Finding irons that can benefit both your current and future skill set is like searching for the Holy Grail, but Adams Golf's Idea Black CB3s are as close as one can get to a timeless set of golf tools. Low handicappers will appreciate the softer feel of the forged 8620 steel, while those of us still fighting the cruel physics of the game will be well-served by the perimeter weighting and bigger sweet spot.

With the CB3s, Adams has found the elusive midpoint between playability and workability: Playable is code for a cavity-back, "game improvement" club, which reduces the twisting and vibrating that occur when you mis-hit the ball. Workable pertains to better golfers, or those fortunate enough to be able to fade or draw the ball at will (must be nice).

Some game-improvement clubs are bulky, but not the CB3s, which have a sleek look, thin face, and roughly hewn grooves. A road test at Rustic Canyon Golf Course in Moorpark, CA, made evident the clubs' great consistency and spin. They also feature a multi-material "badge" in the back cavity, which dampens vibration and enhances the clicky sound you want to hear from a well-struck shot.

Authorized Adams dealers have a CB3 Fitting Kit ready to customize lie angle, length, and shaft flex and type. Take advantage of it, because these sticks may wind up in your bag for a very long time. [$999, adamsgolf.com]