Adams, Tour Edge irons blend performance, price
Monday, May 6, 2013
Conversation about irons often focuses on touring pros and their irons.
But on the other side of the spectrum, Adams and Tour Edge have introduced irons –the Adams Super S and the Tour Edge Exotics XCG6 – that likely will never be used by touring pros. They are designed, however, to be high-performance irons for many amateurs.
If the truth be told about trajectory, most amateurs don’t hit the ball high enough. Most touring pros, on the other hand, struggle with hitting the ball too high.
The Tour Edge XCG6 iron features extreme heel and toe weighting (thanks to four tungsten weights in the sole) along with the deepest undercut cavity ever produced by Tour Edge. The result: higher shots with a maximum amount of forgiveness.
These irons are designed to be easy to hit. The ultra-thin face adds extra ball speed and enhances carry distance, according to the company.
There’s more: The KBS Tour shaft, the same one used by Adam Scott at the Masters, is a stock offering with the XCG6. It’s a heavier shaft – 120 to 130 grams, depending on the flex – and will appeal to players who want to feel the weight of the shaft during the swing. Optional lighter shafts also are available with the XCG6.
Affordability of the Tour Edge XCG6 as well as the Adams Super S also is an attraction. The retail cost of the XCG6 with KBS steel is $599 (4-PW).
The Adams Super S set, which consists of 3- and 4-hybrids plus 5-PW in conventional irons, sells for $499. The KBS 90, which actually weighs about 100 grams, is the stock shaft. Several PGA Tour pros have used this shaft in competition.
In recent years, few, if any, golf equipment company has offered as many combo sets (hybrids and irons) as Adams.The Super S irons feature Dual Cavity construction to maximize ball speed and forgiveness, according to Adams. The two hybrids also fit comfortably into the gapping scheme of this set, so that carry distances move smoothly from hybrids to irons.
The Tour Edge XCG6 and Adams Super S, both are available immediately, are aimed at golfers who want to hit the ball higher and longer. But the two sets are a tribute to their respective golf club designers, because at address neither looks outrageously strong or difficult to hit. Plenty of face is visible at address, which is a confidence booster for many golfers.