The Honma TR20 V is a forged iron. One can call it a classical cavity back iron. This means that the V is primarily intended for players who hit the ball relatively consistently. Furthermore, the club head speed should at least be average. These players are not only interested in achieving the highest possible ball speeds, but also in being able to “work” with the ball. The club must provide enough spin and control to attack every flag on the green.
Honma already had a similar club with the TWorld 747 V which was very successful and appreciated by our players. The big change to the TR20 V mainly concerns the look. The TR20 does not look as difficult to play and gives much more self-confidence. Since it is a forged iron, the feel is very soft at the moment of impact. This is not only due to Honma’s forging technique but also to the use of very soft steel.
With the TR20 V Honma once again delivers an excellent forged iron for average to very good players. The lofts of the TR20 V are classic with 32° for the 7 iron and 44° for the pitching wedge.
When it comes to shafts, Honma relies on the usual quality from Nippon and the in-house Vizard shafts as a graphite option. The GHs and Modus 3 will be available as Nippon steel shafts. Honma also offers a wide range of other steel shafts as “custom” orders such as Dynamic Gold, Project X, KBS, etc.
Honma TR20 V Irons Lofts and Specs
|Loft in °||19.5||22||25||28||32||36||40||44||49|
|Lie in °||60.5||61.0||61.5||62.0||62.5||63.0||63.5||64.0||64.0|
|Face Progression in mm||3.8||3.5||3.2||2.9||2.6||2.3||2.0||1.9||1.9|
|Shaft Length in Inch||39.0||38.5||38.0||37.5||37.0||36.5||36.0||35.5||35.5|
|Swing Weight Vizard TR85||D0||D0||
Swing Weight Modus3 105
Our first impressions of the TR20 V iron
The Honma TW747 V was one of our most popular irons in 2019 and offered an excellent price/performance ratio for a cavity back iron forged in Japan. The TR20 V continues along this path and we must honestly say that little has changed in this iron. The TR20 V is also a modern cavity back that was designed primarily for advanced players. There are two small differences to its predecessor: the bulges in the cavity and the weight distribution are slightly different and the TR20 V is more concentrated on the heel and toe. The second difference is the small Honma logo in gold which is now found throughout the TR20 irons. This element was not yet available in the TWorld series.
The TR20 V iron looks even more noble than its predecessor. It looks more classic and not quite so “playful”. The gold elements convey a higher quality impression. In regards to playing characteristics, there are no big surprises. The TR20 V delivers exactly what you can expect from an iron of this type and which the TW747 V has already excelled at.
About Honma’s TR20
The TW747 was Honma’s first attempt to dissociate itself from the image of an overpriced, noble manufacturer. And to do so without sacrificing quality. This approach is now being continued with the TR20. The TR20 irons are manufactured in the usual Honma quality, i.e. hand-forged with Japanese steel and without accepted variations. There are no production deviations as can be observed with almost all other manufacturers at Honma even with the TR20 series.
So you don’t have to spend thousands of Euros on a new iron set. Honma’s TR20 irons are in a price category that includes all other major manufacturers. But the quality is outstanding. The club heads are one thing. The other are the used shafts. The selection of shafts is sufficient and ensures that only the best of the best can be used. For you as a player this means that the club actually weighs as much as indicated, is as long as it should be and the characteristics do not vary from iron to iron. It is not uncommon for an iron 6 to go as far as an iron 5 just because the shafts are different. Although of course the same shaft is supposed to be built in. The manufacturing tolerances of many manufacturers of clubs and shafts are unbelievably large. Not with Honma. Therefore you can choose between only a few shafts.
Who decides for the TR20 irons does not only buy a piece of golf history, but can also be sure to purchase a set of irons that meets the highest demands. And that at an absolutely fair price – far away from what you can spend on other Honma irons. For many this may be unexpected, but we see it as a unique opportunity for players of all handicap classes.