It’s currently pretty late at night as I’m writing this review about the new Adams CMB irons. Honestly, I’m having a really hard time sleeping. Tomorrow morning I’m heading out to play golf at a great course and the anticipation is killing me.
It’s not just that I get to play a great course, but that I get to play a great course with some great clubs. I’ve had the CMBs in rotation now for almost a month and I have this same level of excitement every night before playing.
There are very few large manufacturers that I’m consistently impressed by. Much of the reasons that you see the smaller brands featured so often at Fresh is because they tend to be the only companies putting out things that we’re interested in reviewing. While Adams isn’t a giant, they are certainly a large company and one of the only large companies out there that seems to crush it with almost every product they release.
As you’ve probably guessed – the Adams CMBs are no different. This irons set is almost flawless as an overall package. The aesthetic, the details, the shaft and grip selection, the feel – it’s an amazing assemblage of the best-of-the-best.
My Setup Details
I opted to test the 4-GW set with the KBS Tour C-Tapers and had the irons bent slightly (+1 lie adjustment) to match my specs. I also decided to go with a little stiffer shaft than I would usually play, mostly just for something different.
As far as the shaft goes – the C-Taper is amazing. The shaft looks more graphite than steel due to the brushed metal and step-less design. Although I went stiffer with the shaft – the feel of the shaft feels like it’s stiffer than equivalent flexes for most other shafts I’ve played over the years. In the end, my move to a stiffer shaft was probably the wrong move – but I still absolutely love the flight, responsiveness, and overall feel of the shaft.
Using the KBS C-Taper as the stock metal shaft was a great idea by Adams and getting the shaft standard on the CMBs results in the sweetest stock setup for an iron that I’ve seen all year.
MyGolfSpy gave this club a perfect score in the looks rating (see the MGS review here), and I can’t say that I’m any less impressed. The look of this setup is simply flawless. These are the best looking irons of the year – period.
The clean lines throughout the heads of the clubs give them a very special modern aesthetic while the detailed engraving add detail reminiscent of a beautifully milled putter face. The dual matte and chrome finish on the sole of the club is another appreciable attribute that put the look of these clubs over the top when it comes to pure beauty.
With the solid head design coupled with the great look of the C-Tapers and the GolfPride New Decade Whiteout grips, you’re sure to have everything set as far as aesthetic goes. I’m a believer that looks in a club really do matter and for my taste – this is a perfect mint setup.
As I switched from the game improvement irons I was carrying before sticking the CMBs in the bag, one of the immediate improvements was losing the bulkiness of the game improvement irons. While the CMBs aren’t small, they are significantly lighter and less bulky than most of the clubs that I’ve carried recently. This makes a huge positive impact while walking the course.
The swing weight of the CMBs is perfectly balanced and results in a very smooth swing. I’ve noticed that it’s actually easy for me to swing easy with these clubs – something the majority of us frequently struggle with. Getting a consistent and smooth swing tempo has been a huge benefit for me with this iron set.
When it comes to impact – hitting the clubs in the sweet spot results in a slightly muted, but pleasant feel. Off-center hits produce more feedback than I’m used to and you can easily judge at impact how well the ball is going to fly.
I’ve bounced around throughout the past few years between muscle-backs and game improvement irons and this club is certainly more of a players iron than the majority that I’ve played. While it’s not a hard club to hit, it’s certainly not an iron I would recommend for a high-handicapper.
Although the feedback on mis-hits is very noticeable, distance doesn’t suffer as bad as I would expect. My mis-hits have tended to be more noticeable in dispersion than in pure distance.
At this point in my golf abilities I really do appreciate clubs that are more towards the players end of the spectrum (as the CMBs clearly are). As a mid-handicapper I welcome the ability of a club that I can use to improve my skill and not just my score. The CMBs fill this need well.
In my history of playing with these clubs I do have a few more shots per round than I would have with a typical game-improvement iron. Although my score is a bit higher I’m really noticing much more awareness of my game and feel that I’m getting the feedback that I need to improve and continue to increase my skill.
Adams continues to blow me away with their products. If I had to pick from any of the well-known manufacturers, I would almost always go with Adams for the majority of clubs in my bag. The team at Adams know how to build a quality product and they continue to have my trust that I’ll likely love any club that I have the opportunity to try out.
If you haven’t hit any Adams clubs or haven’t hit any of their clubs that have been released over the last year – do yourself a favor and head out to a demo day or step into a bay with a few of their clubs. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed and I’d be willing to bet that they make it to your top one or two picks.
Can’t Get Enough?
There are plenty of additional photos in the Adams CMB Irons photo album on our Facebook page.