Adams wants to “own the second shot” with its latest hybrids and woods – and put you further down the fairway to hit them with its new driver.
The XTD driver, which stands for “Extra Distance”, is the first with the company’s “Cut-Through Velocity Slot”. There are two of them, and coupled with progressive-face thickness it pushes the R&A spring-like effect limit – so much so that every XTD driver will be checked four times during the construction process to ensure it meets the rules.
“Velocity Slots” on the sole and the crown are similar to the designs used by Adams in its fairway woods and hybrids. They are meant to increase ball speed off the face. The shaft length of the XTD is 45 inches, shorter than many recent Adams drivers.
As expected, the driver and woods are adjustable too. Loft and lie can be altered up and down via the hosel by up to 1.5° either way.
Ti Fairway woods and hybrids
The XTD Ti woods and hybrids use a titanium body attached to a high-density stainless steel sole to get the fastest ball speeds. The woods also have slots to let the clubface flex more effectively at impact, while the face borrows parent company TaylorMade’s “inverted cone technology” (thicker centre, thinner outer edges) to create more ball speed on off-centre hits. Both the driver and woods come with Matrix Red Tie shafts as standard.
XTD Forged Irons
Adams says the multi-piece hollow forging in its new XTD irons is its most advanced to date. The new model is Adams’ first iron to feature a cut-through slot in the sole. This design gives it the same “Characteristic Time” (spring-like effect off the face) as its DHy hybrids. They also have an inner chamber behind the slot to help the steel face flex more at impact.
“We created a forged iron that’s caught up to our legendary hybrid technology, breaking the mould of what’s been around for 80 years,” said Adams’ Justin Honea. “Most blades sacrifice distance for workability, but we’re giving extra yards and improvement on off-centre hits.”
The slot in the sole is filled with foam to improve feel and sound. These game-enhancing technologies are hidden so the look appeals to better players. KBS C-Taper steel shafts come as standard.
XTD driver (9°, 10.5°, 12°) £329 XTD Ti fairways (13.5°, 15°, 18°) £219 XDT Ti hybrids (16°, 18°, 20°, 23°) £219 XTD irons (4-PW) £699