ClubTest 2015: Adams Red Hybrid

Adams Red Hybrid
Michael Chini

Adams Red Hybrid

Category: Better-Player Hybrids
Price: $230
WE TESTED:
20°, 23° with Matrix Altus 85 graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: Three movable weights (two 2-gram screws and a much heavier 25-gram plug) allow you to tweak shot shape.

PROS

PLAYABILITY: Easy to control flight through shot shaping and adjustability; default trajectory is low and penetrating; nimble head handles challenging lies with ease; maneuvering shots is precise and video-game fun; works hard to eliminate the left miss; reliable and customizable given the sole’s weighting system.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: The Red’s versatile sole and stable head can escape any unwanted lie, including hardpan, lush rough or sand; the worst swings get a mere slap on the wrist.
DISTANCE: Surprisingly adequate length out of a small clubhead; a touch longer than its long-iron counterpart, but it offers the kind of distance control you don’t get out of a 3-iron or 4-iron; slight mis-hits still travel a playable distance.
FEEL: The heavy head provides a meaty sensation, with a nice muted crack at contact; the head lets you know when you really nail it; very stable—you don’t have to worry about the clubface twisting at impact.
LOOK: This club’s best asset—testers love how the iron-like, matte black head contrasts with the white scoring lines; one of the smaller heads in the hybrid category, it maintains a deep-face look; sits squarely behind the ball for comfortable and simple alignment.

CONS

Small head doesn’t provide the forgiveness some guys need, others find that the low-ball flight is too close to that of a long iron; the heavy feel takes getting used to.

BOTTOM LINE: You’ll find both playability and control in the Adams Red. It’s a true player’s club that looks and handles about as much like an iron as any hybrid you’ll find.

BUY THE CLUB: Get your own Adams Red hybrid

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