If you’re a golf enthusiast, you must have heard of the Honma, and muira golf clubs, or even used their kits. These two companies produce some of the best golf kits. In this guide, we’d compare both the honma and muira golf clubs. Read through, if you’re interested in finding out.
ADVANTAGES OF JAPANESE IRONS
There is a good reason why we at ExactGolf only offer clubs from Japanese manufacturers: These manufacturers are extremely accurate and allow us to tailor each club to the individual needs of the player.
We are aware that the clubs of major manufacturers who invest tens of millions of Euros in marketing are better known and are greater in demand. However, we could not maintain our quality standards for these clubs. Unlike the irons from these manufacturers, we can make irons from Miura,
Honma or Vega exactly the way you want them, with the right swing weight, shaft length, loft, lie, shaft, grip, etc… Especially with Miura irons each of these aspects is perfectly given, we can be sure to only get clubheads that fit 100% – especially when it comes to loft, lie, and weight – and we are one of the few clubmakers that can build and sell Miura irons correctly.
Miura controls quality by having only certified clubmakers build their irons. Honma, on the other hand, would like to do everything themselves and assemble the clubs in their own factories – of course exactly according to customer requirements.
In short: the Japanese iron manufacturers that you can find on ExactGolf meet exactly the criteria that are necessary to be able to offer you exactly fitting clubs.
The vast majority of our clubs are not only fully customizable when ordered. This means that you can not only order exactly as you want, but we can also make adjustments afterward if something does not fit.
A typical case for this is the lie which often has to be adjusted if it turns out later that it is not optimal. This is not a problem with most of our irons. Especially the “classic” forged irons from Miura or Vega can be adjusted as often as desired without any problems.
It is also possible that the loft has to be individualized. This is carved in stone by most major manufacturers and can no longer be adjusted afterward. However, if you buy new wood, hybrid, or wedge and the gap to the irons becomes too small or large, it is advisable to change the lofts.
With other manufacturers, you simply have to live with it or buy other material. With us, we can modify the lofts accordingly without noticeably changing the playing characteristics.
Apart from that, we are able to build every club we offer in the exact configurations you want. This often requires a lot of work, e.g. if the shaft has to be shorter or longer and the swing weight has to be adjusted. This is an aspect that many do not consider at all. A club with one-inch longer is ordered quickly but the swing weight will probably not fit at all if no other adjustments are made.
HONMA GOLFCLUBS: WHAT MAKES THEM UNIQUE?
There is hardly any other manufacturer with as much tradition as Honma. And if you do a survey of golfers today what the most exclusive brand is most will surely answer with Honma. That’s correct because certain clubs from Honma are actually priceless. So you can spend well over 50,000 Euros on a complete set of Beres 5 star clubs.
No question about it, only the very few can afford it and it is not the norm. Honma already plays in the upper market segment, but the clubs from the Tour World series are hardly more expensive than the well-known manufacturers. With hardly more expensive we mean about 1100 Euro for a complete set of irons.
But you also get handmade and forged quality from Japan and not machine-cast iron heads from China as with most other manufacturers who nevertheless call similar prices.
Honma has built up its standing over decades and the success does not come by chance. The strategy works in any case because currently, many clubs in Europe are out of stock – due to too high demand. They can only be purchased with a longer waiting period. Honma’s customers usually take this waiting time for granted, after all, their clubs are also manufactured and assembled in Japan according to individual specifications.
By the way, this is also an important topic: Honma already assembles the clubs completely, unlike e.g. Miura or Vega which we are allowed to assemble and sell as one of the very few clubmakers. What Honma wants is to keep control over the quality.
Imagine that Honma sells single heads to clubmakers who mount shafts that don’t fit. From the player’s point of view, it is rarely the shaft or clubmaker that is to blame, but Honma. The brand would suffer from this and therefore Honma only delivers in one-piece.
This has advantages and disadvantages for you. The disadvantage is certainly that the choice of shaft and grip is limited. If you want to have a special shaft you have to take the corresponding waiting times. The advantage, however, is that you can be sure that the entire package is right and the quality meets the highest demands.
HOW EXPENSIVE ARE HONMA GOLF CLUBS?
Honma is without a doubt the most famous Japanese manufacturer and if you ask a player what he associates with Honma he usually answers “luxury” or “expensive”. So Honma has this image and probably won’t get rid of it that fast. However, there can be no talk of expensive clubs only if you take a closer look at the entire product portfolio.
In the following article, we explain why Honma clubs are more expensive than the clubs of big western manufacturers and what prices you have to expect.
RAW MATERIAL FOR HONMA CLUBS
Honma uses special steel that is in no way comparable to cheap industrial steel. This steel is still used by most golf club manufacturers. However, Honma uses particularly soft steel which is noticeable with every ball contact. To use this steel alone is much more expensive than industrial steel.
HONMA VS. MIURA
This comparison interests many players who have a weakness for Japanese clubs. However, the comparison is quite unfair, because Miura no longer produces woods – only irons and putters. At this point, we would like to leave putters out of the equation and take care of the irons of both manufacturers.
First of all, you have to note that Honma already assembles the irons and we only make minimal adjustments like a different grip, a shorter shaft, a heavier swing weight, different lie, and loft, etc. Basically, we are flexible here with Honma irons and offer many adaptations which hardly another Honma dealer offers.
Miura is different in so far as they only provide us with heads and we build the clubs from scratch. This is very demanding and Miura only works with clubmakers who have the necessary know-how. Therefore there are not many dealers who can offer Miura. It is not only important that Miuras are built correctly, but also that the right shaft is chosen.
One thing is important: the shaft must not only fit but also be of high quality. Other Clubmakers offer inferior shafts in order to be able to offer a favorable total price. We find it a pity to deface such wonderful clubs as Miura with bad shafts and therefore do not use them.
This is the fundamental difference between Honma and Miura. With Honma, the shaft selection is also very good and if one looks at the world series with the many shaft options one will notice that no wishes remain open. With the Beres series, you don’t want any other shafts except the original Honma ArmRQ.
These are so extraordinarily good that this is what Beres distinguishes from the rest. With TWorld Irons Honma relies on manufacturers like Nippon, Dynamic Gold, KBS, Project X, and others. These are then put together individually in Japan via “Custom Order” and delivered to Europe with a slightly longer delivery time. However, there are also some standard shafts that are already stocked in Europe and therefore have short delivery times.
We recommend that the following: If you are looking for an individually assembled club, you will surely find it with Miura. No matter your strength, Miura covers the entire spectrum with its irons. From Blades to Cavity Backs and double-shelled irons (Players Irons) there is really everything.
Honma covers a similar spectrum with its TR20, XP1, and Beres series: TR20 P and V, XP1, and Beres. The Honma Beres and XP1 are not clubs for very advanced players but rather for those who want to get the most out of their game with relatively low to average head speed. The XP1 and TR20 by Honma are significantly cheaper than Miuras – but not so individual.
Honma manufactures and creates almost all of their products in-house to offer the best quality clubs they can produce. All of their graphite shafts are hand-rolled in Sakata. The Sakata site is also home to the Takumi, master craftsmen who have worked building clubs at Honma for over 30 years.