Cobra's LTDx driver came out on top in our Best Drivers of 2022, so the new Aerojet for 2023 has a lot to live up to.
Improved shaping and a few tweaks to the technology is the theme for this year, so can Cobra once again produce the longest driver and at the best price?
The new Aerojet drivers are all about aerodynamics, with a streamlined shape designed to produce higher club head speed and, in turn, more distance.
There are three different models in the range for this year - the standard Aerojet, the Aerojet LS and the Aerojet Max.
There are three main pieces of technology in the new drivers too - the Advanced Aero shaping, Pwr-Bridge weighting and the Pwrshell HOT Face.
The Advanced Aero shaping is designed to make the head more streamlined yet retain playability, balancing an aerodynamic shape with a big enough hitting area to provide some forgiveness. Each head has its own unique shaping to provide the best performance for the golfer.
Pwr-Bridge Weighting is inspired by the Da Vinci bridge design of 1502, and sees a new 13 gram structure added to the head behind the face to increase ball speed and lower spin.
The Pwrshell HOT Face has 15 individual hot spots across the face to increase ball speed and launch, even if your strike is off-centre. The face flexion is higher than ever and it is spread out further across the middle of the face, as well as a 15% increase in the amount of sole flex.
A new thin-ply carbon has made the crown material up to 30% thinner than the previous LTDx at just 0.6mm, saving 5 grams of weight compared to a normal carbon crown, that can then be redistributed to increase MOI.
MyFly hosel settings allow golfers to change the loft and lie of the golf club by up to 1.5 degrees to fine-tune performance.
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Cobra Aerojet Driver Review
The new colour scheme reminds me a little of the Williams F1 team, with the bold orange accent of the LTDx range being replaced by blue and red.
There is a satin black body, and a black patterned carbonfibre gloss crown. A white rim around the back of the crown make the surface seem bigger and more inviting behind the ball.
The sole is wrapped with less indents than the LTDx model, making it look smoother and more streamlined. There is a 12g weight which sits at the rear of the head, whilst the rest of the technology is labelled on the head as is the norm these days.
The standard model has a 460cc head which is actually similar to the shape of last year's LTDx LS, with a medium skirt height and a slimmed down shape.
It has a wide, shallow face with a stretched body and this helps to make the head look large and inviting down at address. Personally I like the colour change, but I would have preferred the satin finish to have covered the crown for continuity and less distraction.
I am less of a fan of the draw-biased heads bit I understand why they are needed, and I am pleased that Cobra have moved the standard head shape into the shape of last year's low spin head.
The Aerojet felt incredibly stable at impact with little face turn. I liked the circle design on the face (there is no CNC milling this time around) as it acted as a target to help centre the ball at address.
I still felt even after testing that I could get more out of this head, as I wasn't quite on it with my striking which meant that the performance wasn't as good as it could've been.
The strike is very reliable and the club feels like it looks after you when you are not on top form, which is always a nice feeling.
As I mentioned earlier this driver had a lot to live up to, and even when I felt like I didn't have my best stuff in testing the carry distance was the same as the LTDx produced during the Best Drivers of 2022 testing.
The Aerojet produced 210 yards carry with 209 yards for the LTDx. The ball speeds were the same also, with the spin rates being 200rpm lower as Cobra suggested they would be meaning that the total was longer with the Aerojet.
Anything that can sit alongside or beat the LTDx driver will get high praise from me but I don't know if there was enough there to say you must switch.
I only found a marginal improvement, which really is what I expected as last year's head was so good. I had two shots which carried 220 yards and had a ball speed of 132.5mph which showed that there were glimpses of fantastic stuff, but I just didn't see enough of it during testing.
Cobra Aerojet Driver Verdict
The dispersion was excellent and in terms of a comparison it was up there with the likes of Ping which is always my benchmark. It will be interesting to see if standing still in distance is enough to keep it at the top for 2023, or whether other manufactures may pass Cobra this year.
Whilst it's not a huge step up on the previous model, it's still a better looking head and colour scheme in my opinion, and the stability it provides may be just what you are looking for in a driver.
Who Should Use It?
A club to suit swing speeds from 90 mph to 105 mph, it is aimed at a player who cares equally about distance and accuracy. This will suit a vast amount of players as it is the standard head offering from Cobra.
Would I Use It?
Yes I would use it, I would like a touch more spin to hold the ball in the air for longer but that is being really picky. I am sure a custom fit would sort that issue out. I saw enough there from the few 220 yard carry numbers to know I could game this.
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