Adams Idea Pro Forged Irons Review
Adams Idea Pro Forged Irons ReviewAdams Golf has built a solid reputation in game improvement clubs. Now they’ve introduced a player’s forged iron to match up with their superb Idea Pro hybrids. I agree.
While the concept first showed up in game improvement sets aimed at seniors and slower swingers, with the Idea Pro Forged Irons Adams is clearly trying to bring the better player into the fold. Given polo ralph lauren that even touring professionals are finally coming around to hybrids, that makes a lot of sense.
Many good players embrace the advantages of hybrids as long iron replacements. At the same time, they still would like the workability and feel of forged blades in their mid and short irons. And that’s just what this set of irons is all about.
In its standard configuration, the set combines 3 and 4 Idea Pro hybrids with Idea Pro forged polo ralph lauren irons 5 PW. The Sand Trap’s Jeff Smith wrote an extensive review of the hybrids, so I won’t attempt to duplicate his efforts here, despite some occasional references. But I will say these extremely popular hybrids are a perfect match for these irons.
Design and Construction
To be honest, I found it quite interesting that a company so known for game improvement clubs has done such a good job coming up with their first player’s forged iron. Michael Guerrette, Adams senior design engineer, and his team have done an exceptional job producing what looks like a pure players club, but which retains touches of welcome forgive polo ralph lauren ness.
The heads are forged of very soft 8620 carbon steel and then plated with a satin finish. The top line is thin, the leading edge straight, and the progressive offset through the set minimal just what most better players are looking for.
There’s nothing fancy or bold about the look of the Adams Idea Pro forged irons. They’re all business.
The irons have a fairly shallow cavity back design but, at the same time, a comparatively low center of gravity and high moment of inertia compared to many forged blades. You can see hints of this inherent design feature in the soles of the irons that gradually broaden as you move from the mid irons to the short irons.
To my eye, they are slightly scaled up in size from the forged irons I grew up with in the 60s and 70s. But, understand, the forgiveness is relative. These are not your father’s Callaway shovels.
All this speaks to the origins of the design. Adams Golf staffers Tom Watson, Bubba Dickerson, and others had been playing custom forged Adams irons. Using those clubs as a starting point, Adams designers and engineers tweaked weight placement and shape slightly to increase playability for a broader spectrum of serious golfers. As I’ll discuss later, they succeeded.
The stock steel shaft is a relatively new model from True Temper. The Black Gold shaft comes with a unique “gold nickel” plating process that gives it just the slightest gold tinge. Nothing weird, just subtle like the rest of the club’s design. I actually spotted one on TV recently in the hands of Steve Stricker. It’s definitely a premium shaft just as is the Aldila VS Proto shaft in the hybrids.
The Black Gold is a stepless design patterned in specification and performance on the Project X shaft. It’s not a lightweight shaft by any means. In my experience the performance and feel was remarkably consistent throughout the set.
Of note is that the shafts are .355″ taper tipped models. As I noted in a recent Bag Drop, I believe taper tipped shafts are superior to parallel tipped, or unitized, shafts both in feel and performance. Once again Adams proves they were serious about producing a club for serious players.
The Golf Pride Tour Velvet grip seems to have become the most popular among better players and that’s the stock polo ralph lauren grip found on the Idea Pro irons. As evidence of Adams’ attention to detail, their logo on the grips is positioned on the bottom, just like you see on TV with tour players. The satin finish is completely non glare. All the edges are gracefully curved. I really like how the face is devoid of extraneous stamping or paint fill and displays just a hint of frosting over the grooves. In the playing position you’re presented with a simple, clean look that makes lining up your shot with the straight leading edge and grooves simple.
As far as I’m concerned, Adams has created a very classic looking forged club. To me, this is what an iron should look like.
I’m also partial to the shape of the irons. They’re basically squared toed but with enough radius to the corners to be exceptionally pleasing, at least to my eye. According to what I’ve learned, the most difficult iron to design is the 8 iron as it is the transition club from the shape of the mid irons to that of the short irons and wedges. The Idea Pro 8 iron is one of the best I’ve ever seen in that it makes the visual transition from 7 iron to 9 iron seamlessly. It’s a great, great design.
I also like other, more minor things about the looks. I like that the Adams and Idea Pro logos are small and understated. So too is the design of the forged cavity which has been finished with a soft to the touch silver paint. The knurling on the hosel is simple and old school. Even the engraved iron numbers, positioned toward the toe where they are subject to less dirt and wear, are unfussy and minimalist.