Tuesday, March 5, 2013
2013 Buyer's Guide Woods
AdamsKey Feature: A cut-through sole slot boosts ball speed and thus distance, while a refined crown slot is thin, deep and long. Together, they help ease the process of hitting high and straight shots from any lie. Really, it's getting too easy!
Idea Super S
Who It's For: All golfers who want real forgiveness.
Wow Factor: Impact sound is nice and satisfying, and off-center hits seem to find the right direction.
Specs: Five lofts (17° 2H, 19° 3H, 22° 4H, 25° 5H, 28° 6H) with some also offered in lefty models, Mitsubishi Rayon Kujoh graphite shaft.
adamsgolf.com | $199
AdamsKey Feature: Its sole slot yields a hot clubface for higher ball speeds, while its crown slot improves deflection across the clubface to increase launch angle and carry distance. The multimaterial design—titanium face and crown, stainless-steel sole—creates a low CG.
Idea Super LS
Who It's For: Distance gluttons who want power anywhere.
Wow Factor: It looks sensational at address and feels great. Oh, yeah, it crushes the ball, too.
Specs: Six lofts (15°, 17°, 19°, 22°, 25°, 28°) with some also offered in lefty models, Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage shaft.
adamsgolf.com | $349
AdamsKey Feature: A long, wide slot behind the clubface goes completely through the club, so the clubface can flex at impact for maximum ball speed and distance—up to 15 yards compared to hybrids without slots, claims the company. Offered as stand-alone hybrids or combined with the iron set of the same name.
Idea Tech V8
Who It's For: Mid- to higher-handicappers.
Wow Factor: The high-lofted models are a blast to hit.
Specs: Six lofts (17° 2H, 19° 3H, 22° 4H, 25° 5H, 28° 6H, 32° 7H), Mitsubishi Rayon Bassara graphite shaft.
adamsgolf.com | $179
Bobby JonesKey Feature: These feature the same three-piece construction as the new woods, with a razor-thin crown, face and rugged sole. Each hybrid has a hosel that enables loft adjustments for a perfect fit. The clubface is both deeper and wider than previous models.
Who It's For: Any skill level who appreciates the work of master clubmaker Jesse Ortiz.
Wow Factor: It's a cinch to align, and even easier to hit.
Specs: Comes in three lofts (21°, 25°, 30°) with Graphite Design JS shafts.
CallawayKey Feature: Designed for distance, its "Speed Frame" clubface combines with a calculated CG height to generate high ball speed. The modernized Warbird soleplate enhances playability and versatility. The clubhead shaping is meant to produce a fairway wood's distance and forgiveness and an iron's accuracy and control.
X Hot, X Hot Pro
Who It's For: All players. Better ones will like the Pro version.
Wow Factor: Folks, hybrids don't get any easier than this.
Specs: Comes in a variety of lofts for both models with Royal Precision Project X Velocity shafts. (LH available)
callawaygolf.com | $179
ClevelandKey Feature: The Gliderail sole design cuts through uneven terrain with ease and the deep and low CG lifts the ball in a hurry. Oh, yeah, the Matrix Ozik shaft is a nice touch, too. You really can't go wrong with these bad boys...
Who It's For: Players who want a versatile hybrid that matches the awesome Classic woods line.
Wow Factor: Its looks are understated. But don't be fooled. These hybrids perform beautifully.
Specs: Comes in five lofts (15.5°, 18°, 20.5°, 23°, 26°) with Matrix Ozik X-Con graphite shafts. (LH available)
clevelandgolf.com | $149
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