ClubTest 2015: Adams Idea Tech Irons

Adams Idea Tech Irons
Michael Chini

Adams Idea Tech Irons

 

Category: Max Game-Improvement Irons
Price: $800, steel; $900, graphite
WE TESTED:
3-hybrid through 5-hybrid, 6–PW with Mitsubishi Rayon Fubuki graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The 6-iron through PW have an updated sole slot that extends around the toe to produce more consistent face flex—and yardage—on misses.

PROS

 

PLAYABILITY: The Idea Tech produces a consistently high ball flight that wants to go straight; very easy to get airborne with smooth swings; great for players who just want to hit the ball at the target.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: One of the top-ranked clubs for forgiveness; just point and shoot—hard to hit in the wrong direction; toe misses correct nicely; almost everything goes straight without much distance loss.
DISTANCE CONTROL: Idea Tech is fairly predictable once you figure out how far each club goes; acceptable when it comes to dialing in yardages; similar to what testers are used to length-wise.
FEEL: Weighty and stable through the swing; a muted thud at impact announces solid contact; powerful sensation lets you know you crushed it on good strikes.
LOOK: Better-looking than most hybrid-iron sets; the meaty heads throughout the set make you think you’ll kill it; hybrids disguised as mid-irons give plenty of confidence over the ball.

CONS

 

The Idea Tech is not quite as long as a few others in the test; less feedback at impact than some testers prefer; not everyone’s favorite for precise scoring shots around the greens.

BOTTOM LINE: The Idea Tech is a well-blended, highly forgiving hybrid-iron set that should be a good match for players seeking straight, high-trajectory shots.

BUY THE CLUB: Get your own Adams Idea Tech irons

NEXT REVIEW: Bridgestone J15 Cast Irons

MORE INFO ON ADAMS IDEA TECH IRONS

From Golf.com, October 25, 2014

Adams new Idea Tech hybrid-irons are designed with slow swingers and high handicappers in mind.

The irons (6-PW) have a revamped sole slot that extends further around the toe, where many mid- to high-handicappers tend to strike it, creating more consistent face flex-and yardage-on those misses. For the first time, Adams has added bulge-and-roll to the faces of its 6- and 7-irons. The company says this feature will give higher-handicappers more help on directional misses.

The new-look hybrids (the crown slot is hidden by an acryllic material) have a heavy tungsten stainless steel back weight for a lower, deeper CG than previous Idea hybrids to promote a higher launch. The hybrids (3-5) also have a "cut-thru" sole slot to maintain ball speed on misses and improve overall forgiveness. What's more, the set's shafts feature progressive tip sizes-thinner, more flexible shafts in hybrids launch the ball higher, while thicker tips in the short irons control trajectory and spin, for more precise shots into greens. -- Michael Chwasky

NEXT REVIEW: Bridgestone J15 Cast Irons

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