2021 PGA Show (Virtual) – Thursday Recap

I am so sorry. My plan was to put this all together last night. But, in typical PGA Show week, I ate dinner and fell asleep. Hmm, in a lot of ways this has been like the usual PGA Show for me.

So, yesterday I had a number of meetings and it was a real mixed bag of products. I had the opportunity to meet with Callaway Golf (Tyler Shean) and Cobra Golf (Tom Olsavsky). Their products are on fire and I cannot wait until I get the chance to make swings with them. I met with Skechers Golf (Taylor Cooney) talked me through their range and they have some dynamite products coming out. Jen Saxton from ShotScope Golf talked me through their ShotScope V3 wearable technology and they have made major upgrades from the V2 which I tested and reviewed. Gary Austin from Playmakar, a brand of recovery products like percussion massagers and much more.

I also had a telephone conversation with Douglas Herman of EndSwate. A training aid that is so obvious that it hurts and a phone call with Holly Geoghegan from The Golf Insiders. We recorded an episode for her podcast. Poor Holly!

It reall was a full day. Later on today (Friday) the show reaches its conclusion.

Until The Next Tee!!

#fightandgrind

COBRA Golf Introduces RADSPEED Irons in ONE and Variable Lengths

Carlsbad, Calif. (December 8, 2020) – Cobra Golf®, a leader in golf club innovation, today introduced
the new RADSPEED Irons – its most technologically advanced irons to date. The RADSPEED Variable and ONE Length Irons feature game-changing innovations including Radial Weighting and debut the first ever 3D printed nylon medallion.

Earlier this year, COBRA announced their partnership with HP & Parmatech and successfully became the first major OEM to pioneer 3D printing in golf club manufacturing with the launch of its Limited Edition KING Supersport-35 putter. 3D printing presents significant advantages over traditional manufacturing methods, allowing COBRA engineers to design, prototype and test multiple iterations and bring products to market much faster. The 3D printed medallion featured in the RADSPEED irons is the brands second application of 3D printing and sets the stage for more innovations to be seen from COBRA Golf in the future using 3D printing.

This first ever 3D printed nylon medallion utilizes an intricate lattice structure to save weight and fine-tune feel. Upon closer review, golfers may notice the detailed lattice structure provides a window into the cavity and through the medallion. The medallion reduces weight to lower the CG and damp harsh vibrations at impact delivering a soft feel and great response to the golfer.

With a name inspired by its key technology, Radial Weighting, the design of these irons is aimed at maximizing performance through the strategic placement of weight relative to the Center of Gravity (CG) to optimize speed and forgiveness. COBRA engineers discovered that by positioning more mass low on the heel and toe (the two furthest points from the CG while remaining low in the head), they could lower the CG while dramatically improving the stability of the clubhead. 10g, in the form of a screw-in weight, is positioned in the toe and 3g of mass, is positioned in the heel to create the best combination of low CG, and high MOI for the fast ball speed and high launch.

The 10g screw is a nominal weight used by COBRA to guarantee perfect head weights for improved builds. During custom builds this weight may be adjusted +/- 6g utilizing weights ranging from 4g to 16g in increments of 2g to dial in proper swing weights when customizing length or shafts. This weighting system delivers an iron set that is truly custom built for the golfer. Radial Weighting is a critical component of the design that allows the RADSPEED irons to maintain high launch and maximum carry distance, despite having a stronger loft.

In addition, the irons feature a unique Carbon Fiber Topline that saves 2g to lower the CG and improve launch and spin characteristics. An all new black carbon fiber cosmetic creates the appearance of a thinner topline for a sleeker and more compact look at address.

