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Adams’ new Tight Lies Fairway Woods and Hybrids have “Ghost Slot Technology”

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Maybe the most intriguing golf equipment development in recent years has been the addition of “slots” to modern drivers, fairway woods, hybrids and irons, and no company has used slots more noticeably on its fairway woods and hybrids than Adams Golf.

The concept behind slots is that they help the club face flex more at impact. That allows more energy to be transferred to the ball, especially on off-center hits, creating faster ball speeds for more distance and consistency.

Like last year’s model, Adams’ new Tight Lights fairway woods have two slots — one on the crown and one on the sole — but they’ll look completely different at address thanks to the company’s new “Ghost Slot Technology, which covers the slot on the crown of the clubs for a more traditional look.

Tight Lies_Ti FWY_Address

The Ghost Slot Technology, which is the company’s fifth generation of its slot technology, also has a new “barbell” cut-thru slot design, which the company says creates even faster ball speeds and a higher launch angle than its previous renditions.

The new Tight Lies fairway woods have the same upside down head shape and tri sole that makes the club easy to hit from the fairway and the rough, and this year marks the first time that the company will produce a Tight Lies hybrid. It will be available in lofts of 17 (RH only), 19, 21, 23 and 26 (RH only) degrees.

The Tight Lies fairway woods are available in lofts of 14.5, 16, 19 and 22 degrees and will sell for $199. The hybrids will sell for $179. Each model will be available Oct. 1 and come stock with a KuroKage graphite shaft by Mitsubishi Rayon.

Tight Lies_Ti FWY_Sole

An all-new model, Adams’ Tight Lies Titanium fairway woods ($249), has a titanium construction that gives the club a lower center of gravity for less spin. It comes in lofts of 13.5 (RH only), 15 and 18 degrees.

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  1. Lou

    Jan 26, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    Just purchased a Tight Lies Hybrid #3 19 degrees with a regular shaft. Excellent club. I am 67 and hit this about 195 yards carry with about 20 yard run out and that’s the knockdown shot. Put it a little up in your stance and it is 200 yards high ball flight with a little draw and plops down nice and easy. Really, really good. Get it.

  2. Eric

    Sep 9, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    Awesome to see a Tight Lies hybrid. Seems like this should have been out years ago.

  3. Rich

    Sep 8, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    Excellent. Been wanting to try Adams for years now but couldn’t get past the slot in the crown. The look is much better now and if they are as good as people say they are, they could be going in my bag. Nice work Adams

  4. bradford

    Sep 8, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    There’s almost 0 doubt I will end up with this hybrid. I’d like to see the crown, however.

  5. Evan

    Sep 6, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    Any more details? Would love to hear about the stock shaft on the titanium model. Should the new hybrid compare to the pro hybrids or more like the XTd’s? Thanks!

  6. STEVE

    Sep 5, 2014 at 12:44 am

    LOOK GOOD

  7. paul

    Sep 4, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    Sexy looking. Nice to see Adams make some clubs that perform and make the ball go far as well. To bad I am probably buying the last tight lies 3 wood or shot pro. Who buys the newest stuff anyway?

    • Teaj

      Sep 5, 2014 at 11:06 am

      Why would you when Taylormade drops there price every 3-4 months. if you love the new product wait a minute and it can be yours for a discounted price.

      • Tom v

        Sep 6, 2014 at 9:49 am

        How many times have they lowered the SLDR price since release?

        • RG

          Sep 6, 2014 at 5:41 pm

          Its only been out for 5 months It won’t be long til they come out with SLDR2…..

          • Trey

            Sep 6, 2014 at 8:55 pm

            SLDR WAS RELEASE IN AUGUST OF 2013, THEY JUST DROPPED THE PRICE ONLY $50 TO $349, IT MADE IT OVER AND ENTIRE YEAR FROM RELEASE BEFORE THEY DROPPED THE PRICE.

        • bradford

          Sep 8, 2014 at 3:21 pm

          Exactly 0 times.

          • bradford

            Sep 8, 2014 at 3:22 pm

            @ Trey, when was that? Price is still $399.

  8. Willy

    Sep 4, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    Whatever….

  9. D

    Sep 4, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    The Titanium will be a monster for sure, All of the Titanium XTD line has been crazy when you catch them. But I dont like the fact that all of the major OEM brands excluding Titleist and Ping are churning out clubs more and more often.

    • Tom v

      Sep 6, 2014 at 9:48 am

      Do you buy a new a car every year?

