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Cobra Fly-Z XL Drivers, Fairway Woods, Hybrids and Irons

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There’s game-improvement clubs, and then there’s the next step — clubs that get the job done by any means necessary. Cobra’s Fly-Z XL drivers, fairway woods, hybrids and irons are the latter. They’re designed for high-handicap golfers with slow swing speeds who need as much forgiveness and distance as they can get, as well as help getting rid of their slice.

The Fly-Z XL’s predecessor, Cobra’s Baffler XL line of clubs, were designed for the same level of golfer, but Cobra’s engineers sought to improve distance and forgiveness. By moving their center of gravity (CG) lower and more rearward in the club head and implementing a Speed Channel around the face, the Fly-Z XL line fits the bill and looks better, too.

Cobra Fly-Z XL Driver ($279)

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Cobra’s Fly-Z XL is a super game-improvement driver that has a larger profile and the highest MOI of any driver in the Fly-Z family. It has offset, which can help golfers ease their slice, as well as a Speed Channel, which reduces weight from the face and allows it to be moved lower and deeper in the head. The Speed Channel also helps maintain ball speed on mishits, as it maximizes spring-like effect across a wider area of the clubface.

The fixed-hosel driver is available in lofts of 9.5, 10.5 and 11.5 degrees for right-handed golfers, and 10.5 and 11.5 degrees for left-handed golfers with a 45.75-inch shaft. The Fly-Z XL will hit stores on Nov. 14.

Cobra Fly-Z XL Fairway Woods ($199)

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Cobra’s Fly-Z XL fairway woods sit slightly closed at address and have a low profile and Back Zone weighting to help golfers launch the ball higher. The Fly-Z XL also has an offset hosel to help slicers slice less, and like the rest of the line, a Speed Channel around the face to boost ball speeds for extra distance.

The fixed-hosel fairway woods come in three different lofts: 3 wood (16 degrees) with a 43-inch shaft (S, R and Lite-Flex), 5 wood (20 degrees) with a 42.5-inch shaft (S, R and Lite-Flex) and 7 Wood (23 degrees) with a 42-inch shaft (S, R and Lite-Flex). The Fly-Z XL woods will be available for retail on Nov. 14.

Cobra Fly-Z XL Hybrids ($169)

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The XL hybrids, much like the XL fairway woods, have Back Zone weighting for a higher launch with forgiveness and a low profile to help get the ball in the air. There’s also a Speed Channel and a thinner, lighter face for consistently high ball speeds off the club and offset to help square the face at impact, which helps reduce the pesky slice.

The fixed-hosel heads are available in 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 hybrid models and will be available on Nov. 14.  2014.

Cobra Fly-Z XL Irons ($599)

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Cobra’s Fly-Z XL irons are made to help golfers get the ball airborne. The irons utilize a hollow construction in the longer irons (4-8), and a cavity-back construction in shorter irons and wedges (9, PW, GW) with a heavy sole plate that moves weight low and rearward.

The irons have Cobra’s thinnest faces to help golfers create more ball speed and thus more distance. To improve feel, the Fly-Z XL irons have a sound-dampening TPU/aluminum badge to counteract the high frequencies that thin-faced irons create at impact.

Cobra also added progressive offset into the irons, which means that they have more offset in the longer iron and less in the shorter irons. That helps golfers square the face for a straighter ball flight. A cambered sole will improve turf interaction for those with steeper swings while adding forgiveness, and a thinner top line than the Baffler XL give them a slightly sleeker, more appealing profile.

Golfers can purchase the Fly-Z XL irons in 4-PW, GW for $499 (steel), and a combo set with three hybrids and five irons is also available for $599 (steel).

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He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

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  1. GameDayDog

    Nov 26, 2014 at 5:33 am

    Worst reason ever to buy clubs… but I’m a Dallas Cowboys fan & love the color scheme of these clubs.

  2. Martin

    Nov 14, 2014 at 6:34 am

    The irons look better than the Biocells or Bafflers.

    The fixed hosel thing makes sense for 90%+ of all golfers who should just find a stick they can hit and keep it, I’ve never adjusted my most recent one from 10.5 neutral.

