The story about irons designed with a low center of gravity to launch the ball higher isn't new. Same goes for thin faces.
Adams' latest iron has those concepts covered but takes the conversation about iron technology one step farther. The new XTD ($600, 4-iron through pitching wedge) seeks to create straighter shots by pushing weight farther back from the face.
The back of the club has crossed braces that deepen the CG and produce "gear effect," says Justin Honea, Adams Golf's senior VP of R&D. That's something usually seen in only metalwoods, but Honea says moving the CG back from the face has resulted in toe shots with a bit of draw spin instead of going straight right.
The design also benefits from a thin Carpenter 455 steel face and a sole slot for increased face flexibility. The set includes the option of adding the new Adams Pro hybrid for an additional $100 a club.