Eventually Epon plans to phase out the 501 model for this new 502. EPON exists for a single purpose – to see what can happen when those constraints don’t exist – but like every other company, EPON is trying like hell to grow, but it won’t be fueled by volume price points or battling major domestic OEMs for floor space at your local big box retailer. Responsible for the production of golfâs leading OEM brands, EPON made it possible for custom club makers to fit golfers with the best forged products in the world. Fairway Golf Review The AF-302 irons have all the attributes of a muscle back: excellent feel, control and workability, but with a larger sweetspot. Find out more about the AF-Tour Irons from Epon. It’s almost like being proprietary because someone familiar with Endo can hit a dozen different clubs blindfolded and tell which ones are Endo forged based on feel only. The original ZO blades were forged in Japan – Kyoei I believe. Endo’s legacy as a premium forging house is secure, and all of the aforementioned JDM accolades apply. With Endo, it’s the sum total of materials, process, and design capabilities that give it a comparative advantage in the uber-competitive JDM forged iron space. Personal 3’s are great (not mentioned)…play well, my set-up was a private builder/fitter very familiar with Epon, ended up with x100 soft stepped black on black played as well as looked. From the top line there is noticeably less offset than its predecessor appealing to the ball striker. The problem I have is I never see them, along with Srixon and Bridgestone brands. Thatâs certainly the case with their new Tour Wedge. Innovation Reborn New CG_designed to widen the sweet spot and improve feel, still has all the attributes of a blade; feel, control, workability, purified and embodied in a cavity. This makes the 303 a little easier to elevate, though the increased offset may be a bit much for some. I am set now .Try them !! It doesn’t stop there. Epon has built a spectacular new headquarters near the Endo factory that has enormous hitting bays and a testing facility like no other seen in Japan. EPON and by extension, Endo, understands the struggle of trickle-down marketing. A quarter weighs exactly 5.7 grams. Nike contracted with Endo for its various VR-series irons and woods. vs the std. If youâre not familiar with Epon, donât feel bad. I’m not a country club member and none of the pro shops around here carry anything but TM, Cally, Titliest, Ping, Mizuno, Wilson, Cobra. Has been put back whole into the box. Epon is a golf club manufacturing company that was founded in 1950 in Nilgata, Japan. The sense is this is a play to appeal to those wanting something reminiscent of muscle-backs of yesteryear, but with the advantage of advanced CAD and 3D tooling capabilities. The Verdict: Low-handicap contrarians who revel in having others peek into their bag and wonder what they're playing should consider these. I didn’t shoot my best score ever with my Epon/Endo setup, but I consistently shoot scores pretty close with that bag and I feel like a bit more consistently than I do with my other bag. I feel like getting a set of Apex Pluses…. The idea is that Epon, because itâs a house brand, can (and does) spend as much time on their product as they need to in order to make it the best they have ever released, and thatâs their only restriction. Not sure what they make paper clips out of in your part of the woods (tungsten maybe?) Looking to purchase a set of custom Epon AF-505 irons online? Copyright 2020. Learn how your comment data is processed. With Epon irons, Endo can forge the head to within 6Â grams of the desired final head weight. I owned AF Tour CBs and loved the performance and feel, BUT NOT THE LOOKS. EPON appears to be pushing toward a message approximating “Japanese design, materials and quality control with American styling.” But is that enough? They look great and feel just as good as the Mizunos, maybe better, and I don’t mean it’s because it is forged and not cast as I believe feel is more related to the design and sound of the club. This iron family was designed to appeal to a broader audience than seen in the past. FYI, Fairway Golf is an Epon dealer and proud sponsor of GolfWRX. My main setup is all Epon/Endo clubs, except for the irons. The 705’s seem more manageable, and I would like to look at the 505’s. Epon Golf Co Ltd has been building quality golf equipment since 1977. You can find his books at his website, chandlercrawford.com, or on Amazon. I PAID $ 210 per club with kbs tour shafts. Your email address will not be published. + FREE SHIPPING SITEWIDE* + 10% Off Used Titleist Clubs with Code: TITLEIST10 One of the best ways to enjoy equipment is to experiment and whether you are looking to buy-sell-or trade (as the name suggests) you can find almost anything in the GolfWRX BST Forum.Â From one-off custom Scotty Cameron Circle T putters, to iron sets, wedges, and barely hit drivers, you can find it all in our constantly updated marketplace. Epon AF 705 5-PW Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X-100 PURED +1/2'' Used. Endoâs Epon products are the epitome of what a forging manufacturer is capable of producing without any limitations.