Sophie found the Cobra LTDx Driver to perform extremely well in her testing earlier on this year - would I feel the same about the fairway wood?
As is quite common for a lot of manufacturers now, the Cobra LTDx fairway wood line-up for 2022 has three offerings: the Cobra LTDx LS (low-spin), Cobra LTDx (standard version with a traditional head) and the Cobra LTDx Max which is the most forgiving draw-biased model.
I tested the standard Cobra LTDx model on the FlightScope Mevo+ Launch Monitor using Titleist ProV1x golf balls as well as on the course at Bingley St Ives Golf Club, hitting from various lies as well as regularly off the tee.
As you'd expect, the fairway woods share many of the same technology designs as the LTDx driver family.
The main points for consideration are as follows:
PWR-COR Technology means that a substantial amount of weight is positioned low and forward in the head for faster ball speed with reduced spin rates.
A new H.O.T Face design is a said to deliver more ball speed through machine learning - like the engineering ideas behind Callaway's Flash Face. Cobra have used data from thousands of impact simulations and created multiple zones with different thicknesses to increase ball speed across a larger area of the face.
The lighter carbon crown then allows more weight to be repositioned low and forward in the PWR-COR to maximize speed and stability.
Cobra LTDx Fairway Wood Review
From the off, I thought the LTDx fairway looked great: it's modern, sleek, but powerful looking at the same time. It gave me a good feeling about it as soon as I addressed it - I felt confident without it looking too big behind the ball.
It features a compact head size with a slightly, drawn-out, triangular head shape and a contemporary matte finish. The previous Cobra Radspeed fairway woods featured a gloss finish and I have to say I'm a fan of the change, glare on a fairway is not something I welcome.
The sole design of the club isn't too much to write home about in my opinion - Cobra can over complicate things with designs and colours, but again on top where it matters it's fairly neat and tidy. A small Cobra logo features as an alignment aid and two slightly raised diagonal lines on the top of the crown frame the ball nicely.
In the feel department, again I found the LTDx excelled. At impact it felt thick and fast and gave plenty of feedback regarding where I had struck the ball on the face. I knew exactly where I was with this fairway wood, which luckily for me was straight down the middle of the fairway on most occasions.
The sound offered a good balance and plenty of satisfaction when caught out of the screws. It wasn't too high pitched and loud like you may expect from a Ping fairway but wasn't low pitched either, like you expect from the likes of TaylorMade. It sounded and felt a little like the Callaway Rogue ST LS Fairway I reviewed earlier in the year, which is never a bad thing...
The data from my testing showed that the Cobra LTDx packed plenty of punch too.
I regularly achieved some carry numbers of 240 yards which is a brilliant number for me with a fairway wood. As I'm far from the most consistent fairway wood player, there was also some mishits in my testing but my average of 237 yards is good. It must be said that I was testing in very hot weather so the conditions were certainly in my favour.
I was also impressed by the spin numbers with the LTDx, hitting off the ground the spin averages 3462 rpm, which for a 15 degree 3 wood is right where I'd expect it to be.
On the golf course I really enjoyed hitting this club off a tee, again I just had a lot of confidence with it. On a very windy day for testing, the LTDx offered me some good long game control in terms of peak height and spin off the tee which is something I can struggle with.
Because I generate a lot of spin at impact, I tend to lean towards the LS version of a driver or fairway wood family but then lose out on the forgiveness my game also demands. With the LTDx I didn't seem to lose out in either areas and most importantly I still got the forgiveness needed.
There were a couple of occasions in particular off the tee where I hit poor strikes, out of the toe, and the LTDx helped me out producing shots that still found the fairway and left me in good shape.
Off the deck, I found the LTDx easy to launch and generated a good amount of distance with it too. The new premium aftermarket shaft, that I tested the LTDx in: the Project X HZRDUS Smoke iM10 60 also offered me plenty of stability in the playable mid-launch and mid-spin design.
Cobra LTDx Fairway Wood Verdict
The LTDx is a solid fairway wood, a really solid fairway wood in-fact, that will be tough to beat in 2022. In my opinion it looks good, feels good, offered me plenty of forgiveness in my usual bad strikes with a fairway and it packs a serious punch.
Distance-wise, and especially off a tee this thing flew and flew, even with a fairly standard swing. It's one of the longest fairways I have tested this year.
Then comes the value for money that we have come to expect from Cobra - with an RRP of £249 the LTDx is cheaper than the TaylorMade Stealth (£279) and Callaway Rogue ST (£299) and so if you're looking to get custom fitted for a new fairway wood this year, the LTDx has earnt its place on your testing list alongside the big boys.
Who Is It Aimed At?
Being the standard version, I can see this club suiting a wide-array of golfers - it's got plenty of benefits that will help a lot of golfers improve their long game.
Would I Use It?
Yes. The LTDx fairway went straight into my bag after testing. I will have to monitor some of the higher spin rates throughout the summer if I start to pick up some speed on warmer days, but as an overall package and with the added forgiveness I couldn't really say no.
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