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



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.

adams xtd irons

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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



    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


      • 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


  22. naflack

    Sep 7, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    I would play them all in a second!

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Review: FlightScope Mevo



In 100 Words

The Mevo is a useful practice tool for amateur golfers and represents a step forward from previous offerings on the market. It allows golfers to practice indoors or outdoors and provides club speed, ball speed, smash factor, launch angle, spin rate, carry distance and flight time.

It also has a video capture mode that will overlay swing videos with the swing data of a specific swing. It is limited in its capabilities and its accuracy, though, which golfers should expect at this price point. All in all, it’s well worth the $499 price tag if you understand what you’re getting.

The Full Review

The FlightScope Mevo is a launch monitor powered by 3D Doppler radar. With a retail price of $499, it is obviously aimed to reach the end consumer as opposed to PGA professionals and club fitters.

The Mevo device itself is tiny. Like, really tiny. It measures 3.5-inches wide, 2.8-inches tall and 1.2-inches deep. In terms of everyday products, it’s roughly the size of an Altoids tin. It’s very easy to find room for it in your golf bag, and the vast majority of people at the range you may be practicing at won’t even notice it’s there. Apart from the Mevo itself, in the box you get a quick start guide, a charging cable, a carrying pouch, and some metallic stickers… more on those later. It has a rechargeable internal battery that reaches a full charge in about two hours and lasts for about four hours when fully charged.

As far as software goes, the Mevo pairs with the Mevo Golf app on your iOS or Android device. The app is free to download and does not require any subscription fees (unless you want to store and view videos of your swing online as opposed to using the memory on your device). The app is very easy to use even for those who aren’t tech savvy. Make sure you’re using the most current version of the firmware for the best results, though (I did experience some glitches at first until I did so). The settings menu does have an option to manually force firmware writing, but updates should happen automatically when you start using the device.

Moving through the menus, beginning sessions, editing shots (good for adding notes on things like strike location or wind) are all very easy. Video mode did give me fits the first time I used it, though, as it was impossible to maintain my connection between my phone and the Mevo while having the phone in the right location to capture video properly. The only way I could achieve this was by setting the Mevo as far back from strike location as the device would allow. Just something to keep in mind if you find you’re having troubles with video mode.

Screenshot of video capture mode with the FlightScope Mevo

Using the Mevo

When setting up the Mevo, it needs to be placed between 4-7 feet behind the golf ball, level with the playing surface and pointed down the target line. The distance you place the Mevo behind the ball does need to be entered into the settings menu before starting your session. While we’re on that subject, before hitting balls, you do need to select between indoor, outdoor, and pitching (ball flight less than 20 yards) modes, input your altitude and select video or data mode depending on if you want to pair your data with videos of each swing or just see the data by itself. You can also edit the available clubs to be monitored, as you will have to tell the Mevo which club you’re using at any point in time to get the best results. Once you get that far, you’re pretty much off to the races.

Testing the Mevo

I tested the FlightScope Mevo with Brad Bachand at Man O’ War Golf Center in Lexington, Kentucky. Brad is a member of the PGA and has received numerous awards for golf instruction and club fitting. I wanted to put the Mevo against the best device FlightScope has to offer and, luckily, Brad does use his $15,000 FlightScope X3 daily. We had both the FlightScope Mevo and Brad’s FlightScope X3 set up simultaneously, so the numbers gathered from the two devices were generated from the exact same strikes. Brad also set up the two devices and did all of the ball striking just to maximize our chances for success.

The day of our outdoor session was roughly 22 degrees Fahrenheit. There was some wind on that day (mostly right to left), but it wasn’t a major factor. Our setup is pictured below.

Outdoor testing setup with FlightScope X3 (foreground) and Mevo

The results of our outdoor testing are shown below. The testing was conducted with range balls, and we did use the metallic stickers. The range balls used across all the testing were all consistently the same brand. Man O’ War buys all new range balls once a year and these had been used all throughout 2017.  The 2018 batch had not yet been purchased at the time that testing was conducted.

Raw outdoor data captured with range balls including metallic stickers. Mevo data (blue) and X3 data (orange) were both generated from the same exact shots.

You’ll notice some peculiar data in the sand wedge spin category. To be honest, I don’t fully know what contributed to the X3 measuring such low values. While the Mevo’s sand wedge spin numbers seem more believable, you could visibly see that the X3 was much more accurate on carry distance. Below is a quick summary of the percent differences between each of the parameters as presented by the Mevo and the X3 in our outdoor session when separated out for each club. As previously mentioned, though, take sand wedge spin with a grain of salt.

Table showing the percent difference of each parameter between Mevo and X3 grouped by club (outdoor testing).

The first thing we noticed was that the Mevo displays its numbers while the golf ball is still in midair, so it was clear that it wasn’t watching the golf ball the entire time like the X3. According to the Mevo website, carry distance, height and flight time are all calculated while club speed, ball speed, launch angle and spin rate are measured. As for the accuracy of the measured parameters, the Mevo’s strength is ball speed. The accuracy of the other measured ball parameters (launch angle and spin rate) is questionable depending on certain factors (quality of strike, moisture on the clubface and ball, quality of ball, etc). I would say it ranges between “good” or “very good” and “disappointing” with most strikes being categorized as “just okay.”

As for the calculated parameters of carry distance, height and time, those vary a decent amount. Obviously, when the measurements of the three inputs become less accurate, the three outputs will become less accurate as a result. Furthermore, according to FlightScope, the Mevo’s calculations are not accounting for things like temperature, humidity, and wind. The company has also stated, though, that future updates will likely adjust for these parameters by using location services through the app.

