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February 06, 2014

First Look: Adams XTD Irons

Posted at 4:00 PM by Michael Chwasky

Adans_long_1Designed for a wide variety of players, the new XTD irons ($599) from Adams feature an extremely thin clubface and cut-thru slots for maximum deflection and higher ball speeds and distance. In order to make the irons play more like hybrids, a unique cross-cavity design was added to move the center of gravity (CG) deep into the clubhead for improved launch, forgiveness and stability at impact. 

“As opposed to the standard practice of strengthening irons lofts, we’re providing distance while retaining optimal ball flight,” said Justin Honea, Senior Director of Research and Development. “By integrating thinner faces and Cut-Thru Slot technology into irons, we’re making it much easier for players to produce higher, longer, straighter and more consistent shots.”

Other features include framed scorelines for more accurate alignment and a "pressure piston," in the back cavity that absorbs vibration at impact for improved feel and sound.

XTD irons will ship to pro shops and specialty golf retailers on April 15, 2014. The seven-club all irons arrangement (4-PW) carries an MSRP of $599.99. If purchased with the XTD iron set, Pro hybrids may be substituted or added for $100 each. Stock steel shafts are the KBS Tour 90. For an additional $100 per set, Aldila graphite shafts may be ordered. For more information, retail locator and demo day availability, visit www.adamsgolf.

January 17, 2014

Ernie Els' New Adams Clubs For 2014

Posted at 1:53 PM by Kevin Cunningham

Ernie-els-adams-bag_300This offseason, four-time major champion and World Golf Hall of Fame member Ernie Els made a major equipment change, bolting longtime sponsor Callaway for Adams Golf. Els opens his season with the new clubs next week at the European Tour's Commercialbank Qatar Masters.

On Friday, Adams Golf posted a picture of Els' brand-new bag on their Facebook page (photo at right).

Here's a list of the new sticks The Big Easy will be swinging to start the year.

DRIVER: TaylorMade SLDR

FAIRWAY WOODS: Adams Tight Lies Tour (14.5°, 16°)

HYBRIDS: Adams Idea Super 9031 (20°, 23°)

IRONS: Adams XTD Forged (5-PW)

WEDGES: Adams Puglielli (52°, 60°)

PUTTER: Yes! Sandy-12

(Photo: Adams Golf)

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October 14, 2013

First Look: Adams XTD Forged irons

Posted at 12:05 PM by Robert Sauerhaft

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The XTD Forged, a hybrid-iron set for low handicappers, has a flexible, lively face in the 5-iron through PW thanks to a “Cut-Thru” slot in the sole. Its thin, forged maraging steel face increases ball speed and generates higher launch.

Adams claims it’s the fastest face of any forged players’ model because of the slot and full cavity behind the face. Additionally, foam between the face and cavity softens feel.

At the “long” end of the set, two Super DHy driving irons (21° and 24°) replace standard 3- and 4-irons. Set of eight: $1,099, steel. Available on December 1.

(Photo: Schecter Lee)

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September 23, 2013

First Look: New Adams Idea hybrid irons

Posted at 3:48 PM by Michael Chwasky
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(Photo: Snap36)

What's the big "idea"? Here, it's to help mid- to high-handicappers consistently produce shots with higher launch and more overall distance. Part of that has to do with its set construction -- a trio of hybrids (4-6) with Carpenter 455 steel faces, a pair of transitional hybrids (7 and 8) that blend hybrids and irons, and cavity-back short irons (9-SW).

Adams also utilizes "Velocity Slots" for more trampoline effect at impact -- Idea irons are the industry's first set to have "slots" in each club. Each hybrid sports a channel in the crown and sole, which Adams says allows 67 percent more face flex than in hybrids without the technology. The Idea short irons have slots in the toe and sole to help ball speeds on toe hits so misses lose less distance.

The new Adams Idea irons are available at retail on October 15.
$699, steel; $799, graphite

(UPDATE: According to Adams, the standard set for the new Idea irons is 3-5 hybrids, 6-7 transitional hybrids, 8-PW short irons.)

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July 11, 2013

First Look: New Adams Tight Lies fairway woods

Posted at 10:14 AM by Robert Sauerhaft

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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)

January 20, 2013

Winner's Bag: Brian Gay at the Humana Challenge

Posted at 11:37 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: TaylorMade R1 (9°) with an Oban Kiyoshi shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Adams Speedline Super LS (13°) with an Oban Kiyoshi shaft
HYBRIDS: TaylorMade Rocketballz Tour (16.5°) Rescue TP (19°) with Aldila NV shafts
IRONS: TaylorMade RocketBladez (4), Mizuno MP-60 (5-8); Mizuno MP-32 (9, PW) with Project X 6.0 shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled (56°, 60°) with True Temper DG Spinner shafts
PUTTER: Bettinardi BB8 TOUR prototype
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x 

See-Try-Buy: Learn more about Adams, Mizuno, TaylorMade and Titleist clubs, and schedule your fitting with GolfTEC or Golfsmith.

