The Cobra Max irons offer mid to high handicappers a cost-effective entrance to the land of forgiving golf clubs.
Compared to the current Cobra King F6 irons, they have a thicker top line and a deeper cavity back.
Aside from that and the change in paint job to blue flashes, there is not much external difference to the clubs. The Cobra TecFlo theory is once again to the fore with the multiple head constructions throughout the set. With the King F6 you had four different styles, but in the Cobra Max you get three and the main one is the Half Hollow design that goes from 4 to 8 iron.
This is a closed cavity back that pushes weight low towards the rear of the head to move the CG down and back to increase forgiveness and spin to deliver a higher flight.
The Speed Channel that is on the sole of the King F6 is now across the back of the cavity and is there to allow the face to flex a little bit more and help increase the ball speed.
The back of the head features a more prominent heel/toe weighted design than the King F6 and that is there to help increase the forgiveness by increasing the MOI.
The sound and feel from these irons was solid with a nice high flight so if you have a mid to low swing speed or struggle getting the ball airborne then these clubs will be for you.
As you move to the more lofted shorter irons you don't need as much help launching the ball, so the TecFlo design changes in the 8 to PW to an open cavity back.
Whilst the results of the shots fits in well with the rest of the set, the open cavity does give a more hollow sound that is not as appealing as the longer irons.
Finally the 50° GW and 55° SW switch to more blade style design with no cavity. These combine forgiveness with good playability and it would have been nice to see these start higher up the set at the 45° PW.
The wedges do look good with less offset than normal for these types of sets and then the offset increases as you go towards the longer irons to help with the forgiveness as it gives more time for the face to square at impact for all you faders out there.
The rounded sole is fairly generous but playable from most lies and mid to high handicappers will appreciate this in an iron that looks pretty good.
How excited they will be about the Cobra Max set I am not so sure as it feels a bit like an 'F6 light' set with a bit more forgiveness and a higher launch for those you need it.
The Cobra Max iron is a nice shape with a little less pizzaz and one less head design than the King F6, not that I was mad about a set with four head designs, so one less is probably a step in the right direction.
It is only £100 or 20% less than an F6 set so I am a little bit confused with this positioning as it is not too dissimilar to the F6 in performance as both are very forgiving.
The Cobra Max is maybe aiming for a lower price point and to offer more forgiveness than the King F6 for those who are on a budget or mid to slower swingers who need some help geting the ball airborne. If that is you then you will be rewarded with a solid set from a major manufacturer.