Adams Idea Black Super Hybrid Review

For the past decade one club has changed the golf bags of golfers every where as they search for an answer to consistency with their ball striking and that is the hybrid. The mix of one part long iron and one part fairway wood created a weapon that has been embraced by all skill levels. The rise of the use of the hybrid on the major tours is second to none and most amateur golfers have realized that they are just a little easier to get up in the air than that of the long irons. One brand has been at the center of hybrid movement and that is Adams Golf. They have been the #1 hybrid on tour for over 6 years and almost 50% of all hybrids played on the PGA, Nationwide and Champions Tour are Idea Hybrids. No matter if you’re a tour professional or a weekend warrior, they claim to have a hybrid to fit your game. Their newest addition to the line is that of the Idea Black Super Hybrid, and we were eager to get our hands on one ever since the a7 from last year won our 2009 Hybrid Shoot Out.

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Tech Specs – From the Company
We’re introducing a new breed of hybrid, the Idea Black Super Hybrid that advances way beyond just long iron replacement. Idea Black is a hybrid on steroids; we made it bigger and more powerful. It’s built for players looking for a high performance hybrid that provides maximum distance while maintaining both forgiveness and playability.

Idea Black delivers mid launch and spin for more distance, more versatility and more forgiveness. An Aldila Voodoo NV graphite shaft and dramatic Ni-Cr (Nickel Chromium) plated surface finishes it out for a sleek, hot look.

*Large head, maraging steel face and longer shaft length combined to deliver 2.5 MPH more ball speed and 7 yards more distance.

*85-grams of sole weighting and 17% greater MOI provides increased forgiveness.

*Tri-level sole reduces turf interference. Use from the tee, fairway or rough.

Lofts – 15, 17, 19, 21
Swing Weight – D2
Available both RH & LH
Flex – X, S, R
Price – $199.99

The Shape is More FW than Traditional Hybrid

Testing
We put this into the hands of a few testers on both the range and in play for a couple of rounds and each time a person got a chance to play it, we were more convinced that Adams had something special on their hands. At first glance most were a little confused with where the company was trying to go with the look of this new hybrid. It does look a little bit more like a fairway wood than that of a hybrid, and made quite a few of the testers say the same thing “Its a FW Wood on an iron shaft”. But when you begin to take a deeper look, there is far more to it than that in the looks department. First off, the headcover that Adams put together for this one is top notch and is something often overlooked in the hybrid category, so kudos to the company for making an effort to have something that works and looks good. The all black finish of the face and sole really adds to the level of confidence that the testers seemed to have as they set up with the hybrid in hand. Despite the rather bulbous head, the Super Hybrid remains sleek looking due to the finish and the overall look that is portrayed.

Took Very Little Time to Adjust to Shape at Setup

The playability is immediately recognized after just a few swings with the Idea Black Super Hybrid. The club is a “rocket launcher”! The higher handicapped players that picked the club up immediately saw an improvement in both ball flight and distance, as the forgiveness of this hybrid really shined through. Misses on the toe or the heel showed very little in terms of loss of distance, but something else was happening here. It seemed as though misses were few and far between! The weighting of the Super Hybrid was helping golfers at all levels get the club back square at impact and that is just not something we have seen much of in our testing. With it coming back square, many of the better players felt as though it would be a “hook machine”, but nothing like that ever really came up due to the very slight offset rather than the amount we have been seeing with many hybrids.

On the course it became a club that most people were relying on from shots everywhere. On the tee, the added distance (compared to other hybrids) was helping people hit more fairways, off the tight fairway lies the club really showed where the technology is special as we had nice mid-high trajectories with straight balls all day long. The only area that showed any problems for golfers was in the rough and once we changed out the grip, that was not a problem either. The issue many were having is that the stock grip did very little in terms of actual “grip”, so when the club head hit some turf in the rough, it was turning. THP changed out the stock grip and had no issues after that at all.

The Shaft & Head Performed Perfectly Together

Overall
When it comes to hybrids, many golfers immediately think of Adams Golf and the company did not give us a let down with the new Idea Black Super Hybrid. Going in we thought that they had a nicely finished club that was a little thick in the club head, but coming out our testers felt as though Adams has hit a home run. Looks, Distance, Accuracy, and overall performance all came together and their marketing of a “hybrid on steroids” seems to be dead on. Adams Golf continues to churn out incredible technology, especially in their hybrid line each and every year, and this one is no different. For more information on the Idea Black Super Hybrid, check out their website at www.adamsgolf.com.

Till Next Time

Josh B.