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(Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

 

January 17, 2013

Robert Garrigus and Kenny Perry yuck it up while smacking Adams hybrids

Posted at 10:59 AM by David Dusek

When you practice as often as PGA Tour pros do, you've got to break up the monotony and have a little fun. In this video, provided by Adams Golf, newly-signed Robert Garrigus has a few laughs with Kenny Perry, and the two share strategies for specific shots on specific PGA Tour holes. Oh yeah, Garrigus also nails a few 260-yard hybrid shots.

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October 22, 2012

Winner's Bag: Tommy Gainey at the McGladrey Classic

Posted at 12:32 AM by David Dusek
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DRIVER: Callaway RAZR Fit (10.5°) with an Aldila RIP NV 65X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Callaway FT-i Tour (15°) with an Aldila RIP NV 65X shaft
HYBRID: Adams Idea Pro a12 Proto (20°) with an Aldila RIP Hybrid shaft
IRONS: Callaway RAZR X Forged (4-PW) with Royal Prescission Project X shafts
WEDGES: Callaway Forged (50°, 54°, 60°) with Royal Precision Project X shafts
PUTTER: Odyssey Backstryke Blade
BALL: Callaway HEX Black Tour

See-Try-Buy: Learn more about Callaway and Odyssey gear and schedule your fitting with GolfTEC or Golfsmith.

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(Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
October 08, 2012

Winner's Bag: Ryan Moore at the Justin Timberlake Shiners Hospital for Children Open

Posted at 9:21 AM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: TaylorMade RocketBallz (8.5°) with a Fujikura Motore shaft 
FAIRWAY WOODS: TaylorMade RocketBallz (15°, 19°) with Fujikura Motore shafts
HYBRID: Adams Idea Pro a12 (20°) with a Fujikura Motore shaft
IRONS: Ping S56 (4-PW) with Dynamic Golf Lite X100 shafts
WEDGES: Cobra Trusty Rusty (55°); Titleist Vokey Design SM4 (60°) with Dynamic Golf Lite X100 shafts
PUTTER: YES! Sandy-12 White 
BALL: Titleist Pro V1

See-Try-Buy: Learn more about Adams, Ping, TaylorMade and Titleist gear and schedule your fitting with GolfTEC or Golfsmith.

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(Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

September 10, 2012

Adams releasing Idea Tech V4 Hybrid irons

Posted at 10:26 AM by David Dusek

Adams has been rolling out top-selling hybrid-iron sets for years. In new Idea Tech V4 Hybrid Irons, the stainless steel hybrids unquestionably steal the show. For starters, these sticks have re-engineered “velocity slots” in the crown and sole to boost face deflection at impact. The slots extend through the head, from crown to sole, while TPU badges hide the openings. In addition, a new heat treatment process strengthens high stress areas in the head and allows for a thinner clubface.

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These updates combine to generate significantly faster ball speeds than standard hybrids—3% faster than the Idea Tech V3 Hybrid equates to 13 yards more carry distance—while tungsten weights in the heel and toe contribute to higher launch and more forgiveness.

According to Adams, the Idea Tech V4 hybrid produces similar “Characteristic Time” (CT) numbers to a driver. (CT is the USGA’s measurement to determine the springiness of a clubface.) That’s no easy feat considering driver heads and clubfaces are so much larger than hybrids.

Positioned as “game-improvement” sticks, the Idea Tech V4 Hybrid Irons consist of three hybrids (3-5) plus forged mid- and short irons (6-PW) made from 8620-carbon steel. A more forgiving, all-hybrid set features three hybrids (4-6) and hollow-headed stainless steel irons (7-GW).

Both set makeups will sell for $799 with True Temper’s Performance Step steel shaft, or $899 with Mitsubishi Rayon’s Bassara graphite shaft. Clubs will be at retail beginning September 26. -- Rob Sauerhaft

July 29, 2012

Winner's Bag: Scott Piercy at the RBC Canadian Open

Posted at 7:10 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER:Titleist 910D2 (7.5°) with a Mitsubishi Diamana Blue Board 63X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD:TaylorMade Burner (13°) with a Mitsubishi Diamana Blue Board 63X shaft
HYBRID:Adams Idea Super XTD (17°) with a with a Mitsubishi Kuro Kage shaft
IRONS:Titleist 712 AP2 (4), 690MB (5-9) with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts
WEDGES:Titleist Vokey Design SM4 (49°, 53°, 57°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts
PUTTER: Scotty Cameron for Titleist Select GoLo
BALL:Titleist Pro V1x

See-Try-Buy: Learn more about TaylorMade clubs, and schedule your fitting with GolfTEC or Golfsmith.

