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In-hand photos: ’13 Adams Super LS and S Drivers

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Adams Super LS Driver

Below are photos and tech specs of Adams new drivers, fairways woods and irons for 2013. The  products are available in two versions — LS and S.

According to Mike Fox, director of product line management for Adams Golf, the LS is Adam’s premium line, which features all of Adams cutting edge technology and targets better golfers. The S line targets golfers looking for game-improving equipment and more modest price points.

Click here for more photos and discussion about the drivers, woods and irons in the “Tour/Pre-release equipment” forum. 

Tech Specs: Adams Speedline Super LS Driver (Retail: $399)

  • Offers a mid-launch and low spin (lower launching and lower spinning than Adams’ previous driver, the Fast 12)
  • 1 degree of of adjustability
  • VST (a slot in the sole), which increases ball speed on mishits and allows for a more optimally placed CG
  • “Real deal” Mitsubishi Rayon KuroKage stock shaft
  • Matte white crown with Black PVD face

“The VST (slot) is not the same depth the whole way through,” Fox said. “It’s deeper in the heel and in the toe, where you need more speed.In the center, it’s not as deep, because the speed is already maxed there.”

Tech Specs: Adams Speedline Super S Driver (Retail: $299)

  • One 460cc head that offers three different loft combinations
  • High launch with low spin
  • VST
  • “Real deal” Matrix Radix S 60 stock shaft
  • Matte white crown with Black PVD face

Comparison Photos

Super LS (left), Super S (right)

Tech Specs: Adams Speedline Super LS Fairway Woods (Retail: $299)

  • 1 degree of loft adjustability
  • Titanium crown and face, stainless steel sole and VST
  • 16 tunable settings: An included spacer fits in the hosel and allows for 0.5 inches of length to be added to the shaft
  • A lighter-weight swing-weight screw is also included with purchase, which will keep the swing weight at D2 when the length is extended
  • “Real deal” Mitsuibishi Rayon KuroKage stock shaft
  • Matte white crown with Black PVD face

          

             

Tech Specs: Adams Speedline Super S Fairway Woods (Retail: $199)

  • Cut-through VST
  • Refined cut slot creates a higher launch angle without increasing spin
  • Matrix Ozik Radix S stock shaft
  • Matte white crown with Black PVD face
            
               

              

 

Tech Specs: Adams Idea Super S Irons (Retail: $699)

  • 3-PW set includes “real deal” Adams Ideas Super S Hybrids to replace the 3 and 4 irons
  • Hybrid-inspired irons are “half hallow” on the inside, which allowed engineers to lower cg for high launch
  • Low profile and fast faces for distance and forgiveness
  • KBS 90 stock iron shafts
           
                                               

*The Adams Idea Super LS Hybrids irons will offered with the Super S irons for a $400 up-charge.

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  1. gary rosenthal

    Jun 8, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Have had Adams super s driver for one week, 2 rounds. Gaming a reg flex for my 92-96 ss. Am 64 years old.
    The reg. flex when put on a frequency/flex machine tests out more like a stiff, and so felt a bit boardy, but only at first. The bad: when set for 9.5 degrees the face is 2 degrees open–a slice machine. The good: the slot technology contributes to a very hot face, and the shaft is quite stable.And if I had about a 5 mph faster ss it would probably be a premium quality, perfect shaft. On the course, about a 3rd of my drives 250-265 with roll out, but too many left right, so had to close the face–which raises loft. But a lovely boring trajectory when you get it right. And even on launch monitor inside, better distance with this than anything else I demo-ed. But with raised loft had to hit with a slightly lower sweep; than usual. In fact, had to use a slightly different swing than anything else in my bag–not a good thing. But with practice, draws and fades can be hit. In fact at 10.5 this seems to want to hit a power fade. Draws require more effort than say the two new Taylormade drivers. Jury’s still out. These things have come down in price. By all means give this a try, but it may take a bit more practice to get it right than other clubs out there.

