Cobra has introduced its King F7 and King Forged Tour irons, including innovative one-length options developed alongside PGA Tour player Bryson DeChambeau.
The King F7 is Cobra's most versatile iron family to date and provides golfers with optimised performance, distance, forgiveness and control of every shot.
Tom Olsavsky, Head of R&D for Cobra Golf explains:
The 2017 iron offering is Cobra's most innovative and exciting yet. Not only have we improved our progressive sets this year, but we are introducing our first-ever One Length option that will help bring more consistency and simplicity to the game of golf for all players. In 2017 we will truly have an innovative, high-quality iron solution for every type of player.
Cobra King F7 Irons
For the King F7 range Cobra has built upon the successful progressive head technologies we first saw in the King F6 irons.
Utilising Cobra's TecFlo technology, the King F7 irons have advanced cavity construction that allows the performance characteristics of each iron to be optimised. A new Thin, Optimised and Personalised (T.O.P) polymer medallion badge in the cavity is lighter than steel allowing the centre of gravity (CG) to be moved lower to create easier launch.
This dovetails with the updated PwrShell that has a thinner face and sole structure than the previous King F6 irons, increasing the Sweet Zone for more distance, precision and forgiveness. As a result the COR of the King F7 4-iron face has increased to 0.81 from 0.799 in the King F6 with the 5-iron delivering 2-3 yards more distance than the previous generation.
The face of the King F7 irons are CNC milled with improved groove structures to deliver maximum spin trajectory and control throughout the set and use Cobra's proven Progressive Spin Technology to ensure the optimum spin for each iron type.
The 3 to 5 irons are a full hollow design with a PwrShell face insert resulting in a low CG for easier to hit, high-flying irons. The 6 and 7 irons combine the PwrShell face with a half hollow design to optimise CG location for precision on approach shots to the green.
The scoring irons from 8 to PW are a traditional cavity back design using wedge spaced grooves for added control. Finally the sand and gap wedges have a speciality wedge design giving added versatility and enhanced control on shots around the green.
The King F7 are also available in a women's configuration that uses the same technology found in the men's set and come with either Lamkin Rel silver/pink or black/blue grips and Fujikura Pro 55i graphite shafts.
Cobra King Forged Tour Irons
The Cobra King Forged Tour irons offer Tour-proven performance, feel and precise shot-making.
Created with a 5-step forging process, each iron is precisely shaped with a more refined grain structure to generate the levels of feel demanded by better players.
Like the King F7 irons the heads are optimised for the job at hand with the 4 to 7 irons employing high-density tungsten weights that are strategically positioned on the sole of the clubhead for a lowered and centred CG that delivers the ideal blend of forgiveness and precision.
The 4 to 8 irons also include a TPU insert behind the hitting zone to dampen vibrations and improve feel and moves weight toward the perimeter for added heel and toe relief.
CNC milled faces and grooves improve the structure and maximize spin and trajectory control, whilst nickel chrome plating creates a classy aesthetic as well as increasing the durability of the irons.
The King Forged Tour are available right-handed only in a standard set of 4-PW with a 3 iron and GW available through Cobra's custom fitting service and are fitted with KBS Tour FLT steel shafts and Lamkin Crossline Black Grips.
King F7 One Length and King Forged One Length Irons
One length irons came back into the news with Bryson DeChambeau's thrilling debut at this year's Masters. Shortly after Augusta he turned Pro and picked Cobra as the clubs he wanted to play. One reason for this was their willingness to embrace the single length iron concept and develop sets not only for him to play on Tour, but to bring the concept to golfers everywhere.
I approach the game of golf a lot differently than most, primarily from a scientific standpoint. I have a more technical, unique swing than many other players, but there is a misconception that single-length irons are only for a single-plane swing like mine. That is simply not true.
Regardless of how you swing and what your skill level is, you can benefit from the simplicity of a constant length set of irons. I am proud to be at the forefront of this with Cobra as preliminary research has shown that single-length sets can make the game easier and more enjoyable for players of all swing types.
The King F7 One Length and King Forged One Length irons feature the same innovative technology in the heads but have been re-engineered for 7-iron length (37.25 inches long with a lie angle of 62.5 degrees) and weighting (D0) throughout the set, and are designed with optimised geometry to produce consistent trajectory and distance gapping from long irons to wedges.
As our guide to single length shaft iron sets explains, to make one length irons work the head weights need to be heavier in the long irons and lighter in the short irons.
This means that in the King F7 One Length irons the 4, 5 and 6 irons are heavier by 25, 16 and 7 grams respectively whilst the 8, 9 , PW, SW and GW are lighter than their standard counterparts by 8, 16, 22, 26 and 32 grams. There is a similar scenario found in the King Forged One Length when compared to the King Forged Tour,
Cobra research shows that players who tested the King F7 One irons improved in accuracy, with tighter distance and dispersion variation from shot-to-shot, leading to increased confidence and better iron play.
In fact the set geometry of the one-length irons also makes the longer irons more forgiving and easier to launch making them even more appealing to all golfers with the long irons (4-6) in One Length having a higher MOI and lower CG than their standard counterparts.
A comparison of the King Forged Tour against the respective King Forged One Length heads shows that the 14 gram heavier 5 iron has a CG that is 0.6 mm lower and an MOI that is 50 points higher making it more forgiving and easier to launch.
The 9-iron is 14g lighter with a 1mm higher CG and an MOI 100 points lower to make it more suitable for precision scoring irons.
The Cobra King F7 One Length irons are available both left and right handed with the option of steel (True Temper King F7) or graphite (Fujikura Pro 63i) shafts and come with Lamkin Rel Blue grips.
The Cobra King Forged One Length irons, which DeChambeau plays on Tour, are available in right-hand only with steel KBS Tour FLT shafts come with stock Lamkin Crossline ACE blue grips with red and white accents.
The One Length offering is complemented by One Length Speciality wedges in 56 and 60 degree options featuring a versatile sole ground with toe, heel and trailing edge relief that combines with Cobra's notch technology to allow the club to sit square and lower at address despite the 7-iron shaft length.
A patented milling technique delivers optimised surface roughness across the face helping to maximise spin and control for more precise shots around the green and is made with a 8620 nickel chrome plated carbon steel to give the wedge a distinctive look and extreme durability.