Adams Irons By Year: The Complete List!

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Since launching its Tight Lies irons in 2000, Adams Golf has pushed the boundaries of game-improvement iron designs — all while keeping them affordable.

While Adams struggled after it was acquired by TaylorMade in 2012, the brand recently returned to the golf equipment space after an eight-year hiatus.

In this article, you’ll find a complete list of Adams irons by year.

Adams Irons By Year

Here is a full list of every Adams iron release:

ImageAdams Iron ModelRelease YearPrice
Adams Idea '23 Irons

Adams Idea '23 Irons

2023

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Adams Blue Irons

Adams Blue Irons

2015

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Adams XTD Irons

Adams XTD Irons

2014

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Adams XTD Tour Irons

Adams XTD Tour Irons

2014

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Adams Idea Velocity Slot Tech Irons

Adams Idea Velocity Slot Tech Irons

2013

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Adams Idea Super S Irons

Adams Idea Super S Irons

2013

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Adams Idea Tech V4 Forged Irons

Adams Idea Tech V4 Forged Irons

2012

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Adams Idea Tech V4 Hybrid Irons

Adams Idea Tech V4 Hybrid Irons

2012

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Adams Idea CMB Irons

Adams Idea CMB Irons

2012

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Adams Idea Black CB3 Irons

Adams Idea Black CB3 Irons

2012

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Adams Idea a12 OS Hybrid Irons

Adams Idea a12 OS Hybrid Irons

2011

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Adams Redline Hybrid Irons

Adams Redline Hybrid Irons

2011

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Adams Idea Pro a12 Irons

Adams Idea Pro a12 Irons

2011

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Adams Idea MB2 Irons

Adams Idea MB2 Irons

2011

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Adams Idea Black CB2 Irons

Adams Idea Black CB2 Irons

2010

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Adams Idea Black CB1 Irons

Adams Idea Black CB1 Irons

2010

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Adams Idea Tech V3 Hybrid Irons

Adams Idea Tech V3 Hybrid Irons

2010

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Adams Idea a4 Tech Forged Irons

Adams Idea a4 Tech Forged Irons

2010

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Adams Idea Pro-Black Muscle Back Irons

Adams Idea Pro-Black Muscle Back Irons

2010

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Adams Idea a7OS Max Hybrid Irons

Adams Idea a7OS Max Hybrid Irons

2009

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Adams Idea a7OS Hybrid Irons

Adams Idea a7OS Hybrid Irons

2009

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Adams Idea a4r Hybrid Irons

Adams Idea a4r Hybrid Irons

2009

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Adams Idea a4r Hybrid Irons

Adams Idea a4r Hybrid Irons

2009

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Adams Idea Pro Gold Irons

Adams Idea Pro Gold Irons

2008

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Adams Idea a3 Irons

Adams Idea a3 Irons

2007

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Adams Idea a3OS Irons

Adams Idea a3OS Irons

2007

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Adams GT3 Irons

Adams GT3 Irons

2006

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Adams Idea a2 Irons

Adams Idea a2 Irons

2005

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Adams Idea a2OS Irons

Adams Idea a2OS Irons

2005

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Adams GT2 Undercut Irons

Adams GT2 Undercut Irons

2004

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Adams Tight Lies UC10 Irons

Adams Tight Lies UC10 Irons

2004

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Adams Idea a1 Irons

Adams Idea a1 Irons

2004

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Adams Idea a1 Pro Irons

Adams Idea a1 Pro Irons

2004

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Adams Idea Irons

Adams Idea Irons

2003

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Adams Tight Lies Tour GT Irons

Adams Tight Lies Tour GT Irons

2000

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Adams Tight Lies GT Irons

Adams Tight Lies GT Irons

2000

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Adams Idea Irons

PROS

+ Long and forgiving
+ Sleek and modern design
+ Very reasonable price

CONS

– Draw bias won't suit all golfers

Adams Irons: 2000-2009

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Adams Tight Lies GT Irons, released in 2000.

Initially, Adams Golf focused on game-improvement irons to help average golfers.

The original Tight Lies GT irons debuted in 2000. These irons featured a signature half-hollow head shape, extreme perimeter weighting, and low center of gravity. This made them highly forgiving while still producing impressive distance.

The Tight Lies Tour GT irons released alongside, aimed at better players wanting a more compact clubhead shape with the same game-improvement technologies.

Several variations of Tight Lies irons were released over the next few years as Adams refined the model. This included the 2004 Tight Lies UC10 irons, which incorporated undercut channels in the sole for better turf interaction.

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Adams Idea a1 Irons, released in 2004.

In 2004, the company debuted its Idea a1 irons. With a slimmed-down profile compared to previous Tight Lies models, the Idea a1 had a unique riveted sole designed to bounce through the turf — rather than dig.

The mid-2000s saw Adams shift their focus to integrating hybrid-like designs into full iron sets. This included the Idea a2OS irons in 2005, blending hybrid clubs from 6-iron down with perimeter-weighted cavity back designs in the shorter irons.

Adams took hybrid integration even further in 2007 with the Idea a3OS irons. These clubs incorporated hybrid shapes, materials, and technologies from 5-iron to pitching wedge for maximized performance across the entire set.

Adams Irons: 2010-2019

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Adams Idea Black CB1 Irons, released in 2010.

Entering the 2010s, Adams continued finding ways to make their irons more forgiving, powerful, and easier to hit for recreational players.

Releases like the Idea a7OS Max hybrid irons combined extreme perimeter weighting with wider sole widths and greater offset for substantial forgiveness, even on the worst mis-hits.

The brand also began incorporating slot technology into many of their irons during this period — seen in clubs like the Idea Tech V3 and Idea a12 OS hybrid irons. In short, these slots allowed the face area to flex more efficiently at impact, resulting in higher ball speeds, more distance, and enhanced forgiveness off the face.

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Adams Idea CMB Irons, released in 2012.

In 2012, Adams Golf was acquired by TaylorMade Golf — which was owned by Adidas at the time. The Adams brand was added to its family of golf brands.

However, the golf equipment space has become highly competitive. Brands like Callaway and TaylorMade itself had loyal followers, challenging growth.

Alongside max game-improvement irons, Adams also catered to lower-handicap players through this period with forged cavity back designs like the Idea MB2 muscle backs, the Idea Black CB2s, and the Idea CMB irons.

These clubs blended sleek, compact shaping with technologies to still improve performance, including tungsten weighting and vibration-dampening materials.

Adams Irons: 2020-Present

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Adams Idea Irons, released in 2023.

After an eight-year hiatus, Adams returned in 2023 with the revised Idea irons.

Tapping into the game improvement market, the Idea irons serve as an affordable set for beginner and improving golfers. With strong distance and forgiveness built into the design, they’re a very reliable set of irons.

Check out the Adams Idea Irons at Worldwide Golf Shops:

Latest Release
Adams Idea Irons

PROS

+ Long and forgiving
+ Sleek and modern design
+ Very reasonable price

CONS

– Draw bias won't suit all golfers

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Hailing from the South West of England, Jake has been playing golf for over a decade. He founded Pitchmarks with the aim of helping everyday golfers like himself learn more about the game, through instructional content and honest gear reviews. He has a degree in Architecture and a passion for golf course design, along with a lofty goal to play the world's top 100 courses.