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.