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First Look: New Adams Tight Lies fairway woods

DSCN2738 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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DSCN2745(Photos: Rob Sauerhaft)

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