    • TR1PTIK

      Nov 19, 2014 at 9:57 am

      I don’t think adjustable hosels were ever meant to be something for the player to play around with anyway – even though they’ve been marketed that way. It’s a fitting tool. Problem is that a lot of golfers don’t get fit for their clubs and it won’t make a difference for them anyway, and if they do make adjustments they are more likely to make things worse than better. If you’re going to buy a club straight off the rack, you might as well get one with a fixed hosel and save a few bucks. If you’re serious about your game, go get fit by a reputable pro and they can help you determine what you need. To summarize, I agree. Lol.

  3. jim

    Nov 11, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    not a fan of the offset but these look more like the classic cobras

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Wunder: I’ve hit THESE new drivers this year…and this is what I think

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During this lockdown, I have done quite a few “Friday Q & A’s” on my IG, and one of the questions I get asked constantly is “have you hit this?” That, and “whaddya think?”

So, in the spirit of organizing my brain, it seemed like the right time to share what new drivers I have actually hit this year…and this is what I think.

Now, it needs to be said that there is a lot of new gear out there, but, to be honest, I’ve only actually hit a select few enough to actually build an opinion. “Enough” in this case is at least 20 balls. Some of these sticks I tested during our pre-launch preview with the OEMs, at the PGA show, a friend has one, or I actually have it in the bag.

Here we go.

TaylorMade SIM

Setup tested: SIM 9 @8.25 w/ Mitsubishi Chemical Kuro Kage XTS 70TX

LOOKS: The best way to describe how SIM looks behind the ball is “comfortable.” TaylorMade has always made drivers that just look correct. The lines are clean, the shape inspires playability, and I dig the paint job. They hit a home run with this one for sure.

FEEL: Best sound out there in my opinion. Heavy, dense, and if you get one dead-nuts center, it lets you know. The feel at contact is just as TaylorMade drivers have always done, center strikes feel like Thor’s hammer and mishits don’t kill your good vibes.

VS THE M5: I get asked this a lot. I loved the M5. Still do. To be honest the two drivers data wise were legit apples to apples. The only difference is my stock shot with M5 was a low spin straight ball and with SIM its a slight draw with a touch more spin and slightly lower launch. I prefer that.

OVERALL: In my opinion, the TaylorMade SIM is the cool kid in high school for 2020. Last year it was F9 followed closely by M5. TM knocked it outta the park on this one.

TaylorMade SIM Max

Setup tested: Sim Max 9 @8.25 w/ Mitsubishi Chemical Kuro Kage XTS 70TX

LOOKS: It has a bit more of a longer face at address, which makes the head appear shallow which inspires a bit more confidence to turn it over. That’s the main thing I noticed with MAX. Other than that its a tried and true TM shape.

FEEL: Like its sibling, it has a nice solid hit audibly at the impact. So, overall its apples to apples with SIM. However, due to the front weight missing on the MAX, the actual strike doesn’t feel AS meaty as SIM. Not a negative necessarily just something I noticed.

VS M6: Both of these sticks I launched a bit too high versus the weighted versions. That’s why they never got any serious consideration to actually put in play.

OVERALL: As a high launch, more forgiving option, it’s an ace.

Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero

Setup tested: Sub Zero 9 w/ Mitsubishi Chemical Tensei Blue AV 65TX

LOOKS: To my eyes, the newer versions of the Callaway drivers have looked a bit more compact than its competition. To me, this always looked “low spin” for whatever reason. The Mavrik has the same shape which is good.

FEEL: They really fixed the sound. The Epic Flash sounded like a pop can to me, and the Mavrik Sub Zero sounds like a sledgehammer. The good thing here is the sound now matches up with what the hit feels like. I think the Mavrik is the best feeling driver Callaway has made since Epic.

VS EPIC FLASH SZ: To me, a complete improvement on all fronts. Sound, feel, and performance for me were all substantially better. Now I must say that the Epic Flash Sub Zero was a great driver, I always got great numbers out of it, but the sound took me out of it. I’m sure there isn’t that much difference audibly between the two, but in this game, even something minor can represent so much. Sound to me is huge.

