As with most driver ranges these days, Cobra have released three different Aerojet heads to kick off 2023, with each aiming to provide optimal performance for a certain type of golfer.
The standard Aerojet is the most versatile with a balance of speed and forgiveness, the Aerojet LS is all about low spin and low launch, whilst the Aerojet Max, the driver I will be focussing on in this review, is the most stable with more draw-bias.
Cobra's Aerojet range is based around aerodynamics which are designed to get you swinging the club faster, generating more speed and hitting the ball further.
The Max model has a lower skirt height than the other drivers and a shape which is similar to the Xtreme models seen in previous Cobra drivers. More streamlined edges also help to deliver faster clubhead speeds despite having a more forgiving shape.
There's an all-new suspended Pwr-bridge weight design, and Cobra have apparently taken inspiration from Leonardo Da Vinci's famous bridge design from 1502 in creating this...
It is designed to give the face and sole more flexibility, whilst also pushing the CG lower and more forward in the head for faster ball speeds.
A forged Pwrshell insert maximises flexibility in the face to also promote more ball speed whilst providing the higher launch. This works in tandem with a H.O.T Face design which uses artificial intelligence to create a variable thickness pattern to help with ball speed and spin rates on strikes right across the face.
A carbon fibre crown and sole create a lighter and stronger chassis while encouraging golfers to be able to swing the club faster, and there are two adjustable weights in the back and the heel to help with either a neutral or more draw-biased ball flight.
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Cobra Aerojet Max Driver Review
Looks and Feel
I don't always love 'Max' or draw-biased heads because I worry a little that they sit too closed at address, which means I think I'm either going to miss it way left or try to compensate during the swing and end up blocking it right.
The Aerojet Max has a hint of this but I was pleased to see it's still a relatively neutral look down by the ball. It's the largest and flattest footprint of the three Aerojet heads, and it's the one that is most likely to inspire confidence as it is pretty friendly looking.
The black crown with the multi material finish reminded me of a mix between a TaylorMade M6 and a more refined version of Cobra's own King F8 Driver from a few years back.
It's a good looking head at address, and while I would personally prefer the crown to have just one design I doubt you will find many golfers who don't like it.
This driver initially came in 10.5 so I adjusted it down to my usual 9 degrees which actually produces a little more fade bias as it opens the face, meaning that my miss with this club tended to the right rather than to the left as you may expect from a draw-biased club.
I moved it back up to 10.5 to see whether it did affect the ball flight and I did see my shots start to favour the left side a little more. There are also interchangeable weighs on the sole, and moving the heavier weight to the heel of the head from the back can also add a little more draw-bias should you need it.
On the course the overwhelming feeling I got from the driver was that it was easy to use and launch. It was not particularly hot off the face but had a pretty solid feel and flight, with a nice steady sound too.
The head did sound more carbon-like than a traditional driver and this probably added to that solid, stable feel. Whilst I would say that this driver was inclined to move more right-to-left thanks to the weighting and natural draw bias I did manage to hit a few fairways with it, and found it to be forgiving on mis-hits too.
Cobra say that their new technologies can even help you to pick up 2.4 more yards than the LTDx Max (neutral) with 8 yards more draw bias (if in heel weight setting).
I wanted to test whether the new head shapes and carbon crown/sole correlated to more clubhead speed so I tested it against my current Callaway Epic Speed driver.
Obviously just one testing session makes it hard to prove that the new aerodynamic technologies are going to consistently improve your clubhead speeds although I didn't really see much of a difference from the Aerojet and my usual numbers.
In terms of distance, I found that the Max head shape didn't quite consistently produce the same ball speeds as my own Epic Speed Driver would on average, though I did have a few decent results which crept up towards the 250 yard carry mark.
I am quite a low-spin player and so an average spin rate of under 2300rpm isn't unusual for me, even in a standard head, but I was impressed with the consistency of this spin rate even on varied strikes across the face.
Cobra Aerojet Max Driver Verdict
Is Cobra the best brand when it comes to catering for the 'average golfer'? The likes of TaylorMade and Titleist like to tell us how much Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas love their equipment, but in reality that is a little irrelevant for 99.9% of us.
Cobra have Rickie Fowler, Bryson DeChambeau and Lexi Thompson in their lineup, but the fact that they have placed themselves at a reasonable price point and looked to provide distance and forgiveness suggests that they still have the everyday player's best interests at heart.
The Aerojet Max was a solid performing club that didn't blow me away but was easy to hit, felt good when you struck it and had a smart look that I'm sure will be popular with most golfers.
It's not a huge step up from last year's LTDx in terms of performance but if you're looking to upgrade your driver after using the same model for a few years then it could be worth a try.
Who Is It Aimed At?
This could be a perfect option for a golfer that does struggle with a slice, and wants something that looks friendly down by the ball and is forgiving and easy to launch.
Would I Use It?
I enjoyed using the driver but I don't think I'll get my optimal performance by using it.
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