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Equipment Report
  • 10:51 AM Adams XTD Tour prototype spotted

  • (Jonathan Wall/PGATOUR.COM) (Jonathan Wall/PGATOUR.COM)

PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. -- Ernie Els arrived at Riviera Country Club with a new set of Adams XTD Tour prototype irons the bag that have a similar look to the XTD Cross Cavity model the company launched last month at the PGA Merchandise Show.

According to Justin Honea, the director of research and development at Adams Golf, Els played a major role in the design process of the prototype iron, offering feedback on the topline, head shape and the amount of offset.

Milled from 17-4 carbon steel -- XTD Cross Cavity was made from 17-4 stainless steel -- Els' irons feature Cut-Thru Slot technology in the sole that's designed to boost ball speeds and distance, and a cross cavity design in the back that pulls the center of gravity off the face, lowering it into the body of the iron.

The CG shift gives the irons an increased gear effect that's similar to the bulge-and-roll face technology on Adams' DHy driving iron.

Other changes to Els' irons include a more squared off toe, and consistent offset throughout the entire set.

While the irons have a similar look to the game-improvement XTD Cross Cavity model, the XTD Tour head is 7 percent smaller and was built using a metal-joining process called brazing, whereby two materials -- in this case two pieces of milled carbon steel -- are combined using a nickel paste filler material.

Els received the irons two weeks ago and told Adams Tour reps on the range that he was really impressed with how they were performing.

Adams confirmed XTD Tour will likely be coming to retail around the middle of the year.