Martin Hopley
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The Cobra Fly-Z hybrid utilises the same technologies that I have also reviewed in the Cobra Fly-Z driver and Cobra Fly-Z fairway.

Cobra Fly-Z Hybrid

The main change from the previous Bio Cell hybrid is the Speed Channel around the edge of the face that is there to increase ball speeds wherever you happen to hit it on the Cobra E9 face.

Cobra Fly-Z Hybrid

Cobra woods are some of the best when it comes to forgiveness and consistency from off centre hits and the Speed Channel certainly helps in that regard and also makes the Fly-Z face feel pretty good at impact with a good solid sound.

Cobra Fly-Z Hybrid

The Speed Channel also allows Cobra to move some extra weight low and back into the yellow sole weight in the 'Back CG Zone'. Moving the Centre of Gravity (CG) further back helps with the forgiveness of the club and gives a steady mid-high flight.

Cobra Fly-Z Hybrid

Unlike the Fly-Z driver and fairway there is not a front CG option in the hybrid for faster swingers, but that is OK as the hybrid is a good all rounder.

Compared to fairways and drivers, there are not as many hybrids that offer adjustability and that is usually because of the head size. The Fly-Z hybrid is adjustable and although the larger hosel does not really help the looks at address, it is visually blended in pretty well.

Cobra Fly-Z Hybrid

What the MyFly8 adjustable hosel gives you is a range of four loft setting across 3° depending on the model you choose. I was reviewing a 3-4 Hybrid that goes from 19° to 22° and changing the loft using the MyFly Loft window on the hosel was easy as you could see what you were doing without having to remove the hosel from the head.

There are also three draw settings which had a slight effect on flight, but the Fly-Z is a reasonably neutral hybrid anyway and to me this is how it played.

Cobra Fly-Z Hybrid

This adjustable hosel combines excellently with the SmartPad on the sole, which was on the previous BioCell hybrid. As the face angle changes when you adjust the loft, the SmartPad acts as a balance point to enable the head to pivot and keep it square, or whichever other position you prefer it to be in.

Cobra Fly-Z Hybrid

At address the Fly-Z hybrid has a slightly closed position and the head is reasonably deep front to back, like a mini fairway and just on the right side of being compact from heel to toe.

Cobra Fly-Z Hybrid

This means you get to see a lot of the face and maybe compared to the other larger faced Fly-Z woods, the white lines might create a busy look for some. Others will like all the detail and the choice of white, black, blue and orange colour heads that come in a lovely gloss finish under a retro sock headcover.

The Fly-Z hybrid comes with a 75 gram Matrix VLCT Altus shaft that is a solid performer with a mid kick point and torque that should suit a lot of players.

Cobra Fly-Z Hybrid

Overall, I can see the Cobra Fly-Z hybrid being popular amongst high single figure players into the low teens who like a little bit of colour in their bags.

Cobra Fly-Z Hybrid

Ignoring the looks, it is maybe missing a little of the X-factor to make it stand out from the pack, but it is a competitively priced, adjustable, well made and competent hybrid from a quality brand.

Golfalot Rating: 4 stars
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Cobra Fly-Z Hybrid - Product Details

Launch UK23 January 2015
Launch RRP£159
Handicap Range
Low
High
GolferMens
Hand AvailabilityLeft, Right
Left Handed Lofts16°, 16.5°, 17.5°, 18°, 18.5°, 19°, 19.5°, 20.5°, 21.5°, 22°, 22.5°, 23.5°, 24.5°, 25°
Right Handed Lofts16°, 16.5°, 17.5°, 18°, 18.5°, 19°, 19.5°, 20.5°, 21.5°, 22°, 22.5°, 23.5°, 24.5°, 25°
MaterialSteel
Colour OptionsBlack, White, Blue, Orange
Club Length41.25 inches
Swing WeightD2
AdjustabilityLoft
Shaft NameMatrix VLCT Altus
Shaft TypesGraphite
Shaft FlexLight, Regular, Stiff, X Stiff
Shaft Weight75grams
GripLamkin REL 360
Number/Loft2-3/17.5°, 3-4/20.5°, 4-5/23.5°
Manufacturer's WebsiteCobra Website

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