2016 Cobra Club Preview & Expert Review

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The 2016 Cobra lineup features offerings from drivers to irons that are very clean and that cover a wide range of players and handicaps. Cosmetically, the lineup features a black and orange colorway with just the right amount of an orange trim. Many of the woods also come in other colorways as well. Each model is specifically designed to capture a certain type of player and I feel like Cobra did an excellent job in doing so.

Cobra King LTD Driver


Cobra King LTD Driver
Cobra King LTD Driver Address
Cobra King LTD Driver Toe
Cobra King LTD Driver Face

Club Tested: Driver Shaft: Aldila Rogue Black 60; Flex: Stiff; Loft: 9.5°

The Takeaway

The King LTD offers a Zero CG which is Cobra’s first driver that positions the CG on the neutral axis line. To do this Cobra installed a Spaceport in the bottom of the sole, which is a 16 gram weight that creates an extremely low and deep CG with a high MOI. The Forged E9 face that is 8-1-1 Forged Titanium face that has variable thickness structure that is lighter, thinner and hotter for faster ball speeds across the face. Add in the Speed Channel Technology which is an engineered trench around the perimeter of the face to minimize thickness. Next Cobra uses Carbon Fiber for the crown called TeXreme that is 20% lighter allowing for more weight to be re-positioned lower and deeper.

Who’s It For?

The King LTD can be played by any type of player looking for the newest, hottest technology out there. Best of all, it is done without a lot of fussing around with weight adjustments.

Final Take

Right away I found the King LTD to be super muted in sound, and because of this it did not offer me a lot of feedback. However, since the majority of the drivers on the market have a definite higher pitch noise to them, some players have been looking for this type of sound and feeling. The head shape for this 460cc head is proportionate and the checkerboard Carbon Fiber crown is flat out stunning. By far one of my favorite crown designs to date! Once I had the MyFly settings dialed in I found the launch and spin to be excellent based on the ball flight that I was seeing.

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Cobra King F6 Driver


Cobra King F6 Driver
Cobra King F6 Driver Address
Cobra King F6 Driver Toe
Cobra King F6 Driver Face

Club Tested: Driver Shaft: Matrix Red Tie 60Q4; Flex: Stiff; Loft: 9°; Weight Rear Position

The Takeaway

The King F6 uses some of the Technology from the King LTD, such as the Forged E9 Face, Speed Channel, Carbon Fiber Crown and MyFly with Smartpad. It also includes CG Tuning which is done by offering the player two distinct CG settings that impact spin. The front setting provides a lower ball flight with more roll, while the back setting provides a higher ball flight and more carry.

Who’s It For?

The King F6, like the LTD, is really for any type of player. On advantage of the F6 is you can choose your CG position. Most players will migrate towards the rear setting, which will also help with additional forgiveness on mishits.

Final Take

I did my testing with the weight in the rear position which produced a slightly higher ball flight than I normally see with a 9.5° head. Like the King LTD, the sound was quite muted which confused me about any actual feedback from the strike. The 460cc head sat square to maybe a touch closed to my eye and was very appealing to the eye. Offered in 4 colorways, there is a King F6 for every player.

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Cobra King F6+ Driver


Cobra King F6+ Driver
Cobra King F6+ Driver Address
Cobra King F6+ Driver Toe
Cobra King F6+ Driver Face

Club Tested: Driver Shaft: Matrix Black Tie 65M4; Flex: Stiff; Loft: 9.5°

The Takeaway

The King F6+ features CarbonTrac. This innovative carbon fiber track design frees up more weight than traditional track-systems. The CarbonTrac system allows an 18 gram weight to be repositioned along the clubhead sole for optimized CG settings. With more front to back track length than current adjustable drivers, players are given an even greater adjustable range to dial in launch, spin and forgiveness. The rest of the technology mirrors the King F6 Driver.

Who’s It For?

The King F6+ is for those players that really want different setting to really dial in their numbers to achieve maximum results from their driver. Players that have access to a Launch Monitor will love to tinker with this driver.

