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July 11, 2013

First Look: New Adams Tight Lies fairway woods

Posted at 10:14 AM by Robert Sauerhaft | Categories: Adams, Fairway Woods

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It’s been nearly 20 years since the original Tight Lies fairway woods debuted in 1995. The oddly shaped, stainless steel heads featured an “upside-down” design to lower the club’s center of gravity. Those ultra-friendly woods eventually proved to be a hit with Average Joes and catapulted the company from relative obscurity.

The latest stainless steel incarnation features a similar shape and low-profile face. Of course, the 2013 model has “velocity slot” technology in the crown and sole, which enables the clubface to flex significantly more than the rigid faces in the mid-90s. How much more? New Tight Lies has twice the “characteristic time” (a measurement for the relative springiness of a clubface) as the original one. In fact, the new Tight Lies has an updated “velocity slot” design. Company officials say it leads to 10-percent more face flexibility than the “velocity slot” in existing Adams woods, which translates to 1 to 2 mph more ball speed and 6 to 10 additional yards. Besides a lively face, the Tight Lies — 25 percent smaller than average woods — packs lots of weight low and rear to increase forgiveness (MOI) and produce high-launching shots. You’ll find the 16° at retail starting on August 15, whereas the 14°, 19° and 22° will ship on November 1. $199 with Mitsubishi Bassara E-Series graphite shaft.

Adams also plans to roll out Tight Lies Tour fairway woods for better players and faster swingers. The 14.5° and 18° lofts have a slightly deeper face and more forward center of gravity to produce lower-spinning shots. $229 with Aldila Tour Blue shaft.

See below for more photos of the 16° wood.

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(Photos: Rob Sauerhaft)

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