Adams XTD Cross Cavity iron

Thomas Bjorn, of Denmark, lines up a putt on the 18th green during his second round of the 100th U.S. Open Golf Championship at the Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, Calif., Saturday, June 17, 2000. Bjorn made par on the hole and finished with a two-day total of 2-under-par 140.

Adams XTD Cross Cavity iron

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Adams XTD Cross Cavity iron

ORLANDO, Fla. – The new XTD Cross Cavity iron from Adams Golf reminds me how much I hate the term game-improvement. Or worse, super game-improvement.

The XTD, introduced here at the PGA Merchandise Show, has been called a game-improvement iron. Baloney, I say. This is a full-blown performance iron that just happens to be easy to hit.

When I asked Justin Honea, senior director of research and development for Adams, about the game-improvement label, he just laughed.

Honea is a gifted golfer. He regularly carries a plus handicap. He plays in tournaments. And you will find the XTD Cross Cavity in his bag.

“I can hit it as straight as any other iron,” he said, “but I hit this one farther.”

How much farther? A half-club to a club, he answered.

The XTD is a multi-material iron. In the middle of the back cavity is a flexible damper that helps shorten the duration of sound waves. This means less vibration.

Then there is the cross cavity itself. The crossing pattern is intended to move – or pull – the center of gravity off the face and back into the body of the iron. The result is increased gear effect. In other words, there is a built-in correction on off-center hits.

At least that’s the theory. “It really works,” Honea said.

The Cut-Thru Slot in the sole, designed to increase ball speed and carry distance, also is evident in the XTD irons.

Retail prices: For seven irons, $599 with steel shafts and $699 with graphite shafts. For a combo set of six irons and two Pro hybrids, $799 with steel shafts and $899 with graphite shafts.

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