Hottest of the Hot
Hot List clubs are graded in four criteria: Performance, Innovation, Look/Sound/Feel and Demand. Only nine clubs in the 2011 Hot List led in at least two of these categories. (One of them might be the perfect Holiday gift.)
Adams Idea Tech V3 hybrid
LOFTS: 17, 19, 22, 25, 29, 33
TECH TALK: A thin clubface and crown plus a 70-gram tungsten sole weight create a high-launching utility club with plenty of spring in the face. The four-way cambered sole helps reduce turf interaction, and the dual bounces on the sole (the head tapers in the front and back) make the club playable for golfers who sweep and those who take deep divots.
HOT: Adams has succeeded in making a hybrid that looks sleek, small and playable yet launches the ball high with forgiveness.
NOT: The face angle looks set up for a fade, which can be intimidating for players fighting a slice.