â. Thus, Mizuno’s JPX 800 AD and JPX 825 irons are on the extremely short list of Mizuno forged irons produced somewhere other than the Chuo factory. Love it or loathe it, brand identity matters. Epon AF-502 4-6,8-PW Iron Set RH KBS Tour C-taper 130 Extra Stiff Steel # 83266 The Tour wedge has a smaller profile and teardrop shape, while the Tour-S is larger, more forgiving and generates 1000 more RPM than the tour wedge – loft for loft. Both setups are 100% JDM clubs. For Epon, they manufacture clubs of the highest possible quality for every club category, even when measured against the specialty clubs of the other boutique brands. After the first swing, I started mumbling ‘my precious’ and the fitter let out a nervous laugh. Although the author references the “higher-grade materials” that Epon/Endo use, he could have elaborated on that quite a bit. Youâre searching for the right feel or the right sound or the right head weight. From colors, to engraving, to stamping, finish and sightlines, MyTP brings âan extensive level of personalization to a traditional line of blade putters, delivering an ideal blend of the classic and the modern,â says Bill Price, Senior Director of Product Creation, Putter & Wedge. To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: TaylorMade SIM fairway. I heard they were made in Japan but never have had that confirmed. EPON Golf recently unveiled the brand new AF-706 irons, now available to demo in all Club Champion locations. Itâs becoming a familiar refrain in the industry. This putter has everything a custom putter lover could ever want – mint condition, weld neck, lovely milled face… the only other thing you could possibly want would be to get it at a lower price, but good luck! After nearly six months gaming the Miura’s my handicap is back under 10. Epon uses the finest technology to make its clubs, including 3-D tooling that allows for precision. KS 120 Ti reinforces the perimeter of the face while aerospace grade T9 Ti makes up the bulk of the hitting area. Pitch:From Epon: âNew for 2019 is the much anticipated AF-305 which adds playability characteristics while visually pleasing to the more accomplished player. Eponâs iron lineup currently has choices for all levels of golfers and is actually growing in number of models. Check out my reviews G710 Irons Lacassem official review FlexTech is filled with all this shiny metal and tracked by : TS2 9.5 - Project X HZRDUS Smoke VS Project X HZRDUS Green SIM 3W - Project X HZRDUS Green 2H VST - Super Idea S Matrix Kujoh S-Flex 2019 P790 4-PW - Project X 6.5 LZ 52, 56, 60 SM7 - Nippon Modus 125 O-Works 1W Fourteen Golf, which now uses product forged in China, previously worked with Endo on several product releases (TC-606, TC-777, TC-1000) and though lesser-known outside the blogosphere world, Srixon’s 65 series (565 was MyGolfSpy’s 2017 Most Wanted GI iron winner) are Endo forging as well. Good feel. The inherent challenge is getting this message in front of consumers while maintaining strict standards for fitters and retail partners; a number which likely won’t exceed 135 worldwide. The latest AF-305 irons from Epon are built and designed to offer the best of both worlds: subtle forgiveness and beautiful design, due to their cavity-back shape, which is â¦ Epon AF Tour Irons. It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball, it even allows us to share another thing – the equipment itself. The truth just sounds different.". An avid player and student of the game, Adam seeks to understand both the analytical side of the game as well as the human aspect - which he finds the most important. A super low and deep CG combined with a super wide sole makes this the most forgiving iron in the EPON line up. Classic simple and classy blades are only made better without chrome plating and if rust is your thing, don’t rest on this set. EPON launched the AF-Tour in 2008 and just released the AF-Tour MB II; a muscle-back iron promised to be the quintessential “blade lovers blade.” As compared to the current AF-Tour, the AF-Tour MBII is more compact and less forgiving. The traditional shapes of the TP lineâs Juno and Soto models can be customized in 11 areas. Ten years is a long time to own a car. You are bidding on epon irons in excellent condition . Building on the success of its MySpider program, TaylorMade is introducing MyTP, a custom-design platform for its TP line of putters. Fortunately, MGS has been working on something to take the guesswork out of it. Endo is an attractive brand partner for myriad reasons, not the least of which is its well-heeled reputation. EPON is a relative newcomer to the North American market. Free shipping on many items | Browse your favorite brands | affordable prices. This forged distance category has quickly become the SUV of the golfing equipment world. At $2,400 per set, Iâm just not sure Iâm willing to get divorced over it. Golf Prideâs new Concept Helix grip system uses a friction and torque-based installation method that ensures the grips are secure and are installed using a proprietary âhornâ device that is included with every order. You will also get a clubhead that has been inspected by hand as it came off the forging line, and youâre getting a club made by the forging house that forged the four best irons Iâve ever held in my hand, all from different brands. It’s an eternity for a single iron model. …also, I apparently totally forgot to mention their putters, of which I also have one: a 2nd gen i-33. The last line of Endo forged Titleist irons was the 690 series, though several tour players (including Scott Piercy who paired with Billy Horschel to win in New Orleans this year) still bag the 15-year old Endo forged, 680 MBs. The Miura CB-301 irons are purported to be the longest forged Miura iron yet. Does the product cost more to produce? EPON offers two wedges (Tour and Tour Spin), both available in even-numbered lofts 48° – 60°. I said to the builder, I would buy again if they perform like AF Tours but look more like a Titleist. I’ve seen OTR drivers stamped 9.5, measured 10.2. 