More than 3 years after the Cobra King wedge was announced, its replacement has now been revealed as the new King MIM, with a sleeker look and new construction technologies.
They are the first wedges to feature a full MIM (Metal-Injection-Molded) 304 stainless steel head, which Cobra say allows for the creating of the ‘most precise shape possible’, and providing exceptional feel and turf interaction for all of their newest wedges.
The MIM manufacturing uses a process which heats the metal to a higher temperature than with a forged head, allowing for more grain structure and an even softer feel. It also allows for more of the process to be conducted by machines rather than actual people, for quicker and more consistent results.
On a similar note, The King MIM wedges are the first in golf to utilise Fully Robotic Polishing rather than manual hand-polishing. This means that each wedge can be created to exact specifications and eliminates inconsistencies in head weight and thickness, as well as bounce and sole shape.
Tom Olsavsky, Vice President of R&D at Cobra Golf, explained the thinking behind their latest release:
At Cobra Golf, we work to create new products that offer a tangible benefit to our customers. Our innovative manufacturing processes work to reduce variables, helping golfers have a more consistent, improved game. The King MIM Wedges are astonishingly soft and precise, to give golfers the best performance in their short games.
The new King MIM Wedges also come equipped with plenty of other bits of technologies aimed at sharpening up your short game:
Versatile Tour Wedge Grind
Also used by recent Waste Management Phoenix Open Winner Rickie Fowler, this grind provides extra toe-relief to make it even more versatile. Whether you’re facing a flop shot over a bunker or a low bump and run up the green, you should be able to adapt this wedge for pretty much any situation.
Precision CNC Milled Face & Grooves
The face is fully CNC Milled, and it is able to maximise surface roughness and deliver precise lofts and groove shapes, optimising trajectory and spin levels.
Radial CNC Milling Pattern
The circular milling pattern, as seen on the new Cobra King F9 Speedback Driver, maximises spin on those softer shots where the ball doesn’t usually compress as deep into the groves. The position of the pattern is also supposed to help golfers to identify the sweet spot, or Sweet Zone as Cobra are calling it, for better ball-striking.
Progressive Spin Technology
There are CNC milled progressive groove shapes, which optimise performance for each wedge loft. The weaker lofted wedges have wider and shallower grooves, whereas the stronger lofts feature narrower, deeper grooves to results in consistent spin throughout the range of wedges.
Premium Chrome Finish
Cobra’s wedges always look pretty smart, even dating back to the classic Trusty Rusty Chrome plating on the head ensure long-lasting durability, and provides a smart, classical look.
Having featured in a number of Cobra clubs over the last few years, the Cobra Connected system powered by Arccos is back again. It features electronic Golf Pride Tour Velvet grips which work alongside the Arccos Caddie app to provide golfers with the ability to track their wedge stats and learn their own patterns, for more effective analysis and practice.
The King MIM will be available from 12th April in 2-degree loft variants from 50 up to 60 degrees, all in the new Versatile Grind. They come complete with a black Golf Pride Tour Velvet Connect grip, and KBS Hi-Rev 2.0 shaft. They are priced at £119 per wedge.
Were you a 'Trusty Rusty' user back in the day? What do you think of this new offering from Cobra? Let us know below, and if you want any more information on finding the right wedge to fit your game, check out our Wedge Buying Guide here.