Honma T//World TR20 Irons Review

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Honma's Japanese forged irons have always been lauded for their looks, feel and and performance – but how do the new Honma TR20 irons perform, and which model is right for your game? 

Over recent years Honma have benefitted from significant exposure on tour, so much so equipment free agent Sergio Garcia has put a set (and a Honma driver) in his bag this year.

Three new iron models – TR20 B, V and P – now cover off every desire of decent players: The TR20 B (Sergio’s choice) is a one-piece muscleback blade; the V is a traditional players’ iron (one-piece forged), with a thin top edge, narrow sole and small cavity back; and the P is a multi-material iron with fast face technology to chase speed and distance in a player-shaped chassis.

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And in a brand new step Honma are actively encouraging golfers to mix-and-match between all three to create their own perfect combo-set. This is how they compare against each other and some of our favourite leading forged iron models of 2020.

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Honma T//World TR20 P iron

Honma T//World TR20 P iron

7-iron loft: 30°

What you need to know about the Honma TR20 P iron

The Honma TR20 P is a multi-material iron with fast face technology to chase speed and distance in a player-shaped chassis.

If ball speed, carry and a forged feel are top of the list for your next set of irons, the Honma TR20 P should absolutely be screaming out to you. The Honma TR20 P is very much a match for the TaylorMade P790Mizuno MP-20 HMB and Callaway Apex Pro 19

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Honma T//World TR20 P iron

What Honma say about the TR20 P iron 

The TR20 P are a true player’s distance iron with game improvement playability. Each head has a forged S35C steel body with an L-cup face for increased ball speeds and a tungsten weighted pocket cavity to create speed-enhancing forgiveness on off centre strikes. A low centre of gravity and high MOI gives a high launch and longer carries.

TR20 irons have been designed to allow golfers to build the perfect set by blending forgiving P long irons with the more compact V short irons.

Verdict: Honma TR20 P iron

Regular TG readers know we’re fans of Honma’s T//World 747 P iron. And while the TR20 P isn’t a direct replacement, we can see plenty of golfers being torn between the two at fitting days. The 747 P isn’t forged (it’s cast 17-4 steel) and it has a 1.5° stronger loft (7-iron), so if you’re really chasing distance this will probably be the route to go.

However, if you’re after a really solid, beautiful and powerful players’ distance iron, the TR20 P data speaks for itself. Our test session has the P down as our joint longest 7-iron at 185-yard carry (tied with the Mizuno JPX921 Forged), and that for some will be the deciding factor.

If though you’re a confident ball striker we reckon a cracking set would team the P long and mid-irons with the TR20 V short irons. Essentially, you bag yourself extra speed where you need it (the long game) and extra control for shorter approaches.

Honma T//World TR20 P iron specs

Honma T//World TR20 P iron

Honma T//World TR20 V iron

Honma T//World TR20 V iron

7-iron loft: 32°

What you need to know about the Honma TR20 V iron

If you really are a decent ball striker who’s not overly concerned with maxing out distance, the Honma TR20 V are absolutely beautiful, our test pro loved the head shape, feel, feedback and sound, but they are likely to cost you around eight yards of carry with a 7-iron compared to the Honma TR20 P.

In our book, the simple, elegant design is timeless and will be just as desirable a decade from now.

Honma T//World TR20 V iron

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What Honma say about the TR20 V iron 

Created for golfers seeking a better player preferred blade length (shorter), the TR20 V iron is forged from the finest soft S20C carbon steel and incorporates a modern cavity back design.

Built in strong but playable lofts, TR20 V irons feature a Honma mole logo in the cavity as an emblem of uncompromised forging heritage, something that Honma prides itself on.

Verdict: Honma TR20 V iron

Testing Honma’s TR20 line-up side by side, it’s easy to see what’s at stake by choosing each model. It also gives a chance to showcase how there are three very solid better player options within the same iron family, which golfers can mix-and-match between, and that's not always been the case.

