ClubTest 2015: Adams Tight Lies Hybrid

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On the Range: Adams Tight Lies Hybrids

Adams Tight Lies Hybrids

Category: Game-Improvement Hybrids
Price: $180
WE TESTED:
3 (19°), 4 (22°) with Mitsubishi Kuro Kage graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The cutouts in the sole and crown maintain the benefits of a dual-slot design.

PROS

PLAYABILITY: A Houdini hybrid -- the Tight Lies is versatile enough to put a little magic in your escape shots; the small, weighty head torpedoes through thick rough, pine straw -- whatever crosses its path; sole design doesn't drag or dig; it's a natural high-flier, but in the right hands offers creative ways to attack pins.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Accurate, obedient clubs that fly straight; for better or worse, shots don't move off the line they start on; the club manages your misses but doesn't erase them.
DISTANCE: Favors precision to out-and-out power -- no slouch, but there are hotter clubs out there; ideal gaps from loft to loft -- a good choice to pinch-hit for a 3-, 4- or 5-iron; meaningful mileage out of rough and bunkers.
FEEL: The Tight Lies is one of the best hybrids in this category; substantial for its size -- the dense clubhead generates a tight, tidy sense of compression at impact; choice balance makes it easy to swing yet hardy enough to withstand the tough stuff.
LOOK: Compact, minimalist setup with a clean, teardrop silhouette lets you focus on the task; looks like it can dig your ball out of anything; this Tight Lies version hides its tech under the hood -- industrial underside and filled-in cutout in the sole project power.

Adams Tight Lies Hybrid
Michael Chini

CONS

Some testers need more help on misses; these hybrids aren't short hitters, but there are better options for those only after distance; they don't exactly jump off the rack -- a few guys find the graphics too plain and boring.

BOTTOM LINE: True to its Tight Lies DNA, it's a jailbreak specialist "par" excellence. For strong ballstrikers, few game-improvement models match this combination of versatility and control.

BUY THE CLUB: Get your own Adams Tight Lies hybrid

NEXT REVIEW: Callaway XR Hybrid

MORE INFO ON THE ADAMS TIGHT LIES HYBRID

From GOLF.com, September 8, 2014

A market leader in hybrids, Adams has several models for better players along with a popular max game-improvement offering, but it's lacked a game-improvement stick for the masses. Enter Tight Lies.

The "upside-down" head shape promotes a lower CG for high-launching shots, while a trapezoidal "tri-sole" design provides cleaner contact with less turf interaction. The low-profile head packs a punch—a high-strength Carpenter 455 stainless steel face combines with channels in the crown and sole to increase face deflection and boost ball speed. Visually, Tight Lies is a major upgrade over previous models -- acrylic material hides the crown slot. Lofts: 17°, 19°, 22°, 25° or 28°.

The Adams Tight Lies Hybrid will be available at retail on October 23 for $179. -- Michael Chwasky

NEXT REVIEW: Callaway XR Hybrid

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