Adams Golf Speedline Fast 12 Fairway Wood Review
By mustang6560 on 8/8/12
By Nathan Trifone, Handicap Index 10.7

Ratings Key
10.0 - 9.5   Would Help Tiger
9.4 - 8.5     Awesome
8.4 - 7.5     Very good
7.4 - 6.5     Above Average
6.4 - 4.5     Solid
4.4 - 3.5     Below Average
3.4 - 2.5     Save Your Money
2.4 - 0.0     Pay NOT to own


Adams Golf debuted its Velocity Slot Technology last year in the Speedline Fast 11 and Speedline LP fairway woods and the Idea a12 and Idea a12 OS hybrids. For the Speedline Fast 12 fairway wood, the Company released a second generation of the technology, which uses a slot within a slot to create an even hotter face than the first generation. But, you never know quite what to expect from a club that is supposed to be the "longest and most forgiving fairway wood ever". Is it really going to be longer and more forgiving than other fairway woods on the market? Or is it just another tagline from an overpriced advertising agency? Continue reading to find out the answer to the question.

From Adams:
The Adams Speedline Fast 12 Fairway Wood is the fastest, longest and most forgiving fairway wood ever. With an improved slot design along with a larger sweet spot and better launch conditions, the FAST 12 fairway wood delivers unsurpassed forgiveness across the entire face along with more ball speed for increased distance. Second generation Velocity Slot Technology (“slot within a slot”) produces even more ball speed, forgiveness and better launch conditions. This club makes for easy playability from all lies (both tee and ground) and the new Graffaloy Pro Launch Shaft with Speed Coat Technology means more control and longer distance.
For this review, Adams sent me a Speedline Fast 12 3-wood with a loft of 15 degrees and a stiff shaft.

Learn More About The Speedline Fast 12 Fairway Wood

The first thing you'll notice about the Fast 12 is the hole in the top of the crown. That hole is Adams' Velocity Slot Technology and it's supposed to be the engine of its new fairway wood. I'll give Adams some credit - it did a really nice job with the design of the slot. It's impossible to hide a two inch long hole on the top of the crown, so it's important to make it look as natural as possible and I think Adams did just that. I've read that the slot doubles as an alignment aid. Some people are using it to make sure they’re lined up correctly before their shot, which I find to be a brilliant secondary use of the technology.

Adams went with a silver matte finish for the F12. Silver is a nice color because it's sharp and subtle at the same time. Not many OEMs are using silver crowns at the moment so it stands out from the other fairway woods on the market. Plus, the silver crown compliments the black face and black shaft very well. The matte finish reduces glare, which in turn reduces the number of distractions a golfer faces prior to their shot by at least one.

In addition to the Velocity Slot Technology, the other unique aspect of the F12 is the Graffaloy ProLaunch Blue shaft with Speed Coat Technology. If I had to describe the feel of the shaft, I'd say it has the same texture as Terracotta (red clay). It doesn't hurt to rub your fingers up and down the shaft, however, it's not silky smooth like most graphite shafts. It's texture is apart of the technology that is supposed to make the F12 Adams' "longest and most forgiving fairway wood ever". The Speed Coat is designed to reduce drag and the less drag the better.

I played a few rounds with the Fast 12 and my experience was pretty much the same each time. What stood out to me the most about the F12 was the way it felt at impact. Unlike other fairway woods I've hit, the F12 felt different. It's hard to describe the feeling, but if I had to try and describe it, I'd say it felt smooth. Unless I completely mis-hit the ball off of the toe or the heel of the clubface, I barely felt the ball at impact, which explains the smooth feel. The other characteristic I noticed about the F12 was the sound it makes at impact. My current fairway wood makes a low, "thud" sound at impact, whereas the F12 makes a sharp, "ping" sound at impact. The sound deadens slightly toward to heel or the toe of the clubface, so not only can you "feel" a mis-hit, you can also "hear" it.

The slot on the top of the crown of the F12 was designed to flex more than the slot on the bottom of the sole, which in theory is supposed to launch the ball higher in the air without increasing spin to add distance. It may have just been me, but I thought the F12 had a more penetrating ball flight than my current fairway wood (and it's a few years old now). I really liked the ball flight of the F12 because it was lower and on good shots, I found I got up to 10 yards of extra roll - both off of the tee and off of the deck. I average 240 yards off of the tee with my current 3-wood and with the F12, I was averaging 248.

In addition to the extra distance, the F12 is supposed to be forgiving too. Is it anymore forgiving than the next fairway wood? Well, to be honest, it was difficult to tell. A mis-hit is a mis-hit and it's hard to quantify how much less my bad shot was with the F12 instead of my current fairway wood. In general, I am wary about "forgiveness" because I think golfers ought to get feedback when they make poor contact and the more "forgiving" the club the less feedback you're going to get.

On the patented oobgolf Rating Key, I give the F12 a 9.5 as I think it would help Tiger Woods win a 15th major. It's longer than my current fairway wood and it feels much better at impact. I also the like the look of the silver matte finish.

It's easy to fall in love with "new" golf equipment because we're told every new club (driver, fairway wood, etc.) is longer and straighter and more forgiving than our current club. Plus, it's fun to buy new things. But, if we constantly bought the latest and greatest, we'd go broke, so it's important to be a smart shopper. That said, I'd recommend the Fast 12 to anyone in the market for new fairway woods. In fact, once I finally break 80 (I promised myself I would not upgrade any part of my golf bag until I do), I plan to seriously consider upgrading to the Fast 12 family.

You can get a new Speedline Fast 12 fairway wood on GolfSmith for $199.99.

Learn More About The Speedline Fast 12 Fairway Wood

[ comments ]
SteveMM says:
I would think that slot may help you "see" your club squaring up on the ball as well. In fact, if I owned this club (giveaway coming soon???) I might paint the inside of that top slot a different color and make it REALLY obvious if my club face isn't square!
GolfnDawg says:
@stevemm you missed it
SteveMM says:
Well dangit ... I didn't realize that was the same club.
1hawkeye1 says:
I received this club for Father's Day. I really do like it a lot. Very long and easy to hit straight.
I do struggle to work the ball with this club.
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