Adams Pro, Pro DHy, and Pro Mini hybrids
Adams Golf adopted a slogan this season, "Own The Second Shot," and it reflects the company's desire to be known for making the best hybrid clubs. With the release of three new Pro hybrids, which should hit shelves on March 14 for $199.99, Adams believes it has models that should appeal to every player.
Here's the scoop on each of the new hybrids:
Adams quietly completed the creation of this club in the fall of 2012, according to Justin Honea, Adams' senior design engineer.
"Typically what we are trying to do in R&D is get ahead of the game," he said recently. "We want to test it and validate it on Tour, and then take that momentum to the marketplace. That's how it's done, but we typically get into this crazy cycle of launching products quickly, so it's hard to do that.
“With this one, it never saw the light of day at retail, but it's been on Tour for about a full year. It caught fire, and we never had a plan to launch this product."
According to Honea, Adam's New Idea and Super S hybrids were ideal for the super-game-improvement market, and the DHy was perfect for fast-swinging players who wanted to reduce spin. Adams needed a versatile hybrid to fit between those clubs in the lineup. The Pro hybrid became that club.
"It's the perfect size and the perfect shape, and Tour players love it because they need a little help," Honea said. "Not all the guys want to look at a driving iron, and not a lot of guys want to look at a small, fairway wood-style hybrid. So this was something that we were missing in our lineup."
By designing the lower portion of the standard Adams Pro hybrid to be wider than the crown, the club's center of gravity has been driven very low, Honea said.
"Most guys sweep their hybrids, so you hit it lower in the face " he said. "This design creates a larger hitting area and more forgiveness in the bottom of the club."
In addition, the Pro hybrid has slots in the crown and sole that allow the thin, 455 Carpenter steel face to flex more effectively at impact. The slots are covered with polymer to ensure debris does not get into the head.
"The sole has been cut through," Honea explained. "What that does is increase the CT [characteristic time: amount of time the ball stays on the clubface at impact] on off-center shots. The idea is to create the most deflection with this club."
In other words, the slots help to increase the springiness of the face across a larger portion of the hitting area so shots will not lose as much ball speed on mis-hits.
The Adams Pro hybrid is available in 16-, 18-, 20-, 23- and 26-degree versions and comes standard with an Aldila Tour Red shaft.
Pro DHy Hybrid
The Pro DHy is an iron-replacement club designed for players who want reduced spin to create a penetrating ball flight off the tee and from the turf.
It has a lower profile and more elongated face than the standard Pro hybrid. While the Pro DHy has a slot in the sole to help broaden the sweetspot, it does not have a slot in the crown.
Honea said that the Pro DHy produces a ball flight that is lower than the standard Pro hybrid and will appeal to a smaller group of players. "If you hit your long irons pretty well, the DHy is the perfect hybrid for you," he said.
The Pro DHy comes standard with an Aldila Tour Blue graphite shaft and is available in 18-, 21-, 24- and 27-degree models.
Pro Mini Hybrid
According to Adams, the Pro Mini was created after listening to Tour players who liked the Idea Pro Black 9031 and Super 9031 hybrids. It is meant to appeal to players with fast swings who seek a lower ball flight and more control.
Like the standard Pro hybrid, the bottom of the Pro Mini is wider than the crown section to lower the center of gravity. It has a channel cut into the crown and another in the sole, which cuts completely through the club's stainless steel chassis. The slot in the sole is covered by a polymer to keep dirt from getting inside the head, and Adams says it does not interfere with the club's ability to work through turf.
According to Honea, don't be surprised to see professionals drop a Pro Mini hybrid into their bag at Royal Liverpool for this season's Open Championship.
The stock shaft of the Adams Pro Mini is an Aldila Tour Green, and it is available in 16-, 18-, 20-, 23- and 26-degree versions.