Final Take

Even though this head is very similar to the F6 Driver, it produced a much more defined noise at impact than the muted sounding F6. The sound fit my ear much better for what I am used to hearing at impact and provided me with an excellent feedback of the strike. My best results were with the weight in the back which is usually the case for my type of swing (I have a positive attack angle). I also liked the stock Matrix Black Tie shaft which produced a slight lower launch and spin over the Red Tie offered in the F6 version. Like the F6, the head has a very nice shape and I personally love the all Black with Orange trim. Though, if orange isn’t your thing, there are 4 different colorways to choose from.

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Cobra King LTD Fairway Wood


Cobra King LTD Fairway Wood
Cobra King LTD Fairway Wood Address
Cobra King LTD Fairway Wood Toe
Cobra King LTD Fairway Wood  Face

Club Tested: 3-4 Wood Shaft: Aldila Rogue Black 70; Flex: Stiff; Loft: 14.5°

The Takeaway

The new King LTD Fairway Wood offers a compact head shape with Zero CG. The Zero CG allows for higher launch, less spin and more ball speed. Cobra does this by featuring the Spaceport, a 16 gram weight designed to create an extremely low and deep CG with high MOI. It is a perfect combination of ultimate distance without sacrificing forgiveness. As it is in the LTD Driver the fairway wood has a Speed Channel, which is an engineered trench that minimizes thickness around the perimeter of the face. Other advancements include Crown Tech, a Carbon Fiber Crown that is 20% lighter than regular Carbon Fiber. In turn, this allows for more weight to be repositioned lower and deeper in the head. And, if you are looking for adjustability, the LTD has 8 different settings with the MyFly Smartpad.

Who’s It For?

The slightly more compact head size is typically preferred by better players, but taking all the technology and different adjustment settings via MyFly the King LTD Fairway can pretty much be played by mostly any type of player.

Final Take

Like the driver, I found the checkerboard or diamond design from the Carbon Fiber visually stunning to look at when the lighting was correct. The face depth was a touch on the shallow side, but that allows for greater playability from deeper lies. This fairway wood definitely seemed to elevate the ball quickly out of the tough spots. All in all, the feel and sound was not as muted as the driver, the ball flight had good penetration, and I was able to work the ball quite well.

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Cobra King F6 Fairway Wood


Cobra King F6 Fairway Wood
Cobra King F6 Fairway Wood Address
Cobra King F6 Fairway Wood Toe
Cobra King F6 Fairway Wood Face

Club Tested: 3-4 Wood Shaft: Matrix Red Tie 65Q4; Flex: Stiff; Loft: 14.5°; Weight: Rear Position

The Takeaway

The King F6 is Cobra’s first fairway wood to offer front and back CG adjustment settings. If you want a more penetrating ball flight and roll out, adjusting the weight to the front position will be the ticket. The back or rear position will produce a much higher, more towering shot flight with more forgiveness, much like the driver. The Speed Channel around the perimeter of the face minimizes thickness and increases ball speeds across the entire face for greater distance. The MyFly with Smartpad allows you to dial in the loft that fits your needs or changing needs.

Who’s It For?

The King F6 is a fairway wood that all players can use. Most players want forgiveness and higher launch angles from their fairways and will find those characteristics when the weight is in a rear position. Those who tend to hit the ball high already will enjoy having the weight in the forward position reducing the height of the ball flight and increase roll out.

Final Take

The King F6 offers players a very simple, clean, neutral-shaped fairway wood with a classic look at address. The slight curves to the face and sole increase forgiveness on mishits and from tougher lies. I tested this head with the weight in the rear position and did not see any ballooning or high spin. Some players might have an issue elevating the head in the lower settings with the weight moved forward. The club has more of a click feel to it than the muted sound of the F6 driver. Offered in two colorways, a black or blue crown with a Black face and Sole. Both look really good, but I prefer the Black head.