The V is very much a traditional players’ iron, with a single-piece forged head, no fast face tech but a loft that’s stronger than average for the category. It means the V is a strong 7-iron performer in terms of looks, ball speed and carry distance. Just remember we saw 6.5mph more ball speed and 15 yards more carry from TR20 P 5-iron, so choose your long and mid irons carefully.

Honma T//World TR20 V iron specs

Honma T//World TR20 V iron

Honma T//World TR20 B iron

Honma T//World TR20 B Iron

7-iron loft: 34°

What you need to know about the Honma TR20 B iron

If you absolutely insist your game is only suited to musclebacks (only 10 percent of tour pros do), then blades don’t come much better than the Honma TR20 B.

Our pro loved the high toe shape and lack of offset (similar to what you’ll find on all three TR20 irons); they’re the traits very good players cherish.

There’s no escaping how small and intimidating the long irons are, though. Like a lot of tour pros, you might want to consider a combo set with a more forgiving long iron set up.

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Verdict: Honma TR20 B iron

Honma’s relationship with former world No.1 Justin Rose might be a distant memory, but we reckon the Englishman has left a chunk of himself behind in the type of iron shape he likes to look at in the TR20 B. The shaping means there’s a typical Japanese high toe/low heel shape which blade fans cherish, plus a S20C Japanese forged head (which isn’t a common material) to heighten feedback.   

There’s lots of talk around the blade length of decent player irons right now. The thinking is that longer toe-to-heel dimensions boost forgiveness a little, so while the TR20 B are a little longer, the difference in face height at the toe and heel is there to help create a little draw bias assistance, too.

If any part of you is thinking you need a set of musclebacks, our test session data with the TR20 reveals how tough they are to live with. The higher-lofted B gives up 3.2mph (2.6%) of ball speed to Honma’s players’ V model and 4.9mph (3.9%) to the more distance-orientated P (players’ distance).

And just because the B has the most loft doesn’t mean it flights shots highest, with the most backspin (stopping power) – it doesn’t. As beautifully crafted as the Bs are, you’d be giving up four yards and 10 yards of 7-iron carry to the V and P respectively.

For most of us that’s hard to justify for looks and increased workability alone.

Honma T//World TR20 B iron specs

Honma T//World TR20 B Iron

How they compare to other leading forged iron models

Honma TR20 irons performance.

Honma TR20 irons: Verdict

What stands out for us right now is how Honma’s forged irons (Honma have always positioned themselves as a premium brand) actually look like reasonable value for money when compared to the competition. We never thought we’d say it, but a set of any of the three TR20 irons will set you back £1,225, which is less than some major brands’ full-on forged alternatives.

Based on this performance, if you’re considering forged players’ irons in 2020 and beyond, turning a blind eye to Honma’s growing reputation and range, whether they’re used on Tour or not, means you will be missing out.

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Simon Daddow

Review written by: Simon Daddow   

Job title: Today's Golfer - Equipment Editor

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Product Information

Details: Honma T//World TR20 P iron

RRP: £1,225

Availability: 5 - 10 (PW), 11 (GW)

Construction: S35C body (with tungsten weight), MS300 L-cup face

7-iron loft: 30°

Stock shaft: Nippon Modus3 / Nippon NS950GH Neo / Honma Vizard TR65

Stock grip: Golf Pride TR M60X

Details: Honma T//World TR20 V iron

RRP: £1,225

Availability: 4 - 10 (PW), 11 (GW)

Construction: One-piece forged S20C steel

7-iron loft: 32°

Stock shaft: Nippon Modus3 / Nippon NS950GH Neo / Honma Vizard IB-WF100

Stock grip: Golf Pride TR M60X

Details: Honma T//World TR20 B iron

RRP: £1,225

Availability: 3 - 10 (PW)

Construction: One-piece forged S20C steel

7-iron loft: 34°

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