Adams Super S and LS Drivers: Editor Review
Summary: Adams did a great job creating two high-performing drivers for two different types of golfers.
Pros: Both drivers are very long and low-spinning, with good looks and a robust sound. The Super S is great for golfers looking for more forgiveness off the tee, while the Super LS will control launch and spin for high-speed bombers. Adams did a great job at hitting the mark for both types of players.
The Bottom Line: The Super S and LS models will reach a wide spectrum of players who have liked the performance and looks of Adams drivers in the past. They’re great drivers, but might get lost in the competitive driver market of 2013 due to a lack of tour use.
Adams Golf introduced two drivers in 2013, the Speedline Super S and the Speedline Super LS. The S comes set as a 10.5-degree driver, but it is adjustable up or down 1 degree. A fourth setting, 10.5F, flattens the lie. Its head measures 460 cubic centimeters and the club is fitted with a 46-inch Matrix Radix shaft that weighs about 50 grams.
The LS head also measures 460 CCs, but its standard shaft (the Mitsubishi Kuro Kage) weighs about 10 grams more (this will matter later in the review). The shaft has a stock length of 45 inches, but it is able to be made 0.5 inches longer with an included spacer that fits into the head. To compensate the for added weight, the LS comes with two weight screws (one heavy, one light), which will allow golfers to make the swing weight a few points heavier or lighter.
The loft, face angle and lie of the LS are also adjustable, allowing for variances of up to 2 degrees in lie and 1 degree either way in loft. Unfortunately, unlike the Nike Covert and TaylorMade R1, there’s no way to adjust loft and face angle independently.
The LS is viewed as the flagship model, based on its $399 suggested price point. The S comes out as the more economical alternative, listed with a $299 price point. Adams is targeting its LS model to the more serious, probably lower-handicap golfer, equipping the club with a higher-end shaft and giving it greater adjustability. Sometimes more is too much, and it will likely behoove middle- and high-handicap golfers to purchase the less-adjustable S model.
This tester’s swing speed with driver inhabits the 95 to 100 mph region. There was quite a noticeable difference between the two shafts, which is attributed to the weight difference. The Matrix Radix in the S weighs 18 percent less than the Kuro Kage in the LS. When shafts were swapped between driver heads, the Matrix Radix again proved easier to control.
Both driver heads are low spinning, but the construction of the LS head, along with its stouter shaft, makes it lower launching than the S.
Both driver’s feature Adams’ VST technology, which means that there is a slot cut in the sole of the driver that Adams says creates more spring-like effect for “consistently longer drives.” The technology obviously has merits, and has worked wonders in the company’s fairway woods and hybrids, but I didn’t notice that much of an impact with the LS. The S driver, on the other hand, seemed to provide quite a bit more speed off the face on mishits, particularly shots hit low on the face.
Looks and Feel
Much ado was made about the first white driver heads a few years back. Evidently, plain white wasn’t enough, so manufacturers went forward with designs that mimicked NASCAR-style racing stripes. A bit of orange here, some yellow there. Many called this intrusion distracting, but Adams got it right. While the heads for the S and LS drivers are not pure white, their pipings and stripings are hazy gray, barely noteworthy as they blend into the dominant club head color.
You’re going to prefer one head over the other for its shape. The LS has a traditional pear shape, while the S pushes its toe out a bit in the modern, pseudo-triangular way. The sound the ball makes is loud, but not a cannon blast. If you like a softer concussion, you may be put off a bit by the resonating sound.
Ultimately, these two clubs offer as much confidence as you’ll find on the range or the tee. There is a reason that many women and senior professionals trust the Adams name. The swing characteristics of the women’s pro line up with those of the average male. The senior professionals have been around the block many times over and have little reason to play a club that offers no confidence nor performance.
The head covers that Adams fits to its drivers are pretty cool. With such a large head, it’s hard to imagine you could just slide the cover in, as you do your foot into a shoe, but you can!
The S driver is touted as a long driver’s war club. The insinuation is that it will give all golfers a few extra yards. The longer shaft is one reason for distance gains, and the more forgiving club face represents another. It reasons that a longer arc and more balanced face contact will translate into consistently longer flight and roll.
For me, the S was the right choice. I loved the look of the LS, but it proved to be a little too much driver for me to handle.