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Using the same format Data provided.


Looks

Looks like your typical high end club. Looks more Titleist than Callaway or Taylormade. On bright sunny days the sheen of the clear coat over the head is muted so no issue with glare. The head cover is fantastic although over time the white will become dingy. Club at address looks very nice, it's not paper thin so you get confidence but most certainly not bulky. I love it. It's 58 degree lie, so if you struggle with hybrids being to upright this might be one to look at. I can't stand hybrids that are too upright I hook them all, this one doesn't do that. It's similar to the Callaway hybrids they are flatter as well.

Feel/Sound

Swinging the club (21 degree regular flex) felt really nice, good balance and shaft stability with proper head weight (for at least my swing). I think it's D2. If D3 is too heavy for you I think this is a nice option. Center strikes didn't wow me all that much, you can tell you hit it square due to the head action through the shot but the feel of the face was just average. Like I mentioned in several other post, the dang thing is like on guard rails on toe strikes. I use this club in my set now between my 5 wood and 11 wood and still haven't lost a ball with it. It's my biggest complement for this club is that it seems to be engineered to handle toe strikes well. When I come in from the inside and miss my mark and toe strike you get immediate feed back, you get that crazy gear effect feel but the ball generally starts off a little right of target and draws back in almost self correcting the flight. IMO it's an extremely forgiving club. That same shot with my 5 wood is heading OB.

Sounds is great, I'm so used to using game improvement clubs or woods that the deaden sound is a little eerie, lol. But sure enough the ball is launching into the sky. EG my Epic 11 wood (CHINK). when you flush it.....

Performance

My driver swing speed is ~93 MPH and my carry is about 225. This club off the tee (21 degree) is ~185 to 190. For my swing it has a penetrating ball flight lands soft. I primarily use this club in 3 situations. Off the tee for really short par 4's (300 or sub), long par 3's (180+) and second shot par 5 (This is like almost 100% of the time). Off the tee the club is fantastic it doesn't get the apex like my 11 wood, but it's MUCH higher than my 5 wood (18 degree) and lands with some spin. par 3's that require at least 180 carry this club is a nice one to have. Even with the lower ball flight the ball holds greens from these shots (its crazy you be thinking this ball is off the green and sure enough it's on the dance floor). And on the par 5 rough or fairway you get a nice 200 yard total shot (with roll out) usually and leaves me 120 in or thereabouts. If you try to overswing it, it goes to hell (probably capability of me and the shaft) But if you swing it like your 8 iron it'll jump. In fact out of the rough it's actually little better for distance (at least out of the shorter cut bermuda I play out of) it takes some of the spin out of the ball and generally gives you an additional 5 yards or more of roll out. In other words as long as you aren't playing insane rough you might actually get a better result from the club.

In my set I find myself hitting it more than my 5 wood. The 18 degree stealth is a really wild club, if you mishit it just a little it can put you in bad spots whereas the Honma you live to see another day. I still play my 11 wood because it's more of a 175 club and has it's own distance/range. The I pick up with my 7 iron which is ~160 carry or so.

Sorry one other note. Thin fairway shots (with in reason) don't hurt you at all. Unless you have trouble. But if you have fairway to play with it goes about as far as a regular shot, the low weight on the head I think helps keep ball speed up, but I am just guessing. The results are there though.

Summary

I love having a different brand unique high end club in the bag, it gives me talking points with other golfers, it's pretty cool from that aspect. par 5's I don't have to hit the 11 wood or 7 iron any more, it gives me another option with confidence that can yield me another 10 - 15 yards which has tremendously helped my par 5 scoring. I'm par'ing par 5's more often than not when I play now and a big contributing factor is this club. Driver, Honma (PW) something like that and then get up and down or 2 putt. It's a big time enabler in my par 5 game. I was having to hit the 11 wood prior and I was only getting about 175 total. Do the math 175 now I can hit controlled shots 185 - 190. And as mentioned before the 18 degree for a guy like me is just too wonky, unless it's a tee shot or some massive fairway with a perfect lie.

Doesn;t solve world hunger, no. Does it have faults, yes from my POV. But for a 17.7 HDCP player it has given me life in my par 5 game getting me just close enough to hit scoring clubs more often. And on par 3's outside of 180 I actually have a club I can go up to the tee with confidence and stick a shot.

I can't thank you all enough for the opportunity to demo and keep playing this club. I have to admit I did do one thing with the club. I regripped it with a standard MCC+ and I love it. The grip that came with it was okay, but not even close IMO to the MCC+ standard.
 
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So I’ve been cheating golf a little bit over the past week or so. I’m carrying 15 clubs. I’m doing this because there is an epic battle going on between 3 Fli-Hi and Honma 757 18°.

Whenever I come to a shot where it makes sense to use a 3 hybrid a second ball gets dropped and I hit each of the clubs. They are definitely different and each have their strengths.

The Fli-Hi is a low penetrating runner that does a great job of cutting through/under the wind and running out forever. The Honma gets up in the air with its higher launch window and lands softer on a green than any 18° club I’ve ever encountered. How good the Honma holds greens is a bit mind blowing.

I still don’t know who is going to end up winning this bag battle and because I play by myself I have no problem ‘cheating golf’ and using both for a while longer to find out.
 

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Here we go.

Me. I’m nearly 60. I’m a slower swinger and a self-diagnosed poor mid and long iron player. A perfect hybrid candidate.

Club - I have the 27 degree. Iron play is my weakness and I already have a 21 and 24 degree hybrid in my bag at times. Iron play is a weakness so I wanted to see how a higher lofted hybrid would play for me. As a slower swinger, I went with a regular shaft. I chose the 27 degree knowing that I would likely be the only one to go the highest lofted route. I was interested in an iron replacement club as I’m am not confident with my current 6 iron. I have difficulty hitting that iron. I’m ok with a 7 iron but struggle with lower lofted irons. I was very happy to be able to choose a 6 Hybrid.

Looks. The Honma is a nice looking hybrid. To me, the head is compact looking enough and is not a distraction. That’s subjectively important because I’m utilizing it as an iron replacement.

Performance. I have been very happy with the performance. The Honma launches the ball high and straight. I tend to miss short and right with irons but not so much with this hybrid. I really don’t seem to lose the ball as far right with this hybrid. The only drawback is the high launch. If needed, I have some difficulty in hitting the ball low. And I don’t think this is the best club for me into the wind. As far as distance, I think that this is fairly good. I’d rather hit this 6h Honma than my 6 iron.

Summary. It’s a good looking hybrid that performs. For me, it’s an acceptable specific iron replacement club. High and straight are not necessarily bad things, especially for someone who struggles with irons.

Outlook. I’ll continue playing with it this season and I’ll likely regrip it before next season. I’m guessing that this club will be in the bag next season too. The grip the hybrid came with was ok , but I’m a midsize fan.
 

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