COBRA’s patented PWRSHELL technology continues to offer increased speed and higher launch even on stronger lofted irons. The forged PWRSHELL Face insert in the RADSPEED iron is made of a high-strength 17-4 stainless steel, allowing for a thinner and more flexible face design that increases ball speed on and around the Sweet Spot. In addition to the above-mentioned technologies, the RADSPEED Variable Length Irons feature progressive head shapes (two-piece metalwood construction on 4-7i and one-piece construction on 8-SW), groove shapes (V groove for reduced spin in the long irons and U groove for added spin in the short irons), and hosel lengths (shorter in the long irons and taller in the wedges) to optimize distance, launch characteristics, and accuracy for each respective iron category – long irons, mid-irons and wedges.

The RADSPEED One Length Irons offer all the magic of RADSPEED technology in a set design that promotes one repeatable setup and swing – for more consistency and accuracy. COBRA achieves this simplified approach by offering matching lengths (37.50”), head weights and swing weights in every iron. In addition, the use of fine-tuned lie angles and progressive shaft weighting promotes high launch and forgiveness in the long irons, and lower launch with more control in the scoring irons and wedges. Starting at 6i-4i the sole widths get progressively wider (vs. Variable length) to ensure deeper CGs delivering easy up and higher ball flights. This change in CG helps to deliver proper distance gapping in the longer irons that most golfers struggle with.

RADSPEED Variable Length irons are available in a Nickel Chrome finish with Black/Turbo Yellow medallion and come stock in 5-GW (RH/LH; Steel – $899) or 4-PW (RH; $899) and a graphite combo set 5H, 6-GW (RH only; $999) set makeups. Each option comes standard with a KBS Tour 90 shaft in stiff or regular flex and a Lamkin Crossline (58+) Connect Black grip. The stock graphite offering utilizes a UST Recoil ESX 460 shaft in stiff, regular and senior flex. **A black PVD finish option is available in custom for a $100 upcharge.

COBRA RADSPEED ONE Length irons are available in a Nickel Chrome finish with a Black/Silver/Blue/Red medallion and come stock in a 5-GW (RH/LH; Steel – $899) and a graphite combo set 5H, 6-GW (RH; $999). The ONE Length offering comes standard with a progressive steel shaft makeup, consisting of the KBS Tour 80 (4-6i), KBS Tour 90 (7-9i) and Tour 120 (PW, SW) shaft in stiff or regular flex and a Lamkin Crossline Connect Blue grip. The graphite stock offering is a UST Recoil ESX 460 (4-9i) and a UST Recoil ESX 480 (PW, SW) in stiff, regular and senior flex.

Both RADSPEED Iron sets come standard with COBRA CONNECT™ Powered by Arccos, the award-winning smart golf system that helps players of all skill levels make smarter, data-driven decisions. Electronically enabled sensors are embedded into the grip, automatically recording the distance and accuracy of every shot so golfers can track performance round-to-round and use analysis to improve practice sessions. Golfers also have access to Arccos Caddie, which utilizes Artificial Intelligence to make better on-course decisions for lower scores. With the purchase of any COBRA CONNECT club, golfers can request additional sensors to screw in the rest of their clubs, delivering the full benefits of COBRA CONNECT Technology.

The RADSPEED family of products are available at retail and online, January 29, 2021. For more information, visit http://www.cobragolf.com.

COBRA ® GOLF INTRODUCES THE KING RADSPEED FAMILY OF METALWOODS

Three RADSPEED Drivers Feature Breakthrough Radial Weighting Technology that Delivers an Unprecedented Combination of Speed and Forgiveness for Golfers of all Skill Levels

Carlsbad, Calif. (December 8, 2020) – Cobra Golf®, a leader in golf club innovation, today introduced its highly anticipated 2021 family of RADSPEED Drivers, Fairways and Hybrids. With a name inspired by its key, innovative technology, Radial Weighting, the entire line is aimed at maximizing performance for the full spectrum of players through optimized weighting and an array of advanced technologies. The design concept originated from a popular formula in engineering called Radius of Gyration, which is the distance from the club’s center of gravity to each weight or technology location. COBRA’s engineers discovered that by increasing the Radius of Gyration and the distance between the front and back weights, they could create the perfect blend of fast ball speed, low spin, and forgiveness in one driver. Utilizing Radial Weighting, the weight is strategically positioned in each of the three new driver models, creating three distinct performances.

