Back in the 1990s, Adams Golf earned the attention of golfers everywhere with the introduction of its Tight Lies fairway woods, and for years those clubs were among the most prominent in all of golf.
Two decades later, the Tight Lies line is back. The new iteration features many of the same design elements that made those originals so successful, along with the Velocity Slot Technology found in current Adams clubs.
Just like the original, the new Tight Lies line will debut with a 16-degree 3-wood in mid-August, with other loft options to follow later.
''In the ever-present pursuit of maximum distance, today's fairway woods have become mini-drivers – extremely difficult to hit from anywhere other than from a tee,'' said Adams Golf Director of Research and Development Justin Honea. ''The low-profile design places the center of gravity (CG) below the CG of the ball, making it easy to hit the ball in the air.''
A hallmark of the original Tight Lies fairway wood was its revolutionary low-profile, upside-down design, and it is back in the new version. This design feature allows for a very low center of gravity – below the ball's center of gravity – making it easier to get the ball up in the air with distance and accuracy.
The Cut-Thru Slots in the crown and sole create extra flex in the face, which helps create faster ball speeds as well as increased forgiveness across the face. And that unique tri-sole design reduces turf interaction to improve performance from the fairway, rough, sand – even, as Adams says, tight lies.
The new club already has made a fan in eight-time major winner and 2014 U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Tom Watson.
''The most important thing for me is to know how far the ball is going to go,'' he said, ''and with the new technology, here with Tight Lies, we can hit it where we want it to go and that's what you want in a golf club.''
The regular Tight Lies woods will come standard with the Mitsubishi Rayon Bassara Eagle graphite shaft, while the slightly hotter Tight Lies Tour edition will feature the Aldila Tour Blue shaft. Both models will feature a matte black finish, while the women's model will have a matte grey crown. All will include the familiar white half stripes low on the shaft that were also featured on the original.
Along with the 16-degree models available soon for lefties and eighties, the Tight Lies line also will include 14-, 19- and 22-degree models in right-handed, and 19 degrees in left-handed. The Tour clubs will add 14.5- and 18-degree models for right-handers, along with a 14.5-degree model for lefties.
The women's models will come in 3-wood, 5-wood and 7-wood models for right-handers, and 3-wood and 5-wood clubs for lefties.
The standard Tight Lies will carry a suggested retail price of $199.99, with the Tight Lies Tour going for $229.99.