Sometimes you can be a victim of your own success. For Honma, this means having to make a players-distance iron that brings plenty of heat in the same highly attractive clubhead the company is famous for. The TR21X irons accomplish this. They might look like single-piece forged irons at first glance, but they’re actually hollow construction with an unsupported Carpenter steel L-face insert (in which the bottom of the face wraps around part of the sole). A U-shape wedge of tungsten is positioned low and near the sole with portions raised in the heel and toe to maximize performance on shots struck in those areas. The tungsten—which ranges from 50 to 89 grams depending on the iron—is also set back from the face, allowing it to flex more easily at impact. To deliver the proper sound, a foam is used inside the head to dampen unwanted vibrations. Those seeking a lightweight shaft can choose from the company’s proprietary Vizard graphite shafts in 65 or 85 grams (the lighter version is about half the weight of a typical steel shaft). Oh, and don’t scratch your head when you see a 10- and 11-iron. Those are Honma’s pitching and gap wedges. Read more >>
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The feel is crisp. No vibration through impact. Plenty of distance. The ball felt spring-loaded coming off the face.
7-iron: 30 degrees; PW: 43 degrees