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24 Comments

  • Great review – this is on my radar now as I look to replace my 3 iron with a hybrid.

  • Great review JB. Love the look of the black finish on this hybrid.

  • Great review guys, thanks! What improvements do you see in this one as compared to the a7? Does the a7 have any advantages over this new Super Hybid?

  • RH,
    They are very different hybrids. This one had a slightly more penetrating ball flight and more distance. The feel overall is very different as well.

  • In that case, as a high handicapper which one would you recommend? I ask because I am just a little unclear on whether the Super Hybrid is something that would work for the relatively new golfer in your opinion or whether its almost Wood like shape would make it harder for a newbie to control. I know you its apples or oranges and they are both great, but your guidance would really be appreciated as you guys have played multiple rounds with both. As always, thanks for the help, this page has been extremely useful to me and I use it daily.

  • RH,
    I am not sure you can go wrong with either one. Both are extremely forgiving, but I would recommend this one based on ball flight and the ability that most had in squaring the club.

  • Thanks a lot, I am really looking forward to getting this one in my bag this weekend!

  • i want one!

  • Nice review JB. The look of this hybrid is the best on the market right now. I think everyone should give this one a shot.

  • I think I might get one!

  • what loft did you guys test? just the 17? what was the distance compared to a 4wood?

  • The only loft tested was that of the 17*. We did not compare distances to a 4wood, sorry.

  • JB,
    Burner 09 or Callaway Diablo Edge Driver.

  • Jake
    We have review both on the site. Check those out. You may be inclined to try both. Both are solid drivers. You can also check out our 2010 Driver Shoot Out and see what 24 consumers had to say about the 2010 crop of drivers.

  • Right now i have a idea pro gold 20 degree, and i have always had trouble hitting fairway woods. I am looking for a gap between the 20 degree and driver something equivalent to a 3 or 4 wood maybe. Would you recommend sticking with the pro gold, or trying the a7 17 degree or super hybrid 15 degree? thanks

  • I’m thinking of getting the 15* as an easier to hit alternative to my 3 wood. Its the same degree and the shaft is only a half inch shorter. Distance should be comparable with more consistent results… thoughts?

  • JN,
    There will be a distance difference. But here is the question for you. If the shaft length is only half an inch difference, why do you suppose it will be an easier alternative? In my opinion many struggle with clubs as they get longer. However some find hybrids easier to hit than FW woods. The only way to really tell would be to put them both on a launch monitor and get fit for the right solution.

  • Trying to talk myself into a new toy and here you go getting all logical on me 🙂

  • I’m thinking about getting a 17 degree super hybrid or a 18 degree 5 wood to replace my 3 wood. I would like a shorter shaft for better control , I like the looks of the super hybrid, but think I’ll get more distance with the 5 wood. What do you think ?

  • Charles,
    The best advice is to hit them both on the monitor and see what the numbers say.

  • I have the Super Hybrid in a 15 degree, I actually find very little of the famous Adams Hybrid “hittability” in this club. I bought it in hopes of having more ball striking success than I do with my 3 wood. I was excited since I’ve found the Adams hybrids to be very easy to hit and I’ve been using those for years with a great deal of success. To me, Adams has simply scaled down a 3 wood head and put a shorter shaft on it…and called it a hybrid. They would have been much better off just offering a 15 degree loft for their “real” hybrids! THAT is what people are truly waiting for (at least the folks that I talk to). I kind of feel like I wasted my money

  • I’m thinking about getting a 17 degree super hybrid. I would like to know what the sound on impact with the club would be like. The sounds helps me understand how I’m hitting the ball and gives me a great feedback of my shot. I have tried the Nike VR hybrid (a loud ding noise), Cobra Baffler Rail H hybrid (a weeker ding noise) and the Adams A7 & A7OS (the clubs doesn’t have a noise as its kinda dead). Also, of the 4 hybrids I mentioned, which hybrid measures up to the Super Hybrid in terms of feel and is the Voodoo on the VR equivalent to the Voodoo on the Super Hybrid. Any help will be much appreciated and thank you so much for a awesome reivew of the Super Hybrid.

  • This is one long and easy to hit club. I have the 17 degree with Ozik shaft which I prefer over the voodoo. Now I look forward to 200+ yard second shots on a par 5. I actually hit this from the deck a couple times just to hit it again from the fairway. Long and straight.

  • I have played the 19* Super for almost a year now and love it. I hit it high, long, and straight… just what I want from a hybrid for a 3 iron replacement. Was thinking about getting the 15* Super for a 3/4 wood replacement but got their new F11 3 wood instead. Just about as easy to hit as the Super but more distance.

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