Equipment Reviews: New England Golf Monthly
Adams a70S Hybrids & Hybrid Irons
In August of 2009 Adams golf introduced its new a70S set of clubs to the market. Our team tested and reviewed the clubs at two Partner facilities in Southern New England, The SNE Golf Academy at Crystal Lake Golf Club in R.I. and at Swansea Country Club in Massachusetts.
The set consisted of Three Hybrids (3,4,5,), Two Mid Hybrid Irons (6,7,)
And three Short Irons (8,9, and Pitching Wedge) The shafts on the set were Grafalloy Pro Launch Graphite / Stiff.
Over a 6-week period the clubs were hit on range conditions. Many different levels of players had the opportunity to hit the full range of clubs both off range mats and grass at the facility. During the testing period full range of low, mid and high Handicap level players had the opportunity to play a full 18 hole round of golf with the Adams a70S Clubs and provided our staff with feedback on the overall playability of the clubs and forgiveness and feel. Here are the Results by Handicap Level.
The Low Handicap Player 0-5 USGA Index
The Pro’s- Clubs were easy to play with high launch and greater distance over traditionally designed clubs. Feel and playability was overall very good with noticeable forgiveness on all clubs in set. The hybrid and mid hybrid clubs provided a great feel for long iron shots with a high launch angle. Easy to draw and fade the hybrids, good workability.
The Cons- Scoring Irons had a heavy top line, which was uncomfortable compared to blades and smaller cavity back irons. The stiff flex shafts on the scoring irons had a little too much draw tendency and less workability as compared to the Hybrids in the set.
The Mid Handicap Player 6-12 USGA Index
The Pro’s- Overall playability rating was very good. The clubs were more forgiving and provided better ball flight with a softer landing. Players noticed increased distance on the hybrids and better accuracy on scoring irons.
The Con’s- Mid handicap players found it difficult to work the ball at all, they also felt the shafts for stiff flex were too light on the short irons.
The High Handicap Player 13 -25 USGA Index
The Pro’s- The clubs played very well with improved shot making ability by almost all the high handicap players. They liked the feel, the distance, and the ball flight with all the clubs. They especially like the scoring irons and found there misses were much better.
The Cons- there were almost none.