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When you hear Adams Golf, your first thought probably wouldn’t be wedges, right? All of you who’ve spent even a mere week on a course are probably aware of the brand and that it’s lauded as the industry leader when it comes to hybrids (and rightly so). Still, their wedges are always up to par with the rest of their line (if you’ll pardon this pathetic attempt at a pun), and in this Adams Golf Idea wedge review, we’ll go through exactly what you would get in detail.

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Adams Golf Idea Set

You’ll usually find them as parts of sets, and they’ll more often than not have a pitching wedge and a sand wedge to go along with any given set, but you should be able to find them sold separately, and even complete your configuration with a gap wedge if you’re missing that yardage.

While we’re on the subject, it’s worth mentioning that Adams Golf has, as of this writing, a complete set on offer, both for male and female golfers (the main difference being the shaft, its flex, its length, grips, and weight, while the head design is identical for both). Both sets include a pitching wedge (44-degree loft) and a sand wedge (54), and ten other pieces (men’s set has more irons, while the one for women packs more woods to carry the distance).

Here’s what’s included, in case anyone’s interested:

  • ​Women’s set Driver, 3-Wood, 5-Wood, 7-Wood, 5-Hybrid, 6-Hybrid, 7-Hybiron, 8-Hybiron, 9-Iron, PW, SW, and Yes! Putter;
  • Men’s set - Driver, 3-Wood, 5-Wood, 4-Hybrid, 5-Hybrid, 6-Hybiron, 7-Hybiron, 8-Iron, 9-Iron, PW, SW, and Yes! Putter.

As for the wedges, they’re invariably designed to accompany the irons/hybrids and complement them to a tee (couldn’t resist another pun, they should be out of the system now), so we’ll mostly be talking about both when discussing the technology behind them. In other words, when discussing a particular Adams club, you can’t but discuss the entire range, as they’re best played in conjunction.

Adams Golf Idea Wedges & Hybrids: A Happy Family

As we’ve repeated ad nauseam, Adams Idea wedges are designed to be used in conjunction with other clubs from their respective sets, so an Idea V4 wedge will inevitably use the same technologies as an Idea V4 hybrid.

It would be nice if Adams Golf had some sort of a chart or guide where you could clearly see and compare all the different models and see what fits you. As we mentioned, Adams concentrates on creating hybrids (and does an impressive job of it, make no mistake), so each range comes with wedges to complement the set. For this reason, we’ll mostly discuss the Idea wedges in relation to their respective ranges, so be prepared for some juggling.

Most Popular Idea Wedges Out There

As mentioned above, there’s no definitive guide to help you decide on the best Adams Golf Idea wedge for your style and handicap, so here’s something that could do in its place. It’s just the bare bones, but we tried to make an exhaustive list as possible. So, without further ado, here’s a list of the top Adams Golf Idea wedges out there, each with a couple of tips and/or recommendations for you.

Adams Golf New Idea Wedge

Idea Tech V3

The Idea Tech 3 wedges are some of the most popular wedges to come off Adam's assembly line (there’s a general consensus among the fans), and are the easiest to come by. They were made to accompany the eponymous hybrids, which are well-known among high and mid handicappers as some of the best game-improvement clubs out there.

They have a slightly lowered centre of mass, which makes them head-heavy, which is great news for anyone looking to get the most out of their swing (seniors, short players, you know the drill), particularly those with wide, smooth swings. On that note, even players with under 10 handicap might find the four-way camber appealing as it allows you to play from all sorts of lies. They’re available as either hybrid wedges or forged cavity back.

Idea Tech V4

The Idea Tech V4 is the younger cousin of the V3, and as such it uses many of the technologies its predecessor does. It’s plenty forgiving, has more launch and should play nicely in hands of an over 10 handicapper.

It’s got more advanced Velocity Slot on the sole and crown than its predecessor, and, consequently, more pronounced trampoline effect (for those of you not in the know, this refers to the elasticity of the club). It feels fairly responsive, though a touch thin, but if you catch it solidly, it’ll go a really long way.

