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The Adams XTD driver has one of the hottest faces out there. Departure from the white paint. Beast of a club.
Year in and year out, Adams Golf always manages to pique my interest with the new clubs they bring to market. After having success with previous generations of XTD clubs, Adams introduced a new line of matte black woods which include one of the hottest drivers on the market and we were more than happy to take the XTD driver for a spin.
Adams went through a stretch of silver club heads which were followed by white versions which was all the rage of 2011-2013. 2013 and 2014 saw the return of black club heads and the XTD driver, as well as the rest of woods, sports a really slick matte black crown with no markings except for the Cut-Thru Slot. On the sole, you’ll find minimal branding, the bottom Cut-Thru Slot, and one stand-alone weight.
The shape of the XTD driver is really nice. The club doesn’t look large and overwhelming but still has enough size to give you confidence and frame the ball nicely. The face has what I would call medium depth – I wouldn’t call it small, but it isn’t one of these monstrously deep faces that are popping up these days. At address, this is one of the most inviting driver heads I have ever seen in golf.
Sound & Feel
The theme of this review seems to be that the Adams XTD driver is hot. At impact, the XTD driver gives you a very explosive sound like a rocket. That’s not to say that it’s an obnoxiously loud sound (it’s not), but the ball really sounds like it fires hard off the face. I would describe the tone as “a solid whack with a little pop.”
The XTD driver has a very specific feeling. You guessed it…hot! When you catch a shot right in the middle, you will be hard pressed to find a driver out there that has a more explosive feel. The toe and heel lose a lot of the explosive feeling, but still deliver impressively forgiving results with minimal distance loss.
Hitting the new Adams XTD driver felt like a rebirth of sorts for Adams. I wouldn’t tell you that Adams necessarily needed a club that was a departure from their previous offerings, but this was a very refreshing driver to hit. First, the club is flat out hot which leads to great ball speeds and solid distance. Admittedly, it took me a bit to dial the XTD into the correct settings for me, but when I lofted up from 9º to 10.5º, I found that my stats evened out and I was able to put a nice ball down range. I found that I was getting a little bit of extra spin, but I’m not concerned about the XTD driver head being the cause of that issue (I was using a new shaft that didn’t suit me too well). That said, I don’t feel my spin lead to any significant distance loss whatsoever.
Adams takes great care to make sure that every XTD driver that leaves production is “hot” and full of distance. First, the new XTD driver features the trademarker Cut-Thru slot which creates more ball speed across the entire face, not just the sweet spot. Not only is the XTD driver designed to be a hot driver, but Adams tests every single head four times to ensure that every face is as hot as possible while maintain all USGA legalities. This inspection process gives Adams some of the tightest production tolerances in the entire golf industry and it pays off in one of the best drivers they’ve ever made.
2014 is a great time in golf history to buy golf equipment. Obviously there are a lot of choices to make when you’re trying to select the perfect club, but companies like Adams Golf stick to basic principles that put a focus on engineering and R&D to gain results rather than gimmicks. The Cut-Thru Slot technology creates a hot face right at the limits of USGA rules (yes, it’s still legal) and give the golfer higher ball speeds and greater distances which should make the Adams XTD driver an easy choice for a front runner.
Price & Specs
The Adams XTD driver retails for $400.
It is available in 9***, 10.5, and 12 with the Matrix Red Tie as the stock shaft.