12-14 paper clips might get close to 6 grams. Where and how EPON fits into this evolving landscape is equal parts question and motivation. I was fitted for the Miura MC 501 irons and the dispersion pattern between these and my former irons (Mizuno JPX Hot Metal) were worlds apart. Specifically, this means playerish irons (less offset, thinner toplines, shorter overall blade length) with higher launch, lower spin, more forgiveness and preferably more distance. We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment for the game in many ways. ROFL exactly what I was wondering after reading the article. Most other JDM companies have a niche in the market and specialize in making a certain category of club; some are famous for their drivers (jBEAM, Ryoma, Grandista, Kamui Works, Crazy), some are famous for their woods (Modart, A-Grind, Romaro, OnOff), some only make or are mostly famous for irons/wedges (SEVEN, Kenmochi/Chikura, Kyoei, Zodia, Buchi, Miura Giken, Crazy, Yururi), and some put all of their effort solely into creating mind-blowing putters (Benock, Yamada, Gold’s Factory). I have an AF-105 too, and i also have another Endo Forged driver that I think is even better, it’s the original Mizuno MP-Craft from Mizuno’s Yoro dept (or at least I think it’s the original, that’s all it’s called). “Rocket” really is the best way to describe the strong-lofted TaylorMade SIM fairway wood. Endo’s client list is impressive, which validates the quality of the work done for Srixon, Bridgestone, et al. Join our community on Patreon! So do believe some companies take more care, but you will pay the “luxury tax”, while we play this game, a dollar bill is a gram:). In 2010, the brand dipped its proverbial toes in the shallow end by releasing the AF 301/501/701 series of irons. It’s why marketing and advertising departments exist – in part to create a persona for the OEM. Steve – I think this is the crux of the challenge for such brands. It’s got a forged SP700 cup face, and like I mentioned it was made by Endo for Mizuno’s highest quality tour model so it’s top notch. While the mere mention of a forged iron evokes the notion that forgings are only for the very best players in the game, EPON dispels that myth by providing forged designs for players of all skill levels. Love these discussions about the more “obscure” brands. In terms of woods,Â Epon has forged the Mizuno MP Craft 425 and H4, Nike VR Pro, VR_S, and SQ2 (which is my favorite 3-wood ever, man, I wish I still had it). Let me sing their praises for them: Epon is the company that makes many of the best products for the big name OEMs. Is it higher quality? Most others are in the 10-14-gram range and require significantly more hand grinding to reach the OEM’s spec tolerances for head weight. Being a lefty with limited options, I’ve played Miura, Mizuno, Titleist, and Bridgestone forged irons and those Epon were some of the sweetest feeling irons I’ve ever touched. TaylorMade’s new M3 and M4 irons, with “RibCOR” technology, Miura Launches ICL-601 Driving Irons in North America, New Callaway X Forged Irons Unveiled in Japan, Callaway Lightens Up with Ultra-Premium GBB Epic Star Line, Exotics Officially Launches New CBX Iron-Wood, Classic Name, Max Performance: TaylorMade launches 2017 “M CGB” irons. If cost was not an issue, I would be playing EPON irons. Adam Crawford is a writer of many topics but golf has always been at the forefront. The primary downside is cost, which is likely why OEMs like Titleist and Callaway only utilize Endo for higher-price point releases targeted at the Japanese market, where many are willing to pay a premium, even in the absence of any demonstrable performance advantage. In 10Â years, Iâve played four different sets of irons. If cost was not an issue, I would be playing EPON irons. In itsÂ AF-705, which is Epon’sÂ âsuper game-improvementâ iron, the company has managed to have a very thin top-line as well as less offset, yet still have the irons perform like S-GI clubs. I’m glad the article touched on the North American aesthetic being considered. However, even though my irons are not Epon/Endo, they are (to my knowledge) the only Kyoei forged clubs ever made from s20c (just like Endo famously uses s20c, so also does Kyoei famously use s25c). 38.5â 5 ironStandard LieGolf Pride Tour Velvet Grips Standard very nice in my opinion Clubs were built professionally in South Florida at Joey D Golf Performance where DJ and Brooks work out. Forgiveness is underwhelming. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. More distance maximum forgiveness. They are from a smoke and pet free home. Endo has a fully-integrated, in-house, 3D-tooling and production process. That said, North American consumers seem to be growing more accepting of premium-priced equipment, particularly as prices on stock OTR (off-the-rack) equipment continue to rise. To see how it works, check out the video from Golf Pride below. This allows clients a more streamlined experience from concept to creation, and because Endo can one-piece forge complex CAD designs, it can produce an unmatched breadth of clubs – from a relatively basic muscle-back like Srixon’s 965 to something far more elaborate, like EPON’s 705. However, strategic weight distribution throughout the heads shape and the use of tungsten metal delivers the