Martin Hopley

The Cobra Fly-Z driver features a lot of what has made Cobra drivers successful over the last few years, so the two Fly-Z driver models are really building on a solid base.

Cobra Fly-Z Driver Review

The main change is the addition, at least visually, of the Back CG Zone where a yellow removable sole weight is positioned low and back to increase the forgiveness and the MOI through a deeper Centre of Gravity (CG) location.

Cobra Fly-Z Driver

This is accommodated within a 460cc titanium head that has one of the biggest footprints in the market to get that CG location as far back as possible.

Cobra Fly-Z Driver

The clever use of some shading graphics around the rear of the head helps to mask the size a little and I think it does this well.

Cobra Fly-Z Driver

New to the Fly-Z is the Speed Channel around the outer rim of the face which is there to enable it to flex at impact to generate a little extra ball speed. Combine this with the very forgiving Forged E9 face and you get a driver that feels and performs very well on off-centre hits.

Cobra Fly-Z Driver Face

Aside from the weight and the face, not much else has changed from the previous Cobra Bio Cell driver and the Fly-Z features a lot of tried and tested Cobra technology.

The MyFly8 Loft adjustable hosel still offers the choice of five loft options 9°, 9.5°, 10.5°, 11.5° and 12° and three draw options at 9.5°, 10.5° and 11.5°.

Cobra Fly-Z Driver MyFly8

You can see them through the little window on the hosel which is great because, unlike most other adjustable drivers, you don't have to unscrew the shaft fully in order to see the loft numbers as you rotate the shaft to your chosen loft.

The half loft changes at each end seem a little odd and there because they can be, but they all do the job and manage to keep the face angle square thanks to the Smart Pad on the sole of the club. This is again is a Cobra favourite and I think it is one of the best systems for coping with the change of face angle and lie that comes from adjusting loft.

The Smart Pad is a raised area of the sole that sits a little back from the face and allows the head to pivot so that it always appears square at address and helps the large head almost surround the ball.

Cobra Fly-Z Driver

Compared to the Fly-Z fairways and hybrids, I feel the driver has the best balance of the current range of woods and feels firm, but not too heavy, to swing relative to the wider market.

The familiar Cobra crash sound is still there, which is prominent without being overbearing. The flight was a medium height and adjusting the loft using the MyFly8 hosel did change it a little and it seemed to perform best in the more central loft settings of the range.

For what could be viewed as a 'grip it and rip it' driver, it was good to see a 45.5 inch length Matrix VLCT SP shaft in there, as sometimes manufacturers put a longer shaft in that just makes the club more unwieldy, so full marks to Cobra for resisting that.

Cobra Fly-Z Driver

The Fly-Z driver is a good all round club that will suit any golfer in the teens handicap and upwards who also wants to add a little colour into their game. The performance was right up there with all the other drivers in the market, so it will come down to whether you look the sound and style of the Cobra over other brands.

Cobra Fly-Z+ Driver Review

Whilst the Fly-Z driver maybe for the majority of golfers, those better players or those with higher swing speeds will probably appreciate the Cobra Fly-Z+ model that is designed to put less spin on the ball.

Cobra Fly-Z+ Driver

This has a fractionally smaller 455cc head that is taller and not as deep front to back. That in itself is enough to reduce the spin and give it a lower flight than the standard Fly-Z driver when they are both set in the same loft.

Cobra Fly-Z+ Driver

However the clever part of the Fly-Z+ driver is the 15 gram sole weight in the FlipZone which can be loosened and then flipped and slid to the other end of the central channel on the sole of the club, to move the CG forward and reduce the spin.

Cobra Fly-Z Driver

This produces a much lower flight than the standard version and you really need to have a swing speed in 3 figures to get the benefit from this, as the back setting should reduce the spin enough for most players.

There is still the adjustable MyFly8 hosel and the SmartPad so getting fitted on a launch monitor would be best to get the right combination of weight position and loft that delivers the best performance for you.

Cobra Fly-Z Driver

The Fly-Z+ also features carbon fibre in the sole and crown and this creates a duller sound which is OK in the back setting, but not so great in the forward setting.

Cobra Fly-Z Driver

However the Fly-Z+ does look more composed at address thanks to its more traditional shape and with a wide choice of colours, the Fly-Z+ offers better players the chance to stand out on the course for their style as well as their play.

As you may have spotted, the Fly-Z & Fly-Z+ drivers come in the same choice of 4 head colours and matching grips. They all look pretty good, particularly the white, which together with orange, black and blue make up the UK range.

You may also see green and red heads around too, but they are currently only available in other international markets so if you prefer one of these, better get holiday booked to go and get one.

