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Spotted: 2014 Adams XTD Drivers, Fairway Woods, Hybrids and Forged Irons

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Check out these spy pics of the Adams 2013 XTD drivers, fairway woods, hybrids and irons. It appears that Adams has gone slots galore (even in its forged irons) to make themselves the company with the hottest clubs in golf.

The 2014 XTD driver, fairway woods and hybrids each feature two slots (one on the sole and one on the crown), which resemble the “cut-through” slot design that Adams included on its latest Tight Lies fairway woods.

The forged irons also feature a slot in the sole, which is positioned closer to the face than TaylorMade’s RocketBladez irons (remember, they are cast). It’s an interesting move that Adams has stepped up with a forged players iron before TaylorMade, which is Adams’ parent company.

In another bold move, the 2014 XTD drivers, fairway woods and hybrids are rumored to come stock with Matrix’s Q3 “Red Tie” shaft, and the entire line will include Iomic’s Sticky 2.3 grips.

Adams XTD Driver

The deep-faced driver is adjustable, and features a screw in the sole that will be used to tune swing weight. Adams is known to produce extremely low-spin drivers, and the 2014 XTD appears to be no exception.

adams xtd driver

Adams XTD Ti Fairway Woods

According to sources, Adams had to slow down the titanium faces of its fairway woods and hybrids to bring them in line with USGA limits. That means that the faces are a little thicker in the middle to give them the maximum COR rating of 0.83. and the outer edges of the face are a little thinner, which delivers maximum face rebound across the face.

adams xtd fairway

See what our members are saying about the 2o14 Adams XTD lineup in the forums.

Adams XTD Ti Hybrid

adams xtd hybrid

Adams XTD Forged Irons:

We’re being told that a full set of these bad boys also comes with a DHy driving hybrid, Adams’ super hot driving iron. According to sources, the slot gives the forged irons a floating face that creates more ball speed in the sweet spot and more consistent ball speeds across the face for more forgiveness.

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See what our members are saying about the 2014 Adams XTD lineup in the forums.

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  1. paul

    Mar 9, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    I had a chance to hit the irons at a local golf show. Amazing! I play titleist 710cbs and these xtds were much softer feeling, went a little longer and were more accurate. I will look for a used set next year. Can hardly wait.

  2. DBO

    Nov 30, 2013 at 6:40 am

    I have the new XTD on the way… Hit them against the CMB with PX 6.0 shafts which I was fitted for a while ago and I was hitting the XTD longer, straighter and with better spin rates. The C Tapers are amazing and the clubs are awesome all around.

    For anyone that thinks these flat black clubs are ugly, please think again… Maybe it’s just me, but I think the flat black is the best looking design yet. Wish the XTD were black like the CB3 to make the whole set match.

    For people who hate on the slot design, it’s all about the technology. You may think its ugly but you will forget about that very quickly when your ball goes further and straighter thanks to the technology that makes Adams clubs so dang great.

    Please go to the PGA store or your local store and hit them against your current club. You will be impressed.

    And before anyone says anything I do not work for Adams although I would love to! They are a local company here in Plano Texas and I love what they do.. They made a game changing design with the Tight Lies back in the day and again with their new one. They are implementing the tech into other clubs… Love them or hate them but Adams is making some great clubs and you are missing out if you don’t even give them a try.

  3. Taylor Made

    Oct 10, 2013 at 1:21 am

    We are sorry that we have taken the Adams brand, and totally ruined it. We turned it into a joke, even after promising not to.

    • Tom

      Oct 12, 2013 at 11:50 am

      I trust your speaking from experience? Have you applied your talents to these new offerings?

    • DBO

      Nov 30, 2013 at 6:41 am

      Funny thing is Adams is making Taylor Made look good not the other way around…

      • paul

        Dec 31, 2013 at 12:28 pm

        Best compliment is copying someone elses design. These irons should have been called rocketblades as they are far closer to blades then the GI clubs that TM made.

  4. nthetrenches1970

    Oct 9, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    Ummmm….yea….nothing cheap about them at all. Pictures don’t always tell them whole story. I thought they looked good at adress and the ball just jumped off of the fairway and hybrids. I didn’t hit the driver, but it reminded me othe 964ls….except with the cut thru technology. Wanted to leave the course with those demos..

  5. Nick

    Sep 14, 2013 at 9:11 am

    Ugly

  6. STLOUIS RULZ!

    Sep 10, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    Way to go Adams!! Product looks awesome,feels great and that driver is scary long! Adams is one of the few company’s (maybe the only) who use the real deal shafts in their drivers, woods and irons. Now we get iomic grips, c-taper shafts, stock. Oh yeah, and they have the #1 hybrid on all tours. Nothing cheap there. They take their whole budget and spend it on making the best clubs….not ad campaigns. KAAAAABOOMMM

    • DJ

      Sep 11, 2013 at 1:02 pm

      +1

      • lance

        Sep 16, 2013 at 1:36 am

        + 1 more!! ADAMS is a great brand of clubs. Not to mention the YES putter line, speaking of yes i hope they bring the I 4 tech bullseye to retail in 2014. There was pics on here of it at the 2013 pga show!

