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JDM Driving Irons. Specifically 25 and Up.


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#1 Raidersgolf99

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Posted 03 August 2017 - 08:41 PM

Hey Gang,

After waiting out Miura's newest release of Driving Irons, and learning there is nothing 25 or Higher, I've been forced to look in another direction.

So here are the options...

A-Grind CMB Hybrid Iron
Honma TW-Utility Forged
Fourteen Type 7 Utility Iron
Fourteen 660

I don't have the ability to hit any of them before buying. Kinda sucks, but ah well.

The A-Grind surprisingly has a 5 and 6 at 25.5 and 28, respectively. Not ideal, but I could make two of them work by bending lofts and adjusting playing length accordingly. BUT they aren't forged.

Honma has a 27 option in the TW-U Forged. Stinks only 1 option, but kinda good as it limits me to one purchase, HA.  Fills the #5 hole perfectly. Definitely nice it's forged.

The Fourteen Type 7 has a unique retro Fourteen look to it, but does it hang with the 660 and 858? 26 option and not forged. Bummer.

The Fourteen 660 is a unicorn. I've only seen one. Not sure I could even find another, especially in the v2 setup, but wanted to include a fourth option for comparison and there aren't too many options at 25+. I don't remember here, were the Fourteen 660 and 858 forged or cast?

Thanks for the input, Folks!

Looking forward to some feedback .... As it turns out (because I couldn't sell it), I have an Oban Kiyoshi Purple 100 just sitting in a spare bag calling for a Driving Iron build!!!

THANK YOU AGAIN, WRX!!!

Edited by Raidersgolf99, 03 August 2017 - 08:55 PM.

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Posted 03 August 2017 - 11:13 PM

Having sampled both the 660 as well as the Honma (last year version) and owning the A-Grind, I would lean on the Honma first then the A-Grind. That A-Grind has some girth on that top line and every now and again I get a flier. The Honma is just an all around good Di. It's the best looking of the class in all aspects and it has a solid feel to it.


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Posted 04 August 2017 - 11:34 AM

Epon AF901 25*. Awesome driving iron........or what about trying the Mizuno H4 or H5 in the lofts you want?
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Posted 04 August 2017 - 12:07 PM

Epon is only 20 and 23 ....

I'm heavily leaning towards the Honma TW-U.

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Posted 04 August 2017 - 12:13 PM

View PostRaidersgolf99, on 04 August 2017 - 12:07 PM, said:

Epon is only 20° and 23° ....

I'm heavily leaning towards the Honma TW-U.

901 goes 19/22/25, you must be thinking of the 903..........

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Posted 04 August 2017 - 07:50 PM

View Postian-500, on 04 August 2017 - 12:13 PM, said:

View PostRaidersgolf99, on 04 August 2017 - 12:07 PM, said:

Epon is only 20 and 23 ....

I'm heavily leaning towards the Honma TW-U.

901 goes 19/22/25, you must be thinking of the 903..........

Yes. Referencing the 903.

Not 100% familiar with Epon's lines. Assuming the 901 was a past model?

If the 903 was offered in 25, 26, 27 or 28 it would definitely be in the conversation.

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Posted 04 August 2017 - 07:54 PM

View PostRaidersgolf99, on 04 August 2017 - 07:50 PM, said:

View Postian-500, on 04 August 2017 - 12:13 PM, said:

View PostRaidersgolf99, on 04 August 2017 - 12:07 PM, said:

Epon is only 20 and 23 ....

I'm heavily leaning towards the Honma TW-U.

901 goes 19/22/25, you must be thinking of the 903..........

Yes. Referencing the 903.

Not 100% familiar with Epon's lines. Assuming the 901 was a past model?

If the 903 was offered in 25, 26, 27 or 28 it would definitely be in the conversation.

Just looked up the 901 via Google search ....

Not necessarily sold on that look. 903 is moons better looking.

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Posted 04 August 2017 - 07:58 PM

View PostKingcat990, on 03 August 2017 - 11:13 PM, said:

Having sampled both the 660 as well as the Honma (last year version) and owning the A-Grind, I would lean on the Honma first then the A-Grind. That A-Grind has some girth on that top line and every now and again I get a flier. The Honma is just an all around good Di. It's the best looking of the class in all aspects and it has a solid feel to it.

Which A-Grind Driving Iron do you have? ... The current CMB Hybrid Iron?

Or the past generation? I forget the exact name, and they very recently updated the website.

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Posted 05 August 2017 - 06:32 AM

Honma TW-U Forged is a great club. Relatively thin top line, compact head, better feel in my opinion than the previous TW-U (which I have in the #3 and #4). That would be my choice, and I've tried the others you listed except the Type 7 Utility iron.
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Posted 05 August 2017 - 02:33 PM

View PostNo Catchy Nickname, on 05 August 2017 - 06:32 AM, said:

Honma TW-U Forged is a great club. Relatively thin top line, compact head, better feel in my opinion than the previous TW-U (which I have in the #3 and #4). That would be my choice, and I've tried the others you listed except the Type 7 Utility iron.

Thank you!

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