Are you a fan of Honma golf clubs? You need to have an idea about the honma stars. Honma stars are into four. And they’re all different from each other. If you are able to read through this guide, you’d know more about the honma stars, and also the differences between them.
The company was founded back in 1959 by the Honma brothers in Yokohama, Japan. In 1981, the company moved to Sakata, in Yamagata prefecture. The Sakata site is where manufacturing continues today for Honma products. 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. If you do buy any Beres club, only the Takumi will touch your club.
Honma is one of the most prestigious and iconic brands in the golf industry. Founded in 1959, the Company utilizes the latest innovative technologies and traditional Japanese craftsmanship to provide golfers across the globe with premium, high-tech, and top-performing golf clubs with state-of-the-art heads and proprietary shafts built by master artisans to perform together holistically.
Renowned for creating the world’s highest quality and most beautiful golf clubs, Honma offers equipment (including balls, apparel, and accessories) to fit all golfers, with the families aligned to suit the preferences and abilities of various segments of golfers: the world-renowned luxury BERES series and the Tour-validated lines which includes the new game improvement T//World GS line and the Tour-inspired TR series.
The premium golf club manufacturer and lifestyle brand were founded inside a small Yokohama workshop six decades ago and now holistically designs all products in Sakata, Japan. Honma operates as the only company that handles every step from design to final production in-house to create the highest-quality products on the market today.
Honma’s products are sold in approximately 50 countries worldwide, primarily in Asia and across North America, Europe, and other regions.
WHAT IS THE MOST EXPENSIVE GOLF CLUBS?
People who devote their time and resources to golf are willing to go the extra mile just to achieve a high status and level of precision in the sport.
Some of them have reached the peak of their experience that they don’t mind diving into their bank accounts just to have precious metals and gemstones in their golf clubs.
WHICH HEAD IS SUITABLE FOR WHICH PLAYER?
It is hardly possible to make basic specifications here. There are comparatively “bad players” who are better advised with a blade and relatively good players who should nevertheless rather bet on a player’s iron. You can’t make it dependent on the handicap alone. However, it is worthwhile to give a few basic recommendations which in any case makes NO sense:
- A player hitting with high consistency and high clubhead speed definitely doesn’t need a player’s iron.
- A player with a very low clubhead speed should not touch a blade that he probably can’t get into the air – no matter how accurately he hits the ball.
- A player who is good enough to perform various strokes and variations (so-called shaping) should keep away from the player’s irons and some cavity backs that make this difficult.
But in the end, it is also a very individual question. So there are differences with very good players with high accuracy and swing speeds. For example, one player wants as little offset as possible and therefore tends towards the blade, while the other wants as little punishment as possible for the few bad shots and reaches for the cavity back. Or some players want a club that is as thin as possible because it gives them a better feel in the setup position.
If we can only give one recommendation, it is this: if you are not on one side or the other of the spectrum in any way, you are best advised to use a cavity back iron. However, if you need maximum forgiveness, for example, or if you prefer little offset, you will tend to use a player’s iron or blade.
THE HONMA STARS EXPLAINED: 2, 3, 4, AND 5 STARS
Honma is certainly a manufacturer that one likes to associate with “luxury”. And even if there are clubs from Honma under 200€/piece like the Tour World irons, you can’t blame anyone to have this association. Because Honma clubs with a high number of stars are simply too expensive. If you can pay more than 35.000 Euro for a 5-star Beres iron set, you simply have to talk about luxury.
But the question you have to ask yourself is this: Why are these clubs so expensive and what exactly is the difference to a 2-star set?
- 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 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 5 STARS
No question about it. 5-star clubs are extremely rare and even we as a long-time Honma dealer have sold very few sets and woods of them. They are definitely unique. Each club is manufactured individually in Japan – the delivery time is correspondingly long. The 5 stars Beres are mostly gold-plated.
Now you have to ask yourself what value this has for a player. And here one must say clearly that gold-plated club heads are more like a gimmick. Nevertheless, a 5-star club has its justification as we will see soon.
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.
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.