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WRX Spotlight: Daiwa GIII Signature Driver

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Product: Daiwa GIII Signature Driver

Pitch: From Daiwa: “Using their own GIII Neo Titanium Face allows GIII Signature Driver to achieve the Highest COR rating in their history. The new face combined with Double Power Trenches (Toe and Heel sides) create a “Double Repulsion Area”, an expanded sweet spot with more powerful spring effect and more forgiveness. DAIWA’s carbon technology fill the new SVF EX III shaft, creating a lightweight, strength, feel and maximum performance.”

Our take on the Daiwa GIII Signature Driver

Admittedly, this is a different kind of feature. We don’t expect many of our readers out there to bag this club, but when you see a beauty like this in the wild, you have to talk about it. This club is for the person that not only has everything but wants everything. This high-COR, Japan-inspired design and some amazing attention to detail that will perhaps get you to ignore the price tag.

Oh, and did we mention it’s made with real gold accents?

There’s an old saying attributed to American Financier J.P. Morgan: “If you have to ask, then you can’t afford it.” Most of us are in that boat. But if you view your driver as not only as an extra-hot performer but a symbol of status, look no further than the Daiwa GIII Signature. Features…

  • Proprietary GIII neo-titanium face
  • Super hot face with a COR of 0.875, which exceeds the USGA limit of 0.830
  • Power Trenches for increased rebound effect
  • Head shape inspired by an intricate, 12-layer kimono
  • Intricate Edo Kuriko (traditional drinking glasses) etching on the sole and face
  • Proprietary GIII shaft
  • Envy of all your playing partners

In person, the face etching looks amazing and really stands out. Gold accents can be considered gaudy to some, so it’s really personal preference. Knowing it’s real gold and not simply colorized definitely helps in our eyes. The club is lighter weight overall and feels solid in your hands. We’d love to one day put its high-COR face through the paces on a FlightScope X3, but that’s for another day.

The Daiwa GIII Signature Driver is perhaps the ultimate form of club excess. Is it worth the $2,400 price tag? As the saying goes, “if you have to ask…”

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  1. Linc

    Mar 30, 2019 at 10:10 am

    They say this is the highest COR they have made while Wishon has got a driver close to 0.89 COR couple years ago. Have seen someone hit the older version G III before on Flightscope, did not really see any gain in ball speed.

  2. JP

    Mar 29, 2019 at 10:46 am

    That would be a nice face milling pattern for a putter. The driver itself, not for me.

  3. Jon

    Mar 28, 2019 at 10:51 am

    Finally a company with the balls to market a high COR driver. Now market one under a different brand name that would retail for under $300 and watch it fly off the shelves.

  4. Ryan Michael

    Mar 28, 2019 at 12:23 am

    Thanos must have a golf scene in the upcoming Avengers Endgame!

  5. Russ Dechambeauner

    Mar 27, 2019 at 11:28 pm

    Stop, I can onry get so erect.

  6. Mower

    Mar 27, 2019 at 11:21 pm

    I’m guessing all those Saudi rich kids are buying these.

    • BB

      Mar 28, 2019 at 10:32 am

      With their best bud Trump

      • doug

        Mar 29, 2019 at 5:38 pm

        Ah yeah..The Donald. The guy who put his own name on the 2018 Club C/ship-even though he didn’t play in the event.

        Believe me, right now the USA has bigger issues that the price of a gold-etched big dog.

  7. Brandon

    Mar 27, 2019 at 10:40 pm

    Lots of these JDM metal woods look like they were designed by the same lady who does the interior design on all the Persian palaces here in the Bay area.

  8. dat

    Mar 27, 2019 at 9:42 pm

    Only $2,400? Pshhhh

  9. Jamie

    Mar 27, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    Hollyweird prop for the insecure trust fund baby. No wonder the game is dying.

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For lots more photos, check out the full thread here.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • nova6868: “These new putters look so much better than their first line.”
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  • chip75: “Look so much cleaner without the weights visible.”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day showcases new Mitsubishi AV shafts which have caught many of our member’s interest. While speaking in the thread, Mitsubishi Chemical shared some details to WRXers on what they can expect to see soon:

“We are working on bringing 2nd Gen Tensei product to market – this is the first week of PGA Tour testing.

Be sure to stay tuned for more information towards the beginning of 2020!”

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • AdamStoutjesdyk: “I’m already a huge fan of the Pro White, I can’t wait to see how these look and perform in person!”
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Honma launches new XP-1 Series driver, fairway woods, and hybrids for 2020

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new 2020 Honma Driver

For 2020, Honma Golf is launching the all-new XP-1 line of clubs comprised of an entire family holistically designed to help players maximize forgiveness and get the most out of their games with one set. The new Honma XP-1 drivers, fairway woods, and hybrids, all the way to irons, is a new direction for the premium Japanese company that brings together ultimate craftsmanship with performance.

