This is a beautiful-looking iron from a company that has long been at the forefront of aesthetics when it comes to club design. The extra cavity depth and beveled front sole add more than an extra degree or two of forgiveness to the TWorld747 Vx’s performance compared to many competitors in this category, so you’re getting the best of both worlds – forged feel and performance with more than a little assistance.
This classy-looking iron packs a real punch while retaining a true forged feel. The extra forgiveness will be welcome news for those pondering a first switch to a forged iron.
Strong lofts may force a little rethink in club line-up at both ends of the set, while the top edge is a little thinner and less rounded than many in this sector.
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Honma TWorld747 Vx Irons Review - We test the new Honma TWorld747 Vx iron out on the course
Honma TWorld747 Vx Irons Review
The premium Japanese brand that enticed Justin Rose into the fold for the 2019 season is making a determined bid to crack the overseas markets, and part of that strategy has been to introduce a range of clubs that, while still at the upper end of the market, is now at a considerably lower price than Honma ranges of old.
The new range is called TWorld747, and this Vx Forged iron is a beautiful-looking players’ model in a satin finish with just a hint of high-chrome framing the upper edges of the rear cavity.
They feature a 10g tungsten weight in the toe of the clubhead, which we found stabilised the head and reduced our common miss to the right.
The neck that is 3mm shorter than on the predecessor model allows a low, deep centre of gravity for plenty of distance with a high trajectory.
Honma says their combined aims are a premium look, solid feel and explosive distance, and they deliver on all three counts. Looks may be in the eye of the beholder, but no-one we have played with yet has failed to comment on their visual appeal, while they do have a very solid feel off the face throughout the set.
As for distance, it certainly delivers on that front, although the lofts are significantly stronger than the iron model we had previously been playing with a 7-iron at 30°.
That said, this has not been at the cost of trajectory where we’ve noticed no discernible difference in peak ball flight height between our previous set and the Honma TWorld747 Vx.
The soles are a fraction wider too, and one thing we particularly like is the more beveled front half of the sole, which provides a good degree of forgiveness in the leading edge for improved turf interaction.
Talking of forgiveness, although this is a pure forging, it is blessed with a deeper cavity than many irons in this category, so while the long irons in particular remain workable and solid-feeling, there is definitely ample forgiveness on offer for those whose ball-striking goes off a little from time to time.
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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.
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