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Cobra King F6 Hybrid


Cobra King F6 Hybrid
Cobra King F6 Hybrid Address
Cobra King F6 Hybrid Toe
Cobra King F6 Hybrid Face

Club Tested: 3-4 Hybrid Shaft: Matrix Red Tie HQ4; Flex: Stiff; Loft: 19.5°

The Takeaway

The King F6 Hybrid features a 13-gram rear weight that promotes a lower centered CG position that delivers easy up performance and extreme accuracy. A Speed Channel incorporated around the perimeter of the face minimizes thickness for increased ball speeds and greater distance across the entire face. The MyFly adjustable sleeve offers lofts from 19-22 degrees and a few draw settings for the 3-4 Hybrid.

Who’s It For?

With its simple looks and adjustability features the King F6 will fit into a very large array of player’s bags.

Final Take

The all Black head with orange trim has a very clean and simple look to it. Design-wise, I like what I see. The F6 has a well-rounded line, slight rocker sole and a rounded toe that fits my eye well. I felt that the Matrix shaft was a great fit for this head producing a mid-high ball flight that penetrated through the air nicely. My only issue with the King F6 is the lack of a Fade setting or bias. I experienced some left shots at times. Lot’s to like about this easy to swing club.

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Cobra King Pro Irons


Cobra King Pro Irons - MB
Cobra King Pro Irons - CB
Cobra King Pro Irons Address
Cobra King Pro Irons Face

Club Tested: 7 Iron Shaft: KBS Tour C Taper; Flex: Stiff; Loft: 34°

The Takeaway

The new King Pro Irons are a Tour-inspired combo set that is made up of a Cavity Back design for the 2-6 irons and a Muscle Back design for the 7-PW. 10-25 Carbon Steel heads are forged 5 times which provides a soft, yet solid feel on every shot. The faces are CNC milled and deliver maximum spin and more consistent launch trajectories. Also, a strategically placed tungsten insert in the toe area helps move the CG to the center of the face for greater precision and shot making.

Who’s It For?

The Tour-inspired King Pro Irons are for players who carry a low handicap, create higher swing speeds than most, and have the ability to strike the ball near the face over and over again.

Final Take

First off, I need to mention the stunning cosmetics of this set. The black heads with orange trim really spells out the Cobra name since Rickie Fowler came aboard. These irons have a very traditional look with super clean lines.

This no frills set delivers exactly what it is made to do. The King Pro Irons have solid feel, great looks and top notch performance. I must say, the 7 iron head was the smallest looking head in my hands since maybe the 1970’s. Perhaps it was the sharp contrast of the black head against the satin KBS C Tapers shaft that gave me this impression, but the head size looked like a kid’s club to me. However, it without a doubt played like a big boy’s club.

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Cobra King Forged Tec Irons


Cobra King Forged Tec Irons
Cobra King Forged Tec Irons Address
Cobra King Forged Tec Irons Face

Club Tested: 7 Iron Shaft: KBS Tour C Taper Lite; Flex: Stiff; Loft: 30°

The Takeaway

The King Forged Tec Irons are a multi-material construction club head. The iron heads include strategically placed tungsten inserts, a high strength steel face, and a 10-25 Carbon Steel body. By having a thinner lightweight steel face Cobra can save overall club weight allowing them to add more weight lower and deeper in the head for longer, straighter, higher flying shots.

Who’s It For?

The King Forged Tec Irons are a step up in terms of forgiveness from the King Pro Irons and will provide the better player a larger head with an increased sweet spot all while still providing that sweet forged feel. Great for + to 10-handicap players who desire great feel and still have the ability to work the ball.

Final Take

Right away, I instantly felt more confident with the King Forged Tec Irons in my hands compared to the much smaller heads of the King Pro Irons. I really liked the looks and the stock shaft offering (KBS C Taper Lite) but there was a slight click feeling/sound that made me think twice shot after shot. Though, the ball flight and distance were on par for the set up.

Ultimately, I just could not get past the impact sound as they sounded more like a game improvement iron to me. Sometimes the dampening cosmetic back plate causes this sound (which might be the case with these) and not the construction. I could get used to it just like I did with a White driver head, but I wanted to mention this in my review.

