Golf News – March 2, 2021

Honma’s New T//World GS Clubs Help Golfers GAIN SPEED

CARLSBAD, CA – Honma’s new T//World GS (Gain Speed) family of clubs are beautifully-crafted, streamlined, game improvement products designed with advanced technology to deliver more speed and exceptional playability for a wide range of golfers. Players across North America can now test the full line of GS drivers, fairways, hybrids, and irons with Honma custom fitters, which were launched recently in Japan.

Honma’s popular game improvement line T//World XP-1, will be replaced by the new GS complete offering of expertly-constructed golf clubs. GS is specifically designed to help golfers gain speed which translates to more distance. Honma Takumi and their 60-year history of craftsmanship worked in partnership with the North American engineering team in designing the new Flip Slot and Keel Sole for the modern shaped, technology-packed GS clubs.

T//World GS Drivers

The T//World GS 460-cc drivers, designed for straighter ball flights and more distance, are artfully shaped with a raised Keel SoleDRIVERTRIO.jpg towards the heel to promote draw-bias and a lower, deeper CG and high MOI to maximize forgiveness. The 9-gram adjustable weight in the heel allows for individual customization for preferred ball flight. The GS driver’s titanium construction, utilizing Ti811 for the body and a Ti 6-4 face, allowed engineers to sculpt thick and thin allowances throughout the club head for the optimal speed and stability.

Honma’s new Flip Slot technology increases face flexure and reduces spin for more speed and forgiveness. The precise location and shape of the forward Toe Slot creates shot-straightening gear effect on off-center hits. Additionally, regardless of where the ball strikes on the club face, the Radial Face dynamically flexes all parts of the club face to harness more speed. The Radial Face design has rib patterns and variable thickness for a weight efficient design. The ribs specifically add strength to the top and bottom of the face to ensure hits obtain advanced flex and speed.

Honma engineers achieved a master feat to design the GS driver properties to work ‘in phase.’ The flexure of the ultra-thin titanium crown, Radial Face and Flip Slot react at the same time, for the same amount of time, to deliver more consistent shot patterns. This produces the most speed off the club and adds distance for a wide range of players. The variable thickness crown also saves weight that is more efficiently used elsewhere in the design.

The GS driver includes an integrated heel-bias crown graphic applied to encourage golfers to return the club face to square at impact. A key feature in Honma adjustable clubs, the revolutionary non-rotating hosel, is also featured in the GS driver. The system keeps the shaft perfectly aligned through all adjustable loft-lie settings, delivering distance and directional consistency for all golfers.

T//World GS Fairways and Hybrids

Modeled on the same optimized “Gain Speed” construction principles as the new GS driver, T//World GS fairway woods and hybrids follow similar aesthetics and design characteristics for satisfying “matched set” consistency and trusted performance.

The T//World GS Fairway woods inspire confidence at address with beautifully traditional shape and size. GS woods are built with Honma’s Flip Slot technology to maximize face flexure and reduce spin for more speed and additional forgiveness. The internal weight positioning toward the heel creates dynamic closure for increased side spin and enhanced draw-bias that is beneficial for most golfers.

The T//World GS Hybrid features a beautiful club head, carefully designed with Honma’s advanced engineering. The Flip Slot technology, carried over from GS drivers and woods, increases face flexure for maximized ball speeds and reduced spin. Internal weight positioned low and towards the heel creates a dynamic closure for increased side spin and slight draw-bias ideal for off-center hits.

The hybrid includes a heel-bias crown graphic applied to visually encourage golfers to return the club face to square at impact. The GS hybrid is the entire package. It features a classic profile and is teaming with technology and forgiveness, making it fun to hit from any lie on the golf course.

T//World GS Irons

The new T//World GS Irons are the ideal game improvement clubs, designed to inspire visual trust at address and technology that corrects mishits. GS irons are easy to hit and feature a wide, deep cavity and sole to increase CG depth for enhanced MOI. The L-Cup face construction in the 4-7 irons maximizes ball speed and reduces spin, while a 360-degree heavy steel undercut in 8-11 irons increases face flexure and expands the size of the sweet spot.

