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Adams Blue: Drivers, Fairways, Hybrids and Irons

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Adams’ Blue line was made with only two words in mind — higher and farther.

There’s no gadgetry on the clubs — the hosels aren’t adjustable, and there aren’t any sole weights or sliding weights, either. But the clubs are packed with designs to help golfers get more height and distance from every club.

To do this, Adams designed inherently draw-biased clubs with three consistent technologies throughout the line:

  • A Velocity Slot that increases ball speeds across the face for greater consistency and distance on off-center strikes.
  • A Low and “as far back as possible” center of gravity (CG) to help shots launch higher and carry farther.
  • SlimTech shafts, which are made in tandem with Aldila (metal woods) and True Temper (irons). The shafts have thinner tip diameters to create a lower kick point that helps to boost spin and launch angle.

Adams’ Blue drivers, fairway woods, hybrids and irons will be in stores on April 3. 

See what GolfWRX members are saying about the Adams Blue line in the forums.

Adams Blue Driver

The Adams Blue driver is the company’s first driver release since the 2014 XTD, but unlike that model the Blue is a game-improvement club made for higher-handicap golfers.

The driver head is made from 6-4 titanium, with a face that’s larger than previous Adams models for more forgiveness. Its crown shape also sits lower in the back to facilitate the movement of weight lower and more rearward, improving forgiveness on off-center hits and helping golfers deliver the club at impact with more dynamic loft. That makes it easier for golfers to hit high-launching drives that will want to turn over.

The Blue’s 55-gram stock SlimTech shaft has a 0.320-inch tip diameter — thinner than most other driver shafts on the market — to give it a lower kick point for higher-launching drives.

[quote_box_center]”Think of the shaft like fly-fishing,” said Brian Bazzel, TaylorMade’s Senior Director of Product Creation. “The lower kick point helps the player whip the shaft into the ball, helping them draw it and launch it higher.”[/quote_box_center]

Adams Blue driver sells for $299.

Driver specs

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Adams Blue Fairway Woods

Higher-handicap golfers with slower swing speeds find it especially difficult to get the ball airborne from the turf using fairway woods, but Adams’ Blue fairway woods are designed to reduce that struggle.

Like the Blue driver, the fairway woods have a low, rearward CG that makes them more forgiving than previous models, and their updated Velocity Slot gives their ball speed a boost — particularly on shots contacted low on the face.

The Blue fairway woods are made from 17-4 stainless steel, and come stock with stock 55-gram SlimTech shaft, which have 0.320-inch tip diameters. They sell for $199.

Fairway Wood specs

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Hybrids

Hybrids are Adams’ bread and butter, and the Blue hybrids are the easiest to launch the company has made, according to Bazzel.

While the Adam’s new Pro Red hybrid may perform better for golfers with higher swing speeds or those who want to tinker with weight and trajectory, the Blue is designed for golfers with slower swing speeds who need a higher-flying trajectory.

The stock 55-gram SlimTech shafts come have 0.335-inch tip diameters. The hybrids are available in four models — 3, 4, 5, and 6 — will sell for $179.

Hybrid specs

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Irons

If you’re a high-handicap golfer who’s tired of hitting low, slicing iron shots — the ones that either come up short of the green or bounce over them — then the Blue irons were designed for your game.

Like the metal woods, the one-piece cast irons are made with low and rearward CG. And like other super game-improvement irons, they have a wide sole, which improves forgiveness and launch. Wide soles can create troublesome turf interaction for certain players, which is why they have a unique “cut,” or relieved area on the back of the sole to help the wide soles better glide through the turf.

The stock Blue iron shafts are made with thinner tip diameters (0.350 inches) to help raise launch angle.

The combo iron-hybrid sets will sell for $699 with steel shafts (True Temper DynaLite SlimTech 85) and $799 with graphite shafts (Aldila SlimTech 55 grams). A matching AW (50 degrees) and SW (55 degrees) are sold separately.

Combo Hybrid/Iron specs

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He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

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  1. D Louis

    Apr 4, 2015 at 11:21 am

    Bye bye Adams…it was good for while, just like Nickent

  2. Chris C

    Apr 1, 2015 at 9:24 am

    Adams is attempting to fill the niche vacated by Wilson when Wilson opted to resume building high quality clubs for those who golf more than once a year. Adams prices suggest that they have not completed their transition to boxed sets. I look at this release and picture a boxed set of woods consisting of driver, 3 wood and 5 wood selling for $249.95. This could be matched with a boxed set of two hybrids and five irons selling for $399.95. These boxes will fit nicely into Walmart, Target, Sports Authority, Dick’s and Cabella’s. indeed, even large golf stores could afford to keep a few boxes hanging around to sell to the first time golfer invited to the company golf outing. These clubs do not even have to be updated for at least 3 to 4 years. Alas, it may be 20 years before we read about Adams attempting to arise from the bowels of big box stores and shake off the shackles of fishing gear and yoga mats.

