Lefthanded Golf Clubs
Japanese left hand golf clubs from Honma, Miura and Co.
As a left-hander it is not easy to be a lover of Japanese clubs. The problem is that our Japanese irons are traditionally forged and the production is somewhat more complex than cast irons. Apart from Honma, the Japanese manufacturers are relatively small and sell a small number of clubs. Therefore it is not an easy decision to produce a club for the relatively small target group of left-handers. At the end of the day every manufacturer wants to earn money - you can't fool yourself. It looks a little different with Honma, because this manufacturer is big enough to justify the production. At least for most models.
Left hand clubs from Honma
Honma is not to be compared with the very big Western manufacturers in terms of volume, but also anything but a small, Japanese forge. And they focus on two product series: Beres and TWorld. Beres is especially for beginners to average players and TWorld for above-average to more professional players.
With the Honma Beres, the majority of all clubs, i.e. drivers, woods, irons and wedges are also available for left-handers. Especially with the 3-star version, the selection is very large. It is only conceivable that e.g. a fairway wood with a certain loft is not available for left-handers. It is also conceivable that certain clubs are currently not available in Europe. In this case the club is also available in left-handed versions, but it has to be manufactured in Japan first, which of course takes some time.
As far as the TWorld series is concerned, the availability for left-handers is good for drivers, fairway wood and hybrid, but not for the (sportier) irons. There is only the TWorld 747 P iron as lefthand variant, TW747 Vx, V and Rose Proto unfortunately not. This means that a sporty lefthand player with Honma irons basically gets away empty-handed.
Miuras lefthand clubs
With Miura the volume is again clearly smaller and concerns only irons and putters. This is also noticeable in the availability of left-handed golf clubs. Currently there is only the Miura CB-801, a wedge and the KM-006 putter for left-handers. The Miura CB-801 is not even available for right-handers, just like the putter.
The problem with Miura is that they can't simply mirror the shapes of a tried and tested right-handed iron like the popular Blade, the MC-501 or CB-1008 and make them available for left-handers. It's much more complex than you can imagine and everyone who knows Miura knows that no compromises can be made when it comes to quality. That's why they develop irons exclusively for left-handers like the CB-801. The disadvantage is that left-handers have to get along with this club or they are simply unlucky. Admittedly this is not desirable for left-handers but it is unlikely that Miura will deviate from this strategy in the near future.
Mizuno Left Hand Clubs
Mizuno is a manufacturer who always thinks about his left-handers. Even though the choice is not as wide as for right-handers. For the 2020 season there is a mixed set of MP-20 and MP-20 HMB. The latter are intended for the long irons. Irons 3 and 4 are offered as HMB version in left-handed versions. And from iron 5 the MP-20 blade. So you have to admit that this version is mainly intended for good players.
Apart from that, there is also the JPX919 Forged and JPX919 Hot Metal for left-handed players. Both are real players irons, designed for players who need more support in terms of launch and forgiveness.