  7. Tom

    Sep 10, 2013 at 10:40 am

    Hold on you guy’s haven’t seen the new line of irons “speed Blade from TMAG yet….

  8. tsrcmp29

    Sep 10, 2013 at 10:16 am

    Since when did Adams become a powerhouse forged iron maker. If you look up what Ping main business was before golf one can argue they know more than anyone. Want a real forged iron put something made in japan in you bag. The Adams stuff look like crap because that what it is.

    • Tom

      Sep 11, 2013 at 3:45 pm

      Lol your are misinformed.MIJ is a weak market. Even Japan has their iron heads forged in China now. “Adams stuff looks like crap”? tells me your a purest, probably Mizuno or Muira irons. My ADAMS MB2’s against your irons any day any time, Can’t tell the difference. Give up the buhaha about MIJ is better. Get educated read articles on this site from Tom Wishon.

  9. Jack

    Sep 10, 2013 at 5:04 am

    Looks like Taylormade’s way of not having Adams cannibalizing their sales is to make the clubs ugly and cheap and charge alot for them.

    • DJ

      Sep 10, 2013 at 11:07 am

      I liked them last week when I hit them….none of them looked ugly or cheap. I thought they were stylish yet conservative.

      • Jack

        Sep 13, 2013 at 11:32 pm

        They are available to hit already? Nice to get an early hands on.

        I have the Super LS woods (driver and 3) which I think look nice, but I just don’t like their new logo in the generic cursive script. I think the newest driver and 3 wood look good apart from the logo, but the badge on the irons doesn’t look like it fits well in the middle.

  10. Tony Lynam

    Sep 9, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    I have been an Adams guy for a few years with their “player” line of clubs, and currently play CMBs with A4s as my back up. 9064LS driver backed up by a Cobra ZL. Hybrids and three wood are Adams, but I’m not diggings these

    • Tony Lynam

      Jan 17, 2014 at 2:36 pm

      I finally saw the driver and irons in person, I humbly withdraw my earlier comments. The combo set in the XTD irons is pretty nice, and the driver looks very cool in person, can’t wait to hit it.

  11. John

    Sep 9, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    This is so fugly, massive fail

  12. Tom

    Sep 9, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    The irons are a combo set

  13. John

    Sep 9, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Looking really nice, minus the speed slot on top. If the face was too hot then why not take out the top slot and keep the face hot? Or was there maybe a reliability issue?

  14. J

    Sep 8, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    New Taylormade Irons Come out on September 9, 2013

  15. Thomas Phillips

    Sep 8, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    I would really be interested in testing out that driver!

    • Theowner

      Sep 9, 2013 at 11:30 am

      Me too!! That drivers looks unreal. Love all the details…kind of like a fine watch.

  16. Tom

    Sep 8, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Geez..Getting fancy. Matrix Q3 red tie and Iomic 2.3 grips.

  17. MorikawaTMaG

    Sep 8, 2013 at 4:11 am

    i like the CMB’s better

    • Jack

      Sep 9, 2013 at 12:52 am

      I’m glad I’m not the only one! I think these new products actually look worse than last year’s clubs. The XTD tag looks cheap.

  18. Scott

    Sep 8, 2013 at 12:02 am

    Hope taylormade doesn’t ruin adams irons!!

  19. Scott

    Sep 8, 2013 at 12:02 am

    Do these replace the CMBs?

    • DJ

      Sep 9, 2013 at 8:23 pm

      Yes they will replace the CMB’s. The XTD Irons are Forged Blades that come with the DHy hybrid in the 3 & 4.
      Hit them in the desert last week and the XTD lineup is very strong.
      There goal for XTD is to make the finest clubs possible without worrying about the price.

  20. Matt

    Sep 7, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    If the 5 wood can out hit my Super S 5 wood then I will definitely buy it and I will also try the 3 wood but my Cobra Amp Cell 3 is going to be hard to beat. The irons look nice although the horizontal lines that are cut into it need to go but I will still try them out and maybe replace my Adams Super S irons I am using now. The hybrid I am not set on yet, it looks bad but it may just perform well enough to consider it too. Overall I say Adams is looking good for my bag next year minus the driver and 3 wood that spot is all Cobra.

  21. DB

    Sep 7, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    Awesome.

  22. naflack

    Sep 7, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    I would play them all in a second!

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Andrew “Beef” Johnston WITB 2017

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Equipment is accurate as of the 2017 RSM Classic (11/14/17).