  3. Robert G

    Mar 30, 2015 at 11:53 pm

    If there are no .320 after market shafts available, the customer will need to return the club to the vendor to fix it.

    • Mad-Mex

      Mar 31, 2015 at 12:31 am

      I think a shim would take care of it,,,,

      • Travis Tibbs

        Mar 31, 2015 at 8:52 am

        A shim is to make a smaller shaft fit into a bigger hosel, not the other way around.

        • Mad-Mex

          Mar 31, 2015 at 6:05 pm

          My bad,,,,, wonder if hosel think enough to drill out?

  4. Mad-Mex

    Mar 30, 2015 at 10:46 pm

    If they had just put a TM logo, all the bashers would be creaming their shorts and screaming like Beiber fans about wanting them and about how “great” they were.

  5. Bobby

    Mar 30, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    TM just killed Adams and shoved them into total game improvement territory. Glad I got my XTD forged irons and original Idea Pro hybrids.

  6. slider

    Mar 30, 2015 at 8:52 pm

    a design that takes some time to get use too not sure about it

  7. Denunzio

    Mar 30, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    Hideous!!!

  8. Salesman

    Mar 30, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    Might as well start this one off at $149 for the driver…$129 for the fairway…and $99 on the hybrid

  9. Craig

    Mar 30, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    It should be 0.320 inch.

    0.320 millimeter would be pretty small

    The Blue fairway woods are made from 17-4 stainless steel, and come stock with stock 55-gram SlimTech shaft, which have 0.320 millimeter tip diameters

  10. Jon

    Mar 30, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    Oh, man, these Adams are such a far cry from my last Adams purcharse, e.g. LS XTD hybrids, 3 wood, and driver, all with the excellent Kuro Kage shafts. These light shafts with extra-thin tips don’t inspire confidence in dispersion..

    • kloyd0306

      Mar 30, 2015 at 6:48 pm

      Slower swing speeds can benefit from such “livelier tip” technology.
      The most important thing about golf clubs is NOT the club – it’s the golfer.
      If your swing speed is such that poor dispersion is a factor, you won’t benefit from a livelier tip.
      But to deny someone with a slower swing speed the opportunity of higher launch plus increased carry and distance based upon YOUR swing, fails to recognize that we are ALL different.
      Big “thumbs up” for Adams.

  11. Batman

    Mar 30, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    I see Walmart and Target are getting upgrades in the sporting goods aisle.

  12. Dave S

    Mar 30, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    I guess TM is relegating Adams to the GI sector… that’s fine, so long as they keep making awesome hybrids!

    • west

      Mar 30, 2015 at 7:14 pm

      What’s so awesome about their hybrids?

      • Scooter McGavin

        Mar 30, 2015 at 8:35 pm

        Nothing really, anymore. They used to be some of the best on the market, but over the last few years Callaway, Ping, and Titleist hybrids have surpassed them easily.

        • Dave S

          Mar 31, 2015 at 8:55 am

          Maybe so, I guess I haven’t been in the market for a hybrid for a while. I still play the Adams Idea Pro A12 and it’s one of the best clubs I’ve ever owned.

  13. Weston

    Mar 30, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    They look like great products for the GI/mid sector. I’d echo the hope that a players line continues. I’ve always been impressed by their products and innovation. And I thought the same thing when I saw the F!

  14. cb

    Mar 30, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    does anyone else think the “f” on the fairway wood head cover looks like the facebook logo?

  15. Shawn K

    Mar 30, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    Labatt’s or Molson?

  16. Brian

    Mar 30, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    Should we assume that there will also be a “Red” line of clubs coming that are low launch/spin, geared for better players? They have the red hybrid out and I noticed some of their tour players have the word, “Red,” on their Adams hats. I for one hope Adams is not relegated to hybrids and game improvement only. I’ve really enjoyed some of their offerings in the past 5 years.

  17. other paul

    Mar 30, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    Look like toys. Makes me sad. Loved the xtd look.

  18. Gary

    Mar 30, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    Great, now golf repair shops have to stock another tip diameter shaft for metalwoods (.320, .335, .350). Golf shops that are not aware of this tip dia. change will tell customers “no problem to reshaft”….yeah, right. I can just see some guy grinding a .335 tip down to fit a .320 hole in the head.

