3-Wood: Tight Lies
Shaft: MRC Bassara Eagle
Tight Lies 3-Wood
Tight Lies Sole/Face
Tight Lies Face
Tight Lies Toe
Tight Lies Address
When the Tight Lies 3-wood turned up for me to test, it was like looking at a low-profile set of tyres on a car – complete with that nagging doubt as to whether they are up to the job. But if you’re anything like me, when you get on the golf course and place the club behind the ball on the fairway, you are likely to have an epiphany and wonder why all 3-woods aren’t designed like this. It simply looks perfect. However, what I found most impressive was the way it sat behind the ball in a divot, which happened totally by accident.
Playing the par 5 opening hole at Yasmine Valley golf club in the recent Tunisian Festival golf competition, my ball landed in a divot on the par 5, first hole, leaving me with a shot of 280 yards left to the pin. There was a bunker in the lay-up area and I was going to just hit an 8-iron short of that, but because I had the Tight Lies 3-wood on test, I thought I would see how it looked first. And, to my surprise, when I put the clubhead behind the ball it looked like the perfect club to use. I managed to get a great strike on the ball, leaving myself with only a 40-yard chip shot to the green.
I think the designers at Adams had realised that there was a need to get back to what a fairway wood was designed for, and I believe that no matter what type of course you play on, you will appreciate their expertise when you have to step up and hit a long fairway shot. The design means you can get more of the clubface on the ball, which helps to get it airborne – and not only from fairways lies, but also the rough, and, of course, divots.
The Tight Lies 3-wood uses the Adams Cut-Thru Slot – the same tech used in both the Tight Lies 5 and 7 woods – which helps increase the speed at which the ball comes off the face of the club, giving you much-needed extra yards when you’re trying to get at those long par-5s.
The low-profile design gives you a larger hitting area off the clubface, while at the same time helping get the ball up from some tough lies, like the rough and tight links/heathland grasses. This works well with the tri-level sole design that helps the clubface sit behind the ball perfectly, and inspires that vital confidence you need to produce a solid contact.
If you are someone who likes to have a go at long par 5s, or needs a fairway wood to get up to those long par 4s, I recommend you put Adam’s Tight Lies fairway wood on your testing list.
I used this club over five competitive rounds of golf, and not only did I enjoy hitting the club from the fairway and that previously mentioned divot, I also enjoyed the flight and feel I got when hitting from the tee. The feeling of control it gives you, along with the way it sits behind the ball, inspires that most essential element of the game of golf – confidence.
Go and have some fun.