Pros: The standard Bi0 Cell hybrid is hot, high-launching and quite versatile. MyFly8 adjustability allows you to dial in your preferred trajectory and ensure you have all yardage gaps covered. Driver-like face construction and strategically located Bio Cells promote a high launch and big time distance.
Cons: Unlike the Bio Cell driver and fairway, the hybrid is only offered in one model and has limited stock shaft offerings.
Takeaway: The Bio Cell hybrid is a kindred spirit to the Bio Cell fairway, and it rounds out Cobra’s metal wood offerings for the year quite nicely. The overall performance is quite good, but better players would probably like to see a lower-spinning Bio Cell+ model and more shaft offerings.
If you got along well with the Bio Cell driver or fairway woods, you’re going to love the hybrid as it’s effectively the hybrid version of the Bio Cell fairway wood. Same technology. Same color scheme and same rough-demolishing, round-saving performance.
Hybrids continue to exist in the netherworld; not quite a wood and not quite an iron. As such, players continue to examine the tradeoffs between the increased distance and forgiveness of a true fairway wood and the playability of a hybrid. For 2014, Cobra is offering three loft/club designations:
- Bio Cell 2-3 Hybrid: Adjustable from 16-to-19 degrees. Draw settings are available at 16.5, 17.5 and 18.5 degrees. Stock length is 41 inches and the swingweight is D2.
- Bio Cell 3-4 Hybrid: Adjustable from 19-to-22 degrees. Draw settings are available at 19.5, 20.5 and 21.5 degrees. Stock length is 40.25 inches and swingweight is D2.
- Bio Cell 4-5 Hybrid: Adjustable from 22-to-25 degrees. Draw settings are available at 22.5, 23.5 and 24.5 degrees. Stock length is 39.5 inches and swingweight is D2.
Each club is equipped with MyFly8 hosel adjustability that offers eight different settings to allow the player to dial in preferred trajectory and shot shape. The SmartPad feature supports the club at address and permits the head to sit square regardless of selected MyFly8 setting.
The stock Cobra BiO Cell shaft weighs in at 63 grams in stiff flex and the E9 forged face and BiO Cell construction redistributes weight lower and further from the face to promote high launch, increased forgiveness and top-notch ball speed.
Each head is available in one of five unique colors: Blue, Black, Silver, Orange and Red.
Other than the difference in shafts, the performance of the hybrids is eerily similar to the BiO Cell fairway woods. The vast majority of the features and technology are the same, so one would likely expect similar performance. The good news is the performance is exactly that. The better news is the fairway wood absolutely rocked. It’s a little like being introduced to Yvonne Strahovski’s nearly identical sister. There are no losers here.
The E9 face and strategically positioned Bio Cells combine to create a fast face that launches high bombs from the tee, fairway and rough. Like it’s fairway counterpart, this club was absolutely awesome from varied lies.
Given how good the fairway models are, I really didn’t see any performance benefits over a similarly lofted fairway wood, but I could easily see Cobra selling a ton of the 3-4 and 4-5 hybrids as long iron replacements. I hit the 2-3 hybrid right next to the Bio Cell and Bio Cell+ 5 wood at the same MyFly8 setting and the hybrid was about a half club shorter, which one would expect given the difference in club length.
With the stock shaft, I spun the ball a bit too much and hit the ball quite a bit higher than I would have liked, but this was entirely a shaft issue, not a head issue. I think with a heavier shaft, this club would really come alive, but then again, I’m sure the stock shaft will fit a lot of players as well.
In using the MyFly8 hosel system, the different in ball flight was noticeable and significant, especially when altering trajectory by 2 degrees or more or when using any of the “draw” settings. As opposed to the fairway wood, I thought the hybrid set up pretty neutral regardless of MyFly8 setting. If anything, my miss with hybrid is a nasty hook that moves left quicker than political debate in Berkeley, and seeing a neutral face at address is a good thing in my book.
Even given the too light shaft, I was able to change trajectory and ball flight with moderate effort. This definitely isn’t a club that only wants to go high and straight, but if you’re looking for a long-iron alternative that you shape with ease, there are better options out there.
Looks and Feel
The Bio Cell hybrid is more wood than it is iron, and its more round profile confirms this. It’s almost like you’re looking at the low calorie version of the fairway wood. Color notwithstanding, the look at address is clean and it took me a while to actually notice the honeycomb “cells” on the rear of the head. At address, they are nearly undetectable. The juxtaposition of bright color and charcoal face really provides a nice contrast and frames the ball quite well.
It offers the same solid monochromatic color profile, which is consistent with the rest of the 2014 line.
At address, the Bio Cell hybrid has a moderate footprint that isn’t too bulky and won’t be confused with a super game-improvement iron either. Regarding the “S” alignment aid on the crown, I could take it or leave it, but really, other than at address, when do you look at the top of the club?
The feel of the club is substantial and pure. It’s difficult to quantify, but the club-ball impact was more of a “thwack” and less of a “twang.” Well struck shots resulted in that awesome effortless feel of nothingness. Slight mishits didn’t feel awful, but were much less satisfying.
The headcover certainly leaves something to be desired and if there is a performance benefit to the holes, other than leaving ample room for clubs to get scratched or dinged by alignment poles or other clubs, I’m still yet to find it.
It kind of feels like Cobra took the Bio Cell Fairway, reduced the copy size to 80 percent and hit play. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as the Bio Cell fairway wood is stupendous, but the lack of available stock shafts is a bit of a downer.
That said, players looking for long-iron replacements and desiring a wood-like hybrid are going to love the performance and versatility of this club. Like the rest of the line, the hybrid has found a way to exist without much buzz and there really isn’t a good reason for it.