Cobra Fly-Z Driver

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

UK Launch23 January 2015
UK Launch RRP£249
Handicap Range
GolferMens, Women
Hand AvailabilityLeft, Right
Left Handed Lofts9°, 9.5°, 10.5°, 11.5°, 12°
Right Handed Lofts9°, 9.5°, 10.5°, 11.5°, 12°
Colour OptionsOrange, Blue, White, Black
Head Volume460 cc
Club Length45.5 inches
Swing WeightD3, D4
Shaft NameMatrix VLCT SP
Shaft TypesGraphite
Shaft FlexLight, Regular, Stiff, X Stiff
Shaft Weight60g
GripLamkin REL 360
Manufacturer's WebsiteCobra Website

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User Reviews

May 2018

I was out of Golf for about five years. When I stop playing I had a TaylorMade R-9. When I started back for some reason I bought a Cobra Fly Z, the main reason it was cheaper. Man there is no comparison between the TM R9 and the Cobra. It made golf fun again. I could play golf and not stay in the very high grass. To me really a game changer.

November 2017

Visually at address, it fills you with confidence. Any half decent hit goes where you want it to go. I was never confident with a driver before this club

November 2016

I hit the ball just as well as Greg Norman ever did with my cobra. Long and straight. I cant believe how good I am at driving now. Like Norman I am in awe of myself with this club. A ten out of ten!

August 2016

Bought this driver new and the sweetspot is great. I have switched from a Wilson driver and found it was more forgiving even if you don't connect properly with it. I would certainly recommend this driver. Once you have found the correct position as the lofts can be adjusted just stick with it.

June 2016

Switched over from my Titleist 915 D2 driver to a green Cobra Fly-Z. Most forgiving driver out there. The balance is perfect and i am back to hitting my long baby draws again and I love the green colour.

May 2016

I have compared the Fly-Z Driver side by side with the Taylor Made Burner Driver. I also tested the Fly-Z 3 wood to the TaylorMade V fairway. It was simply no comparison. The Fly-Z consistently went longer, straighter, and more accurate even on miss hits. The Fly-Z is an amazing driver and I highly recommend them. It has made golf fun again.

April 2016

The Fly-Z is a driver that I did not even know until a few days ago. I never liked Cobra products. I always look at the main brands like TaylorMade, Callaway, Titleist and Ping. When I read the reviews about this driver, I quickly got interested with the positive reviews. Often the reviews said that it was almost on a par with the G30 which says a lot for a driver to be even compared to the G30.

I tried it right away at and the results were very nice. The feel of the driver is great compared to all the TaylorMade drivers I have owned. The forgiveness is off the charts. I have gamed a Ping G30 at one point but did not keep it because it was too expensive and I can say this is as easy to hit as the G30.

I did not get 300 yard drives. I usually drive the ball around 230 average but I did get some more than 230 yard drives when I hit the centre flush but what is amazing is the forgiveness. I hit the ball all over the face but this driver does not punish you if you do.

Try it out and it might just make you a Cobra believer, which I now am :D

April 2016

Straight! You want to hit it straight, then this is the driver for you. Straight means more yards too. When I changed the settings, it was noticeable. High lofts hit it higher, low lofts hit it lower, just as it is designed to do. I've had other drivers that didn't show much difference when changing lofts. The draw settings proved to be difficult for me. Draw settings resulted in pulls, not draws, for me. With that said, after testing the Cobra, I bought it for half off regular price. Did I mention it goes straight. I set it at 10.5 regular and it flew high and straight. 11.5 setting was straight and higher without balloon balls. Will be my go to driver for the foreseeable future.

March 2016

Yes, the Cobra Fly-Z driver is very good!!

January 2016

Purchased my Fly Z driver and it's the best driver for me. I hit it straight or slight draw. I like the distance I get once the ball hits the fairway. It has given me 30-40 more yards. Thanks Cobra.

September 2015

Just used my new Cobra Fly Z driver for the first time. Performance is fine but the noise is way over the top, my ears are still ringing. Can the the noise be reduced by using a "soft" ball?

May 2015

Just bought this driver and was delighted with the results. It's roughly the same length off the tee as my Cleveland Classic XL but thanks to a great custom fit, the Cobra is much much more accurate. My carry with Cobra is 278 and dispersion was 7 yards on average with the Cleveland (not custom fitted) 281 carry but dispersion was 29 yards and my misses went both ways where as my Cobra goes straight or maybe a little draw. Delighted with this club for its performance and its looks I have electric boogaloo blue which doesn't look quite as big as the white head but still gives confidence, all in all ten out of ten

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