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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.

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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.

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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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SPOTTED: 2019 Aldila shafts

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With the beginning of the PGA Tour’s West Coast swing on now, we are really starting to see more 2019 gear work it way onto tour trucks, and onto the range for player testing…and into our forums (in picture format, at least).

Some of the most recently spotted pieces are the 2019 Aldila ATX shafts, including what appears to be an 85g hybrid shaft and a 120g iron shaft.

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We can only speculate that the hybrid is a low launch shaft — based on the PGA  Tour testing being done, but this could be a shaft more suited for the growing popularity of the driving iron category vs. wood-like hybrids in the previous couple of seasons.

The 120g iron shaft has a lot of people talking, since Aldila has leaked some information in our picture thread

“It utilizes a custom prepreg made at our facility in Poway that features a “Metal Mesh” material that is combined with Carbon Fiber to help add stability and weight in the irons.”

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By using this custom material, Aldila could be solving the common problem that a lot of people have with graphite, and that is the club total weight — although in this case 120g is similar to a lot of steel iron shafts already being used on Tour. As prototyping goes, this material could be put to use in lighter versions of the shaft and have a greater benefit in the sub-100g category — if they plan on going that route.

For the drivers, if previous versions and colorways are any indication, it looks like we will have some new technology packed into popular bend profiles like the NV (Green) and the VS (Blue).  As some members on the forums have already discussed, these shafts will be utilizing graphene (an extremely strong carbon material) for additional stability. 

We also have new Rogue 130 MSI models following along similar lines with both a black and silver.

Here’s some additional information from Aldila

“Building off of the success of the ROGUE® Limited Edition – which featured 125 M.S.I. Graphitic Carbon Fiber, we have taken ROGUE® to performance to another level by incorporating even stronger 130 M.S.I. Graphitic Carbon Fiber. The ROGUE® Silver 130 M.S.I. is a low-launch, low-spin shaft with a low torque tip-section fortified with 130 M.S.I. Graphitic Carbon Fiber, a higher balance point, and a premium ion plated finish.”

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Brooks Koepka with Mizuno JPX 919 irons, TaylorMade M5 driver in the bag at Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

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Brooks Koepka is in action this week at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship equipped with a new driver and set of irons.

Golf.com’s Jonathan Wall broke the news, via Twitter, that Kopeka has TaylorMade’s new M5 Driver in his bag this week, as well as Mizuno’s JPX 919 Tour Irons.

The three-time major champ used TaylorMade’s M3 460 Driver and Mizuno’s JPX 900 Tour irons throughout 2018, and it appears as if Koepka is happy to make the transition to both manufacturers latest additions of those series of clubs right from the get-go in 2019.

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Koepka is currently T13 after two rounds of play at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship and sits five shots off the lead.

 

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Titleist 718 AP2 Black and AP3 Black released in limited quantities

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Titleist has unveiled new 718 AP2 Black and 718 AP3 Black irons in limited black finish that will be available to purchase from March 1.

Previously only available in a traditional chrome finish, the new Titleist 718 AP2 Black and Titleist 718 AP3 Black irons are finished with a sleek, high polish black PVD coating. The irons feature True Temper AMT Onyx shafts stock. The shafts’ powder coat matte black finish aims to minimize glare (in addition to looking cool). An all-black Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360 grip is standard as well.

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Speaking on the move to release the irons in black, Josh Talge, Vice President, Golf Club Marketing said

“One request we heard from both tour players and amateurs, particularly those who have gravitated toward our Jet Black Vokey SM7 wedges, was if they could have these same irons in a darker finish. Our team spent a lot of time making sure the aesthetics were done just right. It’s a look that you just have to see.”

A quick refresher on the two models, below.

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Titleist 718 AP3 Black

The 718 AP3 iron is a players distance iron which features a hollow-blade design with high-speed face technology. According to Titleist, the company merged the technology found in their AP1 and AP2 irons to create the AP3, which the company are calling their longest and fastest players iron ever.

Commenting on the AP3, Talge stated

“AP3 truly represents the best of both worlds. We’re giving you the distance and forgiveness of a game improvement iron packed into the look and feel of a player’s iron.”

The set is made up of 4-iron through 48-degree wedge. The AP3 Black irons, which are available for right-handers only, are available to purchase from March 1 and will cost $187.50 per club or $1,499/set of 8.

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Titleist 718 AP2 Black

The 718 AP2 iron features a co-forged cavity back design which aims to provide consistent distance and forgiveness, while also delivering excellent feel to all golfers.

Speaking concerning the AP2 iron, Talge had this to say

“AP2 is the most popular tour iron globally because it combines the look and feel tour players demand with the precise distance control they need to consistently hit their target, shot after shot. For everyone else, it’s the tour iron within reach, because it is so forgiving.”

The set is made up of 4-iron through 50-degree wedge. Also available for right-handers only, the irons are available to purchase from March 1 and will cost $187.50 per club or $1,499/set of 8 as well.

See what GolfWRX Members are saying about the irons in the forums. 

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