  2. MSaxonPGA

    May 7, 2013 at 11:07 am

    All I have to say is these clubs are smoking hot! Didn’t like white heads at first, but after gaming them, don’t even care how they look! The ball comes off the face like a rocket! Especially the hybrid and 3wood!

  3. Jack

    Apr 22, 2013 at 3:23 am

    I actually like them. It’s personal preference I guess, but I like the slot near the face too. I think there are benefits to be had. It just stands to be seen whether they start treating Adams as a secondary line thus taking away features so they don’t cannibalize the rocketballz sales. I think a big reason they bought them is probably for the slot tech that is also present in the rocketballz fairway and hybrids.

  4. Shark

    Apr 7, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    I think they look great and having demo’d one the super s I ordered one on the way. So tired of all these whiney old classic lovers that want a store wall to have nothing but a sea of black heads with no colour no variance in style etc.
    Ps did you complaining fogeys know that steel spikes are no longer in fashion lol

  5. DKS130

    Jan 8, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    Ha, they shelved the superfast 3.0 for TM and transitioned them over to adams. They are still adams tech but with a TM coat of paint…

  6. jhenn

    Jan 2, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    Not a fan of the writing on the crown, and never will be.

  7. BMoooooore

    Dec 30, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    Am I wrong or do the specs list all these clubs with wood shafts? .335 will be super soft tips hitting the ball straight up in the air. I hope for Adams sake they didn’t do that. I am thinking it is a typo but club companies have done dumber stuff before.

  8. Ghhhg

    Dec 28, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    More ugly white drivers. If they want to increase their sales of these clubs they should include a free can of spray paint with purchase.

  9. Blopar

    Dec 22, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Shame, shame, shame. Goodbye Adams.

  10. James

    Dec 20, 2012 at 2:18 am

    So now we have an iron set with 3 degrees gap between clubs for a handicap group where 3 degree gap between clubs will in 90% of the shots mean less than a 7 yards diff between clubs, leaving a 16 degree gap at the bottom end of the club, where it has been proven by all the top teachers in the world, improve the short game, including bunker play will drop your score by 20 to 25 percent, so we keep a 4 degree gap from the PW to end up with a 60 degree lob, that if well practiced is a fantastic club for bunkers around the green, and we add 4 more clubs to the set, a 48, 52, 56 and 60. Or what is the logic?? Do club makers play the game? Why not start to build a set for mid to high handicaps, starting at the scoring end of the set? Taylormade will most likely take my idea and call it Rocket Scores.

  11. James

    Dec 20, 2012 at 2:00 am

    Another great club maker who had great products with a unique brand and identity completely F…k up by TM. I am glad I sold my CMB and MB2 irons and went back to Mizuno. I still have A12 hybrid that is great, but now Adams like TM will have no resale value, so we are left with TM, Titleist, Cleveland, Callaway and Mizuno. But I suppose Barney Adams will just start another business and sell out to Taylormade for the 3rd time,

    • setter02

      Dec 21, 2012 at 10:23 am

      Adam’s has never had a good resale value, give your head a shake if that is something that will keep you from purchasing their equipment…

  12. 1par

    Dec 19, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    Another white driver ?
    I guess I better hold on to my Razr fit driver. The way things are going a black driver might be a novelty item

  13. ventucky local

    Dec 19, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    Doesn’t look at all like the TM to me. I like the top graphics. Subtle. I usually look at the ball I’m going to hit not the clubhead. I do play every so often with some guys who like to see there own reflection off the finish. They are not my favorite partners.

  14. MItch Newton

    Dec 19, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    Don’t get the graphics on the crown….. Don’t like the graphics on the crown……. Maybe the graphics make the ball speed faster… or helps hit the ball straighter and longer…..RIGHT!!! Guess I’ll stick with the 9064 LS

  15. Kevin

    Dec 19, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    Nice headcovers. classy

  16. J Snow

    Dec 19, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    I absolutely hate the graphics on the crown of the Driver ! looks like NASCAR has invaded golf.

