Adams Idea Pro a12
Category: Better-Player Irons
Price: $799, steel; $999, graphite
WE TESTED: 3-PW with FST KBS Tour steel shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: Progressive heel and toe weighting creates greater stability and more forgiveness in long and mid-irons. The forged 8620 carbon steel heads provide a sweet, precise feel, while the milled face and grooves deliver a consistent hitting platform.
OUR TESTERS SAY: Among the higher-rated models. It scores well in all categories.
PLAYABILITY: It produces a consistent, straight, medium flight and soft landing; strong performer on chips and pitches.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: More than enough forgiveness on days when your swing is just off; offers more help than many others; shots fly straight–where they start is usually where they stay.
DISTANCE CONTROL: Longer than most on solid hits and slight misses; penalizes you less distance-wise on slight mis-hits than most players’ clubs.
FEEL: Comfortable, meaty thud, not at all metallic; a delight at impact, the best-feeling Adams iron that some testers have tried.
LOOK: Has a players’ look; the head size is on the larger end of small; dark finish gives a rich, non-glare appearance.
Not quite as workable as some others tested; the finish shows wear more quickly than expected.
From Golf Magazine (September, 2011)
It's for: Better players
These forged carbon steel irons blend qualities from the company's Idea Pro Black CB1 (thin topline) and Idea Black CB2 (mid-width sole, progressive offset). The center-of-gravity location—it's 5 percent lower than in the Idea Pro Forged irons—contributes to a penetrating ball flight. The milled heads have progressive heel-toe weighting: relatively more mass toward the perimeter in long irons for stability, and more centered mass in short irons for shotmaking.