Adams Speedline 9088UL Driver
From Golf Magazine ClubTest 2012 (March, 2012)
Category: Max Game-Improvement Drivers
WE TESTED: 9.5°, 10.5° with Matrix Radix 4.1 graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The 9088 UL is lightweight (290 grams) and aerodynamically shaped to promote faster clubhead speeds. With a swing weight of D0, there’s less rotational inertia around the hands so it’s easier to release, or square up, the head through impact.
OUR TESTERS SAY: One of the higher-rated models. It delivers top-notch distance, accuracy, playability and feel.
DISTANCE: A real bomber—good carry and impressive roll; length is well preserved on heel and toe hits.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Off-center hits get a big boost from the large sweet zone—misses still move but not wildly.
FEEL: Ultra-light head feels very stable through impact; good, responsive feel despite being so light and easy to swing.
PLAYABILITY: Consistently high, repeating ball flight.
LOOK:Sleek, black head tapers off at the back to instill confidence; it appears easy to get up in the air.
Some testers find the 46-inch shaft a little too much to handle; a few guys have difficulty sensing where the head is.
From Golf Magazine (November, 2011)
While tipping the scales at 290 grams—8 grams heavier than the Adams Speedline 4G Ultra-Lite—the 9088 UL boasts one of the lowest swing weights (D0) of any ultralight driver. This means the club's mass is more evenly distributed between the grip and the clubhead. The brass at Adams claims that the result is less "rotational inertia" around the hands, which makes it easier to release the clubhead through impact. (Many other ultralight drivers have a higher swing weight and are more difficult to control.) The 9088 UL's aerodynamic head attaches to a 46-inch shaft and is engineered to produce a slightly higher trajectory than previous Speedline drivers.
From The Shop Blog (June 7, 2011)
The allure of super-lightweight drivers is based on the idea that a lighter club is easier to swing faster, and that increased clubhead speed should translate into more distance off the tee. Think of them as Sugar Ray Leonard drivers instead of George Foreman drivers.
Later this summer Adams Golf plans to enter the market in sub-300 gram drivers with the Speedline 9088 UL. More ...