highest MOI and â¦ Grab your popcorn and wait for our Most Wanted GI iron results. Definitely help my handicap I feel like, however I started using JDM clubs basically at the same time that I did a very sophisticated custom fitting so I can’t prove any definitive cause and effect. Metalwoods often play 2nd fiddle in JDM conversations which is a byproduct of a comparatively higher price point, and few, if any, demonstrable performance benefits. When it comes to the clubs for their namesake line, they pull out all the stops and produce some of the finest clubs on Earth. Product: Epon AF-305 irons. The “HR” (High Repulsion) version is non-conforming and specific to the Asian market. Browse by club type, and learn more about Epon below. They are positively the best irons Iâve ever hit. Try to look at the epon’s personnal first gen. maybe he meant raw forgings not the finished heads? I HAVE HAD MANY forged sets and these play very well. Endo was a long time forgery that expanded eventually to include an advanced department for golf clubs, PXG would be trying to do it the other way around and I doubt that’s a wise business model. If youâre a casual golfer, you may not have heard of Endo… or itsÂ house brand, Epon. Shop the best prices and selection on custom Epon AF-505 iron sets for sale from Fairway Jockey. Remember builder actually showing me tolerances of head weights vs. another big name OEM’s premium heads (although i believe this is where “tour issue, and OTR differ slightly…i.e. The tried the pxg’s before these ; and the epon’s feel softer.They re[placed honma tw 737p’s which replaced I200’S THIS YEAR. Firstly, Epon is the house brand of Endo which is a very large forgery and manufacturer; secondly, PXG is at minimum not the forger of their own clubs, the only two golf companies that forge their own club heads in the USA are the new rebranded Ben Hogan’s, and only because they purchased the forgery of the old Ben Hogan’s, and a new brand that purchased the old Nike Oven and a forgery (and is even more high-end than PXG) called P53. The likelihood is that the initial availability will be for the Japanese market only. In the world of iron forging, the process has improved significantly over the course of the last half-century. Individuals taking knowledge and resources gleaned over several decades of experience in the industry and venturing out as a one-wolf pack to revisit a passion once deferred, make the most of a fortuitous monetary situation, or just to do something different. Amongst his varied responsibilities, Yamamiya focuses on designing equipment specifically for the North American market. Mizuno, which is arguably is a more established brand name globally than Endo/EPON, didn’t have the in-house capability to produce a forged iron with an undercut cavity, but Epon could. An interesting FYI – one of Yamamiya-san’s apprentices is responsible for the grinding and finishing the set of Srixon 965 irons belonging to the sixteeth ranked player in the world and winner of the 2017 WGC Bridgestone-Invitational. Established as a subsidiary in 1977, EPON Golf Co. was formed and the EPON brand was introduced to showcase the manufacturing expertise of ENDO, the worldâs premier forging house. By that measure, creating tooling dies for intricately designed forgings is relative child’s play. When it comes to winning, Emily Kristine Pedersen has made it look pretty easy recently with three straight wins on... Driver:Â Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero (8.5 degrees) Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana DF 60 TX 3-wood:Â Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero (15 degrees)... Driver: Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero Single Diamond (9 degrees, -1/N) Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Blue 7 X (45 inches, D3) 3-wood:... Driver: Callaway BB21 (9 degrees) Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Blue 6 X (@46.5″) 3-wood: Callaway BB21 (15 degrees) Shaft: Fujikura Ventus... Dustin Johnson’s winning WITB: 2020 Masters. EPON Golf Golf Clubs AF502 Forged 3-pw rare the 6 iron head is same model but added to the set later. I dipped my toe into JDM clubs last year with Fourteen Golf and have loved them. These are considered the two top forgeries in the industry; Endo because they are the most modern and have the best technology, Kyoei because they are the oldest and most experienced and still utilize master grinders to expertly finish and measure tolerances of all their forgings by hand. If you have ever wanted to regrip your clubs but didn’t want to deal with the hassle of tape or solvent, Golf Pride has developed a revolutionary system to make regripping easier than ever before with the all-new Golf Pride Concept Helix. What is it that consumers can only access through EPON and not through one of Endo’s OEM partners? It’s clear EPON produces top-tier forged irons for arguably every category of player. Epon’s latest line of clubs includes the AF-Tour (traditional blade), AF-Tour CB, AF-303, AF-503, and the AF-705. âWe continue to explore new technologies that benefit golfers, both on and off the course. I also have a SEVEN and a Yamada putter, and although the i-33 is certainly not better, it’s right up there in terms of quality. Perhaps, EPON needs to follow PXG’s marketing to build prestige and exclusivity – although these days at least one person with PXG clubs anytime I go to the range – to get their name out there. This is the crux of EPON’s predicament, and a closer examination