While distance is the number one attribute desired by golfers, it can come in different forms, highlighted in COBRA’s new drivers: (1) The RADSPEED for faster swingers who want distance through faster ball speeds, low spin and trajectory control, (2) the RADSPEED XB for players who want distance through faster ball speeds and consistency across the face in the form forgiveness and stability, and (3) the RADSPEED XD for those who want distance while reducing their slice or creating a draw. Below is a full rundown on the three unique RADSPEED drivers and the accompanying fairways and hybrids.

RADSPEED DRIVER ($449)

The new RADSPEED driver is designed with a 460cc traditional shape, and forward-biased Radial Weighting to appeal to the better player seeking low spin, low launch and workability. The chassis features 28g positioned in the front, (16g of fixed weight; & 12g adjustable weight) and an additional 10g positioned in the back (8g fixed weight; 2g adjustable weight) to create the perfect balance of front and back weighting for speed and stability. By pushing the weight as far forward and as far back as possible, COBRA engineers were able to design a driver capable of providing the fastest ball speed with extreme forgiveness – an engineering feat that has not been achieved until now. Using a lighter T-Bar Speed Chassis and a thinner Carbon Fiber Wrap Crown, engineers were able to save 13g (7g in the chassis/6g in the carbon)that they could reposition forward to lower the CG and produce more speed. Two adjustable weights in the front and back (12g & 2g) allow players to fine-tune their desired launch and spin performance. A final but very notable feature of the new RADSPEED driver is the CNC Milled Infinity Face, which requires about 25 minutes of milling for every single clubface produced. COBRA’s proprietary CNC milling process is a significant advancement over the traditional hand polishing method and produces thickness and bulge and roll tolerances that are up to five times more precise. This process ensures consistent performance on every driver, which delivers thinner faces for maximum ball speed and perfect curvatures for forgiveness on off-center hits.

RADSPEED XB (“Xtreme Back”) DRIVER ($449)

For players who want plenty of speed and distance but value forgiveness, and a club that flies effortlessly straight, the RADSPEED XB is the answer. One of the two “Xtreme,” versions in the RADSPEED lineup, the XB (Xtreme Back) features an oversized address profile that inspires confidence on the tee. The 460cc clubhead utilizes rear-biased Radial Weighting to deliver the fastest and straightest ball flight of the three models. The driver features 20g positioned in the back (14g of fixed weight; 6g interchangeable weight), and 8g of fixed weight in the front, making the XB arguably COBRA’s fastest and most forgiving driver to date. For golfers that preferred COBRA’s 2020 SPEEDZONE Xtreme driver, the RADSPEED XB delivers even more ball speed and lower spin while maintaining that extreme stability. Additional technologies featured in the XB driver and the rest of the RADSPEED drivers include, a titanium T-Bar Speed Chassis and Thin-Ply Carbon Fiber Crown, CNC Milled Infinity Face and Radial Weighting Technology.

RADSPEED XD (“Xtreme Draw) DRIVER ($449)

The RADSPEED XD debuts as the newest addition to COBRA’s driver offerings, answering the need for a draw-biased, straight-neck driver. The XD is COBRA’s longest and fastest draw-biased driver designed to provide maximum distance and slice-fighting power. This second “Xtreme” model features the same slightly oversized 460cc profile as the XB, but with heel-biased Radial Weighting. 10g of fixed internal weight is positioned in the heel to enable easier face closure for straighter, draw-biased drives. Another 14g is positioned in the back for extreme forgiveness, while 8g is positioned in the front to increase speed. “Our new RADSPEED drivers represent a true breakthrough in performance,” said Tom Olsavsky, Vice President of R&D, COBRA Golf. “Our engineers have outdone themselves by pushing the Radius of Gyration to new levels and delivering three distinct drivers aimed at three different types of golfers. With the RADSPEED driver family, COBRA can truly offer optimized performance for everyone from Tour players to weekend warriors and those who need help correcting a slice.”

