ClubTest 2014: Adams Tight Lies Fairway Woods
Adams Tight Lies Fairway Woods
Category: Game-Improvement Fairway Woods
WE TESTED: 3 (16°), 5 (19°) and 7 (22°) with Mitsubishi Rayon Bassara Eagle graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: “Velocity slots” in the crown and sole allow 10 percent more face flex than last year’s Adams woods, boosting ball speeds by 1-2 mph. An “upside-down” design lowers the club’s CG to aid launch.
PLAYABILITY: This club is an easy swinger’s dream—high launch and hybrid-caliber versatility; sole design and low-profile shape help get the ball up and out of dicey situations; expect soft, sticky landings into greens.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Very good forgiveness; smooth-swinging testers get what they deserve, with minor penalties in distance and direction.
DISTANCE: The Tight Lies is more interested in ease of use than overall power; respectable distance, slightly short for some testers; it provides good length from imperfect lies.
FEEL: Some guys get crystal-clear feedback on center hits; commendable stability through the ball.
LOOK: If you liked the original Tight Lies, you’ll love the reboot—small, square and simple, with a flat black finish; a slot in the crown helps many testers line up.
The stock shaft is too light and soft for stronger, faster swingers; a harsh feeling on some misses; the cutout in the crown distracts a few testers; some guys are left wanting more length.
BOTTOM LINE: For slower swingers, it’s the Swiss Army knife of fairway woods. Adams made an effective trouble club that provides plenty of help, despite a divisive look and feel.
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