Justin Rose and Honma Golf made it official on New Year’s Day, reveal Rose signed a 10-year deal to play Honma Golf clubs in a 10-club deal.
It’s not as though the Rose-to-Honma deal was a surprise; it had been telegraphed for months. Rather, the intrigue was how many Honma Golf clubs Rose would be playing and what they would look like. The world No. 2 shared on Jan. 1 the irons Rose is working into the bag to start 2019.
Rose took to Twitter to share what’s in the bag already, including the prototype Honma Golf irons he’s been testing and dialing in. They’re called the Honma Golf T World Rose Proto irons, and they kind of resemble facets of blades we’ve seen from Srixon and TaylorMade.
— Justin Rose (@JustinRose99) January 1, 2019
The weighting seems to be aligned out toward the toe, with a couple of different places where weight has been removed — namely in a V-shaped ridge along the lower middle and middle of the back of the blade, as well a diagonal channel from the middle of trailing edge of the blade to the channel cut along the middle.
Of course, we don’t know the full specs, but it does appear Rose will continue gaming KBS shafts in his irons (which makes sense).
We do know Rose will be playing an Honma Golf driver, and it’s expected Rose will be playing proto wedges, too.
It’s not as though Rose hasn’t been using these clubs and tinkering with them. He’s been reportedly using them going back to testing sessions around the Tour Championship, then at his home in the Bahamas at Albany Golf Club. When he returns to competition, he should feel comfortable enough to take on the world’s best.