Now, let’s talk about those metallic stickers. According to the quick start guide, the Mevo needs a sticker on every golf ball you hit, and before you hit each ball, the ball needs to be placed such that the sticker is facing the target. It goes without saying that it doesn’t sound like a whole lot of fun to spend time putting those stickers on every ball, let alone balls that will never come back to you if you’re at a public driving range. Obviously, people are going to want to avoid using the stickers if they can, so do they really matter? Below is a table of data showing the percent difference between the Mevo’s data and the X3’s data of what we collected outdoors with a driver and range balls with and without the use of the stickers.

Table showing how the percent difference of each parameter changes between Mevo and X3 when you use the metallic stickers and when you don’t

The FlightScope website says that the metallic stickers “are needed in order for the Mevo to accurately measure ball spin.” We observed pretty much the same as shown in the table above. The website also states they are working on alternative solutions to stickers (possibly a metallic sharpie), which I think is wise.

Another thing we thought would be worth testing is the impact of different golf balls. Below is a table of data showing the percent difference between the Mevo’s data and the X3’s data of what we collected outdoors with a driver and range balls as compared to Pro V1’s. All of this data was collected using the metallic stickers.

Table showing how the percent difference of each parameter changes between Mevo and X3 when you switch from range balls to Pro V1’s

As shown above, the data gets much closer virtually across the board when you use better quality golf balls. Just something else to keep in mind when using the Mevo.

Indoor testing requires 8 feet of ball flight (impact zone to hitting net), which was no problem for us. Our setup is pictured below. All of the indoor testing was conducted with Titleist Pro V1 golf balls using the metallic stickers.

Indoor testing setup with FlightScope X3 (foreground) and Mevo

The results of our indoor session are shown below.

Raw indoor data captured with Pro V1’s including metallic stickers. Mevo data (blue) and X3 data (orange) were both generated from the same exact shots.

Below is a quick summary of the percent differences between each of the parameters as presented by the Mevo and the X3 in our indoor session when separated out for each club.

Table showing the percent difference of each parameter between Mevo and X3 grouped by club (indoor testing)

On the whole, the data got much closer together between the two devices in our indoor session. I would think a lot of that can be attributed to the use of quality golf balls and to removing outdoor factors like wind and temperature (tying into my previous comment above).

As far as overall observations between all sessions, the most striking thing was that the Mevo consistently gets more accurate when you hit really good, straight shots. When you hit bad shots, or if you hit a fade or a draw, it gets less and less accurate.

The last parameter to address is club speed, which came in around 5 percent different on average between the Mevo and X3 based on all of the shots recorded. The Mevo was most accurate with the driver at 2.1 percent different from the X3 over all strikes and it was the least accurate with sand wedge by far. Obviously, smash factor accuracy will follow club speed for the most part since ball speed is quite accurate. Over every shot we observed, the percent difference on ball speed was 1.2 percent on average between the Mevo and the X3. Again, the Mevo was least accurate with sand wedges. If I remove all sand wedge shots from the data, the average percent difference changes from 1.2 percent to 0.7 percent, which is very, very respectable.

When it comes to the different clubs used, the Mevo was by far most accurate with mid irons. I confirmed this with on-course testing on a relatively flat 170-yard par-3 as well. Carry distances in that case were within 1-2 yards on most shots (mostly related to quality of strike). With the driver, the Mevo was reasonably close, but I would also describe it as generous. It almost always missed by telling me that launch angle was higher, spin rate was lower and carry distance was farther than the X3. Generally speaking, the Mevo overestimated our driver carries by about 5 percent. Lastly, the Mevo really did not like sand wedges at all. Especially considering those shots were short enough that you could visibly see how far off the Mevo was with its carry distance. Being 10 yards off on a 90 yard shot was disappointing.


The Mevo is a really good product if you understand what you’re getting when you buy it. Although the data isn’t good enough for a PGA professional, it’s still a useful tool that gives amateurs reasonable feedback while practicing. It’s also a fair amount more accurate than similar products in its price range, and I think it could become even better with firmware updates as Flightscope improves upon its product.

This is a much welcomed and very promising step forward in consumer launch monitors, and the Mevo is definitely worth a look if you’re in the market for one.

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Sergio Garcia WITB 2018



Equipment is accurate as of the 2018 Honda Classic (2/20/2018).

Driver: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero (9 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi KuroKage Dual Core 70TX

3 Wood: Callaway Rogue 3+ (13.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi KuroKage XT 80TX

5 Wood: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero (18 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi KuroKage XT 80TX

Irons: Callaway Apex Pro 16 (3, 4), Callaway Apex MB 18 (5-9 iron)
Shafts: Nippon Modus Tour 130x

Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy 4 (48-10S, 54-10S, 58-08C)
Shafts: Nippon Modus Tour 130x

Putter: Odyssey Toulon Azalea
Grip: Super Stroke 1.0 SGP

Golf Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft


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Gary Woodland WITB 2018



Equipment is accurate as of the 2018 Honda Classic (2/19/2018).

Driver: TaylorMade M3 440 (9 degrees)
Shaft: Acra Tour-Z RPG

Fairway Woods: TaylorMade M2 2017 (15 degrees)
Shafts: Accra Tour-Zx 4100

Driving Iron: Titleist 716 T-MB (2)
Shaft: KBS Tour C-Taper 130 X

Irons: Titleist 716 MB (4-9)
Shafts: KBS Tour C-Taper Limited Edition Black PVD 130 X

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (48-10F, 52-08F, 56-10S), Callaway Mack Daddy PM Grind (60-10)
Shafts: KBS Tour C-Taper Limited X (48), KBS Hi-Rev Black PVD S-Flex (52, 56, 60)

Putter: Scotty Cameron Circle T 009
Grip: Scotty Cameron Pistol

Golf Ball: Bridgestone Tour B X


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