ADAMS BLUE FAIRWAY WOOD
CATEGORY: Game Improvement Fairway Woods
WE TESTED: 3 (16°), 5 (18°), 7 (21°) with Aldila SlimTech graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The sole slot boosts ball speed on shots hit low on the face.
PLAYABILITY: Mid-high flight gets more altitude than others in the category; bangs balls out of the fairway, light rough and bunkers with ease; teeing up the 3-wood almost guarantees a fairway hit; defaults to straight shots and slight draws, but a few can hold it off for fades.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Top of the class—shots all over the face launch high with little sidespin or distance loss; the 3- and 5-woods are fairway finders for layups on tight holes, while the 7-wood is a pin-seeker that's easier to manage than a long iron.
DISTANCE: Not a bomber but gets the job done; top-end distance is similar to what guys currently carry, with more forgiveness on mis-hits; ideal gaps between the lofts.
FEEL: Light and nimble, yet stable at impact; responds well to smooth swings, though some players can step on it without losing control; soft, muted feel across the face.
LOOK: Low profile and wide face present a powerful appearance; white scoring lines contrast nicely with the blue crown to make alignment a snap; the sole channel primes testers for hot results.
These feel too light to some stronger players; the color-coordinated shaft and head are too matchy-matchy for a few panelists; other guys want a more powerful 3-wood off the tee.
BOTTOM LINE: This point-and- shoot club will appeal most to high-handicappers seeking a high-launching, draw-biased fairway wood.