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The Honma TR21X has a hollow body, fast face and larger chassis size to deliver more forgiveness in a players' distance style iron.
Over the summer TaylorMade, Mizuno, Srixon and Honma all revealed new forged irons which can be mixed and matched to create a player’s perfect combo set, something that’s never been the case before.
But where TaylorMade, Mizuno and Srixon covered off a wide audience with their new clubs, Honma’s Japanese craftsmen believe there's golfers out there who aren’t quite satisfied by what the three-model TR20 family (B, V and P) has to offer. And to fill that void they’ve created a brand new TR21X hollow body, fast face, player-inspired iron that’s very forgiving, and thanks to a slightly bigger chassis, is more confidence inspiring at address.
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The popularity of hollow irons has grown massively over the last five years. And part of the growth is due to the construction allowing more ball speed (from a more flexible face and stronger loft), carry and forgiveness to be built into a head that essentially has a players’ iron shape and size.
Honma say the X is bigger (1.4mm longer and 4.5mm taller) than their players’ distance TR20 P model. And because the head is hollow, they’ve been able to put 42-73g of tungsten weight low along the sole to lower and deepen the centre gravity. That means golfers get extra help flighting shots to maximise carry, and makes the X the most forgiving model in the TR family.
Honma say the TR21X can be integrated into a combo set with any of the forged TR20 models, yet the 21X doesn’t actually have a forged face or body. What it does have though is a very sleek muscleback design which is just like the Justin Rose designed TR20 B, so the set can sit seamlessly alongside any of the TR models or be a beautiful standalone performer.
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What you need to know about the Honma TR21X iron
Keep it in the cup
An L-shaped cup face means the TR21X has a larger area that deflects at impact, over Honma’s TR20 P model (players’ distance). The tech’s particularly good at preserving ball speed on shots hit lower on the face.
To ensure golfers get maximum ball speed performance the X hollow heads are filled with a high repulsion foam. The filling gives a lovely impact sound and feel feedback.
Where does the TR21 X fit in Honma's iron line-up?
- From £1225 a set
A brilliant forged but unforgiving muscleback blade. Designed with input from former World Number 1 and ex-Honma staff player Justin Rose. 34° - 7-iron loft.
From £1225 a set
A traditional forged cavity players' iron with no fast face technology. Expect a compact headsize, little hosel offset and a narrow topline. 32° - 7-iron loft.
- From £1225 a set
A true fast face, strong loft, players' distance iron. A forged body ensures great feel. Perfect for golfers who don't want to give up any distance to play a forged iron.
Honma TR21X iron specs
Review written by: Simon Daddow
Job title: Today's Golfer - Equipment Editor