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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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Zak is the Editor-in-Chief of GolfWRX.com. He's been a part of the company since 2011, when he was hired to lead GolfWRX's Editorial Department. Zak developed GolfWRX's Featured Writer Program, which supports aspiring writers and golf industry professionals. He played college golf at the University of Richmond (Go Spiders!) and still likes to compete in tournaments. You can follow Zak on Twitter @ZakKoz, where he's happy to discuss his game and all the cool stuff that's part of his job.

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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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While cryptic, it does appear Mizuno is announcing via Twitter that its new JPX 919 Tour irons are coming on 8/29/18. One would have to assume that means they will be launched on 8/29, not actually hitting retail on 8/29, but that remains to be seen.

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Stay tuned for more info from Mizuno.

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The Carlsbad company is also bringing its popular Chrome Soft Truvis Stars & Stripes balls back to market.

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I’ve coached high school golf for over 15 years, and I thought that I had run out of “firsts.” Then, Anthony Tuber, one of our varsity six, told me that he builds putters. “Sure,” I thought. You purchase the components and assemble putters. Nice hobby to have. “No, coach, I build them from scratch. We have milling machines.” If that doesn’t catch your attention, not much will.

As a coach, you encourage your golfers from a base of experience, but I don’t have any club-making experience! The last time I played around with metal was in middle-school metal shop. In this particular case, the student is the coach, and the golfer is the teacher. I’m now the proud owner of a T Squared putter, and continue to be the proud coach of Anthony Tuber. He might be the next Bob Vokey, or Scotty Cameron, but for now, he is a varsity golfer and high school student. Oh, and he happens to make putters. Rather than write a review that might be perceived as biased, I decided to do a straightforward interview with T Squared Putters. If you want to learn more, visit the company website, or follow them on Twitter and on Instagram.

Question 1: What type of research and field testing did you do, prior to building your first putter?

Prior to making our first putter we bought a bunch of putters to see what we liked and disliked about them. Then we took those putters and tested them to figure out which roll we liked the best. The roll is determined by the weight of the putter the length and the groove pattern. After we completed the testing we drew up a design and shortly after that we had our first prototypes. We then tested those prototypes and they rolled exactly how we wanted. Time went by while we used these first putters but then we really wanted to see the competition. We went to the PGA Merchandise Show and that’s where we found out that we had a superior putter.

Question 2: Is there a style of putter that you like, that perhaps served as inspiration for some of your designs?

We bought and tested dozens of putters but two putters caught our eye and those putters are the Scotty Cameron Squareback and the Scotty Cameron Newport 2 Notchback.

Question 3: Can you tell us a bit about the materials/components that you chose for T Squared Putters?

We use American-made 303 stainless steel in all of our putters, but we also we use 6061 aircraft aluminum for the insert on the 713i.

Question 4: How do you balance your responsibilities and commitments, with your T Squared production?

During the school year academics are my number one priority. Over the summer I have been balancing my Tsquared putters work while working on the progression of my golf game. Fortunately I have a team that is very supportive of my vision for T Squared putters.

Question 5: Any chance we will see a mallet-style putter from T Squared?

Yes, we are currently testing other mallet putters to determine the most desirable features for our mallet putter. We are anticipating a prototype soon.

Question 6: Are you a better putter now that you know so much more from the design and production side of putters?

Yes, I have an entirely different perspective when I stand over every putt.

Question 7: How do you get the word out about the quality of your putters?

We have been very active on social media. The golfers that are currently using a Tsquared putter have been spreading the word. We have also been attending local golf tournaments to establish our brand.

Question 8: Do you hope to make a career of this venture, or do you envision it as a step along the path of a 21st-century businessman?

Yes, as golf is my passion I hope to take Tsquared putters to the next level. Golf will always be a part of my life whether it is professionally or recreationally.

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I haven’t been asked how this process has affected me as a person. As a 17 year old I have a new appreciation for patience, persistence and hard work.

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