  17. Don

    Dec 19, 2012 at 10:45 am

    The graphic looks terrible but if you are any sort of player you can pretty much hit whatever is in your hands.

  18. Bill

    Dec 17, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    Hit everything but the irons yesterday and I love not only the playability but the color. The hybrid has a heavier head than I’m used to, but it is so solid. Check them out

  19. court

    Dec 17, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    I got to hit both new drivers over the weekend – very solid. The performed as well as anything else I’ve hit this year. Felt good and the ball flew very well. They didn’t have the new hybrids – that’s what I wanted to hit more than the drivers.

  20. paul

    Dec 15, 2012 at 12:39 am

    Sorry should have put these in the reply to what someone said area not here at the bottom. oops.

  21. paul

    Dec 15, 2012 at 12:38 am

    Maybe if golfers spent more money learning the game and less money on crutches the average handicap would have dropped in the last 20 years.

  22. paul

    Dec 15, 2012 at 12:34 am

    Why do we need a draw version? Why not just learn that the big golf cliche that swinging from the inside is true? and that swinging the club even more from the inside causes a draw.

  23. Jay

    Dec 14, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    These look awesome except for the irons. By far the best looking models from Adams. Love the top and bottom.

  24. Jake

    Dec 13, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    I’m still using your Speedline 10 Driver modified with an Aldila DVS shaft which really has the pop I like off of the tee. The reason I’m telling you this is because as much as I like your clubs and look forward to purchasing a new model, you always seem to do something ridiculous like silver crowns or now Speedline across the top. A simple all white or all black with the small “S” for alignment would be so much more. Please, I do not want to see Speedline at address. For what it’s worth, let’s advertise on the bottom.

  25. tlmck

    Dec 13, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    I have a feeling many of the TM staff players are going to have a bag with TM drivers, wedges, and putters, along with Adams irons and hybrids.

  26. bulls9999

    Dec 13, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    Any reason my post was pulled? Graphics on the crown are awful, there’s no need for them. Poll the public and see how many would prefer crowns devoid of any graphics.

    • bulls9999

      Dec 13, 2012 at 3:24 pm

      Nevermind…. I didn’t realize there’s 2 threads, the Super hybrids and the driver/woods…my earlier post is in the other one. Sorry.

  27. Mike

    Dec 13, 2012 at 11:07 am

    The graphics are more subdued than the R1 / RBZ clubs, but the lack of a draw version concerns me. I guess TMaG people are superstitious… no R13 nor Adams Fast 13!

  28. winstonalan

    Dec 13, 2012 at 10:23 am

    I don’t understand the fuss over the graphics on the crown. In looking at the face, and also the bottom of all the clubs they look nothing like TMAG equipment. It is only their attempt reach a YOUNGER clientele. If the game of golf is ever to grow, it must move past its haughty image.

    • Ayrbhoy

      Jan 10, 2013 at 11:03 pm

      Agreed! I wonder if some of the golfers who don’t care for the new look with graphics on the clubhead would enjoy the old persimmon headed drivers:)? Would the ring lines of the persimmon wood be too busy? The deep cherry red of the wood would be too much no doubt. Too red!

  29. tider992010

    Dec 13, 2012 at 8:57 am

    I agree, looks like TaylorMade is having an effect on Adams.

  30. ZenGolfer

    Dec 13, 2012 at 4:42 am

    talk about TM RBZ re-badged………….. not cool!

  31. tom

    Dec 12, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    WTF … this is why I hate when good small companies (in any industry) get bought by big marketing machines. Awful. I’ve tried many of the Speedline drivers and still like the original one the best. Classic looking and got the job done.

  32. paul

    Dec 12, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    I think the driver looks okay. irons not bad to.

  33. Snowman

    Dec 12, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    r u kidding me with the SPEEDLINE graphic on the crown of the Driver/FW??????? AWFUL

  34. Jason

    Dec 12, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    The graphics on the crown look terrible. I was afraid the TMaG influence would bleed over to the Adams line. Looks like I will be looking for a new small OEM to back.

