Many will gasp at the premium price tag, but we were amazed to see how much more centred our strikes were with Honma’s Vizard FP-65 shaft kept in the same place after we tweaked the loft down to 9°. There’s clearly merit in its design and one we’d urge you to try should a driver upgrade be on the cards in 2019.
Classy, understated looks at address combine with a solid, explosive feel and above-average performance comparable with the very best drivers, helped by multiple adjustability systems.
Unique adjustability system is complicated to understand and implement and comes with a super-premium price tag.
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Joel Tadman tests out the Honma TWorld747 460 driver used by Justin Rose to see how the performance stacked up
Honma TWorld747 460 Driver Review
For the then World No.1 Justin Rose to make the switch to this brand and model at the peak of his powers suggested there had to be something in the Honma TWorld747 460 driver. Now that we have experienced it ourselves, we would have to agree.
From an innovation stand point, it’s ahead of its time. Certainly when it comes to Honma’s unique adjustability system that allows face, loft and lie angle to be adjusted while keeping the spine of the shaft in the same place for more consistency.
There are also 9g and 2.5g sole weights that can be swapped to alter the ball flight and fangs hidden behind the top and bottom of the face that absorb and retain energy to maximize ball speeds.
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Looks Perfect for those who like simplicity, at address there are zero distractions – no alignment mark, just a large, inviting and slightly shiny dark profile and a light silver face that effectively highlights where the face is pointing.
Feel/Sound There’s an undeniable appeal about the sensations experienced when the ball comes off the clubface. It feels hot, stable and powerful in equal measure, with a pleasing sound that is neither too loud nor understated.
Performance Testing on the Foresight Sports GCQuad launch monitor against our favourite Ping G410 Plus driver, the TWorld747 matched it in every department. Even with a slightly softer Honma shaft, we found the ‘low spin’ set-up (9g weight forward) to actually spin too low at just over 1700 rpm, so by moving the heavier sole weight back we achieved more appropriate spin numbers around the 2000rpm mark while also increasing the clubhead’s forgiveness.
Ball speeds were high, nearly identical with the Ping G410, often exceeding it. This could be because we found the sweetspot of the Honma easier to find.
This will encourage all levels of player. It then comes down to the loft and shaft combination – a crucial factor when trying to optimize the flight and one that must be done by a trusted Honma fitter as the shaft matrix and complex adjustability system requires specialist knowledge.
It uses a special tool that, once the screw has been loosened with a specialist wrench, can twist to alter the lie, loft and face angle while keeping the shaft in the same place. Honma say the benefits of this include a more consistent strike pattern and overall performance. Looking at the instruction manual, it's difficult to know for sure which position applies to which setting, which is why it's best left to the professionals.
But go through that process, and we’re certain you’ll eek out some extra yards.
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Joel has worked in the golf industry for over 12 years covering both instruction and more recently equipment. He now oversees all product content here at Golf Monthly, managing a team of talented and passionate writers and presenters in delivering the most thorough and accurate reviews, buying advice, comparisons and deals to help the reader find exactly what they are looking for. So whether it's the latest driver, irons, putter or laser rangefinder, Joel has his finger on the pulse keeping up to date with the latest releases in golf. He is also responsible for all content on irons and golf tech, including distance measuring devices and launch monitors.
One of his career highlights came when covering the 2012 Masters he got to play the sacred Augusta National course on the Monday after the tournament concluded, shooting a respectable 86 with just one par and four birdies. To date, his best ever round of golf is a 5-under 67 back in 2011. He currently plays his golf at Burghley Park Golf Club in Stamford, Lincs, with a handicap index of 3.2.
Joel's current What's In The Bag?
Driver: Titleist TSR3, 9°
Fairway wood: Titleist TSR3, 15°
Hybrid: Titleist TSi2, 18°
Irons: Ping i230 4-UW
Putter: Evnroll ER2V
Ball: 2023 Titleist Pro V1x
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