Great Iron, But Do Not Expect Buttery Soft Feel
January 16, 2016
These clubs are not intended to compete with the feel of a perfectly struck forged blade. This is one of the major caveats to all of the technology that Adams incorporated into this beautiful iron. With that in mind, I have played forged irons that have certainly not been able to match the feel of these clubs. The TM forgings of recent years comes to mind, or the Titleist AP forgings. I think these clubs are the direct competitor to the XTD forged, even though the reviewing masses wanted them to compete with the likes of Mizuno and Titleist MB designs, which are mostly traditional forged irons with out other materials being added. With that in mind, these irons are amazing to hit. My current set is a Titleist 710 MB 3-PW, that I love. My contact has improved, and I really have not had very many stingers with these.
Flighting and Distance:
The confidence I have with the MB's carries easily over to the XTD forged. The only difference is I feel more free to hit high or low, left or right with the Adam's. Not that I couldn't do it with the MB's, I think having made slight mishits and still getting close to my desired results makes me trust what I am capable of.
On that note, I do hit these much higher than my MB's. It shocked me at first. I also get about 1 club length more distance. The difference is in the weighting of the club head. It really launches the ball quickly, which for me is great. The courses I play are often tree lined and I am not able to get up and over with the blades. Especially in the rough. These allow for a few more opportunities from more difficult lies, and being honest, I could care less about a buttery feel if my 8 iron can make it over and on, vs trying to perfectly fit in between tree trunks or punching out.
The stock C-Taper is a great fit for me, I generally have too much spin, and these bring my numbers to normal levels. They also feel great and stable for any kind of shot I have hit with them. But you may already like your spin numbers, and dislike what you get with these. They are not for everybody. I still love my S300's but these came attached, and ended up working really well. No adjustments in my swing required.
Grips: The grips I fell in love with on the driver, and when I swapped out the shaft for something else I went and found another to add on. That driver by the way is a killer. I would put it against any on the market for distance, forgiveness, and workability. If you have a recent TM driver, you can add your favorite TM shaft, and go. (HOWEVER, the Red Tie is a great shaft. Just too much spin for me.)
If you are looking for a nice set of forged irons that have sexy written all over them, I cannot recommend a set higher than these. Distance is consistent, they are very forgiving, and I had an easier time flighting them compared to my MB's (that is likely due to my swing, but I still feel it is worth mentioning.) Great buy. If you are concerned about the fact that it's 6-PW, think about this: Your distances will likely equate to your current 5iron, and how often do you rely on your 3 and 4? I hit mine maybe once a round before. (I hit this 6 about 180, 185 if I go after it and my driver ss is about 107). You might love your 3,4,5 but for me it was easy to add a couple hybrids and an extra wedge. Just something to consider :)
Pros:Distance, flighting, feel, they look great in my bag (lol)
Cons:If your spin count is low, the shafts may not be a great fit.