With their XTD range, Adams Golf wanted to see what they could produce if money was no object. Using the highest quality materials, highest tolerances on the market and highest level of engineering, they have produced the Adams XTD irons.
Unlike a traditional forged irons, the XTDs feature Adams' signature Cut-Thru Slot Technology. The slots, cut through the sole of the irons, extend all the way up behind the face, creating a hollow design that produces a "floating face".
By adding the slots in all the irons, the XTDs are able to produce the feel and look golfers expect in a forged iron, but with a faster face and increased forgiveness. Adams tell us that the CT (Characteristic Time) of the XTD iron is 220. That number may not mean a lot to many golfers, but it is equal to their DHy hybrid which is the number 1 model on the PGA Tour.
“We created a forged iron that’s caught up to our legendary hybrid technology, breaking the mould of what’s been around for 80 years,” said Justin Honea, Senior Director of Research and Development. “Most blades sacrifice distance for workability but we’re giving extra yards AND improvement on off-center shots!”
Whilst several sets of irons have been released with slots in some of the longer clubs, Adams have added their Cut-Thru Slots to every iron in the XTD set.
Furthermore, high density Tungsten weights have been added inside each XTD iron, adding more weight to the toe of the club that positions the centre of gravity lower and adds to the clubs forgiveness. The size and position of the weights alters throughout the set to offer the feel, forgiveness and weight suitable to each specific iron.
All Adams XTD irons from 8-iron to LW will feature a muscleback head design, whilst the 7 to 3 irons will feature a slight cavity offering a slightly higher launch and more forgiveness.
Players in the US will be offered a set that includes a 3 and 4 Adams DHy hybrid. Meanwhile golfers in Europe will be offered a seven-piece, all-iron set from 4 to PW.
The KBS C-Taper shaft, featured on the XTD irons, may look graphite but it is in fact the same steel shaft used in the previous Adams Idea CMB irons.