RADSPEED Driver Specifications

Model MyFly Loft Range
10.5 o Driver 9.0 o , 9.5 o , 9.5 o D , 10.5 o , 10.5 o D, 11.5 o , 11.5 o D,12.0 o 9 o Driver 7.5 o , 8.0 o , 8.0 o D, 9.0 o , 9.0 o D, 10 o , 10 o D, 10.5 o

**Both the 9° and 10.5° driver are available in a Tour Length offering, featuring a shorter shaft length (44.50”) than the standard 45.5”. The RADSPEED comes in RH/LH with a choice of 3 premium aftermarket shafts including: Fujikura Motore X F3 (stiff & reg); the Project X HZRDUS RDX Blue in x-stiff (RH only) and Stiff; and the Fujikura Motore X F1 in x-stiff (RH) and stiff (RH/LH). The driver features a Lamkin Crossline (58+) CONNECT Black grip and is available in Matte Black/Turbo Yellow and a Matte Peacoat Blue/Arsenal Red colorways.

RADSPEED XB Driver Specifications

Model MyFly Loft Settings 12.0 o 10.5 o , 11 o , 11 o D, 12 o , 12 o D, 13 o , 13 o D, 13.5 o 10.5 o Driver 9 o , 9.5 o , 9.5 o D, 10.5 o , 10.5 o D, 11.5 o , 11.5 o D, 12 o 9° Driver 7.5 o , 8 o , 8 o D, 9 o , 9 o D, 10 o , 10 o D, 10.5 o

**Both the 9° and 10.5° driver are available in a Tour Length offering, featuring a shorter shaft length (44.50”) than the standard 46”. The XB Driver comes in RH/LH with a choice of 3 premium aftermarket shafts: Project X Even Flow Riptide (Reg & Lite flex) available in the 10.5° and 12° lofts; Fujikura Motore X F3 (Stiff & Reg) and the Project X HZRDUS RDX Blue (X & Stiff) available in the 9° and 10.5° lofts. The driver features a Lamkin Crossline (58+) CONNECT Black grip and is available in Gloss Black/Turbo Yellow & Matte Peacoat Blue/Arsenal Red colorway.

RADSPEED XD Driver Specifications

Model MyFly Loft Settings 12.0 o 10.5 o , 11 o , 11 o D, 12 o , 12 o D, 13 o , 13 o D, 13.5 o 10.5 o Driver 9 o , 9.5 o , 9.5 o D, 10.5 o , 10.5 o D, 11.5 o , 11.5 o D, 12 o

The XD Driver comes in RH/LH with a choice of two premium aftermarket shafts: Project X Even Flow Riptide (Reg & A flex) and a Fujikura Motore X F3 (Stiff & Reg). Available in Gloss Black/Turbo Yellow colorway only.

Women’s models also are available in both the RADSPEED XB and XD in a sleek Gloss Black/Elderberry colorway featuring a Project X Even Flow Riptide shaft and Lamkin Crossline (58R) COBRA CONNECT grip.

