Wednesday, November 30, -0001
We Tried It: Adams Golf Gear
We put Adam's clubs to the test.
A mixed set designed for the average player who aspires to be better—instantly.
First Impressions: This mixed set features three different types of clubs: hybrids, hybrid-irons and irons, all of which blend together rather seamlessly.
Performance: The oversized a7OS set is made for golfers who want a lot of forgiveness in the ways they need it most. With the short irons (8-PW), each has a big clubface and a wide sole to help not only hit higher and straighter shots, but also prevent fat and thin shots. The hybrid-irons, our favorite type of the set, make hitting middle irons so easy that we swore it was like cheating. We noticed that not only are they easy to hit, but these hybrid-irons (6-7) combated a slice very well, since we primarily hit drawing shots with both of them. Finally, the hybrids (3-5) also were long and easy to hit. Like the hybrid-irons, they too counteracted a slice by employing a draw-biased design. Shaftwise, this set comes only in graphite, and we noticed they did wonders for shock absorption, and their lightweight design can help speed up slower swing speeds. But, faster swingers may find they produce a ballflight that balloons and flies too high too soon.
Bottom Line: The a7OS is a solid set for golfers who need both added power and trajectory (on the higher side) with their iron shots. Also, they work wonders for helping golfers who battle hitting sliced shots.
a7 Select Putters
Adams Golf makes putters? Yep. Better yet, they look great and are all value-priced.
First Impressions: There are six different models to choose from in the a7 Select series, from mallet to traditional blade. Visually, the most striking features are the yellow grips and the yellow urethane face inserts.
Performance: Well, well, well. Could the a7 Select be the best putter you have yet to try in 2010? We think it’s possible, considering how well they look and feel. With regards to the “co-molded urethane technology (CUT Design)” insert, our putts had a good blend of responsiveness and firmness—a trait we don’t often find in putters with nonmetal inserts (sometimes they feel too soft). Our favorite model was the 62 Series mallet, with its white-striped alignment aid, plumber’s neck hosel and a 355 gram weight. It felt great and, no doubt, will work well for straight-back-and-straight-through strokes. The rest of the line adhered to traditional designs, each with a micro-milled face and CUT Design insert.
Bottom Line: Every putter in this line ought to be considered if you’re looking for a nonmetal insert putter that isn’t too mushy. Priced at $69, the a7 Select putters are a great buy, plain and simple.
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