Honma TR20 P Iron

Our verdict on the performance of the Honma TR20 P Irons

Honma TR20 P Iron Review
Golf Monthly Verdict

An iron built for the mid-handicap golfer. The overall performance package is extremely enticing - notably how long and forgiving it is without being chunky behind the ball. 

Reasons to buy
  • +

    Long and forgiving. Surprisingly user friendly given the mid-size head and with a dense but powerful feel.

Reasons to avoid
  • -

    Low spin limits suitability. Honma is a brand many golfers discount by name, at their peril.

In this Honma TR20 P Iron review, Joel Tadman tests this impressive model out on the course so you know what performance to expect

Honma TR20 P Iron Review

The middle model within the Honma TR20 iron range, which includes the TR20 V iron, has plenty of redeeming features that will appeal to a wide range of abilities.

It is very much a distance iron (the 7-iron loft is 30°) but concealed in a way that it doesn't scream game improver, regardless of which angle you view it from.

The profile is compact enough to not be chunky but also not intimidating and very traditional in shape. The sole is generous, but you can't see it at address, and the mid-size top line appropriate given the dimensions of the rest of the head.

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The feel off the face is solid, dense and powerful - it gets the ball up quickly and with good distance too thanks to the tungsten weighting inside the head.

The stock Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 steel shaft is a very welcome inclusion, enhancing both feel and control in equal measure without seeming like hard work.

It isn't quite as long as the Honma GS iron, but it was only a few yards short on centred hits. The ball striking experience is a little different - yes it feels lively, but perhaps not quite as explosive as the Honma GS, or the very best distance irons elsewhere on the market.

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It will be longer than many of the best compact mid-handicap irons and also more stable off-centre too - ideal for the keen golfer whose ball striking is on the decline.

On point to note - the spin is on the low side, which is great for distance but not something every golfer wants - especially lower handicappers that prioritise stopping power. You may find the ball travels too far, which can cause gapping issues at both ends of the bag.

But, you'll struggle to find many other irons that look like this that seem as easy to hit. You may have to work hard to shape the ball, but for golfers that just want to see a long, straight, consistent ball flight from an iron that doesn't look like a beginner's golf club - you're on to a winner.

It's forgiving through the turf too, thanks to the gently camber on the sole and the soft leading edge.

Honma TR20 P Iron Review

Joel Tadman
Joel Tadman

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.


During these enjoyable years he has had some money-can't-buy experiences, like interviewing Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy one-on-one and covering the 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor. 


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 87 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 4.7.


Joel's current What's In The Bag? 

Driver: TaylorMade SIM2, 9° 

Fairway wood: Titleist TSi3, 15° 

Hybrid: Titleist TSi2, 18° 

Irons: TaylorMade P770, 4-PW 

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8, 50°, 54° and 58° 

Putter: Evnroll ER2V 

Ball: 2021 Titleist Pro V1x