Honma T//World GS Driver Review

In this Honma T//World GS driver review, Neil Tappin explains what is on offer from this premium driver

Honma T//World GS Driver
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Golf Monthly Verdict

A superb offering for modern swingers. Shafts are very high quality and with a good fitting, we think this will provide very strong all round performance. Not as premium in terms of price as we have seen in the past for Honma so if you've been put off in the past, maybe now is the time to consider.

Reasons to buy
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    Consistent and playable feel

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    Excellent stock shaft

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    Good quality head cover is a nice touch

Reasons to avoid
  • -

    Doesn't feel as powerful as some

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Honma T//World GS Driver Review 

The Honma brand has become much more accessible to golfers since it entered the European and US market in 2013. While prices back then seemed extortionate compared to more familiar brands, nine years of brand exposure in the West has seen prices become much more accessible. That is most evident in the Honma T//World GS driver, which now sits nicely alongside its rivals as one of the best golf drivers on the market right now, 

The T//World GS driver is aimed at golfers across the handicap spectrum, with the emphasis on forgiveness and control over outright speed and distance. For those looking at out and out distance, the TaylorMade Stealth, Callaway Rogue ST Max LS and Cobra LTDx drivers from 2022 are a better options. 

Starting with looks and the more accessible price point hasn't seen a drop off in premium looks and feel. The driver looks really appealing behind the ball, with a classic looking shape and subtle alignment marks that help with lining up the ball at address. The contrast between the silver face and black crown is clear too. This helps highlight the loft and makes it feel really easy to hit. One small point on the looks is the quality of the headcover. It's not a reason alone to buy the driver, but it's a nice touch and it will provide the driver head with plenty of protection.

Honma T//World GS driver headcover

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At impact, the T//World GS makes a fairly high pitched sound. It's also very loud - which is a subjective issue - but we felt it didn't feel as powerful off the face as some other drivers in this market like the Ping G425 Max or Titleist TSi3

Now to the all important performance statistics. We tested the Honma T//World GS driver on a SkyTrack launch monitor using Titleist Pro V1x golf balls. The shaft fitted was the Honma Speed Tuned 55g stiff option with the loft sleeve at 9.5°. Our immediate first impression was how stable this driver is. Indeed, the excellent stock shaft on offer feels light and flexible but we never lost control of the ball flight in our testing. 

Honma T//World GS Driver at address

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It's also really easy to launch and the spin rates were really consistent. In all our testing, there was only 145rpm of difference in the back spin numbers. While the ball speed and carry was decent, overall distance was a little down from what we'd normally expect to see. With a good fitting though, we think the stability and consistency of this driver makes it stand out, with the small drop off in distance not an issue when you hit more fairways. 

This driver will appeal to a wide range of golfers with only the really low handicap golfers probably not suited to its set up. The stability and control of this driver is its stand out feature, with the overall distance not sitting too far behind its competitors. Couple this with an excellent headcover and an air of exclusivity around the Honma brand and the T//World GS is a well specced package. 

Neil Tappin

In July 2023, Neil became just the 9th editor in Golf Monthly's 112-year history. Originally working with the best coaches in the UK to produce instruction content, he has also presented many Golf Monthly videos looking at all areas of the game from Tour player interviews to the rules of golf. 

Throughout his time with the brand he has also covered equipment launches that date back well over a decade. He clearly remembers the launch of the Callaway and Nike square drivers as well as the white TaylorMade driver families, such as the RocketBallz! If you take a look at the Golf Monthly YouTube channel, you'll see his equipment videos dating back over a decade! He has also conducted 'What's In The Bag' interviews with many of the game's best players like Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm. Over the years, Neil has tested a vast array of products in each category and at drastically different price-points. 

Neil is currently playing: Driver: TaylorMade Stealth Plus Fairway Wood: Titleist TSR2 Hybrid: Titleist TS3 Irons: PING Blueprint S (4&5), PING Blueprint T (6-PW) Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 50˚, 54˚, 60˚ Putter: Odyssey Triple Track Ten Ball: Titleist Pro V1X