Adams Speedline Fast 12 LS
Category: Tour Drivers
WE TESTED: 8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5° with Mitsubishi Rayon Fubuki 60 graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The Fast 12 LS (LS stands for low spin) features three grooves on the crown to lower drag plus an updated adjustable hosel. With its spacer and longer screw, the club can be adjusted for length (+1/2”), lie (+/- 1°) or loft (+/- 1°).
OUR TESTERS SAY:
Adequate performer but nothing about it stands out as spectacular.
DISTANCE: Some testers rate it as long or longer than their current model; a few get significantly more length on solid hits.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Fairly consistent ball flight; acceptable correction on directional misses; low spin and boring flight help accuracy.
FEEL: Relatively stable through the swing and at impact; solid, deep thud on good strikes; off-center hits sound and feel noticeably different (hollower).
PLAYABILITY: Consistent low- to mid-ball flight and low spin rates make it easy to hit straight shots.
LOOK: Silver finish minimizes glare; white scoring lines against black face provide some confidence in regard to alignment.
The silver crown and three lines near the back of the head detract from the overall look; doesn’t provide the same level of forgiveness as many others on off-center hits; head feels too light for several guys.
Adams Speedline Fast 12
Category: Game-Improvement Drivers
WE TESTED: 9.5°, 10.5° with Grafalloy ProLaunch Blue graphite shaft.
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: A 19 percent larger footprint than a standard 460cc driver allows for increased MOI and more forgiveness. The “Airfoil” profile and “trip steps” on the crown reduce drag by 14 percent, and the 46” shaft has a surface roughness called “Speed Coat Technology” that also helps lower drag.
OUR TESTERS SAY: Dependable, lightweight driver delivers respectable control.
DISTANCE: Adequate length off the tee; some testers find that it retains distance on slight misses.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Large, forgiving face; minimal directional loss on lesser swings; deadly accurate for a few testers.
FEEL: Light club generates powerful force; center hits produce a quiet, muffled crack.
PLAYABILITY: High, straight ball flight; steady performer allows just a little workability with some effort.
LOOK: Silver-gray crown merges with black face; coarse “speed coat” finish makes the black shaft look like it’s covered in sand.
Some testers prefer to feel more head weight during the swing and more excitement at impact; not as long as some others; the three ridges on the crown can be a distraction and offer little alignment help.
From Golf.com (Janaury 2, 2012)
The United States Golf Association limits how large a driver’s head can be, how long its shaft can be and how springy its face can be. These restrictions are meant to keep power in check, but that doesn't mean the cat-and-mouse game manufacturers play with the USGA isn't continuing. Right now, to get around the cat, lots of mice are trying to get faster.
Creating a driver that is more aerodynamic should help golfers swing faster, and that increase in clubhead speed can mean more yards off the tee. While lots of companies have started talking about clubs that cut through the air more efficiently, Adams Golf has tried to associate itself with aerodynamics more than any other brand.
The newest Adams drivers—the Speedline Fast 12 and Speedline Fast 12 LS—continue those efforts.
While the Speedline Fast 12 has a 460-cc head like its processor, the Speedline F11, the company says the new model creates 14% less drag on the downswing, which translates to 3 miles per hour more clubhead speed.
Adams attributes the increased slipperiness to small ridges built into the crown and the sole. The company also says the titanium-faced Speedline Fast 12 is more forgiving than last season's Fast 11.
For golfers who battle a slice, Adams will be offering a draw-biased version of the Speedline Fast 12 (right-hand only) that has some offset built into the hosel.
For golfers who create a lot of spin with their driver, Adams has made the Speedline Fast 12 LS. The LS stands for low spin, but the club also offers some adjustability too.
Golfers can adjust the club's loft by 1 degree, up or down; increase the lie angle by as much as 2 degrees over standard; and add half an inch to the driver's length. Adding length affects swing weight, so the weight plug in the back of the sole can also be changed.
While the Speedline Fast 12 LS has three "Airfoil Design" ridges on its crown like the standard Speedline Fast 12, its sole is smooth and doesn't flair up to meet the crown as sharply.
When they arrive in pro shops in late January, the Speedline Fast 12 and Speedline Fast 12 Draw drivers will come standard with a Grafalloy ProLaunch Blue shaft. The Speedline Fast 12 LS will come with either a spin-zapping Matrix Ozik 6M3 Black Tie shaft or a Grafalloy ProLaunch Blue shaft.