Adams Redline RPM 460 Dual Driver

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Adams Redline RPM 460 Dual Driver
Adams' Redline RPM 460 Dual Driver features two weight ports with interchangeable weights. Adams Golf

The Adams Redline RPM 460 Dual driver arrived on the golf marketplace in 2005. "Redline" had been the name of a series of Adams Golf drivers (and other woods, plus hybrids) for several years preceding and also a couple years after the RPM 460 Dual model.

The "460" in the driver's name was a reference to clubhead size (460cc - this driver debuted at a time when driver clubheads of less than 460cc were still common); and the "Dual" was a reference to the two weight ports on the sole of the driver, one toward the heel and one toward the toe.

The Adams Golf brand today is owned by TaylorMade-Adidas.

What follows is the review of the Adams Redline RPM 460 Dual driver that we originally published the same year the driver came to market.

Review: Adams Redline RPM 460 Dual Driver

July 29, 2005 - The Adams Redline RPM Dual 460 driver combines the latest technologies into one terrific driver. Don't take our word for it - listen to Tom Watson.

Prior to the 2005 U.S. Senior Open, Watson called the RPM Dual 460 "the best driver I ever had in my life." Yes, we know what you're thinking: Watson is on Adams' tour staff, what else is he going to say? Fair enough.

But here's the backstory: Watson had just won the 2005 Senior British Open and was playing a practice round for the U.S. Senior when he damaged the driver head. He was speaking off-the-cuff and didn't even mention the name of the driver. Perhaps he was simply being honest? It's difficult to know, given that Watson is, in fact, paid by Adams.

"That driver was really a great driver," Watson said, "the best driver I ever had in my life." Watson had started using the RPM Dual 460 only about a month earlier. "I've been driving it very good ever since. I hit it longer. I hit it straighter."

Redline 460 Dual Compared to the RPM 430Q Driver

Adams had earlier introduced the Redline RPM 430Q driver, which the company called the first driver to combine an oversized head, composite crown and adjustable weights.

The 430Q has a 430cc head and four weight ports, and was favorably compared by many to the TaylorMade r7 Quad driver.

The newer Redline RPM Dual 460, like TaylorMade's follow-up to the r7 Quad, the r5 Dual, has two weight ports rather than four. Which simplifies things for golfers who aren't gearheads.

The RPM Dual 460 is also larger than the 430Q. In fact, according to Adams, the RPM Dual 460 is the very first 460cc driver with a composite crown and adjustable weights, combining three of the latest innovations in driver technology into one driver.

The composite crown allows more weight to be repositioned to the sole of the club, helping with launch angle and spin. And adjustable weights give golfers the option to tinker with the center of gravity, moving it left or right to encourage a particular ball flight.

Redline 460 Dual's 2 Weights Better Than 4

Are two weights better than four? For most golfers, the answer is probably yes. Switching out weights is simpler with the two weight ports of the RPM Dual 460 than with the four of the 430Q. Simpler both in terms of time and effort, and in terms of understanding the effect on ballflight. Sure, you can't get as in-depth with two weight ports as you can with four, but you can find what works for you quicker and easier.

The Redline RPM 460 Dual comes with 14 grams of adjustable weight in the form of four screws: two 7-gram screws, one 12-gram and one 2-gram. Weights can be swapped out of the weight ports in the sole (one near the toe, one near the heel) to create a draw or fade bias, or have a neutral effect.

The 7-gram weights are prepositioned in the clubhead, so if you like the way the RPM Dual 460 hits when you get it, you don't have to change a thing. If you feel you need a draw bias, change to the 12-gram weight in the heel and the 2-gram in the toe. For a fade bias, go the opposite.

Forgiving and Accurate

The Adams Redline RPM Dual 460 was a big hit with all our testers, who felt it was confidence-building at address and forgiving in action. But it was the adjustable weight technology that most crowed about - both how easy it was to use the weights and to understand the effects, and how convenient it was to have a driver so easily adjustable.

This driver wasn't considered one of the longest ever tried by many of our testers, but distance performance was very good. Accuracy - putting the ball in the fairway - was the biggest plus for most of our testers. They simply hit the ball better after determining the weighting properties that worked best for them, and the added confidence was a nice bonus.