  35. Ollie

    Dec 12, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    Well you can tell taylormade bought this company they look exactly the same.bit pointless

  36. RAT

    Dec 12, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    I hope it plays better than it looks!

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Members’ Choice: The top-5 drivers that golfers want to test in 2018

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Golf’s “off-season” is upon us and the PGAM Show in Orlando is quickly approaching in January, which means it’s time to start thinking about the upcoming driver releases.

We’ve seen a few companies launch their “2018” lines already — such as Cobra with its new King F8 and F8+ — while speculation swirls around the companies who have yet to announce their newest products. For instance, we’ve spotted a new “TaylorMade M4″ driver, and a new “Rogue” driver from Callaway. If history repeats itself and Titleist remains on a two-year product cycle, then we’ll see a replacement for the 917 line sometime in 2018, as well.

The question we posed to our GolfWRX Members recently was, which new or unreleased driver has you most excited heading into 2018? Below are the results and a selection of comments about each driver.

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Note: The comments below have been minimally edited for brevity and grammar. 

Titleist (7.39 percent of votes)

BDoubleG: I know it’s well down the road, but the Titleist 919 is what I’m most looking forward to. I played the 910 until this year and loved it, but I realized that I wasn’t getting much in the way of distance gains with the 915/917, and I was just leaving too many yards on the table. I know it’s a cliche, but I was seeing considerable gains with my G400LS, then my M2 I have now.

I feel like Titleist has been hurting in the driver market share category (and probably elsewhere), as I think a lot of people think that the 913, 915 and 917 have been minor refreshes in a world where almost everyone else has been experimenting with structure (jailbreak, turbulators) or with COG (spaceports, SLDR, G-series extreme back CG). I think if Titleist is going to recapture some of their market share, they will need to start taking an interest in stepping outside of their comfort zone to catch up with everyone else. Maybe I’m hoping for too much, but a D2-style head with ample forgiveness and low-spin (maybe a back-front weight), with the same great sound of the 917, and hopefully getting rid of the “battery taped to the sole” look would be a huge hit in my book.

I’m really looking forward to seeing what they come up with…and I hope I’m not disappointed.

Mizuno GT-180 or otherwise (8.87 percent of votes)

mrmikeac: After thoroughly testing the Mizuno ST-180 and seeing the distance gains I was getting from my Epic, I can’t wait for the GT to get here. Cobra would be next in line for me, but Mizzy really did something special with that JPX-900 and it seems to look like they’re going the same route with these drivers. Excellent feel, forgiveness and simple but effective tech. 

Callaway Rogue, Rogue Sub Zero or otherwise (17.73 percent of votes)

cvhookem63: It seems like we’re not getting a lot of “NEW” this time — just some same lines “improved” on a little. I’m interested to try the Rogue line and M3/M4 line to see if they improved on their previous models. The Cobra F8+ is intriguing to me, as well. I’d like to compare those three to see how they stack up. 

tj7644: Callaway Rogue. It’s gotta make me hit straighter drives right? It sure can’t be my swing…

Equipto: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero, and that’s about it. Most of my testing will be with shafts I presume. 

bangabain: Excited to give the Rogue a shot, although with the hope that there’s a little more fade bias despite the lack of sliding weight.

TaylorMade M3, M4 or otherwise (27.09 percent of votes)

DeCuchi: TaylorMade M3 of course, and the F8+. I’m more interested in the fairways this year though. TaylorMade M4 fairways and Rogue fairways are top of my list. 

elwhippy: TaylorMade M3 and M4. Not owned a TM driver for several seasons and want something with a bit more power than the Ping G Series…

cradd10: M3. Still rocking an OG M1. Super solid driver. Curious to see if the updated version can beat it. 

Cobra F8/F8+ (33.66 percent of votes)

WAxORxDCxSC: I sure want to like the F8 based on looks (I understand I’m possibly in the minority on that one at GolfWRX).

