ClubTest 2014: Adams Idea Irons
Adams Idea Irons
Category: Max Game-Improvement Irons
Price: $699, steel; $799, graphite
WE TESTED: 3H-5H with Mitsubishi Bassara graphite shaft and 6-PW with True Temper Dynalite 85 steel shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: Transitional hybrids bridge the gap between hybrid long irons and cavity-back short irons. Each head has a slot along the sole to allow the face to flex more.
PLAYABILITY: A hybrid set that for many testers can match the versatility of straightforward irons; they shoot through the rough and launch high shots; nearly impossible to chunk; natural draw bias really fights a fade.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Its best asset; an excellent blend of forgiveness and accuracy— very good on misses, very reliable on square hits; for some testers, a self-correcting iron that really saves slices.
DISTANCE CONTROL: Total distance is on par with most testers’ current sets; wrings surprising bonus yardage out of mis-hits.
FEEL: A springy face on a steady head that doesn’t wiggle through impact; relatively heavy, but most testers praise its balance in motion; hits anywhere on the face feel about the same.
LOOK: A progressive set with commanding bulk at address; hybrids and irons blend well together; high-tech touches reassure some testers that the club is in control.
Many testers would prefer more of a distance boost; to some guys, it looks and plays like a full hybrid set; short irons can lack precision on scoring shots; the rounded topline gives a few testers alignment trouble.
BOTTOM LINE: This one delivers maximum help for the hybrid-lover. It trades in aesthetics for ease of use.
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