Driver: Titleist 917D2 (9.5 Degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei Orange 70TX

3 Wood: Titleist 917F3 (15 Degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei Orange 80TX

Hybrids: Titleist 816 H2 (19 Degrees)
Shafts: Mitsubishi Kuro Kage 90HY TX

Driving Irons: Titleist 718 T-MB 2 & 3 Iron (17 & 20 Degrees)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 Tour Issue

Irons: Titleist 718 MB (3-9)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 Tour Issue

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (46-10F, 50-08F, 54-10S)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue

Putter: Scotty Cameron Circle T Super Rat I GSS Inlay
Grip: Scotty Cameron Standard Pistol

Putter: Scotty Cameron Circle T Newport 2
Grip: Scotty Cameron Standard Cord Pistol

Putter: Scotty Cameron Circle T Super Rat II GSS Inlay
Grip: Scotty Cameron Standard Cord Pistol

WITB Notes: Beef was testing a variety of putters ahead of The RSM Classic. We will update this post when his choice is confirmed. 

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Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about Beef’s clubs. 

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As we’ve written before, the decision to put a new driver in the bag is usually obvious. Better numbers at testing, perceptibly longer distance, and as long as your bank account allows, you have your new gamer.

The iron switch, however, is a trickier beast. Comfort with the variety of shots one needs to hit is key. Confidence from one’s long irons through the higher lofts is critical. Thus, even the greatest enthusiasm for a new iron release isn’t always followed by a mass exodus to gaming said irons. This is doubly true at the professional level, where the tools are critical to a player’s livelihood.

That said, the combination of forum chatter, GolfWRX member enthusiasm, and what we’re spotting in our WITB photos from tour stops are a reliable indicator of the hottest irons in the game.

And judging by the response to our recent Instagram post, we’re confident that these four models are the hottest blade irons in golf right now.

Callaway Apex MB

Buzz built steadily for the Apex MB iron when we first spotted them in Tour players’ bags at the beginning of 2017. The irons are the product of direct feedback from the company’s Tour staffers, according to Luke Williams, Director of Product and Brand Management at Callaway. Forged from 1025 Carbon Steel, these irons have the shortest blade lengths, the thinnest soles and the smallest overall heads in the vast line of Callaway irons. They’re designed for maximum workability, and for tour-desired turf interaction.

Related: Callaway (finally) launches new Apex MB and X Forged irons

Mizuno MP-18

The pioneers of Grain-Flow Forging, Mizuno went back to its roots with the MP-18 iron model. A throwback to the great muscle backs in the company’s history, Mizuno was shooting for the look of an iron that could have been forged a century ago. Shorter blade length, cambered top line, sharp, compact wedges, all combined with the most minimal badging make the MP-18 an instant classic that set the GolfWRX forums afire.

Related: Mizuno brings the MP family closer together

TaylorMade P730

TaylorMade’s P730, particularly in its prototype incarnations, made quite a splash on the PGA Tour. Building on the heritage of the TP-MB irons, P730 was developed in collaboration with the very best players in the world. The 1025 carbon steel irons irons feature a smaller profile and crisper lines than the MB series irons. The combination of the clean look and a deep rear groove have players drooling. Discussing working with Dustin Johnson and Justin Rose to design the P730, TM’s Senior Director of Irons, Tomo Bystedt said, “What these players need is a very low-inertia club that they can [manipulate] easily, almost like a surgeon’s scalpel.” Behold the scalpel.

Related: Taylormade expands forged offerings with P730 and P790

Titleist 718 MB

“For the purist there is no substitute for a one-piece, muscle back iron. The 718 MB is the modern choice for those desiring a traditional forged look and feel,” says Titleist in the 718 MB marketing materials.

It’s hard to argue with that statement from the “appearance of a classic forged iron” standpoint. Purists appreciate that the 718 MB maintains Titleist’s traditional lofts (the 6-iron is 31 degrees, the pitching-wedge is 47 degrees), thin top-line, minimal offset, and limited badging. In short, if it ain’t broke…

Related: Titleist’s 718 irons offer endless possibilities.

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Austin Cook’s Winning WITB: The 2017 RSM Classic

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Driver: Ping G400 LST (8.5 Degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder 661 Evolution TX-Flex

3 Wood: Ping G400 Stretch (13 Degrees)
Shaft: Fujifuke Motore Speeder VC 7.2 TX-Flex

Hybrid: Ping G400 3 Hybrid (19 Degrees)
Shaft: Matrix Ozik Altus Tour H8 91X

Hybrid: Ping G400 4 Hybrid (22 Degrees)
Shaft: Matrix Ozik Altus Tour H8 91 X

Irons: Ping S55 Orange Dot (5-PW)
Shafts: KBS Tour S-Flex

Wedges: Ping Glide 2.0 SS (50-12, 56-12), Ping Glide 2.0 WS (60)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue

Putter: Ping Sigma G Tyne 
Grip: SuperStroke Mid-Slim 2.0

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1

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