As we approach May, and as we put the Masters in the rearview mirror, the golf season is definitely in full bloom. Learning about all the new 2015 products out there is one of my favorite ways to prepare for another year on the course. I hope you’ve been enjoying this new series where I compile all the best product reviews and put them into one place to make it easy for everyone to find. I hope you find these ultimate product reviews helpful! – Matt
Club Name: Red Hybrids
Category: Better-Player Hybrids
Price Point: $230
Specs: Available in lofts 16°, 18°, 20°, 23° and 26°.
From Adams – The recipe for Red is simple:
Engineers placed the focus on versatility, utilizing a smaller head (95cc) that can handle a wider variety of difficult shots and make them easier to hit from all conditions.
Adams’ patented upside-down head design brings the CG lower, promoting easier launch and greater demand from all lies, increasing playability and inspiring player confidence.
To keep ball speed fast, even on off-center hits, Red utilizes Adams’ trusted and proven Velocity Slot TechnologyTM on the sole and Ghost Slot TechnologyTM on the crown.
As an extra benefit to those seeking maximum shot-shape options, three transferrable weights on the sole (one 25g & two 2g) can be configured to promote the flight that works best.
The result of these ingredients is Red: an aesthetically pleasing hybrid that will work for the golfer to make the game’s difficult shots easier.
The Red replaces the Pro model, a non-adjustable hybrid with a Velocity slot on the crown and Cut Thru slot on the sole.
Purchase your Adams Red Hybrids by visiting the Adams Golf website.
1. Golf Digest: Gold Rating. The benefit of adjustable weight in a hybrid? You can tame that slice or hook. The 25-gram weight in the sole shifts to the heel or toe to reduce unwanted sidespin and to help you square the face. Don’t have that problem? Keep the weight in the center for maximum energy transfer.
2. Golf Magazine: Like It. DISTANCE: Surprisingly adequate length out of a small clubhead; a touch longer than its long-iron counterpart, but it offers the kind of distance control you don’t get out of a 3-iron or 4-iron; slight mis-hits still travel a playable distance. FEEL: The heavy head provides a meaty sensation, with a nice muted crack at contact; the head lets you know when you really nail it; very stable—you don’t have to worry about the clubface twisting at impact. CONS: Small head doesn’t provide the forgiveness some guys need, others find that the low-ball flight is too close to that of a long iron; the heavy feel takes getting used to.
3. Golf Magic: Love It. Yet again, Adams has failed to disappoint with a hybrid. By far the most versatile and powerful hybrid Adams has ever designed, the moveable weights on the red sole plate not only strengthen the looks but they ensure an abundance of shot-shaping options. Perhaps a little pricey at £169 given we are talking about a hybrid, but you cannot put a price on improving those green-in-regulation stats.
4. Golf A Lot: 5 Stars out of 5. Whatever the conditions you play in, there is a wide range of lofts from 16° to 26° and I can see the 18° and 20° versions being very popular. In some ways this is a niche product as the heavier feel, head size and shaft type make it suitable for most lower handicappers. It is forgiving for its size, but if a greater margin for error is what you are after, then something like its sister TaylorMadeR15 Rescue may be a better option.
5. Hacker’s Paradise: Love It. I am very picky about the hybrid(s) I have in my bag. I like a compact head, distance, playability and workability. The Red offers me all of that and more. It exceeded all of my preconceived ideas of what I was going to see at this launch. I felt very comfortable standing over the club and I knew I was going to get out of it what I put in. It is a great 14th club for my bag and really and truly has filled a hole.
6. Golf Monthly: Love It. The sound and feel are outstanding, which is exactly what we have come to expect from a brand whose hybrids impress year after year. They are almost unrivalled in the hybrid category. At the point of contact it feels solid, but not too hard, and the ball seems to compress then spring off the face powerfully.
7. Mitchell Spearman, Golfing World: Like it.