WHAT IT DOES: When making irons that are designed to appeal to the very best players—even irons that feature distance technology—the natural tendency is to make them forged. However, this overlooks how soft a cast iron made from 17-4 stainless steel can be. Honma used the material for its 4-iron through pitching wedge before transitioning to an all-carbon-steel head in the gap wedge for improved feel on shots around the green. The thin L-face (which wraps around roughly half of the sole) features variable-thickness regions. This allows the face to flex better on off-center strikes while delivering more mass on center strikes.
WHY WE LIKE IT: The company believes its irons are the pride of its brand, and this one serves as an example. In a nod to better players, the irons are a quarter-inch shorter than most mainstream irons and a degree flatter—a combination that functions well for players who come into the ball a little shallower with a sweeping motion. For players desiring graphite shafts, Honma’s own Vizard IB-WF (Iron Bolfa Weight Flow) is a stable, lightweight shaft. With options ranging from 50 to 100 grams, that shaft can be had for only a slight upcharge. Read more>>
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