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Tourstage Drivers - where's the love?
Posted 25 May 2012 - 10:12 AM
The new 707 adjustable driver has barely managed a mention and not much in the way of reviews(that i am aware of....) ihas everyone just moved on? (Crazy, J Beam, Ryoma etc.). Is this also true in Japan?
Japanese equipment addict
Posted 25 May 2012 - 10:42 AM
Posted 25 May 2012 - 06:18 PM
Posted 25 May 2012 - 08:03 PM
playing a p02-6 here, have always gamed a tourstage driver all the way back to the x500! they may not be the longest, but I love there more athlete geared drivers the 901, etc.
me too, hence the thread.... I go back to an MR23 non conforming...... current,y gaming a 705 415, ...
the only thing stopping me buying a 707 is that its 460 and it seems to me its a 705 with adjustable weights and face, im not really interested in adjustability....
Japanese equipment addict
Posted 26 May 2012 - 07:17 AM
You do raise an interesting point as I have noticed a lot of members have "moved on" to more boutique brands. Does that mean the name brands that we all know and like (Yamaha, On-Off, Mizuno, JPX) are out? I dont think so. They appeal to the mass markets and nothing wrong with that. I tend to purchase items that I know and like. However, I am always curious about the exotics and love the forums that discuss these unique brands.
Posted 27 May 2012 - 05:19 AM
Posted 27 May 2012 - 03:56 PM
My guess is that TS is just as popular in Japan and other asian markets, but maybe the more fanatic side of the golf community (yes, like us) that is active in various forums have "moved on" so to speak to even more "exotic" brands like the ones you mentioned. But, my guess is that even in Japan the average avid golfer don't know what a Ryoma, crazy or JBeam is. I somehow doubt you will find every other bag full of Crazy or Ryoma clubs even in Japan. Brands like TS, Yamaha, XXIO and the other US OEM's will be dominating for sure. Even Honma is probably a lot more common in the bags over in Japan than the brands we think of as "in" brands. And I think TS sells just as well among the "normal" golfers like they did before. I might be wrong though, and Yururi irons, Jbeam drivers and and Ryoma FW is the norm, but I doubt it.
i agree with your thoughts
and ur right bags are not stakced full of "our" clubs..
TM is still the biggest seller in jp the amount of exotic bags i see is mimimal
XXIO is prob the largest seller for jonnie chopchops, they keep thier value better than EVERYTHING.
TS is huge here.
its my guess.... TM TS ANd XXIO prob get the lions share of the whole market.
but as for drivers..............................
dont shoot me here....
i dont htink they do a good enough job.
they dont differentiate to others, and the designs on them apart for mthe p51 ai chan model form 08i think it was are just kinda dull, or too garish to look at.
yes ive played a ton of them, but thye didnt really do anything.
and esp for the guys on here, they dont offer an X factor that were all looking for.
they are my thoughts and observations living here.
onoff shingo 358 9.5*-- labospec tataki 60s
kasco fd 12.8*--------diamana stigner 70x
honma tw 727m...NS 2g18s
prgr flat sole 02 multiple forged 51*+56* --------NS wv 125s
iya domo 58* lw
toursatge x-01z( R.I.P forever)
" standard docs old boy, 5-5-10,
double reversals on the 3s and tripple for birds.
short and crooked like the reet- mong- choppah u are!'
Posted 07 August 2012 - 09:36 PM
I'm actually tempted to pick up an X-drive 460, the older model with that Superdeep face (long before TM too). I find them now and then in Bangkok and usually for not much coin. Just for the fun of it, and fit it with a heavy short shaft. We'll see
Posted 16 August 2012 - 01:29 PM
If your looking for distance and ease of use, I'd stay away from the X series. Viq and GR are the way to go.
X series is for players who want to work the ball and have 105+ swing speed.
I'd actually continue playing ts, especially now that they're adjustable. Just waiting for someone to sale head only.
Edited by IshikawaFAN, 16 August 2012 - 01:30 PM.
Posted 16 August 2012 - 11:18 PM
Posted 17 August 2012 - 12:13 AM
Posted 17 August 2012 - 09:00 AM
It doesnt help either that most of the Japanese drivers have been banned by the USGA because the COR is too high.
My personal opinion is that Japanese brands lack the marketing like other major American brands. Japanese forged irons get around mostly by word of mouth, but hardly so for drivers, fairway woods and hybrids.
Posted 17 August 2012 - 01:35 PM
Posted 17 August 2012 - 02:35 PM
Although now that onoff added MWT, it's a must try. Can someone give a quick comparison between tourstage and onoff drivers?
Edited by IshikawaFAN, 17 August 2012 - 02:53 PM.