Golf News – June 18, 2020

Honma’s TR20 Irons: Players Gear Built to Appeal to a Broad Range of Performance-Focused Golfers

CARLSBAD, CA – Honma, one of golf’s most prestigious and enduring equipment brands, continues to make a decisive statement to the North American market with its TR20 (“Tour Release 2020”) iron line. Known globally for beautifully-crafted, versatile and playable equipment, Honma’s approach with its new TR20 V and TR20 P iron sets is to provide serious players the look, set-up, feel and performance they have come to trust and expect in a players, and players distance, iron.

Both the TR20 P and V irons showcase modern player-preferred profiles with sleek lines and shaping, and are built to be fast and forgiving so that golfers can achieve desirable distance and accuracy– even on misses. Reviewers on Golf Digest’s 2020 Hot List panel had this to say about this innovative line:

“These are hot. Trajectory penetrates the wind. My mis-hits weren’t penalized too badly, either.”

“These are already long, but I love that I could swing harder and they’d go a whole iron longer.”

“The sound was one of speed. The ball was motoring.”

In GOLF’s Club Test 2020, a tester said:

“Working this one both directions was no problem. Buttery feel is what you’d expect from something that looks this good.”

THE GOODS: TR20 P
TR20 P is a players distance iron that incorporates game improvement-like playability with beautifully-crafted performance with hand-shaped profiles and tour-caliber response. An S35C forged steel body and thin L-cup face help generate ball speed. A generous sole width and tungsten-weighted pocket cavity (the P in TR20 P stands for Pocket) on the rear of the club head help create speed-enhancing forgiveness. The pocket cavity puts weight around the perimeter of the iron, not just in the heel and toe, but also in the back of the club head. It literally creates a pocket of perimeter weighting. “The 3D pocket cavity allows us to create a strong lofted iron that launches fast and high without excess spin” McGinley said.

The low center of gravity, created by the optimized position (heel-to-toe and front-to-back) of the high-density tungsten weight, promotes higher MOI, higher launch and longer carry distance. Honma’s experienced Takumi combine a traditional blade shape with modern topline and sole proportions and high-performance back designs to pack versatile playability into the TR20 P.

THE GOODS: TR20 V
The TR20V is a true players iron that delivers impressive distance. Showing off a handsome, traditional one-piece cavity back head design, the TR20 V is forged from soft S20C carbon steel and helps launch shots quick and high, but with control. It features a slightly shorter blade length and thin topline that better golfers prefer, as well as a recessed electroform Honma mole logo in the cavity as a nod to the great forged irons of the company’s past. The TR20 V’s sole is wide enough to promote desirable launch with enhanced camber for crisp turf interaction.

The responsive feel in the TR20 V comes from the combination of material, construction and design. S20C carbon steel delivers preferred feel, while the blade size, shape and cavity design- including the ideal combination of face thickness and perimeter weighting- create the soft, but solid, feel.

A COMMON LANGUAGE
The common design language between the TR20 V and TR20 P irons allows golfers to consider a combination set with familiar profiles. Combined set configurations with TR20P in the mid/long and TR20V in the mid/short irons are becoming popular with Honma customers. “In both iron sets, the confluence of Honma hand-crafted looks with tour level performance, modern constructions and expert designs provide the sound and feel that golfers will love,” said Chris McGinley. “In Honma Experience fittings, we’re seeing a lot of golfers opting for a blended set of TR20 P and TR 20 V for optimal feel, trust and performance.”

Honma TR20P and TR20V are available with VIZARD TR20-85 graphite and Nippon Modus 105 shafts as a standard option. VIZARD TR20 shafts are designed with a stiffer tip section for trajectory control and are built with ascending weight to increase speed with longer irons and increase control with shorter irons. One other commonality to both irons: The counter taper grip reduces tension in the lower hand while sporting a new soft-feeling compound. An additional set of TR20 irons called TR20B, a classic blade-style iron for skilled players, will be launching in the coming weeks.

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Pueblo Bonito Resorts and Quivira Golf Club Reopen

LOS CABOS, MEXICO – Following a 76-day quarantine due to the coronavirus pandemic, hotels, golf courses, beaches and other non-essential businesses in Los Cabos reopened on June 15 based on a positive change to the destination’s COVID-19 alert level.

Pueblo Bonito Golf & Spa Resorts’ key properties, including Pacifica, Sunset Beach, Montecristo and Rose, have all reopened and will operate at 30% capacity as per current state regulations.

According to Enrique Gandara, Pueblo Bonito’s Vice President of Sales & Marketing, “We are delighted to welcome guests again, and are very encouraged that reservations are picking up for the summer months. For us it is a significant vote of confidence that our guests trust Pueblo Bonito´s safety protocols enough to book a visit. We fully understand how crucial it is to establish new standards of cleanliness, hygiene, and social distancing.

Gandara also noted that Pueblo Bonito is offering a limited-time promotion entitling guests up to 38% in savings and a spa credit up to $75 USD if reservations are booked using  https://www.pueblobonito.com/.

The Los Cabos Tourism Board has been working with the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) to obtain its global safety stamp of approval recognizing safe travel protocols. The specially designed stamp awarded last week, allows international travelers to understand which destinations around the world have adopted global standardized health and hygiene protocols.

Golf, recognized as a safe ‘social distancing’ sport, is a prime amenity for guests of Pueblo Bonito Resorts, who enjoy exclusive access to Quivira Golf Club, its epic Jack Nicklaus Signature course etched across a breathtaking site at Land’s End. Quivira’s bold risk-reward design, marked by sheer granite cliffs, massive windswept dunes and rolling desert foothills, offers exquisite ocean views and breathtaking drops from tee to fairway.

Quivira recently received a 2020 Golf Digest Editors’ Choice Award in the ‘Best Mexico & Central America’ category. This is the fifth consecutive year the club has been singled out for recognition by the sport’s most widely read and respected publication.

According to Antonio Reynante, director of golf at Quivira Golf Club, the golf course benefitted from the shutdown. “We didn’t slow down during the mandated closure. The maintenance crew aerified and verti-cut all the tees and fairways, and then top-dressed the entire golf course. They did a phenomenal job, and we are very pleased with the results. The course looks sensational, and playability has been enhanced.” The greens, he said, will be aerified in September. Comfort stations, he added, are open, with all golf and service staff required to wear face masks while on property. The staff will also practice physical distancing with all golfers as well as other employees.

Golfers, for their part, will follow specific guidelines to ensure safety. Tee times are scheduled 15 minutes apart to encourage social spacing. Safety policies and operational guidelines will be in effect during the current Level 5 classification.

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Michael Feland

Born in Houston, TX, raised in New Orleans, LA, Mike and his family currently live in Orlando, FL. Mike is a First Tee Level 1 Certified instructor and enjoys sharing his love for the game with the Orlando area youth that participate in The First Tee of Central Florida program.

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