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The 2021 Adams Tight Lies Fairway Wood makes the clubs that are most difficult to hit much more user friendly. Very easy to elevate. Forgiving.
What club do you have the most trouble with? If your answer is “My fairway wood,” the 2021 Adams Tight Lies Fairway Wood is worth a look. This club is designed to remove the stress from your long game.
Like the Tight Lies Hybrid [review HERE], the Tight Lies Fairway Wood is larger than average. Also like the hybrid, it has a slight pear shape, pushing more of its bulk toward the toe. These clubs also share the matte grey crown, Adams Golf alignment aid, a lip at the front edge that extends the face vertically, and a tendency to sit closed.
On a personal note, I had a hard time perceiving the face height correctly because the face is so wide. The face of this club is very large in all dimensions to provide more confidence from all lies, but I found that I was much more comfortable hitting it off the turf than a tee.
On the sole, there are several large swaths of silver on a charcoal base. “Tight Lies” and “Adams” branding are seen on a strip of chrome in the middle of the head. There are two technology call outs – Velocity Slot and Tri-Sole Design – but both are quite small. Overall, it has a clean look in the bag.
Sound & Feel
The Adams Tight Lies Fairway Wood is noticeably louder than the hybrid, though I would rate the volume as average compared to other fairway woods. The dominant tone in the impact sound is metallic, a mid-pitched “crack.” The audio feedback is very clear: when you mishit the ball, the harmonious “crack” turns into a discordant “clank.”
Like the hybrid, the Tight Lies Fairway Wood feels more solid than fast off the face. The feedback through the hands complements the impact sound, giving you a strong idea of where the ball met the face.
I started my testing of the Adams Tight Lies fairway wood on the range without a launch monitor. I didn’t need one to notice that this is one the highest launching and easiest-to-launch fairway woods I’ve hit. That higher launch is due in part to the loft (16 degrees vs. the traditional 15), but there’s a lot more happening here than a one degree loft tweak. If, like me, you have trouble elevating fairway woods, you need to check out Tight Lies.
Looking at accuracy, the Tight Lies FW is slightly draw biased, but it’s not a hook machine. I had no issues hitting the ball straight or even creating a nice cut. My normal swing produced a small draw, but I didn’t see anything snapping left unless I made a poor swing.
When I did get the Tight Lies FW to a launch monitor, the impressions I gathered on the range were confirmed. This is a club built for consistency and forgiveness over raw distance. The ball speed is good on and off center, but it’s not elite. While the higher launch is a big plus for me in terms of distance, the spin is higher, too, which will negatively impact distance for some players. If you’re a high end ball striker with good speed, this probably isn’t for you. However, for the majority of golfers, the Tight Lies FW is going to produce more consistent distance than most other options.
If your current fairway wood is producing feast-or-famine results, consider changing to the 2021 Adams Tight Lies Fairway Wood. Though it isn’t the longest FW on the market, I found myself sated by the steady diet of high, straight, stress-free shots.
The Adams Tight Lies Fairway Wood is only sold on the Adams website, linked below. There is a 30-day money back guarantee so that you can try it at your own course.