of current and pending releases reveals the company just might have worked it out. Itâs also forged from the same S20C carbon steel as the AF-Tour, which means itâs designed to feel like butter but perform like a hybrid iron. So if I had to stock my entire bag with clubs from only one brand, that brand would without a doubt be Epon. I used a mate’s Epon driver (AF 105) a few months ago and was astounded with the feel and distance. PXG broached the category with a brash and unapologetic entrance, and now nearly every major OEM has an iron model in this genre. It’s an impressive resume which no other Japanese forging house can match. Beautiful Irons! With all this good info regarding forged irons does anyone know where KZG forged irons are made? The result is obviously a combination of the two, and my handicap did drop significantly. From low-handicap designs through game improvement models, there is an option for every player profile. Curated photos, videos and reviews to help you choose the best golf equipment. The fourth set would be the Bridgestone J33 CB irons that were played by Freddy Couples, Matt Kuchar, and Davis Love III in the mid-2000s. Runner-Up â This brand is known more in Asia than it is in North America. It should be available in lofts of 20°, 23°, and 26°. “With Epon irons, Endo can forge the head to within 6 grams of the desired final head weight. Positive business strategies in Asia don’t always translate well abroad, and the Japanese domestic market has witnessed an influx of non-native brands further crowding an already congested space which hasn’t experienced any appreciable growth in the last half-decade. I have a set of the original Kyoei forged KZG Forged Blades that were made in 2006, and I have no desire to even try another iron ever again, they’re that sweet. The 905 hybrids (like the utility iron counterpart) will likewise be more compact and workable than its predecessor and available in lofts of 18°, 21°, 24° and 27°. I hit some Epon irons at a recent driver fitting. The top line is both something to behold and something to fear. Bridgestone’s current B-series irons/wedges as well as its cult-creating J33 and J40 series irons are all Endo forged. Copyright Â© 2020 GolfWRX Holdings, LLC. eg : 3 – 258.3 vs 259.5 std 8 – 278.8 vs 280.0 std. However, I was not able to justify the cost difference to make that purchase. Mamma Mia!!! At this point, Epon has more iron offerings than it ever has in the past. Brilliant Irons and in the bag. Whether it be off the tee or from the deck, if you catch this thing on the screws it launches rockets! Even OEMs propagating a message of patient product releases still want to move product and preferably make some money in the process. The 705 is EPONs most forgiving iron on the menu. Great read and on the money as always. It’s a strategy which appears to be working for Mizuno and is the genesis for the brand P53, recently profiled by MGS. Epon Golf Products. Member Bomber_11 – Raw Callaway Apex MB irons, Member darrickpe – TaylorMade SIM “Rocket” fairway, Select grip offerings from SuperStroke, Golf Pride, and Lamkin. Get the best deals on EPON Golf Iron Sets when you shop the largest online selection at eBay.com. Later in 2018, expect EPON to release a 905 utility iron which replaces the 903. Until recently, EPON didn’t have much reason to promote its in-house brand, in part because of the importance of maintaining positive relationships with brand partners, but more importantly, there wasn’t an identifiable strategy in place to grow the EPON brand. They look great and feel just as good as the Mizunos, maybe better, and I donât mean itâs because it is forged and not cast as I believe feel is more related to the design and sound of the club. The EPON AF-503 are distance irons with a compact head for control. Sold them and went w Miura BBs. Because EPON uses higher-grade materials than many OEMs and is willing to incur greater production costs to tighten controls over CT (Characteristic Time – which directly influences initial ball speed) – the net result is hotter clubheads which bump right up against USGA tolerances. Used, EPON Golf Clubs AF502 3-pw- Forged Great . I would hear this theme strung throughout our conversation as well as my conversation with Jeff Sheets, who was the lead designer for the Hogan Apex Plus irons back in the day (again, my favorite). Their tagline for the AF-Tour is, âIf youâve got to ask if youâre good enough to play this club, then you likely â¦ Over the years, Endo has forged many irons for OEMs. Some brands do have solid all-around offerings across the board of club categories, like Baldo, PRGR, OnOff, jBEAM, Romaro, Modart, Zodia, Crazy, Yamaha; however, they will still usually specialize in a certain club category. We will build your Epon AF-505 iron set with the custom shaft and specifications that fit your golf swing. Disappointed to find it on the front page at WRX not clearly labeled as advertising. We're open & shipping daily! I played these irons longer than any others, and the aforementioned Hoganâs just narrowly unseated them. If Endo can create that consistency among OEMs, all with different specs, it seems to me that their house brand can only be something Iâd likely fall in love with. This is the first major new advanced concept to come out of the lab at our new Global Innovation Center in Pinehurst and innovates the installation process, requiring no tape, no solvent, and no drying time. "Isn't it funny? Jeff Sheets, the Technical Director for Swing Science and Epon