ADAMS BLUE IRONS
CATEGORY: Max Game Improvement Irons
PRICE: $700, steel; $800, graphite
WE TESTED: 3h, 4h with Aldila SlimTech graphite shafts and 5–PW with True Temper Dynalite SlimTech 85 steel shafts
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The sole slot allows more of the face to flex for added ball speed.
PLAYABILITY: Among the top performers in this category; the hybrids are magic from all types of lies; medium-high trajectory is standard but easy to knock down, too; they want to go straight, but our stronger players can move shots in either direction with little difficulty; one of the easier models to get airborne.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Its greatest strength -- the whole set is tough to miss; easy to hit straight, even on poor swings; they cover up just about any mistake.
DISTANCE CONTROL: Its greatest strength -- the whole set is tough to miss; easy to hit straight, even on poor swings; they cover up just about any mistake.
FEEL: Center strikes are so soft you almost can't feel them; easy to know where the head is during the swing; stable without a lot of movement through impact.
LOOK: What you'd expect from an extra-forgiving iron; the color combo, offset, and topline are all pleasant for a Max Game Improvement iron; the hybrids inspire confidence at address.
Not as much feedback at impact as some would like; not quite as long as the longest models; short irons can play a little clunky.
BOTTOM LINE: The Blue does what it promises. It's a high-flying, extremely forgiving combo set, with the added bonus of some built-in playability.