Flip Slot technology incorporated within the sole of the iron produces higher ball speeds, particularly on shots struck off the toe. The L-Cup face and Flip Slot flex ‘in phase’ for increased ball speed and longer distance on every shot. Modern accents of red in the cavity in the men’s set and vibrant yellow in the ladies clubs create distinctive appearances in the bag.

High-SPEEDTUNED shafts are designed in Sakata, Japan and are uniform in the GS series at 55 grams, regular and stiff flex. The kick point supports a high launch and the most efficient speed transfer possible. The SPEEDTUNED shaft in the GS driver features a mid to low kick point that flexes in perfect harmony with the club head to generate fast ball speeds off the face.

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Desert Course at Cabo Del SOL Reopens March 1

LOS CABOS, MEXICO – The Desert Course at Cabo del Sol, a Tom Weiskopf creation that will celebrate its 20th anniversary later this year, will reopen for play March 1. The course, closed several months ago due to COVID-19 restrictions, fully partakes of the region’s ocean-mountain-desert ecosystem. Routed in mountain foothills high above the Cove Club, the Jack Nicklaus-designed gem formerly known as the Ocean Course, the Desert Course is a classic test prized by shotmakers. All 18 holes on the 7,049-yard, par-72 resort venue serve up panoramic views of the glittering Sea of Cortes.

As part of the club’s “Healthy, Happy & Safe” initiative, Cabo del Sol is following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (USA) and the Health Department of Mexico to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Rigorous cleaning, sanitation and disinfection procedures have been expanded and enhanced above the club’s already high standards.

Chiseling holes into rugged terrain crisscrossed by canyon-like arroyos and winding barrancas, Weiskopf produced a masterful layout in the Desert Course. Dished-out fairways are framed by granite rock outcrops and a dense cactus forest punctuated by multi-armed cardon cacti similar to the saguaro of the Arizona desert. The variety of cactus on this well-groomed spread—barrel, jumping cholla, organ pipe and many more—is astonishing. Ocotillo, palo blanco, mesquite and gnarled torote trees also flourish here. Created with a great deal of sensitivity to the Baja environment, the holes appear airlifted into the desert.

Broad fairway corridors with few forced carries instill confidence from the multiple sets of forward tees, ensuring an enjoyable experience for players at all ability levels. Large, sculpted bunkers marked by dramatic capes and bays signpost the fairways and defend the greens. Subtly contoured greens, a Weiskopf trademark, provide tantalizing targets, their long slopes, gentle rolls and distinctive tiers requiring a sure touch with the putter.

While the fairways are wide, the Desert Course presents a handful of semi-blind tee shots that make landing areas appear narrower than they really are. With its numerous risk-reward options, this well-strategized test needs to be played more than once to learn its nuances.

Pace and variety are the Desert’s strong suits. Drivable par fours at the fourth and seventh holes are balanced by sturdy par fives at the third and 12th holes, each a cross-country quest aimed into Pacific headwinds that calls for three solid shots to reach the green. The dazzling downhill par-3 16th hole, the sea flooding the horizon beyond the putting surface, requires better players to funnel the ball to selected pin locations on the large, sloping green. Average players can bail out to safe right side to avoid trouble on the left.

The Desert Course is served by Cabo del Sol’s stately 40,000-square-foot clubhouse, which fuses colonial and traditional architecture with modern amenities to create a distinctive Mexican hacienda design. Marked by stone floors and high-beamed ceilings, the clubhouse features an expansive golf shop, men’s and women’s locker rooms, and picturesque views from its open-air verandas and landscaped terraces.

Cabo del Sol is convenient to two on-site hotels: Hacienda del Mar Los Cabos, a beachfront resort conceived as a traditional Mexican village; and Grand Fiesta Americana Los Cabos, an all-inclusive hotel with guest rooms perched on a bluff above the Sea of Cortes.

Visit Cabo del Sol Golf HERE

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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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