The Cobra BiO CELL+ driver is a smaller, shorter, lighter version of the Cobra BiO CELL driver, designed for Tour players and low handicappers.
The idea behind the BiO CELL+ was to produce a driver that produced a higher launch with less spin, offering better golfers the performance they demand. Along with the new weighting and technology, the BiO CELL+ comes in the same five colours as the standard model, including a new black option.
The different look of the driver is designed to draw attention to the crown construction. The BiO CELL+ model features a crown made from an ultralight T.O.P (or Thin, Optimized, Personalized) Venollum alloy. In simple terms, the new crown along with the Cell weighting removes weight from the head, allowing Cobra to move the centre of gravity (CG) lower.
The resulting head design is 440cc, 20cc smaller than the standard model, with a CG position 28% lower in the head.
By lowering the CG, Cobra were able to increase the natural launch or loft of the driver by almost 1 degree, meaning the BiO CELL+ driver will launch higher than either the standard BiO CELL or AMP CELL Pro drivers.
But increasing the height of the launch is just half the story. To full maximise distance, Cobra needed to reduce the spin of the driver. By moving the weight and CG, they have done exactly this, reducing the spin of the BiO CELL+ by around 200 RPM when compared with the standard model.
With a length of 45.25 inches, The BiO CELL+ is half an inch shorter than the standard model and plays with a swing weight of D5, again lighter than the BiO CELL which swings at D3 or D4. At the end of that shorter shaft is an adjustable Cobra MyFly8 hosel, fitting with options specifically aimed to better players.
Like the standard model, the BiO CELL+ driver offers 8 different loft settings. However, the range of the settings are 1-degree lower, meaning the BiO CELL+ can be adjusted to lofts of 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 10.5 and 11 degrees.
Some may remember that the Cobra AMP CELL Pro driver offered two additional fade settings of 8.5 and 9.5 degrees. Whilst they thought these settings would offer better players a straight or even fade-bias shape, they found that hardly anyone used the settings as most liked to work the ball right to left. Thus, they have done away with the fade settings and added three draw settings at 8.5, 9.5 and 10.5 degrees.
As with all recent Cobra "CELL" drivers, the BiO CELL+ features Cobra's SmartPad. This area of the sole keeps the face angle at address square regardless of the loft.
In the BiO CELL+ however, it works slightly differently. At the lowest, 8 degree, setting the face angle is 1 degree open. Progressively as your increase loft you square the angle until it sits perfectly square in the 11 degree setting.
Unlike the Project X - PXv shaft featured in the standard model, the BiO CELL+ features an aftermarket, premium Matrix Red Tie 6Q3 shaft, which Matrix say produces a "mid-launch, mid-spin trajectory, fitting the greatest numbers of players in the bell curve."