The utility, or driving iron, has been growing in popularity over the last few years as golf's equipment brands realise that there are plenty of golfers looking for another option at the top of their bag without having to go for a hybrid.
Typically, driving irons were reserved for only the best ball strikers but nowadays the advancements in technology have provided much more forgiveness and consistency, making them a viable proposition for a larger proportion of golfers.
The latest addition to this market comes from Cobra with their new King Utility irons, which is said to deliver improved distance thanks to modern technology, whilst retaining a classic look.
The King Utility is designed to perform well on tee shots and longer approaches into greens, with control and precision. Classic muscleback iron shaping allows for ball flights to be controlled easily, whilst a wider sole and hollow body features a lower center of gravity to give easier launch - something which many amateur golfers typically struggle with.
There's a Pwrshell face insert which Cobra says creates a larger sweet spot, giving improved ball speeds on strikes acrsoss the face.
The really clever part of this iron, however, comes with MyFly8 technology, which provides the golfers with eight adjustable loft settings. This allows them to manage the trajectory and launch of their iron, whilst also ensuring that it fits properly within the gap in their bag.
The King Utility irons are geared with Cobra Connect, powered by Arccos Caddie, which utilises smart grips that house sensors to allow distance and shot details to be recorded and analysed.
The Utility is also offered in a One Length configuration which is designed at 7-iron length, making it an ideal transition for any golfer currently using One Length irons.
The irons are priced at £179 in graphite shafts and £169 in steel shafts, with three different iron models on offer. The 2 iron (RH/LH) is adjustable from 16 to 20 degrees, The 3 iron (RH/LH) is adjustable from 18 to 21 degrees, and the 4 iron (RH/LH) adjustable from 21 to 24 degrees.
The One Length model also features a 5 iron, adjustable from 24 to 27 degrees, complete with iconic blue Lamkin grip.
Both models will be available from June 12th.
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