RADSPEED XB Women’s Driver Specifications

Model MyFly Loft Settings 12.0 o 10.5 o , 11 o , 11 o D, 12 o , 12 o D, 13 o , 13 o D, 13.5 o 10.5 o Driver 9 o , 9.5 o , 9.5 o D, 10.5 o , 10.5 o D, 11.5 o , 11.5 o D, 12 o

RADSPEED XD Driver Women’s Specifications

Model MyFly Loft Settings 12.0 o 10.5 o , 11 o , 11 o D, 12 o , 12 o D, 13 o , 13 o D, 13.5 o

RADSPEED FAIRWAYS and HYBRIDS

Complimenting the innovative line of RADSPEED drivers are a full line up of RADSPEED fairway metals ($279 each). Utilizing weight savings from a thinner Carbon Crown design, COBRA engineers were able to free up more discretionary weight to position it forward and increase ball speed. Using strategic Radial Weighting in each model (RADSPEED, RADSPEED Big Tour & Tour, and RADSPEED Draw), COBRA engineers were able to create three distinct performances. Each fairway features COBRA’s signature Baffler Hollow Split Rails, which increase flexion on the leading edge by 70% to increase speed while still providing excellent turf interaction. The RADSPEED fairways come in three families which include:

  1. RADSPEED Fairway – features a traditional shape with a balance of front and back Radial Weighting (16g in the front & 7g in the back) to deliver ultra-low spin, with high launch and forgiveness. A CNC Milled Infinity Face makes its way into the RADSPEED fairway for the first time, creating a face design that is up to 5 times more precise than hand-polished fairways. Golfers have their choice of two premium aftermarket shafts: Fujikura Motore X F3 (Stiff & Reg) and Project X Even Flow Riptide (Lite flex). Available in two colorways: Gloss Black/Turbo Yellow & Matte Peacoat Blue/Arsenal Red.
  2. RADSPEED BIG TOUR and TOUR Fairways – both feature 23g of front-biased Radial Weighting (16g internal & a 7g front weight). The Big Tour 3-wood features a slightly oversized profile, and a stronger loft setting, making it the fastest, and lowest-spinning fairway in the lineup, and the perfect complement to the RADSPEED Driver, whether off the tee or on the fairway. The Tour 5-wood features a compact profile for maximum workability. Both are available in Matte Black /Turbo Yellow and come with a Fujikura Motore X F1 shaft (X, S).
  3. RADSPEED DRAW Fairway – features 16g of heel-biased internal Radial Weighting a 7g weight in the back to create draw-bias and medium-to-high ball flights, forgiveness and maximum slice correction power. A CNC Milled Infinity Face is also included, delivering precision and increasing the zone of maximum ball speed. Available in Gloss Black with Turbo Yellow colorway and a Project X Even Flow Riptide shaft (Stiff, Reg, and Lite). RADSPEED and RADSPEED DRAW Fairway models are available in 3W (14.5 o ), 5W (18.5 o ) & 7W (22.5 o ), with the BIG TOUR available in a 3W (13.5 o ) and the TOUR model available in a 5W (17.5 o ). The RADSPEED and RAD SPEED DRAW models also available in women’s offerings in Elderberry/Gloss Black colorway.

Lastly, RADSPEED hybrids ($229 each), which are available in both standard (Gloss Black/Turbo Yellow colorway) and ONE Length (Matte Black/Red/Blue/White) models, also utilize COBRA’s innovative Radial Weighting Technology with the emphasis on extreme front weighting for ultra-low spin, faster ball speed, and increased distance. A forged, high-strength steel face insert, and Hollow Split Rails combine to create a lower CG location, higher launch angles, more distance, and enhanced versatility from a variety of lies. The Baffler sole rails are a signature feature of COBRA’s fairways and hybrids, and allow the club to glide effortlessly out of the fairway, tight lies, thick rough and even bunkers. RADSPEED ONE Length is designed in a shorter set up (37.50”) that compliments the ONE Length irons in a combo set. Both the standard RADSPEED hybrid (Available in 2H (17 o ), 3H (19 o ), 4H (21 o ) and 5H (24 o )) and ONE Length model (Available in 3H (19 o ), 4H (21 o ), 5H (24 o )) come stock with UST Recoil 480 ESX premium shafts and Lamkin Crossline (58+) COBRA CONNECT Grips. The RADSPEED Hybrid is also available in a women’s offering (4H, 5H, 6H and 7H) in a Gloss Black & Elderberry colorway.