Golf says, âWith Epon brand Endo holds nothing back. During the late 1960s and 1970s, Endo quickly became the go-to forging house for a plethora of Japanese OEMs, and eventually larger American brands like Callaway and Titleist contracted with Endo to forge some of its most iconic retail iron sets, including the original Callaway Mickelson blade and 2013 X-Forged. This fully hollow-body forged design utilizing stronger lofts screams maximum ball speeds and distance! And with Epon, we can take the process to the next level,â VaughnÂ said. Amazon.com : Japan Epron TRG 4-Sw Iron Matrix Stain Steel Chrome Golf Club Set(Regular Flex, Graphite Shaft, Grip Small, for 5.57 to 5.73ft Men, Pack of 8) : Sports & Outdoors On top of that, it's fairly safe to say that TaylorMade M2 Tour Irons is a more popular iron set, based on its reviews. Epon AF 705 5-P Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X-100 PURED +1/2'' over length, all standard specs otherwise. In the 1970s, a foundry was able to forge a club head to within about 40-60 grams of the desired head weight for the finished product. Srixon, Yamaha, Mizuno, Honma, Bridgestone, Tourstage, S-yard, Daiwa, Callaway, and Titleist (among others) have all routinely relied on Endo to forge its premium lines of irons and wedges, many of which still do. There is a mid-launch/mid-spin glued (non-adjustable) version as well, which drops the “i” from its name. Hopefully Endo is a little more precise than the comparison used. Endo’s resume also includes Henrik Stenson’s current gamers, the Callaway Legacy Black. Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. Take a look at how strong that pitching wedge isâ¦ 40 degrees! But being that I’ve tried some of the best JDM clubs to compare them with, I can say that with the Epon clubs I get consistently better results. But one shouldn’t confuse simple with easy. But that all changed when established Japanese OEMs sought Eimatsu’s company as a partner in manufacturing forged clubs. Walter Payton said, “When you’re good at something, you’ll tell everyone. Chris is a self-diagnosed equipment and golf junkie with a penchant for top-shelf ice cream. Learn how your comment data is processed. While the strategy is admittedly still in development, EPON believes the North American market is its best opportunity for growth and the changes made to the product line for 2018 are evidence of that. The fitter paired the 303s with some Oban steel shafts and oh my goodness…the feel of the TP5X rocketing off those beautiful irons was incredible. My infant son won’t be going to college in 17 years because his dad spent all his college money on some Epon irons! EPON will continue to offer two complementary fairway wood models – a deeper-faced lower-launch AF-205 geared to higher spin players and a more-forgiving, easier to launch iteration with a shallow face. In any event, irons more precise than your swing won’t make you hit the ball better. So TaylorMade M2 Tour Irons tends to get more favorable â reviews than Japan Epron TRG 4-SW, as seen on the chart below. Epon Golf was created in 1977 and features the craftsmanship of one of the premier forging houses in golfâ¦Endo. There’s a reasonable chance we will see a US Spec 155 driver (9° loft, face 2° open and lie angle 1° flatter) later this summer. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. They were the only irons during fitting that were measurably performing better than Mizunos. The 155i driver is notable as it’s one of the few adjustable drivers readily available from the Japanese market. They’re now forged in China. But the primary question EPON must answer is, beyond the token “unlimited budget, no time constraints” division of Endo – What is it about EPON which is demonstrably better? There are currently 5 models in the lineup including two muscle backs in the new Personal Iron, the ever popular AF-Tour, the better player AF-302, mid-capper and improving player AF-502, and the average golfer AF-702. Every Japanese company has marketing materials touting craftsmanship, heritage, impeccable design, premium materials and adherence to strict manufacturing tolerances. Some wear on the box. I absolutely love it; forged s20c (rare for a putter), then 100% milled 5x to perfection, with very minimal milled stamping especially on the sole which is mirror finish and bare except for loft/lie milling. Work on your swing. It’s a shame for the house label that their own irons look like shyyyyte, not very good looking. The AF-Tour looks as good as any club you could imagine; it has a thin top-line, little-to-no offset, and the lofts are very traditional (the 7-iron loft is 36 degrees). Yet Epon has also managed to do something Iâve never seen before. Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for Japan Epron TRG 4-Sw Iron Matrix Stain Steel Chrome Golf Club Set(Regular Flex,Graphite Shaft,Grip Small,for 5.57 to 5.73ft Men,Pack of 8) at Amazon.com. Its topline is thinner than the 302, but the sole is a touch wider. The 502 has a face made of a high COR super spring steel material that provides loads of rebound giving maxium distance like their 701 model irons. In my opinion, as someone who has used and uses or tries all the best JDM products (I’ve been through all the USDM equipment already that I care to, the quality coming from that market is overall trending backward), Epon is the highest quality all-around brand in the entire world. All I can tell you is what Epon offers, and that is a totally customized fitting experience (you canât buy Epon off the shelf) for your irons, fairway woods, or whatever Epon product you buy. Doubtful. The extra weight would then have to be ground off by the hands of a highly skilled craftsman, but as with anything, itâs impossible to be perfect every single time. EPON’s 303 occupies the Players CB space in the line-up. For context, a paper clip weighs about 6 grams”. EPON has a new iron in replace of the AF 705â¦ the AF 706 Ironsâ¦ here is what is new about these sticksâ¦ EPON has stated that golfers are averaging 9 yards more in these new AF 706 than the previous AF 705. Whatâs more, regardless of which EPON iron model your fitter recommends, you can be â¦ I couldn’t look down at the clubs w/o thinking shovel. Yes, KZG used to have their heads manufactured by Kyoei, when they were manufactured in Japan (which stopped several years ago). Eric Burch and his equipment company, New Level Golf, is bits and pieces of all three. With its house brand, Epon, the companyÂ can take it even further. 2nd Swing Golf offers the best deals on Epon golf equipment. With Epon, just as with other super-premium golf equipment manufacturers like Miura or Fourteen or Vega, the discussion always comes back to price, and maybe rightfully so. Keeping in line with the Endo Factory tradition, Epon has built a reputation on meticulous design, top quality materials and unparalleled manufacturing processes. Epon AF 706 Irons - Fairway Golf Online Golf Store â Buy Custom Golf Clubs and Golf â¦ Epon also implemented a new Alpha Gel into the 502âs hollow body which makes each loft feel much softer at impact. Needless to say I ordered one and I’ve gained an extra 30 yards and still manage to keep it on the fairway. US Seller. While they provide premium forgings for major OEMs, every one of those projects operates within a budget. I have two bag setups that revolve around one set of irons. Part of marketing JDM clubs to the masses of North America is to propagate some element of mystique. The 505’s face will be the thinnest (2.0MM) in a one-piece forged iron, and with that, EPON contends the 505 will set a new benchmark within the forged-distance category. Two of those sets I only switched because of the 2010 groove rule. I typically balk at a 7-iron with 29 degrees of loft, but the look of the AF-705 reminds me of my old Hogans. The cavity channel is thinner, while the toe profile is more rounded. As is typical for premium forging houses, Epon claims to start with more premium materials and uses higher tonnage presses, which means the billet-to-raw-head process requires fewer total strikes. If youâre accustomed to playing forged irons, it means youâre likely picky about finding the right ones when itâs time to upgrade. Getting fresh grips on your clubs will be more seamless than ever.â A first from ENDO manufacturing. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google, (your email address will not be published), Testers Wanted – Top Flite Gamer Golf Ball, 3 Testers Wanted – Nippon Zelos Iron Shafts. After going through some shaft combos I was hitting the 0311XF 10-15 yards longer with a regular Recoil 95 F4 with less dispersion (no MCI there for comparison). So, even though Epon/Endo is most well-known for their high tech one-piece forged s20c heads, their drivers / woods / hybrids / driving irons are all also of the highest quality in their respective categories. Fourteen FH900 are Endo Forged as well. It’s a bold assertion, however; should EPON become more relevant and garner increased attention, it will be because the 505 can offer performance in line with clubs like PXG’s GEN2 and Ping’s i500 irons but in a true, single-piece forged design. In an era when most OEMs treat every mini tour win as headline news, Epon marches to a different drummer. The overall quality was unquestioned, but the aesthetics suggested EPON hadn’t yet aligned the quality of the product with a look North American buyers would appreciate. As the product line both renews and expands, the challenge becomes more complex. Founded in 1950 by Eimatsu Endo as a company dedicated to manufacturing steel parts for machines, housewares, and automobiles, golf equipment wasn’t part of the original business plan. Some of its valid and some is self-congratulatory back-slapping – but in either case, there’s little to separate the company from the background noise. The claimed benefit of this hybrid technology is that it maintains the integrity of launch conditions (ball speed, launch angle, spin rate) and feel on off-center strikes. MyGolfSpy, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Along with the 505, EPON projects these models to account for nearly two-thirds of all iron sales. Any response????? It was fast but clicky and too firm at impact. For several years, I played Hogan Apex Plus irons; I still have them in the garage and get them out on occasion. In todayâs world, Endo is able to forge an iron head within 10 grams of the desired weight of the finished club head for any company that asks them to forge an iron. Greg Cavill –Â Global Project Engineer / Golf Pride. It wasn’t long before Endo, who now sits as CEO/President of EPON Golf, established EPON as a subsidiary of the business entity Endo, allowing the parent company to expand its variety of pursuits, which includes spinal implants, where tolerances are 1/10,000th of a millimeter. I play AF-702s with Fujikura MCI 100-S and got to hit PXG for the first time today. Nice puff piece. Concept Helix, in this regard, is this next step in the exploration of best practices for grip installation.