Review: Adams Red Hybrid

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The Takeaway

Being a leader in the Hybrid category, Adams did not let up with the new Red version. Shape-wise, you have that classic smaller-sized head (95cc) with the higher box-shaped toe. The simple black crown is missing the Velocity Slot from the past offering, and this is because Adams incorporated a Ghost Slot under the crown, instead of on top of the crown. Yes! You still get dual Slot Technology to increase ball speed across the face, but you just do not see it at address anymore. The feel was dead solid with a slight click at impact, which provides excellent feedback to your hands. The Red also incorporates three transferable weights on the sole to create a different bias and flight shape if desired. I was very pleased to see the Matrix Altus shaft as the stock offering. This is an excellent Hybrid shaft for a wide range of players.


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Who’s it for?

Adams has been making hybrids that perform at a very high level for years. This version will touch base with players that have a mid to lower handicap, and who need to keep their ball flight down. The resulting strike produces a more penetrating flight, but still high enough to land the ball softly on the green.

Final Take

I, myself, have always found the shape of the Adams Hybrids to be a bit to small and too boxy in the toe area, and this one is not much different. I did find that it produced excellent shot shape, feel and a penetrating ball flight, all which are very important to me when I am looking for a hybrid. However, I did not test the sole weight system to see if I could create some fade bias, which is also very important for my game. If you are an Adams fan, the new Red will not disappoint one bit. I can’t wait to see Langer loft one of these onto a Par 5 at The Masters!

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Bob Gomavitz

Bob Gomavitz Age: 59 Handicap: 4.6 Introduced to Golf: Age 10 Years Playing: 47 Hole In Ones: 2 Double Eagles: 1 Years in the Golf Industry: 14 Rounds Per Year: Over 100 Favorite PGA Tour Course Played: TPC Sawgrass Favorite Local Course Played: Royal Colwood Victoria, B.C. Most Famous Golfer that I played with: Fred Couples Most Famous Person that I played with: Kenny G (High School Teammate) Current WITB Driver: Taylormade 2016 M2 9.5 45" D-3 Graphite Design Tour Ad 60 Stiff 3 Wood: Taylormade RBZ 13 Degree TS Oban Revenge 7 Stiff 43.25” D-3 Hybrid: Taylormade R1118 Degree Matrix Altus Stiff Hybrid: Taylormade R11 Rescue 21 Degree Matrix Altus Stiff Irons: Taylormade Burner 2.0 4-PW KBS Tour Stiff Std Lie, Lofts and Lengths Wedges: Taylormade Rac Black 54 Degree TT DG Wedge Flex Wedges: Callaway X Tour 58 Degree MD TT DG Wedge Flex Putter: Odyssey Versa 90 degree #7 Super Stroke 3.0 34” Ball: Titleist Pro V1x, Srixon Z Star XV Yellow Trackman Driver Swing Info Club Head Speed: 98-101 Ball Speed: 148-151 Angle of Attack: +1.7 to +2.6 Launch Angle: 12.7 to 14.1 Spin: 2400-2750 Angle of Descent: 39.8 to 37.3 Carry: 234-242 yards Distance: 258-272 yards Path: 0.7 to 2.4

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