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Andy Roberts
Thu, 13 Mar 2014
One of the longest and most forgiving irons I've tested in 2014

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Very long, easy launch and forgiving; accurate; Cut-Thru Slot Technology increases ball speed and distance as face flexes;
Cross Cavity design won't appeal to everyone
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PRICE: £499.99 YEAR: from 2014

The new Adams Golf XTD C-C irons feature the industry's first-ever cross-cavity design, combined with Cut-Thru Slot Technology, to create distance through technology instead of strengthened lofts.

The cross-cavity, a cavity that runs from the top of the sole to the bottom and is enclosed by an X-shaped piece of metal, helps to redistribute weight to the rear of the clubhead. This was a priority for Adams engineers and will help get the ball in the air faster and stabilise the club at impact, especially on off-centre hits.

The cross cavity design at the back of the XTD will likely divide opinion. It's an unusual design but it's growing on me slowly. Although the XTD Cross Cavity irons are categorised as game-improvement, they've got the look of a performance model with a thinner topline, sole and multi-material body that’s made from 17-4 stainless steel with an ultra-thing maraging steel face.

At address, I love the alignment as framed scorelines include a polished finish to set the club on its correct line at address.

In terms of feel, the face impact damper, known as Pressure Piston, decreases the vibration. Direct pressure on the back of the face produces a crisp sound of a forged iron and it encouraged us to drive through the shot. This also allows for the multi-material construction of the clubhead to make them longer and more forgiving than ever. One of the better feeling game improvement irons I've tested this season.

But performance is where this iron comes into its own. Explosive distance off the face and decent launch angles. Spin rate about average but relatively easy to get airborne and very forgiving. Biggest asset is distance, though. The Cut-Thru technology helps balls fly off the face as it flexes.


Not the sexiest looking stick in the world but it does the job. One of the longest and most forgiving game improvement sticks in 2014. Adams Golf is renowned for its award-winning hybrids but these game improvement sticks are just as impressive. A real ease of launch, which we're all now accustomed to when it comes to Adams products. Easy to see why new staff player Ernie Els is using the Tour version of these irons.

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