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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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Wunder: I’ve hit THESE new drivers this year…and this is what I think

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During this lockdown, I have done quite a few “Friday Q & A’s” on my IG, and one of the questions I get asked constantly is “have you hit this?” That, and “whaddya think?”

So, in the spirit of organizing my brain, it seemed like the right time to share what new drivers I have actually hit this year…and this is what I think.

Now, it needs to be said that there is a lot of new gear out there, but, to be honest, I’ve only actually hit a select few enough to actually build an opinion. “Enough” in this case is at least 20 balls. Some of these sticks I tested during our pre-launch preview with the OEMs, at the PGA show, a friend has one, or I actually have it in the bag.

Here we go.

TaylorMade SIM

Setup tested: SIM 9 @8.25 w/ Mitsubishi Chemical Kuro Kage XTS 70TX

LOOKS: The best way to describe how SIM looks behind the ball is “comfortable.” TaylorMade has always made drivers that just look correct. The lines are clean, the shape inspires playability, and I dig the paint job. They hit a home run with this one for sure.

FEEL: Best sound out there in my opinion. Heavy, dense, and if you get one dead-nuts center, it lets you know. The feel at contact is just as TaylorMade drivers have always done, center strikes feel like Thor’s hammer and mishits don’t kill your good vibes.

VS THE M5: I get asked this a lot. I loved the M5. Still do. To be honest the two drivers data wise were legit apples to apples. The only difference is my stock shot with M5 was a low spin straight ball and with SIM its a slight draw with a touch more spin and slightly lower launch. I prefer that.

OVERALL: In my opinion, the TaylorMade SIM is the cool kid in high school for 2020. Last year it was F9 followed closely by M5. TM knocked it outta the park on this one.

TaylorMade SIM Max

Setup tested: Sim Max 9 @8.25 w/ Mitsubishi Chemical Kuro Kage XTS 70TX

LOOKS: It has a bit more of a longer face at address, which makes the head appear shallow which inspires a bit more confidence to turn it over. That’s the main thing I noticed with MAX. Other than that its a tried and true TM shape.

FEEL: Like its sibling, it has a nice solid hit audibly at the impact. So, overall its apples to apples with SIM. However, due to the front weight missing on the MAX, the actual strike doesn’t feel AS meaty as SIM. Not a negative necessarily just something I noticed.

VS M6: Both of these sticks I launched a bit too high versus the weighted versions. That’s why they never got any serious consideration to actually put in play.

OVERALL: As a high launch, more forgiving option, it’s an ace.

Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero

Setup tested: Sub Zero 9 w/ Mitsubishi Chemical Tensei Blue AV 65TX

LOOKS: To my eyes, the newer versions of the Callaway drivers have looked a bit more compact than its competition. To me, this always looked “low spin” for whatever reason. The Mavrik has the same shape which is good.

FEEL: They really fixed the sound. The Epic Flash sounded like a pop can to me, and the Mavrik Sub Zero sounds like a sledgehammer. The good thing here is the sound now matches up with what the hit feels like. I think the Mavrik is the best feeling driver Callaway has made since Epic.

VS EPIC FLASH SZ: To me, a complete improvement on all fronts. Sound, feel, and performance for me were all substantially better. Now I must say that the Epic Flash Sub Zero was a great driver, I always got great numbers out of it, but the sound took me out of it. I’m sure there isn’t that much difference audibly between the two, but in this game, even something minor can represent so much. Sound to me is huge.

OVERALL: In all honestly, I haven’t given a Callaway driver a real hard look to actually put in the bag since Epic. The sound got louder wit Rogue and Epic Flash. The Mavrik SZ  however is a fantastic driver and will def get some more testing out of me.

Cobra SpeedZone

Setup tested: Cobra Speed Zone 9 @8.5 w/ Fujikura Ventus Black 7X

LOOKS: The F9 was a winner on all fronts. The only critique I had was optically it looked like the driver was a little too fade biased. The SZ with its milled in top line gives it softer look at address and for me, softer lines mean more workability, just what my eyes tell me.

FEEL: As with F9 and the earlier mentioned SIM, the Speed Zone sounds EXACTLY how a driver should sound. It has a very heavy hit audibly and that’s across the face. I love the sound of this driver.

VS F9: Apples to apples, it’s the same. Beyond the optics, it feels, sounds, and performs like the F9. Not a bad thing though, the F9 was the driver of 2019 in my opinion.

OVERALL: Nothing wrong with repeating an already awesome driver. SpeedZone will stand up to anything out there. If I’m being fair, I think F9 elevated things in 2019, and this year the competition caught up to it. Changes nothing about how good this driver is.

Cobra Speed Zone Xtreme

Setup tested: Cobra Speed Zone Xtreme 9 @8.5 w/ Fujikura Ventus Black 7X

LOOKS: Like the other drivers in this higher MOI category, it looks a little longer heel to toe.

FEEL: No different than the SpeedZone, sounds great, the impact is solid across the face, and even thin shots feel solid.

OVERALL: The Xtreme is the sleeper hit of 2020 and I’ve heard the fitters love this thing. It’s by far the easiest to hit and overall good time of any driver on this list. Is it longer? No. But is it Xtremely (no pun) playable and competitive? Hard yes. It’s a blast.

