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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. 

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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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  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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2021 TaylorMade SIM2 Launch Day Report: Everything you need to know about the new equipment from TaylorMade

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Today was the official launch day of the all-new 2021 TaylorMade SIM2 line of clubs, which includes drivers, fairways woods, hybrids, and irons. To summarize the newest release from the Carlsbad-based golf equipment company, for TaylorMade and the SIM2 line of clubs, it’s all about refining great products to increase speed and stability without sacrificing any of the distance golfers achieved from the original line.

If are looking for in-depth information, on the ins and outs of the new designs and the technology that makes them possible be sure to check out our full launch pieces below.

2021 TaylorMade SIM2 drivers: Better performance, piece by piece

TaylorMade SIM2 driver line

  1. Designers have taken every step to look at different materials and configurations to add forgiveness while maintaining the low spin characteristics of the original 2020 SIM design.
  2. No more sliding weight track. The sliding weight on the standard model has been removed to save mass and increase MOI (a measurement of forgiveness).
  3. Three different models to choose from with greater differentiation to help golfers get dialed in more effectively and find the design that is the best fit.
  4. More precision built into every part of the driver. The only way to make a golf club, especially a driver, better is to maximize the weight properties and geometry, and by painstakingly looking at every single component and manufacturing process, that’s exactly what TaylorMade has done.

2021 TaylorMade SIM2 fairway woods and hybrids: Building on a winning platform

Fairway woods

For 2021, TaylorMade engineers are upping their game and the SIM fairway wood platform with the launch of the TaylorMade SIM2, SIM2 Max, and SIM2 Max D (for draw) fairway woods. Each is designed to improve consistency, turf interaction, forgiveness, and reshape what is possible with each model in the line.

  • The SIM2 Titanium has a reconfigured heavy steel soleplate to go along with its 10cc smaller size to move the center of gravity farther back in the head to increase MOI. The Max and Max D models have also gotten larger to improve forgiveness.
  • Unlike the SIM2 Titanium, the SIM2 Max fairway has gotten bigger and now comes in at 190cc head in the 3-wood (compared to 185 in the 2020 version) to increase forgiveness, and although the head has gotten larger, it is still easy to elevate from tighter lies with the help of the newly redesigned two-step V Steel sole.
  • The unofficial motto of the SIM2 Max D should be “go big or go home.” It offers the largest head size at 195cc (in the 3-wood) and also has the largest face area to help those golfers who miss a bit more than they would like to admit.

Hybrids

To build on the success of the SIM Max rescue, TaylorMade has improved the original Max rescue and are also introducing an all-new model geared towards higher swing speed players looking for a hybrid that offers adjustability and workability with the 2021 (non-MAX) SIM Rescue, thanks to input from its tour staff, including Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson.

  • The SIM2 Rescue draws a lot of inspiration from previous TaylorMade and (some Adams) generation hybrids, including the popular ’09 Rescue TP—except with a whole lot more technology! The profile is compact with a higher squared-off toe to have a more “iron-like” appearance from address to help golfers find the perfect transition club from long irons to fairway woods.
  • The new SIM2 Max hybrid brings everything golfer loved from the previous version and added a newly refined sole geometry to increase forgiveness and deliver more consistent results. The SIM2 Max Rescue has a C300 maraging steel face and comes with the now-familiar Twist Face, which only became a feature in the Rescue line last year.

2021 TaylorMade SIM2 Max and SIM2 Max OS irons

The new Cap Back is a full cavity encasing polymer cap that connects and supports the topline without touching the face. It helps produce a higher MOI since the polymer material is seven-times lighter than the steel counterpart per g/cm3 and frees up more mass to be moved low in the head to raise stability—especially for shots missed around the face, which for golfers that fit into this iron category and going to do.

Beneath the Cap Back and behind the face on the new SIM2 Max and SIM2 Max OS irons, you will find an improved Echo Damping System which features a more concentrated HYBRAR material. The damping system stretches across the entire face (from heel to toe) using multiple contact points and also utilizes a softer polymer blend to channel away more unwanted vibrations.

Perspectives from the GolfWRX forums

mycowdog: Hit the 9* sim2, about a dozen swings. Easy to hit, nice launch and spin for me. I haven’t played a TM driver. Many more to test, but I was impressed.

