Cobra Golf Driver Reviews
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Cobra set to build on its driver success with release of F7, F7+
Cobra F7 Drivers with TGW
When it comes to drivers, Cobra probably doesn’t get enough credit for the technology and innovation that it has introduced to the market in recent years.
That said, many recreational golfers are paying attention, as Cobra is starting to garner a cult following when it comes to its drivers, which have proven to produce an impressive combination of low spin rates and high forgiveness.
New for 2017 from Cobra are the KING F7 and F7+. Unlike their predecessors, the F6 and F6+, the new models share more similarities, especially in terms of the materials used in their design and how their moveable weights work.
“What we did this year, we decided let’s keep one (weighting) system that’s easy to use, add some draw weighting, and make both drivers very easy to play, low CG, high inertia, and great distance performance,” said Tom Olsavsky, Cobra Vice President of Research & Development.
More specifically, players have three different weight ports to utilize in the sole of the club to create their preferred trajectory, ball flight, and spin rate.
Golfers can position the heaviest weight forward to reduce spin and create a flatter trajectory, or they can position the heaviest weight back to create higher launch and increase MOI. Additional draw bias can also be achieved by positioning the heaviest weight in the rear, heel position.
Also of note, both drivers feature an extremely low CG placement that has been made possible by the weight that was saved through the use of a lightweight TeXtreme Carbon crown, which helps create higher launch, low spin, and increased stability at impact.
Significant time and effort also was spent on improving the sound and feel of the F7 and F7+ when compared to their F6 counterparts, which was really the only knock some had about last year’s models.
“Both of these drivers are big improvements on where we were last year,” said Olsavsky when asked about the acoustics of the F7 and F7+.
TGW Review of the Cobra F7 and F7+ Drivers
Additionally, an exciting new feature with both models is COBRA CONNECT, which offers players stat-tracking capability on the course through the use of a sensor that has been embedded in the butt end of the grip of the driver.
Powered by Arccos, COBRA CONNECT pairs with players’ phones and tracks distance, fairways hit, longest drives, and other data to help them determine and work on their weaknesses. That data can also be shared with friends via social media, all of which makes the F7 and F7+ what Olsavsky calls the game’s “first smart drivers.”
All that said, however, there are also some significant differences in the F7 and F7+, many of which start with how they look behind the ball at address, even though both are 460cc clubheads.
Said Olsavsky: “The F7 is an oversize driver, has great performance, super high inertia, and forgiveness. Easy to launch, long and straight, whereas the F7+ (has) a little bit smaller, compact head. So there’s enough contrast for the two types of players we have in the market.”
Also different is the finish, as the F7 features a shiny, gloss finish, while the F7+ features the matte finish that’s preferred by many better players.
And speaking of better players, the F7+ has been an immediate hit with touring professionals, including Rickie Fowler, who already has it in his bag.
“Our Tour players are already switching to the KING F7+. It’s been very exciting,” Olsavsky said. “When you get a Tour player and they switch that quick you know they switch only because it’s better.”
Both drivers come at a standard length of 45.25 inches and a swing weight of D2, as well as with Lamkin REL grips. But they do have different stock shafts. The stock shaft for the F7 is the Fujikura Pro 60, which is a lighter, mid-launching shaft, while for the F7+ it’s the Fujikura Pro XLR8 61, which is heavier and launches lower with less spin.
Both drivers also feature an adjustable loft sleeve that gives players eight settings to choose from to achieve their preferred ball flight and trajectory, including three that will help create a draw bias. The F7 can be adjusted for lofts ranging from 9 and 12 degrees, while the F7+ accommodates lofts between 8 and 11 degrees.
KING F7 Junior driver: Performance juniors need, value parents want
Cobra King F7 Junior Driver at the 2017 PGA Show
Cobra’s KING F7 Junior driver has a lot to offer young golfers, as well as their parents.