TWshoot67: For me, it’s three drivers: the Cobra F8, F8+ and TM M4. 

The General: Cobra F8 is going to dominate everything, just wait, on the F8

Ace2000: Definitely F8/F8+. Love my Bio Cell+ and can’t help but wonder if these perform as good as they look. 

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True Linkswear goes back to its spikeless roots

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True Linkswear is getting back to its roots, while expanding the singular golf shoe brand’s reach at the same time.

The Tacoma, Washington, company’s Director/Partner, Justin Turner, told us that with the release of the two new models, the company is course-correcting from a move toward the mainstream, spiked golf shoes, and a loss of identity.

In addition to durability issues, Turner said the core True Linkswear customer didn’t appreciate the shift — or the deluge of models that followed.

So, in a sense, the two-model lineup both throws a bone to True devotees and casts a wider net.

Turner and company asked: “If we wanted to restart the brand….what would we value?” A commitment to the brand’s core outsider identity, style as articulated in early models, and an emphasis on quality led Turner on multiple trips to China to survey suppliers in early 2017. Eventually, the company settled on a manufacturing partner with a background in outdoor gear and hiking shoes.

“We’ve spent the last few years scouring the globe for the best material sourcing, reputable factories, advanced construction techniques, and time-tested fundamentals to build our best shoes yet. No cheap synthetics, no corners cut.”

Eventually, True settled on two designs: The Original, which, not surprisingly, has much in common with the zero-drop 2009 industry disrupting model, and the Outsider: a more athletic-style shoe positioned to attract a broader audience.

True Linkswear Original: $149

The company emphasizes the similarity in feel between the Original and early True Linkswear models, suggesting that players will feel and connect to the course “in a whole new way.”

  • Gray, White, Black colorways
  • Waterproof full grain leather
  • Thin sole with classic True zero-drop heel
  • 12.1 oz
  • Sockfit liner for comfort
  • Natural width box toe

True Linkswear Outsider: $169

With the Outsider, True Linkswear asked: “What if a golf shoe could be more? Look natural in more environments?”

  • Grey/navy, black, white colorways
  • EVA midsole for lightweight cushioning
  • Full grain waterproof leather
  • 13.1 oz (thicker midsole than the Original)

The company envisions both shoes being worn on course and off.

True Linkswear introduced the more durable and better-performing Cross Life Tread with both models. Turner says the tread is so good, you can wear the shoes hiking.

Both models are available now through the company website only. True Linkswear plans to enter retail shops slowly and selectively.

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Sean O’Hair and Steve Stricker’s Winning WITBs from the 2017 QBE Shootout

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The team of Steve Stricker and Sean O’Hair closed the QBE Shootout with an 8-under 64 for a two-shot win over Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry. O’Hair made a timely eagle on the par-5 17th hole at Tiburon Golf Club to lock up the first place prize of $820,000 ($410,000 each).

Here’s a look at their bags.

Sean O’Hair

Driver: Titleist 917D2 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White Prototype 60TX

3 Wood: Titleist 917F2 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana S+ Limited Edition 70TX

5 Wood: Titleist 915F (18 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana S+ Limited Edition 80TX

Irons: Titleist 716 T-MB (4-iron), Titleist 718 AP2 (5-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM7 prototype (50, 54 and 58 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Scotty Cameron prototype

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Related: Sean O’Hair WITB

Steve Stricker

Driver: Titleist 913D3 (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 8.2X

3 Wood: Titleist 915F (13.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Tensei CK Pro White 80TX Prototype

Hybrid: Titleist 816H1 (17.0 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 9.2X

Irons: Titleist 718 CB (3-9)
Shafts: KBS Tour Prototype

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM6 (46, 54 and 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 w/ Sensicore

Putter: Odyssey White Hot 2

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Related: Steve Stricker WITB 2017

Note: We originally reported Stricker had a Scotty Cameron putter in the bag, per Titleist’s equipment report. Stricker did, however, have a Odyssey White Hot putter in play during the final round of the QBE Shootout.

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