Easy Hitting Irons

GOLF MAGAZINE ClubTesters spent a full day with each of sets of irons you will read about in this test.

They pounded balls on the range in the morning at Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando, using clubs with the appropriate flex and loft for their swing speed and ability. Our testers then wrapped up their evaluations on the course.

Adams Idea a2 OS
$599, graphite

3iWood, 4 iWood, 5 hybrid, 6 hybrid, 7-PW with Grafalloy ProLaunch 75 graphite shaft

"Our set combines iron-woods, hybrids and hollow-back irons. This takes the guesswork out of putting hybrids in your bag by replacing hard-to-hit long and mid-irons with easy-to-hit hybrids."

PROS: The Adams performed well overall, but it was the set's forgiveness that seemed to stand out ot our testers.
"Heel and toe shots work toward the target. Few bad misses" reported Dave Lucarelli (handicap 15). Rich Sullivan (12) agreed, "Thin shots with 5 and 6 hybrids still get up and fly pretty far." Playability was also a big hit with the Adams Idea. "These perform well from all lies," said Paul Brecht (18). "You can sweep the ball off the turf and get it in the air quickly with 3 and 4 iWoods," agreed C.J. Bush (19) "Sweeping the hybrids makes the ball fly crisply with little effort," said Rich Bernstein (15)
CONS: "Club appearance changes radically from 8-iron to 6-iron to 4-iron. The clubs perform well in action, but you have to make a big psychological adjustment, Jim Esther (20) finds. "The 3-in-1 set is too much to adjust to," said Don Skeahan (20).

Additional comments
"The 5 and 6 hybrids are lively and the heavy heads have more feel than other hybrids." -Michael Kaye (14)

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