Cobra suggest that their latest Forged TEC X introduces a brand new category of iron known as the 'players game improvement', which combines distance and forgiveness with a forged look and feel.
If you are in the market for irons that remind you of Callaway Apex, Ping G425, Mizuno JPX921 Hot Metal or Titleist T300s, then this is the review for you.
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The Forged TEC X is packed full of technology, but hidden so well into a forged looking head. It is a slightly larger, more forgiving alternative to the standard Forged TEC and is designed for mid to higher handicappers.
The irons feature a hollow body with a foam insert to dampen the sound and increase feel, as well as a 65 gram tungsten weight in the head (45g more than the standard model) to lower the CG and raise MOI, helping to provide easier launch and more stability.
Finally, a thin forged Pwrshell face increases ball speed, and Arccos shot tracking is available free of charge even though the clubs do not come with the tags already fitted into the grips.
Cobra King Forged TEC X 2022 Irons Review
Looks and Feel
The Forged TEC features a brushed steel head which is similar in design to the Mizuno Pro series.
From afar they could pass as a blade or muscleback iron, but from address they do look a lot fuller thanks to a thick top edge, wide sole and slightly more offset.
The lofts are stronger and this is actually visible down by the ball too, with the 7 iron being 27.5 degrees.
The design on the back of the head is a little more subtle than on previous models, with the Cobra logo behind the face and the 'King' now stamped on the hosel.
In terms of feel, the iron is not clicky but equally not as cushioned as the standard model, I'd say you can feel the hollow head construction more than you can seeit.
Striking the irons was pretty effortless, it felt like they were doing all of the work and I was just swinging nice and smooth.
The ball did tend to launch higher off the face than I expected, especially after seeing how straight the face was at address.
Testing these irons on the Flightscope Mevo+ Launch Monitor, the 7 iron was producing ball speeds of around 100mph with a pretty impressive spin rate of 6436rpm. Just one of the shots from my session dropped into the 5000s.
This is an area where all manufacturers seem to have improved in recent years - spin is your friend and nobody wants those knuckle balls which shoot off the face and go flying through the back of the greens.
My longest carry was 140 yards and my shortest 130 yards, with the irons also favouring a draw-biased ball flight.
The launch angle was 17° and the peak height got up to 69 feet, with an average of 63 feet across the session.
This combination of high flight and high spin did surprise me considering how strong the lofts are. They are quick off the face but the launch and ball flight is still high enough that you should be able to hold the green which is a big bonus.
Cobra King Forged TEC X 2022 Irons Verdict
Over the last few weeks I haven't been able to play as much golf as I would like and so I felt like these irons were exactly what I needed.
The strike felt incredibly stable thanks to the added weighting and the thicker sole, whilst the dispersion from left to right was tight too. I was producing ball speeds of more than 100mph with a 7 iron without even trying.
These irons were high launching, easy to hit, good looking, sounded good, and the feel wasn't too bad either. Certainly what was lost in feel was made up for in looks and performance.
A set of seven irons will cost £999 which makes it £15 cheaper per club than P790, once again proving that Cobra give golfers excellent value for the performance and looks of their irons.
Who Are They Aimed At?
If you are relatively new to the game then these could be perfect for your first real set of irons if you are lacking with distance and struggle with hitting your irons consistently.
Would I Use Them?
I think the standard Forged TEC irons are more suited to me as they are a little thinner and easier to shape.
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