The highlight of the XP-1 line from Honma is the fact that they were designed from top to bottom to work as a comprehensive set of tool to achieve maximum performance. The technology in the metal woods flows from the driver to the hybrids with a seamless transition that creates consistency for feel and looks for the player.

Honma XP-1 driver

new 2020 Honma Driver

New 2020 Honma Golf Driver

Honma is known for its dedication to quality and craftsmanship, and every part of the XP-1 line was developed with the golfer in mind to both look appealing and perform to the highest standards. The XP-1 driver packs a lot of technology into a very classic looking club, and we’re here to take you under the hood—or in this case, the carbon fiber crown—to show you how it can help you hit better shots.

2020 Honma XP1 Driver toe

Honma XP-1 Driver Toe

It starts with a tour-inspired look from address, designed to inspire confidence for any level of golfer. Underneath ther gloss black crown, there is a lot of technology to generate faster ball speeds around the entire face and help get you dialed into the right setting. Speaking to the crown, it’s made from ET-40 fiber, making it one the lightest in golf. This weight savings helps engineers relocate an additional 15g of mass around the head towards the heel for increased MOI and greater ability to help players close the club face more easily.

Flip the driver upside down, and we have a lot more going on with the sole than initially meets the eye. Honma is introducing a new double slot in the sole for increased ball speed across a much larger area of the face. What starts off smaller in the middle increases in width and depth as it reaches towards the heel and the toe of the club. These slots, along with improved MOI, keep ball speeds up and misses closer to the intended target. The last part of the equation: How these wider parts of the face, flex around the more narrow middle to also increase gear effect—think of it like one more way to help the bigger misses stay in play.

New 2020 Honma Driver XP1

2020 Honma XP-1 Driver sole and shaft adjustment connection

The last piece key piece of technology in the XP-1 driver head is exclusive to Honma—the adjustable hosel that changes face angle, lie, and loft, but never changes the orientation of the shaft. This gives the player or fitter the ability to truly dial in hosel settings without having to worry about the constantly changing of the grip orientation. This, according to Honma, also keeps the shaft spine in the ideal location for consistent performance.

Honma 2020 xp1 driver shaft

Honmq Vizard 43g shaft

Honma is the only manufacturer that produces its own shafts from start to finish in house, and the XP-1 is getting its own custom-designed and built shafts to complement the technology built into the heads. The Vizard stock shafts are engineered to produce a smooth feel that promotes faster clubhead speeds, yet also remain extremely stable. For the XP-1 driver, the matching Vizard shafts will come in weights of 43g, 53g, and 63g, and flexes from senior to stiff.

Honma XP-1 fairway woods

The XP-1 woods bring the same level of craftsmanship and technology as the drivers to a club designed for use both off the tee and off the fairway.

New for 2020 Honma XP-1 Fairway wood

New for 2020 Honma XP-1 Fairway wood

The Honma XP-1 3-wood uses the same weight-saving ET-40 crown to position a large amount of the club’s total mass low and on the sole for greatest possible launch and spin consistency. The 3-wood is the second-lightest club in most players bags by total weight and head mass, and unless you are carrying a second driver, it’s also the second-largest by volume. By using the carbon crown designers get everything they can from the other technologies including the double slot sole and thin fast face without having to sacrifice the overall design of not just the head but the entire club.

New Honma XP-1 3 wood crown fairway

Honma XP-1 3 wood crown

The XP-1 fairways also include a 5  7-woods, but with the smaller volume of the heads and the reduced crown size, using a carbon crown would actually increase the mass higher in the head, so they instead utilize an extremely thin high strength steel crown.

New Honma 53g Vizard Fairway Shaft XP1

Honma 53g Vizard Fairway Shaft

All of the fairway woods come with the same made-in-Sakata, Japan 43g, 53g, and 63g Vizard shaft options as the driver to help every player get the most of each club in the set. If might seem like a minor detail, but being able to design an entire club in house from head to grip is a big advantage for Honma versus other OEMs. This holistic approach to designing an entire club/set is a big benefit to the consumer looking to get the most out of each club in their bag and not feel like something may be working against them.

Honma XP-1 hybrid

With the Honma XP-1 hybrid, forgiveness and flow from the fairway woods is the number one consideration for these club. The flow includes a wood-like shape that keeps the club shallow and the center of gravity as low as possible for higher launch and approach shots that fly higher and land softer. Considering the target player for the XP-1 line, the wood-like shape is also very confidence-inspiring.

New 2020 Honma XP1 hybrid

Honma XP-1 Hybrid

Honma continues the design philosophy of keeping the XP-1 both forgiving and fast by utilizing the double slot sole all the way into these hybrids that go from a 19-degree 3-iron replacement to a 25-degree 5-iron replacement.

Honma XP-1 specs & availability

The Honma XP-1 driver, fairway wood, and hybrids will be available starting in October.

New 2020 Honma XP1 Driver fairway hybrid specs

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