    • Tom

      Mar 30, 2015 at 3:40 pm

      I can’t find any info on 0.320 diameter shafts. Must be made for shafts.

  19. Bobby

    Mar 30, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    This actually looks like a respectable product line coming from a company associated with TaylorMade.

  20. yoodisbepat

    Mar 30, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    Great looking clubs!

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Tiger Woods opts for lead tape on his Newport 2 rather than a heavier putter: Here’s why it makes sense

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After days of speculation about which putter Tiger Woods might end up with an attempt to tame the greens at Royal Portrush, we now officially know he settled on his old faithful GSS Scotty Cameron but with a twist—some added lead tape.

The whole reason the speculation was in high gear early in the week was because of Tiger was spotted with a new custom Scotty that had the Studio Select weights in the sole to increase head weight to help with slow greens, something Tiger has talked about in the past—especially when it comes to the greens at The Open Championship.

We can even look back a few years ago when Tiger finally put a Nike putter in play, the original Method (those were nice putters) and talked about both the increased head weight and the grooves on the face to help get the ball rolling on slower greens.

The decision to stick with the old faithful with added lead tape goes beyond just a comfort level, even if the two putters look the same at address, it’s about feel and MOI around the axis.

Let me explain. Sure the putter heads weight the same, but depending on where the mass is located it will change the MOI. The putter with the Select weights vs. lead tape in the middle will have a higher MOI because there is more weight on the perimeter of the head—it’s like a blade vs. cavity back iron. Sure, two 7-irons can weigh the same but the performance will vary significantly.

For a player with such deft feel like Tiger Woods, any change like that can could cause doubt. Tweaking an already great putting stroke and on the eve of the last major of the year is not really something you want to do, which is why it isn’t surprising he stuck with his legendary Newport 2.

Lead tape in the middle allows Tiger to increase the head weight with very little change to the natural rate of rotation for hit putter and hopefully manage the slower Portrush greens better.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Your optimal wedge set-up?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from ClevelandKyle who brings up the subject of wedge set-ups. In the thread, our members discuss what wedges they like to carry as well as answering ClevelandKyle’s question: “If you had to carry two wedges for the rest of your life, what would they be (degree, make, model) and why?”

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.

  • SEP1006: “PW / GW – 0311P PXG GEN 2, same as irons. 54/12 and 58/06 – Ping Glide Stealth 2.0: best wedges I’ve ever played by far, very versatile.”
  • cardoustie: “Like the OP, I keep going back to old school Vokey sm2’s .. 50/54/60. TVD m grinds. No wedge spins it as well or feels as good. I am ordering a Glide 3.0 eye 2 58 though.”
  • manoagolfer: “Vokey 48, 54, 58 and 62. Just added the 62 for the short stuff around the greens and steep faced bunkers.”
  • BCULAW: “RTX4 Raw 46 mid, 50 mid, 56 full, 60 low. After playing Vokeys almost exclusively for the last ten years or so, these Clevelands have been a real eye-opener. Spin is greatly increased, and the grind on the 60 is stellar. Highly recommended.”

Entire Thread: “Your optimal wedge set-up?”

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Forum Thread of the Day: “1 or 2-iron recommendations?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from Afor1991 who is on the hunt for a 1 or 2-iron after having no luck with hybrids. With a swing speed in the low 100s, Afor1991 is confident he has the speed and consistency to make a 1 or 2-iron work for him, and our members have been giving him their best suggestions in our forum.

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.

  • boggyman: “1st generation TM UDI 16* hard to beat with right shaft for a 1-iron, IF you could find one. Used mine in a set of OL Cobras for a while. Need to re-shaft it now though.”
  • Pepperturbo: “I have been effectively using T-MB 17* 2 iron since it was introduced. Now and again put my old Mizuno Pro 16* 1 iron in the bag to remind me those clubs require a good swing. Good luck with your choice.”
  • joelsim: “It depends on how much you value consistency over distance. And of course what your handicap is. I don’t have an official handicap but am regularly scoring in the 70s at my home club, at most 85 if I have a really bad day. And I tried a UDI #2 a couple of weeks ago and sold it a day later. Will stick to my G400 #4 Iron at power spec 19*. Gives me 195y carry consistently with run out according to ground hardness. So far it beats G and G400 Crossovers, Cobra King Utility and TM UDI #2 hands down.”
  • wam78: “Currently playing Mizuno mp h5 2 iron and I absolutely love it! Feels good, easy to hit high and low and can be found for a good price.”

Entire Thread: “1 or 2-iron recommendations?”

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