By Jason Bruno
Adams XTD stands for extra time & dollars (to develop the most advanced club
technology). The 6 iron shown above is considered a muscle cavity.
Forged irons are regarded as the very best our game has to offer in terms of quality,
appearance and feel . . . but to be honest, very few of these forgings have any new
technology at all. Most golf companies forged offerings are not much more than the
blades of yesteryear - a solid one piece forged head and the same 130 gram steel
shaft and basic rubber grip that's been standard equipment for the last 40 years.
Although considered "The Players" set of sticks, there hasn't been much in the way
of modern technology or value for the high price tag (most forged sets cost
The short irons are muscle back style - all about precision and feel.
The XTD Forged irons were designed for the player who wants a forged club with
today's technology built in, the combo set features a shallow muscle cavity in the
mid/long irons and muscle back blade in the 8 iron thru Pitching Wedge.
Adams is the first company to feature Cut-Thru Slot Technology in a forged head
. . . this allows for a floating face, thus producing faster ball speeds throughout
the set. Tungsten weighting in the sole - optimizes the center of gravity and
The eight piece set is not your typical 3-PW or 4-Gap, Adams included the DHy
hybrids in place of the 3 & 4 iron. DHy is far easier to launch than a typical long
iron, yet is still compact enough to provide the shot shaping control of an iron.
DHy has been the #1 hybrid on the PGA Tour. (Standard 3 & 4 XTD Forged iron
Appearnace: The set up at
address with the XTD Forged is
clean and sleek with minimal offset
. . . the technology is hidden from
this view. Just classic lines here,
players eye candy for sure.
These irons perform as good as they look . . .
Our set came with Aldila's new RIP Tour shafts featuring Hyperbolic Flex Technology, not
your run of the mill graphite here, these babies are stout. According to Aldila - This new
shaft technology provides a stiff tip section for optimal launch and control, combined with
a very firm butt section for a stable feel - the center section is softer to provide maximum
ball speed, available in 90 & 115 grams. These shafts are gaining traction on the PGA
Tour (Boo Weekley used the RIP Tour when he won Colonial last year).
It had been awhile since I'd tested a premium forged iron, and after testing missile launching
game improvement sticks the past few months it took some coming back down to earth to get
in a groove with a set of forged players irons. Once I realized I was hitting a set made for
precision and feel, rather than pure distance . . . I was back in my comfort zone. Crispy
smooth impact feels just right, exactly what you'd expect from an iron of this ilk.
The XTD forged is more forgiving than your typical blade, but still provides the feedback of
a mishit. It was nice to have the Aldila RIP shafts as an option to the typical Dynamic Gold,
Project X or KBS Tour (or any of the heavyweight/massively tip stiff powerplants that come
standard in nearly every forged iron). The long/mid irons were as easy to hit as the short
sticks - gotta love that. These are not macho sticks with jacked up lofts, they're plenty long
enough, but it's much more about a predictable ball flight and landing the shot on the specific #
- 6 iron carries the typical 175 yards, 8 iron 155 . . . just how I want it. Draws & fades are there
when you want them. The DHy 3 & 4 are so easy to launch, you probably will ditch the inclination
to add the standard respective long irons. I did. After weeks of testing, the Adams XTD Forged
exceeded expectations in every category . . . these are definite gamers -
"Own The Second Shot".
To find out more go to :http://www.adamsgolf.com/
See the XTD Forged specs below.