We Tried It: Adams Golf Gear

We put Adam's clubs to the test.

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Speedline Fast 10
Designed to be aerodynamically superior than a traditional head shape, the Speedline Fast 10 is a power hitter’s dream. Or is it?

First Impressions: From the address position, the Fast 10 looks like a traditionally shaped, deep-face driver. But turn it over and you’ll see the aerodynamic shaping that, according to Adams Golf, increases the aerodynamics of the clubhead as it cuts through the air, resulting in less air drag and a greater swing speed. If you hit up the Adams Golf Speedline microsite, you’ll see just how this works, including graphic simulations and a wind-tunnel test.

Performance: We killed this driver. And that’s a good thing. Shots hit off the toe and heel still managed to find the fairway most of the time, however we noticed that, on occasion, the ball tended to balloon upward more than we may have liked, meaning, the Matrix HD shaft in the model we tested was a little soft at the tip. Nevertheless, with a proper fitting (which we didn’t have), we suspect this driver would be among the longest drivers of 2010.

Bottom Line: A power hitter, so long as the shaft is fitted properly for your swing. Hey, isn’t that the case with all drivers anyway?


Idea a7 Irons
A mixed set made up of five short irons, one mid-iron and two hybrids. Hmmm, very interesting…

First Impressions: The Idea a7 irons look fantastic. Adams did a great job blending the PW through 6-iron, with progressive offset and a topline and sole width that retain a smaller girth for more shotmaking abilities. We barely noticed the difference in aesthetics when checking out the hollow-body design of the 5-iron. The two hybrids have a compact shape that better players will like.

Performance:
Starting with the irons, each performed very well. The thin topline and narrow sole enabled some shot maneuverability, while the dual-cavity design lent out a good amount of forgiveness. If we had to pick, there was more forgiveness in these irons than there was control, but that’s exactly what most amateurs need. The 5-iron has a unique hollow-body design that serves to bridge the set from iron to hybrid. Shots fired with this club flew high and far, but we actually wished the 6-iron was of the hollow-body design, as well. Having just one hollow-body iron seemed a little odd, considering how easy it is to hit. Hey, we’d take it in a 7-iron in this design if it was available, too. As for the hybrids, they performed as one might expect from arguably one of the best hybrid brands in the world. Both make excellent long-iron replacements and are easy to hit. If we did happen to mis-hit either hybrid, it still managed to go fairly straight, albeit with a much lower and flatter trajectory. Solid shots, though, flew high and landed soft. (We dig the UST Mamiya ProForce AXIVCore graphite shafts.)

Bottom Line:
A top contender for a 2010 Tech Award, the Idea a7 set is a solid choice for golfers willing to hunker down and get a mixed set. We did wish the hollow-body design was available in more irons, such as the 6- or 7-iron.


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