Stanks: Will it get the M6 outta the bag?! Looks promising!

J-Zone: Spent time with both heads today, I think people will be thoroughly impressed once they have them in hand. They look much better than the pictures, and is a very premium looking driver. Did not have time to compare to SIM1.0, but they feel a bit more firm (subjective) with a muted thwack vs a longer ringing or ting sensation.The Max will be the home run for TM people who have a very neutral delivery or want consistent spin, and the Standard is going to fit anyone who wants to cut spin but not in a super alarming way.Max launched super easy, but I can see guys needing to go up in loft if they were in standard 1.0 and went standard 2.0.

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GolfWRX’s resident equipment tester, Brian Knudson of the Club Junkie podcast, had this to say

SIM2: TaylorMade kept the sound and feel great, muted and very responsive. Offers a really neutral ball flight and skilled players will love to be able to work the ball with ease and precision. Misses of the toe still keep a decent amount of trajectory, but still lose some distance. The most penetrating flight of the 3 SIM2 drivers.

SIM2 Max: Very stable head and little higher ball flight than the SIM2. Little more spin than SIM2, can see a little rise with shots into the wind. Shots hit off the low heal carry straighter and farther than last year’s SIM Max. Straighter misses for me on all shots that I was hitting.

SIM2 Ti fairway: The sound and feel are really good and love the smaller profile from address. Slightly more of a “crack” sound at impact. Could really feel the ball compress off the face and it seemed to really come off hot. Ball launches higher than last year, even on miss hits. Toe and heel mishits stay on line really well, would easily keep those shots in the fairway. Fairway just wants to get straight, little harder to work the ball and flight shots down. Pretty neutral ball flight with maybe just a touch of natural draw.

SIM 2 Max fairway: Good sound, little more metallic and higher pitched than its titanium sibling. Head is very stable and might have offered a little more forgiveness than the Ti. Higher ball flight and little more spin, but well struck shots carry a long well. Slices and hooks tend to have a little less curvature to those shots.

SIM2 Max Hybrid: High ball flight that carries a good distance. Easy to square up the club and find the center of the face repeatedly. Shots hit low on the face still get way up in the air and carry really well. Harder to hit fades since there is some draw built into the head, but overall the ball wants to go straight.

SIM2 Rescue: Sound and feel are very muted, heavy “crack” at impact. Penetrating ball flight that is flat, but you can still get the ball off the turf without too much effort. Pretty straight ball flight with more emphasis on the ball wanting to fall right. Easy to work the ball and flight it down as low as you would like. Shots even struck on the toe didn’t draw much and still stayed on a better line that I expected from a smaller club head.

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GolfWRX Classifieds (01/19/21): PXG driver, Toulon Portland, TaylorMade Spider

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At GolfWRX, we love golf equipment plain and simple

We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment for the game in many ways. It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball, it even allows us to share another thing – the equipment itself.

One of the best ways to enjoy equipment is to experiment and whether you are looking to buy-sell-or trade (as the name suggests) you can find almost anything in the GolfWRX BST Forum. From one-off custom Scotty Cameron Circle T putters, to iron sets, wedges, and barely hit drivers, you can find it all in our constantly updated marketplace.

These are some of the latest cool finds from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

Member 03trdblack – PXG 0811 XF Gen 2 Head

The MOI is high and the price is low on this 0811 XF driver head. Get it while the getting’s good!

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: PXG Driver head

Member endy – Toulon Portland

Whether it’s Portland, Maine, Portland, Oregon, or Portland by Toulon—all are great, but only one is a putter.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Toulon Portland 

Member brushie – TaylorMade MySpider

Does winter have you feeling a little blue? Well, cheer up because now you can get a putter that just so happens to match that particular hue.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: TaylorMade Spider

Remember that you can always browse the GolfWRX Classifieds any time here in our forums: GolfWRX Classifieds

You can also follow along on Instagram: GolfWRX Classifieds

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2021 TaylorMade SIM2 Max and SIM2 Max OS irons

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The 2021 SIM2 Max and SIM2 Max OS irons from TaylorMade are about bringing together key technologies from the previous generation and combining it with their all-new Cap Back cavity design to increase distance with more face flex and improve sound by completely changing the cavity design.

