Martin Hopley

The Cobra ZL Encore Driver is the replacement for the ZL driver and features the same E9 face technology as the Cobra S3 driver which uses an elliptical face shape to extend the sweet spot a diagonally shaped oval.

This move from low in the heel to high in the toe to follow the more common impact points of the average golfer. The ZL Encore face also has what Cobra call a ‘canted bulge with dual roll’ face which is an imperceptible curve across the face from top to bottom and left to right to give more forgiveness and distance from shots hit above and below the centre of the club face.

The more noticeable change however is the look of the clubs which comes in a black and ‘electric’ (try luminous) yellow or all white finish, both of which look very striking and are ideal for night time golf!

The white Cobra ZL Encore driver in particular with its white shaft and grip looks excellent and will appeal to those looking to make an impact on the course

On the course the ZL Encore driver was great fun and very forgiving to hit right across the face. The adjustable hosel gives 3 very distinct face angles and better players may want to go for the Open setting to have the driver sitting a little more square at address as the neutral setting is more closed than most.

However if you have trouble avoiding the right of the course then the draw bias of the ‘standard’ or closed setting will get you more to the centre of the course. The sound was a little hollow due to the carbon composite construction but was still pretty good for this type of head. Remove the weight at the back and you get a slightly lower flight and a little better sound but you are probably not meant to do that.

Overall this is a very good driver for mid single figure handicaps right up to the 20's provided you can muster up the cash as it is a little on the pricey side, but we think it is worth it for the looks, especially the white one.

Golfalot Rating: 5 stars
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Cobra ZL Encore Driver - Product Details

UK Launch11 November 2011
USA Launch11 November 2011
Handicap Range
Hand AvailabilityLeft, Right
Left Handed Lofts9.5°, 10.5°
Right Handed Lofts8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5°, 11.5°
Shaft TypesSteel
Shaft FlexLight, Regular, Stiff
Manufacturer's WebsiteCobra Website

User Reviews

August 2017

This driver cobra ZL encore is 6 years old now but still puts a lot of the more up to date drivers to shame. In looks and in capabilities Give one a go,you can pick them up on eBay for between £40-£70 and that's for one in decent condition.

April 2016

17 hcp only played once a fortnight due to being the fader 40yds behind my mates. I have just joined a club and now play twice a week and all because I am enjoying golf as never before. I have always had a slice have tried all sorts of drivers but when I bought this one in January and it has changed my game I actually enjoy getting it out of the bag - set to closed face it has straightened my drives out, after years of trying. I am now 9 times out of 10 playing my second shot from the fairway and with the extra distance a straight shot gives you it has enhance my all round game. I cannot praise this club enough having tried all the other brands. I've since purchased cobra irons - I am a convert!

Brad Blair
October 2011

Some striking looks, but performance to match. The ZL Encore feels light in your hands and has a real "pop" at impact. Very solid feeling club. A little too light and springy for me, but if you are looking for a little more distance and fancy showing off to your local fourball with a flashy looking driver, look no further.

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