Honma TW 747 V Irons Review

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The Honma TW 747 V irons are classy, compact players iron with plenty of distance.  Soft, forged feel.

Introduction

Honma moved onto the radar of many American golfers with their signing of Justin Rose.  And while more players know the name, information about the brand’s clubs is still relatively hard to find.  In the first of a series of reviews, we will peel back the curtain on Honma to let you know whether they deserve your attention.

Looks

Looking at the TW 747 V irons on the shelf, I was impressed.  This is exactly the type of iron I like to play, and the understated cavity design appealed to me.  When I set it down at address, I liked it even more.

The blade is compact from heel to toe, and the top line is thin.  Additionally, there’s very little offset.  This is exactly what most people imagine when they think “players iron.”

Sound & Feel

The forged construction of the Honma TW 747 V and the traditional look set my expectations high for the feel of impact.  These irons delivered with a soft, traditional feel.  There’s no springy, explosive feeling here; the ball melts into the face.

Another traditional element of these irons is that the feedback is unmistakable.  Even small misses can be felt clearly.  For the player looking to dial in their ball striking, this is invaluable.

Performance

It’s not too often that I’m surprised by the performance of a forged cavity back iron.  I expect some forgiveness and the ability to work the ball and control trajectory.  On all those counts, the Honma TW 747 V irons delivered.  You can still hit the green with small misses, and even larger misses aren’t punished too severely.  Additionally, there’s adequate control over trajectory.

What did catch my eye on the launch monitor was the smash factor.  I was seeing smash factors as high as 1.4 with a 6I, which is not the norm for traditional irons.  Also, the spin was slightly lower than I expected.  The result was about a half club more distance in the mid irons.

These trends were explained when I got a look at the club’s specs.  The TW 747 V irons have lofts that are slightly stronger than usual for a players iron.  They’re not as strong as an iron like the Callaway Epic Forged, but players switching from a Titleist CB or similar will want to get their distances checked and possibly adjust the lofts back a touch.

Conclusion

The Honma TW 747 V irons are a set that I would happily put in my bag.  These are classic players irons in looks and feel with enough forgiveness for the better player.  If you are going to pick up a set, keep in mind that the lofts are a little strong.  Be sure to be fit for the right shaft and set make up.

Honma TW 747 V Irons Price & Specs

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Matt Saternus

Co-Founder, Editor In Chief at PluggedInGolf.com
Matt is a golf instructor, club fitter, and writer living in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Matt's work has been published in Mulligan Magazine, Chicagoland Golf, South Florida Golf, and other golf media outlets. He's also been a featured speaker in the Online Golf Summit and is a member of Ultimate Golf Advantage's Faculty of Experts.

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16 Comments

  1. Looks super similar to Bridgestone Tour B X-CB Irons, all the way down to the lofts. I think you’ve tested both.

  2. Tom Duckworth

    Very nice looking clubs Matt. Did they remind you of Srixon Z765 or 785 irons? The trailing edge looks to be rounded off quite a bit.

    • Matt Saternus

      Tom,

      I can’t say that they did, but that’s not a bad comparison now that you mention it. The one difference is that I don’t recall the lofts of the Srixons being as strong.

      Best,

      Matt

  3. Joe Greenberg

    i’ve been playing the predecessor TW 737 irons for a year. Agree with all you said, with these two additions: the trajectory is lower with all irons, even considering loft differences (which is good for me who launches too high). The most important suggestion i can make is to try the Vizard graphite shafts. Honma makes them for their own irons, which is extremely rare (only Ping?). These shafts have all the advantages of graphite (light, shock absorbing, power) but with very low torque, matching the low offset better players like. Easy to flight and maneuver the ball. Compare when fit, imho.

  4. Hi Matt, except for lofts, how does this iron compare to the Miura CB 1008 that you are familiar with?

    • Matt Saternus

      Richard,

      In terms of forgiveness, I think they’re in the same ball park. I prefer the feel of the Miura, it’s softer, but that’s a preference. The lofts are a really big deal, they change the character of the set pretty dramatically.

      Best,

      Matt

  5. Matt,
    Your reviews are fantastic. I was thinking of combo these with TW-X in the 6-3 iron. Wonder if you have hit the X yet and if so do you think it would combo well.

  6. Matt, great review. Question, is a player losing out by playing the P version of this club, as opposed to this one? Outside forgiveness and look are their significant differences? I’m a 5 handicap, feel confident with my ball striking, and looking to move into one of these clubs from a TaylorMade Psi blended set. I can’t afford the fitting, just curious what your take would be on that.

    Thanks

    • Matt Saternus

      Ryan,

      I have a full review of the P version here: https://pluggedingolf.com/honma-tw-747-p-irons-review/

      They are very different clubs, in my opinion, due to the differences in spin. In my opinion, if you’re going to spend the money on either of these sets (which is substantial), the extra $100 or so to be properly fit is completely worth it.

      Best,

      Matt

      • Thanks for getting back. What I was trying to ask was: is there a major difference between these 2 types of clubs? Not necessarily this brand alone but in general (Apex Pro vs. Apex; T100 v T100). Does it more or less come down to forgiveness, stronger lofts and the ability (or lack thereof) to work the ball. Going to buy a used set, feel confident hitting either just curious as to what you thought.

        Thanks

        • Matt Saternus

          Ryan,

          Yes, you’ve hit the high points as to the differences between the two types of irons you mentioned. As a 5 handicap, I’m sure you can play either side of that fence, it’s just a matter of what you prefer. I’d also say that the difference between the two is bigger in some lines, smaller in others. Apex is a fairly small difference. Honma is quite large. Titleist is closer to Callaway, an incremental difference.

          Best,

          Matt

  7. I have 747V with Modus3 120. What said above is precisely correct. I love the look and the feel. When hitting low compression balls well, it feels like hitting a soft bun.

    One part I wanna add is the consistent distance. I can totally depend on these irons. I am 11 – 12 hcp but it suits my game well.

  8. Hi Matt,
    I ‘ve been playing the 727V for 3 years in a NP Modus 3 120; love these set of irons!!! Sometimes I just have some difficulty with the 4 iron.

    Two questions:
    1) Any real difference with the 747V model? Big improvement? Would I notice it?

    2) Would you advice putting a graphite shaft (Vizard) to improve MOI and launch it higher? I’m addition to a graphite shaft, would you put a 747P head? …or keep the steel shaft and just order P model for the 4 iron? Appreciate your reply! My email: robertobaba@icloud.com

    • Matt Saternus

      Robert,

      I haven’t hit the 727, so I can’t speak to improvement from model to model.

      To your second question, I would work with a fitter to find the right combination of shaft and head. Putting graphite into an iron is no guarantee of higher launch or anything else.

      Best,

      Matt

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