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Idea Black CB3 Irons

 

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These arrived for testing early last week. I took a quick peak in the box and assumed that these were slotted between the MB2s and Idea Pro A12s in the Adams lineup. It turns out I was wrong. They actually fit in on the game-improvement side of the Pro a12s, however; the guys at Adams tell me they definitely don't want to pigeonhole the CB3s as a Game-Improvement iron. At a cursory glance, I can see why.

 

One of the things I noticed while taking the photos is the progressive cavity design. The longer irons have less mass in the cavity itself, and more around the perimeter, while the short irons pack more muscle behind the sweet spot. If you look at the photos of the 4-iron and pitching wedge, the relative positioning of the badge should give you a better idea what I'm talking about.

 

Lots of pics here as the finish makes it relatively easy to get decent pics (unlike the Mizuno MP-69s which give me a headache just thinking about)

 

Adams says:

 

BETTER LOOKS. BETTER FEEL. BETTER PLAYABILITY.

The Idea Black CB3 Irons are engineered to provide the playability most players need with the look and feel they desire. This set of game-improvement irons features heel/toe perimeter weighting and a lower CG to provide more forgiveness while being forged from 8620 carbon steel to provide an excellent feel.

 

  • Forged 8620 carbon steel - triple milled (cavity, face and grooves).
  • Larger, deeper cavity with a multi-layer badge that provides for a thinner face, lower cg, perimeter weighting, added forgiveness and better feel.
  • Black Ni/Cr PVD finish with a glass beaded face to produce an exceptional look at address.
  • Engineered with progressive sole widths that allow for easier to hit long irons and deadly accurate scoring clubs.
  • Scoring clubs designed with improved bounce and camber to reduce turf interaction for more workability and control.

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They are really good looking irons, I had them sort of slotted more along the lines of this --> CB1, a12, CB2, CB3 in terms of players first to GI type of clubs last, I could be wrong on that slotting in their line up over history. The MB and MB2 are completely different and are blades hard to compare them to CBs.

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Those are some beautiful clubs. Really looking forward to the review.

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I love the finish on these clubs. I wonder if they play as well as they look.

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4W: Nike SQ Dymo 17*

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Review??

 

4 of 6 testers have hit them so far. Hopefully we can get everyone squared away and get the review published next week.

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