A Brief Intro to Romaro Forged Irons
30 Mar 2012
Over the next few weeks we will begin introducing clubs for a new brand we will be carrying called Romaro Sports. Romaro is a smaller golf club maker who specializes in making premium forged irons and wedges as well as top quality woods for the demanding and better golfer. They also have some very cool accessories which you will be seeing in the pro shop. Today I'm do a brief introduction to their iron lineup before actually reviewing each iron one by one.
There are currently 4 models in Romaro's lineup as you can see in the above picture. All 4 models are forged and aimed at the better golfer to low handicap and pro player. Romaro prides itself on its original designs and quality materials and workmanship which really shows in its product line. Here is a short description of each iron and I have listed them from smallest/most advanced to largest/most forgiving.
Romaro Pro Forged: The Romoro Pro Forged iron is the flagship muscle back and aimed at the better player and low handicapper who wants the ultimate in soft feel and control. Premium forged from S25C then CNC machined and finished in a satin plating, the Pro Forged is clean and compact with very little offset and a straight and thin top blade. The Pro Forged has a slightly killed leading edge and a subtle amount of trailing edge relief. With its thick muscle back, the CG is higher which creates a more penetrating and stable ball with more spin. More traditional lofts for the player who wants control when attacking the pin.
Romaro Ray H: The Romaro Ray H is what we call a half cavity (hence the H) or some may also refer to it as a Neo Blade. Almost as small and compact as the Pro Forged, the Ray H sets up like a blade but provides cavity back like performance and ease of use. Like the Pro Forged it is premium forged from S25C, CNC machined and then plated in a durable satin finish. It is one great looking iron and can easily pass for a blade at address but the half cavity brings the CG down to aid launch. Because of this, the Ray H has 1* stronger lofts for the 6 7 8 9 and PW vs the Pro Forged. The Ray H is for the better player who wants a blade like sized iron and setup with cavity back like forgiveness.
Romaro Ray V: The Romaro Ray V is a smaller cavity back featuring a V Cut sole (hence the V). The Ray V is an advanced forged iron made made to perform with technology. Forged from S20C steel, the Ray V features not only an undercut cavity but also a TPU or Thermoplastic Urethane insert behind the face which helps dampen vibrations and control impact sound. The CG is placed lower thanks to the weight moving into the undercut cavity which features something Romaro calls a Power Frame which is the internally ribbed portion of the undercut cavity. Romaro designed the cavity this way to increase ball speeds and create more distance. With stronger lofts and lots of technology the Ray V will help the improving better golfer hit purer shots and gain more distance.
Romaro CX Forged: The new Romaro CX Forged is the largest head of all the models but player target wise its similar to the Ray V. This premium forged S25C iron features a wide sweet area thanks to a cavity featuring toe heel weighting using a hexagonal design. The iron is CNC machined and finished with a satin plating. The head is slightly rounder and taller than all the other Romaro irons and some may consider it midsized but interestingly the lofts are more traditional and the same as the Ray H. For those players wanting a pure forged iron but with forgiveness and easy launch as well as overall balanced performance, the CX forged is a great choice.
I will be testing and giving more detailed feedback on each iron but in the meantime here are pictures of the Romaro irons at address which give you a good idea of top line and offset. Look for Romaro in the pro shop this coming week as heads only or custom made to your specs!
I was recently introduced to the brand and will say without reservation that the 460 driver is the best I've ever hit. Same goes for the R type hybrids. FW OK but not exceptional. Irons don't know. Fourteens are too good to kick out
Thank you for following up with the forging house info, Gocchin. I look forward to hear back as these irons (Ray H and Pro Forged) definitely have my strong interest. Any reviews coming? Thanks again!
While some of their irons are and were done by Kyoei some use a smaller shop in Himeji. I will try and find out their name.
Very beautiful irons. Like one of the earlier posts, I too would like to know what forging house was used? Thanks in advance.
Hi Chris, I was not a big fan of Romaro for its first few years. I can firmly say that I am a fan now. Like gocchin said, we watch many brands go through growing pains and the ones who make it through improving and fixing upon any issues are the ones we will then open dialogue with. Same with Baldo, last year the paint and faces were an issue but I know for a fact that they have improved things so expect them soon as well.
The Ray H are the irons I am most interested in right now. I simply can't remember seeing a better looking club! So looking forward to your review, Tario! I too am probably not good enough to play them, but they would most certainly inspire me to get good enough...
Haha i understand. Just something of a suggestion to help u guys get better. You have to understand i really like your site n had purchased products from TSG before.
Hi Chris, haha thanks for quoting me. I cannot always remember what I say. That may have been true at the time but things have improved considerably for Romaro since, and they are now even a top brand on Golf Digest and many very respectable reviewers here in Japan, including many I look up to, have given them a thumbs up which is why we approached them again this year. The new products are a huge improvement (though very costly). I am very picky as to what I play in my bag and as you can imagine, I can choose pretty much anything, and at this point I want to play Romaro. Even though I'm probably not good enough the Ray H looks so darn good and feels great!
Thx Gocchin for your response. First of all I want to state that I'm a fan of TSG for a long time. I have followed a lot of the news about Japanese golf clubs on TSG forum. Since we do not live in Japan (don't even speak the language), we rely a ton on what we read on the forum. To me with this actricle, i felt u guys give good comments to what u have for sale n not so good ones to the products that u don't carry. I understand where u guys stand now but pls keep us inform on the history of the company and what's what in Japan. That way we will have more confident on the product itself. Thank you once again. P.S. Below is the quote from u in the forum There's not much of a market for RomaRo even in Japan. I think when you asked about the last time Tourspecgolfer pretty much summed it up: http://www.tourspecg...rum/t27820.html A used set of RD-02's shafted go for around 500 in Japan.
Hi Chris, thanks for your comments. while I have never personally said anything negative about Romaro in the past, there can be an explanation for any bad comments coming from TSG. TSG holds very high standards and we only want the best for customers. Many smaller brands can go through certain growing pains and this includes varying levels of design, quality and even business practices. If they don't meet certain standards we simply don't carry them. This goes for not only Romaro but many of the smaller brands who take time to develop and establish themselves. Earlier this year, we made an assessment of Romaro's product line, spoke to their designers about each product, its manufacturing process, and to their sales about their business operations and came away satisfied that they had come a long ways and now have a top notch product as you can see from the post above.
Looks great but apparently you guys had a lot of bad comments about this bland in you forum a while back. So whats the deal here??
I'm using Romaro V irons for 2 weeks, it is straight & strong feed back. Distance - not sure it is longer than may Epon.