The entire RADSPEED metalwood family is equipped with COBRA CONNECT™ Powered by Arccos, the award-winning smart golf system that helps players of all skill levels make smarter, data-driven decisions. Electronically enabled sensors are embedded into the grip, automatically recording the distance and accuracy of every shot so golfers can track performance round-to-round and use analysis to improve practice sessions. Golfers also have access to Arccos Caddie, which utilizes Artificial Intelligence to make better on-course decisions. With the purchase of any COBRA CONNECT club, golfers, at their request, will be sent additional sensors to screw in the rest of their clubs, delivering the full benefits of COBRA CONNECT Technology.

All RADSPEED products are available at retail and online, January 29, 2021. For more information, visit http://www.cobragolf.com.

COBRA DELIVERS HEIGHTENED LONG IRON PERFORMANCE WITH KING UTILITY VARIABLE AND ONE LENGTH OFFERINGS

Carlsbad, CA (June 11, 2020) – COBRA Golf®, a leader in golf club innovation, today introduced its new KING Utility irons, delivering improved distance with a classic look and modern technology. The KING Utility iron is designed for players who seek maximum control and precision on tee shots and longer approach shots on par 5’s. A classic, muscle-back iron shape delivers the feeling of controlled ball flights, while a wider sole and hollow body provides stability, power, and a low centered CG for trajectories that are high and penetrating. A PWRSHELL™ face insert adds to the performance by expanding the sweet zone for improved ball speeds on off-center hits and launch efficiency for improved trajectory.

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Normally only found in Metalwoods, COBRA engineers integrated into the Utility design the trusted COBRA MyFly8™ technology, a series of eight adjustable loft settings that give users the ability to manage trajectory and launch for proper distance gapping. Additionally, the KING Utility irons are geared with COBRA CONNECT™ Powered by Arccos Caddie, an artificial intelligence system that utilizes Smart Grips with embedded sensors to track and record distance and accuracy data on the Arccos Caddie app. COBRA blends a classic design with cutting-edge engineering, including a hollow-body design, forged PWRSHELL Face, and Tungsten Weighting, to deliver superior performance that users can track and analyze using the in-depth data provided by the Arccos Caddie system.

The KING Utility is also offered in a ONE Length™ configuration (graphite – $219), while sharing the technologies of its variable-length counterpart, is designed at 7-iron length (37.50”), making it a perfect complement to any of COBRA’S ONE Length iron offerings. Having a constant length through the set promotes one repeatable set-up and swing for more consistency, while the head design and weighting are fine-tuned to provide uniformity of feel through the set. Traditional variable-length players can also benefit from the consistency and accuracy of the ONE Length Utility iron. After analyzing player test and GEARS test results, a shorter length has been shown to improve playability in the long irons and promote center contact for more precision.

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COBRA KING Utility irons (graphite – $219) will be available in a 2-Utility in RH (adjustable from 16 – 19 degrees), 3-Utility in RH/LH (adjustable from 18 – 21 degrees) and 4-Utility in RH/LH (adjustable from 21 – 24 degrees). The standard Utility comes with a steel KBS $-Taper lite (in S or R flex) and a graphite Project X Catalyst 80 (in X-Stiff, S, or R flex) shaft options with a Lamkin Crossline CONNECT Black grip. The KING Utility ONE Length irons will be available in a 3-Utility (adjustable from 18 – 21 degrees), 4-Utility (adjustable from 21 to 24 degrees), and a 5-Utility (adjustable from 24 to 27 degrees). The ONE Length Utility offering comes standard with a steel KBS $-Taper lite (in S or R flex) and a graphite Project X Catalyst 80 (in S, XS, or R flex) shaft options with a Lamkin Crossline CONNECT Blue grip.

KING Utility products will be available at retail and online, tomorrow, June 12, 2020. For more information on the full King family, visit http://www.cobragolf.com.