      • M R

        Sep 8, 2014 at 3:29 pm

        Thats not the point, there is no way that the company can build a technological improvement every 3-4 months. They are only doing that too bolster their quarterly balance sheets. The automotive business model is not exactly a good one to follow.

        • Justin

          Sep 10, 2014 at 11:50 pm

          How about this one: do you buy a new toaster every 3-4 months? We’re talking roughly the same thing… a static object that does something. If your current toaster/golf club works, what’s the point in buying a new one?

          Could you imagine that conversation?

          Joe: Man, I can’t WAIT for that new TSTR to come out…
          Jim: Even though the Toaster Alpha did come out 5 months ago, I still want the TSTR- it has a new “tour” handle!

      • bradford

        Sep 8, 2014 at 3:53 pm

        It IS quite hard to keep up as Honda keeps shoving new models down my throat 2-3 times a year. And 30K?? That’s getting ridiculous and it just KILLS the resale on my 2013 when EVERYONE else is buying the 2014. Honda’s ruining driving.

  10. Brodie Hock

    Sep 4, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    I thought they were done producing Adams…

    • Scooter McGavin

      Sep 5, 2014 at 6:58 am

      Nah. They’ll probably keep them around to appeal to certain markets. They have a recognizable name in hybrids, package sets, etc.

    • bradford

      Sep 5, 2014 at 7:42 am

      I think you mis-interpreted something. TaylorMade has made no indication that the Adams brand is going anywhere.

  11. Jeff

    Sep 4, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    Tight Lies are long, and really easy to hit. When the price comes down and the model is freely available without a lighter than air stock shaft I’d love to have one, or two or three.

    • bradford

      Sep 5, 2014 at 7:49 am

      The tour blue shaft wasn’t a lightweight shaft..what makes you think these will be lighter?

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Equipment is accurate as of the 2018 Houston Open (3/27/2018).

Driver: Callaway GBB Epic Sub Zero (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Rogue Max 75X

3 Wood: Titleist 917F3 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana White d+ 80X

Irons: Mizuno MP-Fli-Hi (2, 3), Piretti Limited Edition (4-PW)
Shaft: Aerotech SteelFiber hls880 (2), Aerotech SteelFiber i80 (3-PW)

Wedges: Callaway MD3 Milled (50-10S, 54-10S), Callaway Mack Daddy PM (60-10)
Shaft: KBS Tour 125 S+

Putter: Piretti 801 CU
Grip: Piretti Pistol

WITB Notes: We spotted Cabra with 15 clubs in the bag ahead of the 2018 Houston Open. We’ll update this post when we confirm the 14 clubs we used in competition.

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

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We first spotted TaylorMade’s new TP Black Copper putters at the 2018 PGA Show, but the company wasn’t saying anything about specs, release date, pricing, technologies, nothing.

Then, we all saw Rory McIlroy switch to a TaylorMade TP Black Copper Soto proto putter ahead of the 2018 Arnold Palmer Invitational, which he won by 3 strokes. Of course, Rory’s specific Soto putter was made with a special insert. Click here for all of the info and specs on Rory’s putter.

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Thus, the TP Black Copper finish was born.

Also, the putters are machined from 303 stainless steel, they have adjustable sole weights and have the company’s familiar Pure Roll inserts in their faces. Check out more info about each of TaylorMade’s TP Black Copper models below.

Juno

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  • Offset: Full shaft
  • Length: 34 and 35 inches
  • Head Weight: 346 grams
  • Loft: 3.5 degrees
  • Lie Angle: 70 degrees

Soto

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  • Dexterity: RH
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  • Offset: Full shaft
  • Length: 34 and 35 inches
  • Head Weight: 346 grams
  • Loft: 3.5 degrees
  • Lie Angle: 70 degrees

Ardmore 3

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  • Dexterity: RH/LH
  • Toe Hang: 12 degrees
  • Offset: Full shaft
  • Length: 34 and 35 inches
  • Head Weight: 350 grams
  • Loft: 3.5 degrees
  • Lie Angle: 70 degrees

Mullen 3

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  • Dexterity: RH/LH
  • Toe Hang: Face Balanced
  • Offset: 3/4 shaft
  • Length: 34 and 35 inches
  • Head Weight: 355 grams
  • Loft: 3.5 degrees
  • Lie Angle: 70 degrees
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We spotted new shallow-faced CF218 fairway woods (15 and 17 degrees) from Fourteen Golf on the range at TPC San Antonio on Tuesday at the 2018 Valero Texas Open, each equipped with Graphite Design TS918 shafts. Also on the range from the company were new FH “Future Heritage” Forged V1 wedges with a different, more raw look than the ones we saw in October at the Shriners Open.

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