For starters, from a technology standpoint, it has everything that Cobra provides in its regular F7 driver, an extensive list that starts with the use of a lightweight TeXtreme Carbon crown.
By saving weight in constructing the crown, Cobra is able to move the CG low and deep in the clubhead, which produces high launch, low spin rates, and increased impact stability.
Also of note, there are three weight ports in the sole of the club that can be used to help players achieve their optimal launch condition, ball flight, and trajectory.
More specifically, by placing the heaviest weight in the forward position spin is reduced to encourage a flatter trajectory. Placing the heaviest weight in the back position, meanwhile, delivers higher launch and increases MOI, and a draw bias can be produced by moving the heaviest weight to the rear, heel position.
The F7 also features Cobra’s new forged 8-11 Titanium E9 Clubface, which utilizes a variable face thickness design approach to increase ball speeds from all impact points for more distance.
Additionally, Cobra’s MyFly8 adapter enables eight different loft and lie combinations, including three draw settings, without compromising face angle, and the 460cc clubhead has been designed with a larger overall footprint to improve forgiveness and promote confidence at address.
And finally, Cobra’s revolutionary COBRA CONNECT technology is also included with the F7 Junior driver.
Powered by Arccos, COBRA CONNECT gives players stat-tracking capability through the use of a sensor that has been embedded in the butt end of the grip. It pairs easily with a smartphone to track distance, fairways hit, longest drives, and other data that can then be shared with friends via social media.
While all of those features are great for junior golfers who are considering the F7, it’s important to note that this is also a driver that provides parents with great value.
Most notably, by registering their F7 Junior driver with Cobra, players are eligible for one free shaft upgrade whenever needed. And that’s important because as young players grow and develop their skill level on the course they will likely need a different shaft to accommodate an improved swing and physical maturation.
Additionally, the moveable weight technology in the F7 clubhead will enable juniors to make the adjustments needed in their driver to continually optimize spin, ball flight, and trajectory as their games evolve.
“The club can work with you over the course of that junior’s career,” said Tom Olsavsky, Cobra Vice President of Research & Development.
Cobra F7 Junior drivers are available at stock lengths of 39, 41, and 43 inches and can be adjusted for lofts ranging from 10.5 to 13.5 degrees.
The stock shaft is the Fujikura Fuel Junior and the available free upgrades that players can choose from when the time is right include a longer junior shaft at 41 or 43 inches, a 44.25-inch women’s shaft, or a 45.75-inch senior flex men’s shaft.
The stock grip, meanwhile, for the F7 Junior driver is the Cobra Lamkin REL with the Arccos sensor.
Cobra King Series Drivers
Cobra King LTD Driver
Cobra King LTD Driver: The King LTD driver is a product that Cobra engineers think is a game-changer in the market today. Why? They believe that no other driver available can offer a CG as low as the King LTD while still maintaining such an amazing level of forgiveness. More specifically, the center of gravity in the LTD is at the neutral axis, the lowest ever in a Cobra driver, which creates high launch, low spin, and fast ball speeds. The LTD, however, still can claim more than 4,600 MOI points, an incredible number relating to forgiveness. Being able to get the CG as low as it is was enabled by a Carbon Fiber crown that at 11 grams is the lightest in golf, according to Cobra. The weight saved in constructing the crown allowed a 16-gram Spaceport to be utilized in the sole to bring the CG down and MOI up. Additionally, a thin, flexible clubface creates faster ball speeds from impact points across the face, which provides exceptional distance even on mis-hits. The stock shaft in the King LTD is the Aldila Rogue Black, but other premium shafts are available at no upcharge.
