Justin Rose Leaving Honma?

Earlier today on the THP Forum we broke a story about Justin Rose testing new equipment, despite being under contract with Honma Golf. Throughout the day, we spoke to many around Rose that confirmed our story.

Rose, who earlier this year switched out his driver, is now testing the rest of the clubs in his bag. While he is not a free agent, the different tour vans were building a plethora of options for the former #1 to test.

Updates came in the THP Forum and will continue over the next few days and you can follow along with all of them as they happen here. Jump into the conversation and give us your thoughts on what he will put in the bag.

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  • In other news…New Clubs, JR didnt break par.

    Maybe Mars has the answer.

  • Does this remind anyone when Phil went from Titleist to Callaway? If memory serves me right Phil was not playing bad with Titleist but was not getting the #1 staffer attention he felt he deserved.

    I think Phil went from Titleist to Yonex. Then he went to Callaway.

  • I think Phil went from Titleist to Yonex. Then he went to Callaway.

    Other way. Yonex, Titleist, Callaway.

  • So can we all agree its probably not the clubs now ?
  • I mean, do we even know if the change was due to equipment performance?
  • We don’t but I’m just implying his play probably will not improve solely due to a change in equipment
  • Case of the Indian and not the arrow here?

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  • I like Rose but agree with the comment above that it’s the Indian rather than the arrows. He is either red hot or cold and at the minute he is cold. Lack of confidence in his clubs will be playing a part which is why his bag was back full of TM. Once he is putting well again and sorted his other jiggles he will be back contending.
  • I would expect a statement from Honma coming in the next few days.
  • Assuming all this is because of the equipment and Contracts aside, isn’t Rose doing what we all as amateurs do…when things don’t go our way we swap equipment and look into new things trying to find an answer?

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  • Not me
    I know I suck and the new clubs aren’t going to help but you’d be hard pressed to find me with the same 14 in the bag for more than say…… 3 rounds without something changing
  • Not me
    I know I suck and the new clubs aren’t going to help but you’d be hard pressed to find me with the same 14 in the bag for more than say…… 3 rounds without something changing

    Then I guess I would say don’t sign a contract to get paid to do that, right?
    With that said, the reason that this one is so interesting is it reminds me a bit about a kid signing on to play for a school and then the coach leaving before he gets there.

    The flip side being that he is a professional and charges a lot to use his likeness. He pimps grips, clubs, and everything else under the sun for a fee and there is nothing wrong with that. But if you sign on the dotted line, barring them violating that somehow, play it or give them the money back.

  • Amen my friend
  • Then I guess I would say don’t sign a contract to get paid to do that, right?
    With that said, the reason that this one is so interesting is it reminds me a bit about a kid signing on to play for a school and then the coach leaving before he gets there.

    The flip side being that he is a professional and charges a lot to use his likeness. He pimps grips, clubs, and everything else under the sun for a fee and there is nothing wrong with that. But if you sign on the dotted line, barring them violating that somehow, play it or give them the money back.

    Kind of reminds me of this…

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  • But if you sign on the dotted line, barring them violating that somehow, play it or give them the money back.

    i’m sure there are some financial penalties for breach, and that’s fine. but if you’re saying he should give ALL the money back, i’m not sure that’s fair. his likeness gave honma the ability to grow and market themselves to be a larger force in the western and maybe European markets. there was mutual benefit. maybe a prorated penalty.

  • i’m sure there are some financial penalties for breach, and that’s fine. but if you’re saying he should give ALL the money back, i’m not sure that’s fair. his likeness gave honma the ability to grow and market themselves to be a larger force in the western and maybe European markets. there was mutual benefit. maybe a prorated penalty.

    Absolutely. To play devil’s advocate, let’s say you sign a player and you are working with in a slow build towards the big climax of a launch. He is working wearing the logo during that time, but the payoff hasn’t come yet. What do you do?

    The damage from walking could be much larger than any logo wearing and minor appearances that have been done to date, right?

    I want to note I am speaking hypothetically.

  • So what does Rose have in the bag this week?
  • At least he had his Honma head covers on top of his Taylor Made woods.
  • Interesting he is still wearing Honma logo on his hat.
  • Any update on this?
  • Any update on this?

    He is not playing their clubs, but is rocking their logo. I have no idea what that means.

  • I just want to note that every player who started doing that stupid hitch backswing thing to draw the club back to hip level, look at it, and then readdress the ball before swinging has had a drop off or substantial drop off of their play over the last year. Rickie, Spieth, and Rose all do it. Justin Thomas quit doing it and got better. I would look there to blame something ?

    That is something that my instructor is getting me to do with the driver to make sure the face isn’t wide open…..I am going to have to stop doing it before my game falls completely off a cliff :ROFLMAO:

  • I have no idea what clubs he’s playing or not playing but here is a photo from yesterday’s round at The Players. Looks like Cobra Fwy at least being tried.

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    (Photo courtesy of theplayerschamp on Instagram)

  • He is not playing their clubs, but is rocking their logo. I have no idea what that means.

    Means things are likely being tidied up in court I would guess.

  • I have no idea what clubs he’s playing or not playing but here is a photo from yesterday’s round at The Players. Looks like Cobra Fwy at least being tried.

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    Now i see the problem (his top button is buttoned). Gotta let the neck breathe, JR!

  • Means things are likely being tidied up in court I would guess.

    I believe JB and others have suggested that there will be a press release at some point in the near future.

  • If it were only the clubs, I am kind of baffled that a maker couldn’t produce an iron, or whatever club it may be, that would be an exact representation of what the player envisioned.
  • It’s a terrible sign for Homna, for Rose, I think it’s an acknowledgement that he made the agreement initially for $$ and not because of loyalty or performance.

    No idea where he ends up but if he’s looking, PXG just lost a few names with their restructuring….

  • Honma for the most part makes as good a club as anyone else out there in my opinion. I’ve had people that play Mizuno, Titleist and Taylormade irons hit my 737p’s and tell me they’d consider switching they felt and performed so good.
    It seems to me just about every player that switched to PXG took quite awhile to adjust to them and play well. I can’t remember any of them winning almost immediately when they switched the way Rose did with Honma.
    That said this just can’t be good for Honma andRose’s reputation takes a hit too in my book
  • When these guyssign an equipment contract, i think their must be a provision with language that allows
    an exit. Bubba signed with Volvik and took an exit and went back ti the Titleist ball. Normally you see guys
    changing at the end if the year, but I’m sure their are other cases where guys quit mid season, not just
    currently come to mind other then the example mentioned regarding Bubba.

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