Idea Super

The Idea Super features a graphite shaft coupled with a, for the most part, steel head. Speaking of which, it has a fairly wide profile, and the steel insert makes it quite soft, so you’ll be getting plenty of forgiveness on off-center shots and a nice, true response at impact. It gives you excellent trajectory control and low to mid flight, which should, appropriately, appeal to low to mid handicappers.

Idea Super XTD

Pretty much the same as for the Idea Super, the only major difference are the head material and shaft types. The XTD uses titanium in its face and crown, which makes it 55 per cent lighter, and though the stock shaft is graphite, it’s a different model. Both it and its vanilla version are pretty much all-round performers, solid-feeling, and dependable.

Idea a12

The Idea a12 wedges are fairly similar to the Super in the way of playability, though with a slightly smaller profile. Plus, they are coupled with a shaft that may fit a player with a more aggressive swing.

If you’re looking for forgiveness, you might want to go with the V3 or the a12 OS instead of this one (and definitely instead of the a12 Pro), though on the flipside, the a12 plays for distance, which makes the pitching and gap wedges in this range almost like irons (well, the pitching wedge, at any rate).

Idea a12 Pro

The Idea a12 Pro wedge is more of a low handicapper tool (as you might have already gathered from reading the name). It has a fairly small head profile, so it should really be used by more advanced players who are able to consistently hit this puppy on its relatively small sweet spot.

Obviously, this applies to both the wedges and the hybrids from this range. As for the rest of the players, anyone with an over 10 cap should probably look elsewhere, either going with the a12 or, better yet, the a12 OS.

Idea a12 OS

As we mentioned above, the Idea a12 OS should suit mid to high handicappers rather nicely thanks to its larger profile (looks gorgeous at address, instills confidence, and makes it easier to hit the sweet spot).

It’s really geared to those players who really need help launching the ball and anyone struggling with slices - Adams Golf makes sure there’s a right- and left-handed version of pretty much every club they make, though the latter are obviously made in smaller numbers. The Idea a12 OS should also give you good distance, comparable to what you get with the vanilla a12.

Idea a3 OS

Much like the other OS model, the a12 OS, the Idea a3 OS wedge is a GI (game-improvement) club, geared towards 15 to 25 handicappers. Its CG is shifted slightly lower and to the back, which makes it much easier to get the ball launched. On a similar note, this also makes the club head meatier, which allows players with slow swings to get more speed with less force.

The head and shaft are steel, which, on the one hand, does add weight (not ideal for slow swingers), but on the other, it makes the wedge more forgiving on mishits. It feels so soft you’ll sooner hear the impact rather than feel it, and you can definitely notice the beefy club head throughout your swing.

General Info

The best thing about Adams Golf is that they almost always carry right and left-handed versions, as well as male and female-specific varieties of whatever range they develop. Whether you find one or the other will more often than not depend on your local retailer or online seller.

Another piece of good news is that you can find most of them in two flavours, as either a hybrid wedge (if you need some help out of rough) or as forged cavity back (for more forgiveness on off-center hits).

Pros

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    Plenty of options for all sorts of players (depending on what generation of clubs you go for)
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    Fairly inexpensive, especially if you get them with an entire set of clubs (value pack, so to speak)
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    Forged
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    Used models are easy to find online, and in all four major types (PW, GW, SW, and LW)

Cons

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    Many different models and no charts or guides to help you compare them and clearly decide what to go for
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    Difficult to find new models as standalone wedges

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The Final Verdict

All things considered, the Adams Golf Idea wedges come in as varied a flavour as any, and you can find pretty much anything you need for your particular style of play. We tried to make a list that would have a little bit of something for everyone, but to be honest, it’s somewhat difficult to navigate through all the ranges without some sort of chart.

If you’d rather avoid all the thinking and weighing options, trying to find the perfect Idea wedge as a standalone, we do suggest you go with the 12-piece set (available as both men and women-specific). Either way you decide to go about it, remember – have fun and may the course be with you!

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