Cobra King LTD Pro Driver: The King LTD Pro driver is a product that Cobra engineers view as a game-changer. Why? They believe that no other driver on the market today offers a CG as low as the LTD Pro while still maintaining amazing levels of forgiveness. From a technological standpoint, the LTD Pro has most of the same features as the LTD, most notably the center of gravity is at the neutral axis, which creates higher launch, lower spin, and fast ball speeds. The Low CG was enabled by a Carbon Fiber crown that at 11 grams is the lightest in golf, according to Cobra. The weight saved in constructing the crown allowed a 16-gram Spaceport to be placed in the sole to bring the CG down and MOI up. Additionally, a thin, flexible clubface creates faster ball speeds from impact points across the face, which provides exceptional distance even on mis-hits. While the LTD offers lofts ranging from 9-12 degrees and three draw settings, the LTD Pro provides lofts from 7-10 degrees and has three settings that create a fade bias, which makes it a popular choice for players with higher swing speeds. The stock shaft in the LTD Pro, like the LTD, is the Aldila Rogue Black, but other premium shafts are available at no upcharge.
Cobra F6 Series Drivers
Cobra King F6 Driver: Cobra’s goal for the F6 was to create a fully titanium driver that from a performance standpoint delivers high launch, low spin, and max forgiveness. Mission accomplished. The incredible distance that the F6 produces is a byproduct of a thin, hot clubface that generates fast ball speeds even on shots hit from the toe or heel. The higher launch angles and MOI levels, meanwhile, are made possible by a low, deep center of gravity. But Cobra also wanted to give players personalization with the F6 as it relates to the CG, so front and back weights can be positioned differently in the sole to move the F6’s center of gravity, which will alter launch and spin conditions. By moving the heavier of the two weights to the back of the club, a back CG position is achieved, which creates what Cobra calls a “Towering” ball flight. If the heavier weight is moved forward, however, the result is a front CG position that produces a “Penetrating” ball flight. The stock shaft for the F6 driver is the Matrix Red Tie, which would best be described as a mid-launch, mid-spin shaft, but Cobra offers other no upcharge options as well for players who need a different fit.
Cobra King F6+ Driver: The greatest attribute of many great attributes when it comes to the F6+ driver is its ability to reduce spin rates. And for those who don’t know, high spin rates kill distance faster than just about anything in golf. The incredibly low spin rates that the F6+ creates are made possible by a number of technological advancements. First, Cobra engineers were able to move the CG to the neutral axis, and the zero CG that the F6+ can claim leads to a high-launch, low-spin ball flight, which is the Holy Grail in terms of driver performance. Additionally, an 18-gram weight can be utilized in five settings along the sole to give players the chance to dial in their ideal launch angle and spin rate, which is one of the keys to distance. But the incredible distance the F6+ delivers also comes from a thin, hot Forged E9 clubface, which supported by Cobra’s Speed Channel structure creates faster ball speeds from impact points across the face. Of note, compared to the F6, the F6+ has a slightly smaller profile and will typically create a slightly flatter ball flight. It also come stock with the Matrix Black Tie, which is a little bit heavier than the Red Tie that comes in the F6 and considered a lower-launching shaft. These design features were made with the better, stronger player in mind as it relates to the F6 series of drivers.
Cobra King F6+ Pro Driver: From a technological standpoint, the F6+ Pro driver claims the same features and many of the same performance attributes as the F6+. Most notably, it delivers incredibly low spin rates. That was made possible in a couple of ways. For starters, Cobra engineers were able to move the CG to the neutral axis, and the zero CG that the F6+ Pro can claim leads to a high-launch, low-spin ball flight, which is optimal in terms of driver performance. Additionally, an 18-gram weight can be utilized in five settings along the sole to give players the chance to dial in their ideal launch angle and spin rate, which is one of the keys to more distance. But the incredible distance the F6+ Pro delivers also comes from a thin, hot Forged E9 clubface, which supported by Cobra’s Speed Channel structure creates faster ball speeds from impact points across the face. And like the F6+, the F6+ Pro has a slightly smaller profile and comes stock with the Matrix Black Tie, which is a lower-launching shaft. The main difference, however, between the F6+ and F6+ Pro is that the Pro offers lower loft options, ranging from 7-10 degrees, and has three settings that will create a fade bias, making it a popular choice for players with higher swing speeds.