Adams rewrote the book on iron-set integration five years ago with the original Idea. The third-generation Idea, called the Idea a3 Hybrid, comes with newfangled hybrid long irons (3-5), hollow middle irons (6-7) and cavity-back short irons (8-PW), for those who swing the driver 85 to 105 mph. Its calling card is a boxy, rectangular hybrid reminiscent of square drivers.
The idea is to push weight to the extreme rear heel and toe. This creates a lower center of gravity, so shots get airborne easier, and a higher moment of inertia (MOI), which means forgiveness when you don't strike it dead solid perfect.
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The senior and women's versions consist of hybrids (4-6), one hollow middle iron (7), and cavity-back short irons (8-SW).
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These hybrid long irons have a 29 percent higher MOI than the firm's Idea a2 hybrid and a 70 percent higher MOI than many other leading hybrids.
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Adams positions the center of gravity closer to the face than in its current Idea a2. Tweaking the spin characteristics (a3 has lower spin) suits slightly higher clubhead speeds.
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A 5/8-inch spacing between clubs rather than the standard 1/2-inch spacing helps slower swingers achieve proper distance gaps.
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In standard iron sets, the 3-iron has the lowest MOI. The highest MOI is the 9-iron. The opposite is true in hybrid iron sets due, in part, to a hybrid's hollow body.
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