Adams Golf unveils XTD irons with Cross-Cavity Technology

John Holmes

We've all seen muscleback irons and cavityback irons. In pursuing improved distance and forgiveness in its new XTD irons, Adams Golf has come up with a cross-cavity design.

This 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 head, which was a priority of Adams engineers. This, the company says, helps get the ball in the air faster and stabilizes the club at impact, especially on off-center strikes.

It also helps to generate a ''gear effect'' -- essentially a corrective spin to straighten off-center hits. In fact, Adams says, the gear effect that the new XTD irons produce is comparable to that usually found in a hybrid.

In addition, these new irons contain the Cut-Thru velocity slots that the company has implemented in several of its other new clubs. These slots give the thin face more ability to flex -- and therefore provide more ball speed to generate extra distance. Adams' parent company, TaylorMade, of course, has implemented slots in such irons as its Tour Preferred and JetSpeed models.

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''As opposed to the standard practice of strengthening irons lofts, we're providing distance while retaining optimal ball flight,'' said Senior Director of Research and Development Justin Honea. ''By integrating thinner faces and Cut-Thru Slot technology into irons, we're making it much easier for players to produce higher, longer, straighter and more consistent shots.''

Adams also improved the alignment aids on the new irons. The topline is thinner than previous models, and framed scorelines include a polished finish to set the club on its correct line at address. After contact, a pressure piston dramatically decreases vibration, while direct pressure on the back of the face produces a crisp sound.

The new XTD irons are designed for players of all skill levels, but Adams stresses that better players can get as much out of them as mid-handicappers. They will be available at retail on March 28, with a seven-club (4-iron through pitching wedge) carrying a suggested retail price of $599.99 with stock KBS Tour 90 steel shafts. Aldila graphite shafts can be included for an extra $100.

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