PXG Proto

Setup tested: PXG Proto 9 w/ Graphite Design Tour AD IZ 6 TX

LOOKS: Slick. Like all PXG gear, the look is there. The matte crown and elegant lines make it very pleasing optically. I also appreciate that although it’s designed to look high tech. The lines inspire playability, and who doesn’t love a driver that looks like a stealth bomber?

FEEL: I only hit about 20 balls with the PXG Proto in the short time I had with it, but, wow, did this thing surprise me. The sound oddly enough is a bit higher-pitched than the others on the list but for whatever reason, it’s not a distraction. It actually adds to the experience of the hit. I typically detest that, but this sound matched up with the solid hit I was getting. I’m not sure if this is the final version since its a limited tour proto but what is happening is definitely interesting.

VS GEN2: It’s just better. Feels better, sounds great, more playable across the face. The Gen2 did one thing better than everyone else, it destroyed spin. The problem I had was control. The PXG Proto is still low spin but with the new 4 weight system (no intel on the tech yet) seems to add quality launch to the low spin profile and puts the player in a situation where very few to any sacrifices are made.

OVERALL: I was a fan of Gen2. No doubt. But it never flat out beat M5, F9, or SIM. The Proto has elevated PXG’s driver game. I don’t think its a matter of whether or not the driver stands up with the irons, I believe PXG is on the right track to having a driver that eliminates any “yeah, but…” to the conversation. That’s a huge leap since Gen1. These guys are trending hard.

I hope this was helpful.

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What GolfWRXers are saying about the final version of Bryson DeChambeau’s LA Golf ‘Texas Rebar’ wedge shafts

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In our forums, our members have been discussing the final version of Bryson DeChambeau’s LA Golf ‘Texas Rebar’ wedge shafts. The look of the ultra-stiff shafts, which originated from Bryson wanting a “graphite shaft that was stiffer than the Dynamic Gold X7″, has impressed our members who have been praising the final version and sharing their thoughts on the concept.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • QuigleyDU: “Awesome.”
  • My2dogs: “Really coming out with some great new stuff.”
  • HateTheHighDraw: “MMT 125TX are absolute fire, but these must be much stiffer.”
  • Robkingasu: “Sweet!”

Entire Thread: “Bryson DeChambeau’s LA Golf ‘Texas Rebar’ wedge shafts”

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Should I move to heavier iron shafts? – GolfWRXers have their say

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In our forums, our members have been discussing the strategy of moving to heavier shafts in irons. WRXer ‘Z1ggy16’ has been making swing changes lately, and the transition has been most challenging for his iron play. ‘Ziggy16’ says:

“Been making some swing changes lately, most notably working to really shallow my club into the downswing. I’m finding that I’m doing this well with my heavy wedge shafts and driver, but I’m struggling a bit in my irons. My strike pattern with my wedges is pretty good, but the irons are a bit all over. Driver is 80g raw, wedges are 132g raw, irons 120g raw. I don’t think I want to go any stiffer, but is there a chance I’ve “outgrown” this weight and need to move to something a bit heavier to help keep these feels going through my set? No idea what swing speed is at this point, but my 7i is normally a smooth/comfortable 175-180 for me.

I really like the feel of my Accra Tour Z Xtreme 475 and my S400’s in the GW-LW. I’m kind of leaning maybe soft stepping modus 120TX or X100’s.. Heck maybe even S200 straight in? Normally I’d just get a fitting, but with Rona still going around, I’m not than keen on it. 2020 is the year of the self fit for me. FWIW, I used modus 120TX 2xSS in my GW & SW last year and that was pretty good feeling. Perhaps a touch too soft… they seemed to really whip/bend hard when hitting from the rough on full swings.”

Our members discuss whether they feel a switch to heavier shafts in the irons will have the desired impact.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • Pepperturbo: “You’re not alone. Regardless of age, some of us swing better with heavier shafts. I went from 70g driver and 85g 3wd graphite shafts to 58g Ventus shaft in driver and 70g Ventus shaft in 4wd. In irons went from 130g X to 120g 6.0 PX steel shafts which lasted about fifteen years. Then last year made another downward weight change to Steelfiber (steel & graphite) 110g Stiff shafts, lightest I have ever played. Keep in mind as you transition, changing shaft weight is not the only answer. Increasing swing weight can make up for shaft weight. Though I really like them in 6-3i, not thrilled in SW-7i, so just ordered heavier Steelfiber i125g shafts for my PW-7i blades.”
  • Jeff58: “As someone who has gone through and continues to work on what sounds like a similar situation, your ideal iron shafts will likely change. Where they change to isn’t possible to predict with any degree of accuracy. Don’t change your current irons without knowing. It’s frustrating, expensive, and you won’t have any clubs while they’re being changed out. Instead, get a single club from dealsandsteals or similar and experiment with that. Also, the only relevant experience is outdoors under your actual turf conditions. Indoor and mat use can be grossly different.”
  • Red4282: “Just depends on your tempo and load and preferences tbh. My numbers are about identical to yours; I play 77g in the driver and 125 in the irons. I don’t think I could go lighter than 125.”
  • gvogel: “I have a set of hickory clubs. Of course, hickory shafts are darn heavy, maybe 150 grams or so. I probably hit straighter shots with the irons, and particularly hit better shots with the niblick (wedge). Driver and fairway woods, not so much. That might be a stupid insertion into an intelligent thread, but heavier goes straighter, lighter goes longer. You can go heavier, and it helps in transition, but don’t go too stiff.”

Entire Thread: “Should I switch to heavier iron shafts?”

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