Photos: See unique details from the pros' bags

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(Photo by David Dusek)

 

July 22, 2012

My Bag: Graeme McDowell at the 2012 British Open

Posted at 12:49 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: Cleveland Classic 290 (9°) with a Miyazaki Kusala Indigo 56X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Cleveland Launcher FL (14°) with a Miyazaki Kusala Indigo 72X shaft
HYBRIDS: Adams Idea Pro a12 (17°) with a Miyazaki Kusala Indigo 83X shaft; Adams idea a7 (22°) with a Matrix Ozik Altus X shaft
IRONS: Srixon Z-TX II (4-9) with Royal Precision Project X 6.5 shafts
WEDGES: Cleveland 588 Forged (48°, 52°, 58°) with Royal Precision Project X 6.5 shafts
PUTTER: Odyssey White Hot #7
BALL: Srixon Z-Star XV Pure White

See-Try-Buy: Learn more about AdamsClevelandOdysseySrixon clubs and schedule your fitting with GolfTEC or Golfsmith.

(Photo by David Dusek)

July 20, 2012

My Bag: Brandt Snedeker at the 2012 British Open

Posted at 3:16 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: TaylorMade R11 (9°) with a Matrix Ozik shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: Tour Edge Exotics CB4 (13°) with a Mitsubishi Diamana Blue Board 73X shaft
HYBRID: Adams Idea a12 Proto (20°) with a NVentix Nunchuk GH 2660 shaft
IRONS: Bridgestone J40 Cavity Back (4-PW) Aerotech SteelFiber i95 Constant Weight shafts
WEDGES: Bridgestone J40 (52°, 56°) with a  True Temper X100 shafts; Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled (60°) with True Temper DG Spinner shafts
PUTTER: Odyssey White Hot XG Rossie
BALL: Bridgestone Tour B330 

See-Try-Buy: Learn more about BridgestoneOdyssey and TaylorMade, and Titleist clubs and schedule your fitting with GolfTEC or Golfsmith.

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(Photo by David Dusek)

July 11, 2012

Adams Idea CMB Irons hide two little secrets

Posted at 9:28 AM by David Dusek

Adams’ latest irons for better players, the Idea CMB, are now hitting pro shop shelves. Forged from 1025 carbon steel and featuring a Nickel chrome finish, the CMBs are designed to provide the feel and feedback that pros and low-handicap amateurs want, while still offering a touch of forgiveness on mis-hits.

In the playing position, the toplines of the CMBs are thin and there is minimal offset, which should allow accomplished golfers to shape shots in either direction with ease.  

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But it's what you can't see -- a pair of tungsten weights positioned low in the toe area of each club -- that makes the CMB more forgiving. The weights, which are hidden under a piece of steel that is plasma-welded to the head, help to pull the sweet spot toward the center of the hitting area. Combined with a subtle cavity back design, this should make the CMB irons less punishing on off-center hits.

In another nod to the preferences of better players, Adams has also added multiple bevels to the sole of the CMB irons to help them enter and exit the turf more easily. 

The standard eight-club set of Idea CMB irons (4-GW) will retail for about $1099 with KBS C-Taper steel shafts and $1,199 with Matrix Ozik Program 8.1 graphite shafts. Several custom shaft options are available, but sorry lefties, the CMBs are currently being made for right-handed players only.

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June 28, 2012

My Bag: Graeme McDowell for the Irish Open

Posted at 11:03 AM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: Cleveland Classic 290 (9°) with a Miyazaki Kusala Indigo 56X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Cleveland Launcher FL (14°) with a Miyazaki Kusala Indigo 72X shaft
HYBRIDS: Adams Idea Pro a12 (17°) with a Miyazaki Kusala Indigo 83X shaft; Adams idea a7 (22°) with a Matrix Ozik Altus X shaft
IRONS: Srixon Z-TX II (4-9) with Royal Precision Project X 6.5 shafts
WEDGES: Cleveland 588 Forged (48°, 52°, 58°) with Royal Precision Project X 6.5 shafts
PUTTER: Odyssey White Hot #7
BALL: Stixon Z-Star XV Pure White

See-Try-Buy: Learn more about AdamsCleveland, Odyssey, Srixon clubs and schedule your fitting with GolfTEC or Golfsmith.

(Photo by Fred Vuich/SI)




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