Pros: The Super S and LS hybrid offer two different looks at address — rounded (S) and narrow (LS). Both clubs are very long, launch the ball high in the air and are capable of producing a knockdown shot when needed. Each is available in six lofts, providing a gamut of options for the consumer.
Cons: They’re not adjustable. The titanium-constructed LS hybrids are longer than the Super S hybrids, but they’re not as forgiving.
The Bottom Line: These S and LS hybrids vary quite a bit, giving golfers two distinct hybrid options. Both are excellent clubs and worth an investigation; my suggestion is to hit the heck out of them until you determine which you prefer.
The feature most associated with Adams fairway and hybrid clubs are the slots on the crown and sole of the clubs. Those slots are deeper and thinner in the Super S and LS hybrids than in previous models, which Adams says creates less deflection (meaning less side spin) and an increased launch angle (meaning more height, quicker.)
The slots also increase the characteristic time of the clubs, or “spring-like” effect, which is the measurement of the amount of time a golf ball stays on a club face. The CT of the stainless-steel-constructed Super S hybrid is 230 microseconds, while the LS, which has a titanium face and crown, has an insane CT of 250 — 7 microseconds less than the USGA’s limit of 257.
The LS comes with a Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage 80-gram shaft that’s more robust than the S’s Matrix Kujoh 75 shaft. The LS offers three flex options (R, S and XS) while the S clubs provide a fourth option, more flexible than the R: the A. Both lines offer a range of six lofts: 15, 17, 19, 22, 25 and 28, but the LS hybrids measure out 0.5 inches longer. The LS is also 0.5 degrees more upright, but only in the 15- and 17-degree lofts.
Each Super S hybrid lists at $130 on the Adams site, while the LS series has a suggested retail value of $230 per club.
By adjusting ball position at address (forward, center and back), a golfer can control trajectory with surprising ease. Mishits are more noticeable (and unfortunate) with the LS versus the S, but that makes sense, since the LS comes with heavier, stiffer shafts that will work better for more skilled players who hit the sweet spot more often.
The S line of hybrids was quite forgiving on mishits — they don’t go as far as squarely-connected shots with the LS hybrids, but they don’t slide left or right with abandon, either.
Both of these hybrids will do a fine job of replacing long irons in the set, and offer the combined perquisites of those irons and fairway metals: properly struck shots launch quickly, with the penetrating flight of the long iron, yet peak then land softly as happens with a well-hit fairway metal.
Golfers swap out long irons for hybrids when they lose confidence in the blades. The hybrid serves to cut through moderate rough better than a long iron, with less heel grab and face twisting. The increased mass allows the hybrid to push past blades of grass that might snag an iron head.
Golfers who want more distance should look to the LS line. Those seeking more forgiveness, or looking to save a few bucks should lean toward the S.
Looks and Feel
The Super S has a more rounded, pear-shaped look, which will give golfers the feeling that they are hitting a “mini fairway wood,” and will appeal to the eye of golfers who have played multiple fairway metals with success. In fact, at first glance, golfers often mistake the S line heads for fairway metals. The LS has a thinner, sleeker look that will appeal to golfers who grudgingly gave up their long irons.
A slight color difference is also apparent. The LS line continues the theme of white and gray in both wording and geometry; the S line outlines “Super” on the back of the crown in red. As you might guess, the red piping of the S series certainly stands out more than the light grays of the LS.
Both clubs report unmistakable feedback on a mishit. Likewise, the sensation of a shot caught squarely is pleasant beyond words. A solid “thwock” emanates from each proper strike. No pings, zings or angelic harp sounds to disrupt the audio-kinesthetic connection.
Adams golf established quite a hybrid presence on golf’s professional tours before it was acquired by TaylorMade-Adidas. Since the acquisition, Adams has continued to distinguish itself with its hybrid production.
Since its founding by Barney Adams, the company has gone to lengths to produce a quality club and the S and LS hybrids continue that tradition. You should grab a hold of an Adams hybrid the next time you go shopping; if it fits your eye, take it out for a rip or two. They’re quality clubs that you might find to be a lot better for you than the long irons in your bag.