â-Â Brandon Sowell, global director of sales and marketing for Golf Pride, For more information on the Concept Helix Grip-System, visit www.concepthelix.com,Â and to purchase, check out Golfpride.com/shop.Â. Director of Club Fitting at PureForm Golf, Paul Jenner, details the similarities and differences between the Miura and Epon iron heads. âWhat makes Epon interesting is that when you ask a player what their favorite clubs are, or the clubs theyâve hit that feel the best, they almost alway name a club that was forged at Endo. Buy new and used Epon AF-504DJ Driver from the best golf shop. I had a chance to hit some of their drivers a few months ago during a fitting and they were really good, too! I’d be surprised if EPON didn’t end up adding and 18° option as well. The other interesting note is that without the need for solvents or tape, the new Concept Helix grips and more environmentally friendly. They were all forged at the famed Endo Forging House in Japan, though many years apart. Epon AF 302 Irons. It shouldn’t take you long to come up with the player name. Fourteen FH 900 are Endo forged….confirmed by Fourteen themselves. As expected, across the board costs for EPON irons are somewhat higher than mass-produced models coming out of the same facility – though EPON contends the AF (Absolute Forged) preface adorning all iron models serves as a constant reminder that it’s impeccably designed and orchestrated process, creates “an end product without comparison.” This is due in part to EPONs part in-house icon, part demi-deity, Hideichi Yamamiya, a 35-year veteran and Head of R&D and Chief Designer. As such, many consumers may have an infatuation with Endo forged irons without really knowing who or what is behind said iron model. The voice of experience – you are fortunate. Stay tuned to GolfWRX on Instagram for an awesome MyTP giveaway.Â. Read honest and unbiased product reviews from our users. It would be a hard point to argue against. Its performance is that of a Super Game-Improvement iron, yet the body profile is ostensibly game-improvement. And the question that always comes up is, âAre these irons really $1,200 better than the Titleists or Mizunos I can buy off the shelf?â Thatâs entirely up to you. These are some of the latest cool finds from the GolfWRX BST,Â and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here:Â GolfWRX BST Rules. Iâve also played the Nike VR Forged Pro Combo and the Titleist 690 CB, which are both tied for a very close second. The Mizuno driver and Epon 3 wood both have forged SP700 beta titanium faces, which is a rarity that’s exclusive to only very high-end metalwoods because it produces incredible feel, control, and distance. Aside from the aforementioned ones, here are a fewÂ others: Mizuno JPX-800 AD and JPX-825, Fourteen TC-606, TC-777, and TC-1000, Nike VR, VR_S, VR Forged and SQ Forged, Titleist 690 MB and VG3. A progressive body design lends itself to more traditional looking short irons. Both models make use of a carbon-composite crown and titanium face. We are replacing “paper clip” with “quarter”. For the more boutique minded, EPON will soon offer raw heads custom ground and finished by Yamahashi San. Reduce strokes off your next round! The out-going 503 had a 2.6MM thick spring steel face. All rights reserved. And whether golfers prefer the more rounded appearance of the Soto or the more squared-off look of the Juno, the bevy of opportunities to customize these blades offers myriad unique design possibilities. A more precisely weighted head lends itself to a more exact build, requiring fewer compensations (tip weights, boring out material from the hosel) on the backend. Find an Epon fitterÂ near you.Â, Fourteen Golf’s new FH-900 Forged irons have mass appeal, Bettinardi launches customizable UPatch headcovers, Inovai 5.0 putters. ThatÂ produces a much more consistent product, because there is less room for error on the grinding and polishing part of the process. https://www.patreon.com/tourexperiencegolf http://txg.ca â Testing the new AF-305 irons from Epon! My driving iron, 3 wood and driver are likewise Epon (AF-901, AF-203, AF-105), and I also have a Mizuno driver from their Tour (Yoro) department called the MP-Craft which was made by Endo. The Epon AF-706 may be the latest iron to come from a manufacturer known for its expertise in precise forged irons that appeal to the most discerning players, but â¦ The 505 replaces the 503 and could be the EPON product consumers are still talking about next spring. For their irons, wedges, and putters, Endo uses almost exclusively Japanese sourced s20c carbon steel, which combined with their advanced manufacturing tech makes for a very unique and soft signature feel. VaughnÂ works for a company called Swing Science, and he’s the Epon distribution manager for all of North America. So Do they help your HC Much or is it More about feel on every shot that makes you Play the game? It’s a simple directive – EPON must create product North America consumers want to buy. Maybe one day when PGX builds clubs/irons for other brands they might attain the prestige and exclusivity of Epon! That said, Epon isn’t willing to concede the later point. âGolf Pride stands at the forefront of innovation in grips, and Concept Helix builds on that legacy as the first-ever twist-on grip technology system. Also, if you like the MC-501 you should try either the Epon P2’s or either AF-Tour model, you’d probably really like them too.
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