ClubTest 2014: Adams XTD Forged Irons
Adams XTD Forged Irons
Category: Better-Player Irons
Price: $1,099, steel; $1,199, graphite
WE TESTED: 3-4 DHy with Matrix Ozik hX3 graphite shaft, 5-PW with KBS C-Taper steel shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: “Cut-Thru” slot similar to those in Adams hybrids makes the face faster while improving forgiveness. Forged, hollow blades consist of a carbon steel body, a maraging steel face, and tungsten weights to optimize CG.
PLAYABILITY: The club’s strongest asset -- a true shotmaker’s iron that players can move high, low, left or right; produces a spot-on, medium ball flight; weighty sole easily blasts through all sorts of lies.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Surprising forgiveness and solid directional control open up new options on scoring shots; at the same time, the 5-PW can be point-and-shoot.
DISTANCE CONTROL: Easy to calibrate on partial shots; produces consistent lengths -- some testers pick up a few yards with irons; hybrid-irons are long on pure shots.
FEEL: A stout club with a punchy sensation at impact; forged head delivers focused feedback to the hands.
LOOK: Cavity-back (5-7) and muscleback irons (8-PW) mask technology at address; very small, black hybrid irons (3-4) are eye-catching.
Not a marked improvement over last year’s well-received CMBs; low-launch, low-spin hybrid-irons are demanding -- some find them as difficult to hit as long irons, other testers say they don’t fit the shorter irons’ emphasis on look, feel and control; many guys prefer a more cushioned iron feel.
BOTTOM LINE: The hybrids turn off some testers, but these playful shotmakers combine tech and tradition for confident players who prioritize versatility and control.
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