Honma stars are divided into 4 different stars. In this guide, we’d look at these different stars and their differences. If you haven’t heard of them, these stars, you might want to read through this guide. By the end of this guide, you should know the differences between the different stars.
Honma struggled to make a name for itself early on and filed for bankruptcy protection in 2005 before it was acquired by a Chinese fund run by businessman and avid-golfer, Liu Jian Guo. Over the last several years, Jian Guo has turned Honma into a premium brand in Asia with gold-plated drivers and irons that run in the five-figure range.
Today, Honma Golf is headquartered in Sakata, Japan, a coastal city of 100,000 about 200 miles north of Tokyo. All the company’s handcrafted clubs are made at a single facility near Mount Chokai, a 7,300-foot volcano.
Honma has now enjoyed four straight years of increased revenue. Annual sales now exceed $250 million, and their stock is traded on the Hong Kong Exchange.
The concept of the Honma Beres is as follows: Players who have difficulty accelerating the club get extra light and a soft shaft to help them do so. Furthermore, all club heads are designed for maximum ball speeds and a high launch.
This is the only way to achieve high distances even at low speeds. The special thing about Honma Beres is on the one hand that all clubs are perfectly matched – from driver to sand wedge. And on the other hand, that the shafts, which are handmade in Japan, produce only a little undesired twisting despite the low weight and soft flex. So the ball flight is also controllable. Honma Beres is the gold standard in this respect and is particularly suitable for seniors and ladies.
The new Honma GS follows a similar line as Honma Beres with extra light shafts and light swing weight. They are designed for price-conscious players. The big difference is the quality of the shafts. While the Honma Beres are handmade in Japan, the Honma Speedtuned shafts are just a shaft designed in Japan.
As a result, the unwanted twists are a little more pronounced than with the Honma Beres. Apart from that, the Honma GS concept is very coherent and especially intended for players who want a complete set from driver to sand wedge with clubs that are matched to each other.
TR: Honma Tour Release
The TR20 and TR21 replace the quite successful TWorld series, which was discontinued the 747 series. The orientation of the Tour Release is a bit more sporty than the T-world. There are a total of four different iron heads: Blade, V, P, and X, whereby the X can be described as a game improvement iron that makes the game as easy as possible.
Besides the irons, there is of course a driver, two different fairway kinds of wood, and a utility. The special feature of the TR20 and TR21 are above all the weight screws, which offer maximum flexibility in terms of head weight. And the “Non-Rotating Hosel” with which you can change the clubface and loft without changing the shaft position.
How much do Honma golf clubs cost?
That is quite different. Honma has long since moved away from its original strategy and now serves market segments with Tour Release and GS that are much more price-conscious. Especially the GS series can compete with the big western manufacturers in terms of price, depending on the selected shaft.
It looks a little different with Honma Beres. With Beres, the cheapest club costs 389€. It is a Beres iron in 2 stars. For the popular Beres Driver, you have to expect a good 1000€. A complete set of Beres clubs is therefore not necessarily cheap.
Of course, you have to ask yourself what you get for it. There are two good reasons why Honma players pay these amounts. One is the innovative club head which is completely driven by performance and makes the game as easy as possible. And on the other hand, the in-house Vizard shafts are especially light and soft.
No other manufacturer uses such light shafts which makes the sport much more comfortable for a Beres player. The art of shaft technology is to build this type of shaft and still have good torsion values. This is essential for a constant ball flight with good control.
Honma recognized early what no other manufacturer recognized and took this segment for itself. In the production, these shafts are not cheap, just because they are pulled by hand. And therefore the price of the Honma Beres is not quite so low.
- HONMA 2 STARS
The 2-star variant represents the lowest category and is standard for Honma. But it is by no means as if the 2-star variant was inferior in any way. On the contrary. Already the 2 stars Beres are basically unrivaled. The reason is that Honmas’s own shafts are particularly light and soft and nevertheless show good torque values. This combination is particularly difficult to realize in production.
But this is exactly what makes Honma clubs so well known and popular. Despite the quite high entry price. After all, a 2 star Beres set already costs around 3,000 Euros and a driver over 1,000 Euros.
- HONMA 3 STARS
Nevertheless, the majority of players go with 3 stars, even if 2 stars are the cheapest entry. 3 stars have the advantage that they are available in much more variants in Europe and that means practically no waiting times even in quite exotic configurations.
The 3 stars Honmas are a bit better in the quality of the shaft. The difference in the iron heads between 2 and 3 stars is due to slightly different steel. At least a 3-star iron is very easy to bend and thus to adjust Lie and Loft. With a 2 star iron, this is not so easy.
- HONMA Golf – BERES 4-Stars
When you go to a golf shop (an authorized dealer of the brand) you will hardly find any 4 and 5-Star golf clubs, since they are practically all custom designs. This means that you will first be invited to go through the exclusive HONMA fitting experience, and then every component of the clubs you have ordered will be manufactured to your personal specifications from scratch by hand by Honma’s Takumi (master craftsmen) in Sakata, Japan.
It is best to play with custom clubs, and these will be exceptional. But be patient, don’t forget that the delivery time can be up to two or three months
The 4-Star ARMRQ shafts feature a higher quality carbon fiber and superior strength, contributing to minimize dispersion and achieve more homogeneous shots. Regarding the finish of the clubheads, gold is used in some of the finishes and in the ferrules that cover the union between the head and the shaft.
If a single golf club is already outstanding on its own, the entire set inside a HONMA Golf bag will shine brighter still, even from a distance. The most illustrious is, undoubtedly, the 4-Star driver, but we have to tell you that you can’t top the 5-Star version!
It should be noted that in the 4-Star range most of the customizations are included in the price, such as personalizing the color of the driver’s head, the color of the shaft, or printing your initials or a small logo.
- HONMA Golf – BERES 5-Stars
This is a jewel that borders perfection. Without a doubt, the 5-Star BERES golf clubs are the most difficult to admire. Even HONMA stores sell very few of the most premium sets, woods, or irons. They are absolutely unique to you. Every component of each golf club is individually built by hand in Japan by the brand’s experienced craftsmen (known as Takumi), and the delivery time is, of course, equally long.
The high price of the 5-Star BERES corresponds to the most luxurious finishes in the range, with all the possible details plated with gold and platinum inserts. The quality of the carbon fiber used in the shafts is also superior, offering the minimum dispersion.
DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE STARS
It must be clearly stated that the real difference between a 2, 3, 4, or 5-star club is primarily the shaft. The ArmRQ shafts are hand-drawn and are unique in quality. They are also perfectly tuned to the heads which are not so obvious as one might think.
Basically, it is about offering Honma Beres players a shaft that is as soft and light as possible. That alone is no art. It becomes difficult if you want to keep the torque low with such a shaft. This torque indicates the unwanted twists of the shaft and everyone who wants to hit a straight and constant ball needs a shaft with low torque.
From the manufacturer’s point of view, this is anything but easy to achieve. But Honma masters this process like no other manufacturer. That and the fact that the production is very complex means very high costs.
With these shafts, you produce a lot of rejects that simply do not meet the high-quality standards of Honma. The higher the number of stars, the higher these quality requirements and accordingly the rejects. That is why prices are also rising by leaps and bounds.
Another fact is that the 3-star shafts are once again a good deal better than 2-stars. Whether this difference will actually save you a lot of strokes of the scorecard is hard to say.
Nobody will be able to make this decision for you, but it is important to know what the differences between the stars are and not to make such a decision inconsiderately.