What’s new in the SIM2 Max irons

2021 TaylorMade SIM2 Irons

What started out as SpeedBridge, which we should note would make a great title for a Keanu Reeves action thriller/car movie that somehow has its culminating scene take place on a bridge, in the SIM Max and SIM Max OS irons has evolved to something bigger—dare we call it a sequel—with the all-new Cap Back.

What is Cap Back?

SIM2 Max iron Capback

The Cap Back design of the new 2021 SIM2 Max irons replaces the metal speed bridge that ran from the rear of the sole to the top line of the 2020 models. This little strip of metal created tension to help support the topline and allowed engineers to bring more weight from the top of the iron low to lower the center of gravity and increase launch.

2020 SIM2 iron with SpeedBridge

It also allowed the face to flex like a big oversized tennis racket to create more ball speed around a larger area.

The new Cap Back is a full cavity encasing polymer cap that connects and supports the topline without touching the face. It helps produce a higher MOI since the polymer material is seven-times lighter than the steel counterpart per g/cm3 and frees up more mass to be moved low in the head to raise stability—especially for shots missed around the face, which for golfers that fit into this iron category and going to do.

Faster Sim2 Max face

“We set out to take game improvement irons to the next level with SIM2 Max and SIM2 Max OS. To create Cap Back Design, we utilized multi-material advancements learned from our metalwoods to unlock forgiveness and distance with forged iron like feel. We leveraged a completely new construction to achieve the performance that golfers in this category both need and want.”

– Matt Bovee, Product Creation | Irons Category

SIM2 Max and Max OS iron technology

2021 TaylorMade SIM2 Max OS irons cavity

All-new Echo Damping System

Beneath the Cap Back and behind the face on the new SIM2 Max and SIM2 Max OS irons, you will find an improved Echo Damping System which features a more concentrated HYBRAR material. The damping system stretches across the entire face (from heel to toe) using multiple contact points and also utilizes a softer polymer blend to channel away more unwanted vibrations.

SIM2 Max OS vs. SIM2 Max sole profile

This vibration channeling helps contribute to what TaylorMade likes to call a forged-like feel while still promoting maximum face flex.

Progressive Inverted Cone Technology

TaylorMade’s Inverted Cone Technology (ICT) is strategically positioned into each SIM2 Max and SIM2 Max OS iron as a way to help increase the sweet spot and minimize mis-hits.

The reason for this is shots hit on the toe of longer irons generally result in a miss to the right, TaylorMade engineers have positioned the ICT towards the toe in both SIM2 Max and SIMs Max OS irons to counteract this. Through this move, the engineers have created a draw bias in the longer irons to minimize this common miss without resorting to adding additional offset typically found in larger game improvement designs.

Other technology carryovers from the previous generations that can be found in the SIM2 Max irons include the fluted hosel, 360° undercut cavity -now positioned under the polymer cap back, and an ultra-thin face.

What makes the Max OS irons different?

Sim2 Max OS vs Sim2 Max from address

The SIM2 Max OS irons are everything the SIM Max irons are and more, including everything you would expect from a maximum game improvement irons are packed with all the same technology of the SIM2 Max irons but put together in a wider-soled, lower CG, stronger lofted, more draw-biased package to help golfers that are looking for every advantage.

Specs, pricing, and availability

The SIM2 Max and Max OS irons will be available for preorder starting January 19 and will be in retail locations beginning February 10.

Both sets will be priced at $799 steel (KBS Max MT 85 steel ) and $899 graphite (Fujikura’s Ventus Blue graphite, 7S, 6R & 5A) in 7 piece set configurations 4-pitching wedge – which is a departure from the way TaylorMade has assembled stock sets in the past. This allows golfers to choose whether they would prefer to order the matching wedges for the set – which include a gap wedge, sand wedge, and lob wedge, or go with something else to find proper gapping.

The SIM2 Max and SIM2 Max OS irons will also be available for women and come outfitted with the Aldila NV Ladies iron shaft and the Lamkin Ladies Sonar grip.

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