“First Impressions Review” – COBRA Golf KING SPEEDZONE Driver

The COBRA Golf KING SPEEDZONE was one of the many drivers that I looked forward to swinging in 2020. I had initially seen one in-hand for the first time back in October during an industry show in Kitchener, Ontario. At the time, I salivated in anticipation of what might be, based on the cosmetics of this driver. Would it live up to my expectations?

That was a question that I would have answered at the 2020 PGA Show in Orlando, Florida. Here is my review of the COBRA Golf KING SPEEDZONE driver based on the first impressions that it gave me at Demo Day at Orange County National Golf Resort and Lodge.

The Set-Up

COBRA Golf KING SPEEDZONE (SZ) drivers come in two different models that will appeal to golfers looking for new drivers in 2020. COBRA Golf is offering both a “standard” KING SPEEDZONE and a KING SPEEDZONE XTREME. While the two drivers come with the same chassis, there are some differences between the two of them. Before looking at their differences, let’s see what the two models have in common.

COBRA Golf touts that the new line of KING SPEEDZONE drivers are their longest, most powerful drivers that they’ve created to date. Drawing inspiration from motorsports, these drivers look fast just sitting still. You can see some of this inspiration just by looking at their “dual exhaust” inside of the rear of the trailing edge. The KING SZ drivers feature a CNC-milled face like we first saw in 2018 with that year’s KING F8. Just that this face has a twist, or shall I say a face with an infinity symbol which of course means “no limits” or “endless”.

“Infinity Face” is one of the technologies that we see in the KING SZ. In utilizing Infinity Face. the face sees an expanded sweet zone and more ball speed across the entire surface area of the face.

The “T-Bar Chassis” was introduced this year. The T-Bar Chassis is a section of the interior part that runs from the leading edge all of the way to the trailing edge. In adapting this cross-member COBRA Golf R&D were able to create a stronger frame and in doing so improved the feel and durability of the KING SZ driver.

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Do you like the look of carbon fiber? If so, KING SZ drivers are just what you might be looking for. The KING SZ features a “360 Carbon Wrap”. The 360 Carbon Wrap covers a whopping 50% of the body. The use of all of the carbon fiber allowed COBRA Golf to move a staggering 25-grams of discretionary weight to use elsewhere. This is an absolute luxury in golf club design. By moving the weight around to other areas of the KING SZ drivers, this enabled engineers to create a driver with forgiveness to burn.

Making a return and introduced in 2019 is SPEEDBACK technology.SPEEDBACK weighting is a total of 69-grams of weight that’s positioned as low as possible resulting in the KING SZ driver’s high launch and low spin characteristics. SPEEDBACK AERO SHAPE gives the KING SZ a streamlined shape that transfers airflow energy which aids in providing “maximum acceleration” into the golf ball where you need it most. Through the impact zone.

Both drivers are offered in either a yellow and black or a white and black colorway.

KING SPEEDZONE: This driver is for “better player’s” looking for a driver that packs a ton of punch into a head that is more traditional in its appearance. Very notable is that golfers have the opportunity to find their optimal launch and spin characteristics via two adjustable weights (front and back) that adjust the center of gravity (CG). For lower spin in what’s already a head that’s designed to be lower spinning, golfers can place a heavier weight in the front which brings this low-spinning head even less spin. This is a feature that might benefit the higher spin player that doesn’t fit into the recommended profile (0 to 10 handicap). The standard lofts are 9* and 10.5* respectively. The KING SZ is designed to be controllable and workable.

KING SPEEDZONE XTREME: The KING SZ XTREME is designed with higher handicaps in mind. The targeted handicap is anybody that play’s to over a 10 handicap. Players with a lower handicap can benefit from this driver. The profile is a little more oversized and forgiveness is the key design feature here. There is one weight seen in the sole of the KING SZ XTREME. this weight is placed low and back aiding in the launch and enhanced MOI characteristics. The KING SZ XTREME is offered in standard lofts of 9*, 10.5* and 12* respectively. The head of the XTREME is described as being low to mid-spin.