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Cobra King F6 Irons


Cobra King F6 5 Iron
Cobra King F6 9 Iron
Cobra King F6 Gap Wedge
Cobra King F6 Irons Address

Club Tested: 7 Iron Shaft: KBS Tour V; Flex: Stiff; Loft: 30°

The Takeaway

The Cobra F6 iron set is a progressive designed iron set with 4 different head designs. The TecFlo technology starts with the 3-5 irons having a full hollow head with face inserts, the 6 and 7 irons have a half-hollow design and a very thin face, the 8-PW have a traditional cavity back, and the GW-SW have a solid head design. These chrome plated heads have a small speed channel sole that flexes at impact to create faster ball speeds. The set also offers another progressive design feature with two different groove styles. There are V-grooves on the 4-6 irons and U-grooves on the 7-PW.

Who’s It For?

A progressive set like this tends to really cater to the mid handicap players (10 to 22 range) that want the newest technology, a large sweet spot, and CG locations that will help their game with excellent distance and control.

Final Take

I found the King F6 Irons more solid feeling than the Forged Tec Irons. I tested this head with a higher end shaft and not the stock offering, but the stock version is weighted very much the same as the KBS Tour V’s, only it will produce a slightly higher ball flight. For a Game Improvement Iron, the K6 offer a massive amount of technology throughout the set. The 7 iron that I tested was very easy to hit, produced above average distance, a solid feel (I anticipated that click sound, which never happened) and perfect ball flight.

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Cobra MAX Irons


Cobra MAX Irons
Cobra MAX Irons Address
Cobra MAX Irons Face

Club Tested: 7 Iron Shaft: KBS Tour V; Flex: Stiff; Loft: 31.5°

The Takeaway

The MAX features TecFlo technology that utilizes half hollow technology in the longer irons for increased forgiveness and cavity backs in the 8-PW to help improve scoring. It also offers a Speed Channel Face which is an engineered trench behind the face area that helps to minimize face thickness, and increase distance through faster ball speeds even on mishits.

Who’s It For?

The MAX iron is for the higher handicap player that is looking for a set that is designed to improve strikes with the harder to hit longer irons and improve accuracy with the shorter scoring irons.

Final Take

I enjoyed hitting the MAX irons. They provided me with a crisp solid feel with a rewarding sound, and a very good ball flight. I found it interesting that the MAX 7 iron loft was more than the Forged Tec and F6 (31.5° vs 30°), yet the distance and ball flight height were about the same. One of the better feeling Super Game Improvement sets that I have tried to date.

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Bob Gomavitz

Bob Gomavitz Age: 59 Handicap: 4.6 Introduced to Golf: Age 10 Years Playing: 47 Hole In Ones: 2 Double Eagles: 1 Years in the Golf Industry: 14 Rounds Per Year: Over 100 Favorite PGA Tour Course Played: TPC Sawgrass Favorite Local Course Played: Royal Colwood Victoria, B.C. Most Famous Golfer that I played with: Fred Couples Most Famous Person that I played with: Kenny G (High School Teammate) Current WITB Driver: Taylormade 2016 M2 9.5 45" D-3 Graphite Design Tour Ad 60 Stiff 3 Wood: Taylormade RBZ 13 Degree TS Oban Revenge 7 Stiff 43.25” D-3 Hybrid: Taylormade R1118 Degree Matrix Altus Stiff Hybrid: Taylormade R11 Rescue 21 Degree Matrix Altus Stiff Irons: Taylormade Burner 2.0 4-PW KBS Tour Stiff Std Lie, Lofts and Lengths Wedges: Taylormade Rac Black 54 Degree TT DG Wedge Flex Wedges: Callaway X Tour 58 Degree MD TT DG Wedge Flex Putter: Odyssey Versa 90 degree #7 Super Stroke 3.0 34” Ball: Titleist Pro V1x, Srixon Z Star XV Yellow Trackman Driver Swing Info Club Head Speed: 98-101 Ball Speed: 148-151 Angle of Attack: +1.7 to +2.6 Launch Angle: 12.7 to 14.1 Spin: 2400-2750 Angle of Descent: 39.8 to 37.3 Carry: 234-242 yards Distance: 258-272 yards Path: 0.7 to 2.4

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