Some say that size matters and when it comes to forgiveness in irons then that is usually the case. Cobra certainly thinks so as the King Oversize irons feature the largest face they have put on an iron.
They call this a PWRShell face and it is thinner and stronger than before and uses a wrap around design on the leading edge to move the join line onto the sole to enable the face to flex more at impact.
This combines with the bigger 'SweetZone' sweet spot to maximise the ball speed and create as much forgiveness as possible.
I do like the return of the circular alignment pattern on the face, which is just the right size to frame the ball and draws your eye almost hypnotically to aligning it with the centre of the club. This appeared on the original Cobra Oversize irons in 1994 and shows that good ideas always stand the test of time.
Put the King Oversize down at address and forgiveness is what you see as the chunky top line looks like a version of the Cobra King F7 iron that has taken a deep breath.
The generous top line and long hollow head give the feeling of a set of utility irons, but with less offset than I was expecting, which helps the general look.
The inside of the head is completely hollow to enable weight to be moved to the perimeter to give you that forgiveness. Cobra use high density tungsten in the toe to move the CG more to the centre of the club and also to increase the MOI so the head does not twist as much on off centre hits.
The design does do the job very well, although the hollow sound starts to imitate a small wood in the longer irons, but that's to be expected.
The soles are quite generous but still very playable, especially in the short irons where the progressively smaller sole and more compact shape come together well.
The face features CNC Milled V-Shaped grooves on the 4 to 6 irons and U-shaped grooves on the 7 to PW in order to provide the right amount of spin for the loft.
As you go down through the set the offset reduces progressively and by the time you get to the GW it looks more single figure player than mid-handicapper.
A lot of larger headed forgiveness sets can get a little boxy in the wedges, but the King Oversize manage to retain some perspective and this is one of the best looking and playing wedges in this category.
Overall this is a very competent set from Cobra and with a reasonable price and lots of forgiveness it will be worth considering for mid to higher handicaps who need help with forgiveness or getting a higher launch if they have a mid to low swing speed.