** Both drivers have several hosel adjustments typically seen in COBRA Golf over the last several years. These adjustments include adjustments of +/- 1.5*.

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The Transition

There’s a reason why the KING SZ drivers scored very high marks in my Teezy Awards adjudication process. Ultimately the KING SZ scored very well, earning 45.5/50 points (91%) and securing the Silver Medal Teezy Award.

Aesthetically-speaking this is a driver as mentioned that looks fast sitting still. The inspiration from motorsports racing is obvious. Not only are the red “dual exhaust tips” noticeable but so are the “racing stripes” and accents just add to the illusion that this driver is fast and packed with plenty of horsepower. The KING SZ drivers have plenty of “rack appeal”  and they really do stand out in a golf shop. The face of the KING SZ is the prettiest in the industry. The CNC-milling is done with a purpose and the infinity symbol is another cosmetic stand-out of this driver. Your face is my case KING SZ.

In the address position, there is a difference in the profile between the two heads. It’s a difference that isn’t glaring in my opinion. But there is a difference. Either way, the look at address is confidence-inspiring. You get over the golf ball and you just want to put a swing on with the KING SZ. You just sort of have that urge to annihilate the golf ball and cause it cruel and unusual punishment. The KING SZ just sits so great at address. I like the simple alignment aid and the detailing around the trailing edge.

The performance of the KING SZ drivers is outstanding. Starting with the feel and the acoustics of the KING SZ drivers. Exactly what I look for in a driver. The acoustics are not intrusively loud but are also not muted in any way. When you make a good swing with these drivers you know it because the golf ball “blasts off of the starting line” (drag-racing reference). The sound and feel are so gratifying and in saying that I actually scored the feel and acoustics a perfect 10/10.  Sticking with the feel for a second, I just wanted to touch on the “other” feel. The feel through impact. Out of the two drivers, I liked the feel more of the SZ than the XTREME through the impact zone. I just felt like that I knew where the clubhead was at all times whereas with the XTREME I sort of “lost” that reference point. The ballflight is long and deep with both versions of the KING SPEEDZONE drivers. The ball gets up quickly and flattens out quickly. The flight penetrates and just flies downrange. In fairness though, the COBRA Golf booth was set-up in their customary location on the range at Demo Day, which gave them the advantage of attendees making swings with a helping wind.

The KING SZ XTREME might be one of the most-forgiving drivers that I made swings with at the 2020 PGA Show and among the most-forgiving that I’ve ever made swings with. I would definitely place it in the top two and that’s because it just seemed that no matter what I did, the golf ball went straight. Off-center strikes stayed straight and true with nary a loss in distance. The KING SZ is also a forgiving driver, so if you’re looking for a forgiving driver and prefer a more traditional shape, do not shy away from the KING SZ if you don’t “fit the profile” of the geared towards golfer of this driver.

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The Finish

I’ve said in the past that COBRA Golf is one of the biggest “movers and shakers” in the golf industry. The KING SZ drivers have not changed my sentiment. If you’re a golfer looking for a new driver in 2020 these drivers should be a serious contender and on your “must swing” list. The list impressive as far as the stock shaft offerings that include the Project X HZRDUS Smoke Yellow 60, the UST Mamiya HeLIUM, Aldila Rogue Silver 60 (110 MSI) and the Tensei CK AV Blue 60 from MCA.

The KING SZ and SZ XTREME drivers boast a perfect combination of distance and forgiveness. The latter is undeniable. Golfers will love the explosive feel off of the face. In my opinion, these drivers are an upgrade over their counterparts from 2019 and mot by a small margin. The KING SZ and SZ XTREME drivers definitely met my expectations and then some. One of the best of drivers of 2020.

Until The Next Tee!!

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