OVERALL: In all honestly, I haven’t given a Callaway driver a real hard look to actually put in the bag since Epic. The sound got louder wit Rogue and Epic Flash. The Mavrik SZ  however is a fantastic driver and will def get some more testing out of me.

Cobra SpeedZone

Setup tested: Cobra Speed Zone 9 @8.5 w/ Fujikura Ventus Black 7X

LOOKS: The F9 was a winner on all fronts. The only critique I had was optically it looked like the driver was a little too fade biased. The SZ with its milled in top line gives it softer look at address and for me, softer lines mean more workability, just what my eyes tell me.

FEEL: As with F9 and the earlier mentioned SIM, the Speed Zone sounds EXACTLY how a driver should sound. It has a very heavy hit audibly and that’s across the face. I love the sound of this driver.

VS F9: Apples to apples, it’s the same. Beyond the optics, it feels, sounds, and performs like the F9. Not a bad thing though, the F9 was the driver of 2019 in my opinion.

OVERALL: Nothing wrong with repeating an already awesome driver. SpeedZone will stand up to anything out there. If I’m being fair, I think F9 elevated things in 2019, and this year the competition caught up to it. Changes nothing about how good this driver is.

Cobra Speed Zone Xtreme

Setup tested: Cobra Speed Zone Xtreme 9 @8.5 w/ Fujikura Ventus Black 7X

LOOKS: Like the other drivers in this higher MOI category, it looks a little longer heel to toe.

FEEL: No different than the SpeedZone, sounds great, the impact is solid across the face, and even thin shots feel solid.

OVERALL: The Xtreme is the sleeper hit of 2020 and I’ve heard the fitters love this thing. It’s by far the easiest to hit and overall good time of any driver on this list. Is it longer? No. But is it Xtremely (no pun) playable and competitive? Hard yes. It’s a blast.

PXG Proto

Setup tested: PXG Proto 9 w/ Graphite Design Tour AD IZ 6 TX

LOOKS: Slick. Like all PXG gear, the look is there. The matte crown and elegant lines make it very pleasing optically. I also appreciate that although it’s designed to look high tech. The lines inspire playability, and who doesn’t love a driver that looks like a stealth bomber?

FEEL: I only hit about 20 balls with the PXG Proto in the short time I had with it, but, wow, did this thing surprise me. The sound oddly enough is a bit higher-pitched than the others on the list but for whatever reason, it’s not a distraction. It actually adds to the experience of the hit. I typically detest that, but this sound matched up with the solid hit I was getting. I’m not sure if this is the final version since its a limited tour proto but what is happening is definitely interesting.

VS GEN2: It’s just better. Feels better, sounds great, more playable across the face. The Gen2 did one thing better than everyone else, it destroyed spin. The problem I had was control. The PXG Proto is still low spin but with the new 4 weight system (no intel on the tech yet) seems to add quality launch to the low spin profile and puts the player in a situation where very few to any sacrifices are made.

OVERALL: I was a fan of Gen2. No doubt. But it never flat out beat M5, F9, or SIM. The Proto has elevated PXG’s driver game. I don’t think its a matter of whether or not the driver stands up with the irons, I believe PXG is on the right track to having a driver that eliminates any “yeah, but…” to the conversation. That’s a huge leap since Gen1. These guys are trending hard.

I hope this was helpful.

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What GolfWRXers are saying about the final version of Bryson DeChambeau’s LA Golf ‘Texas Rebar’ wedge shafts

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In our forums, our members have been discussing the final version of Bryson DeChambeau’s LA Golf ‘Texas Rebar’ wedge shafts. The look of the ultra-stiff shafts, which originated from Bryson wanting a “graphite shaft that was stiffer than the Dynamic Gold X7″, has impressed our members who have been praising the final version and sharing their thoughts on the concept.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • QuigleyDU: “Awesome.”
  • My2dogs: “Really coming out with some great new stuff.”
  • HateTheHighDraw: “MMT 125TX are absolute fire, but these must be much stiffer.”
  • Robkingasu: “Sweet!”

Entire Thread: “Bryson DeChambeau’s LA Golf ‘Texas Rebar’ wedge shafts”

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Should I move to heavier iron shafts? – GolfWRXers have their say

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In our forums, our members have been discussing the strategy of moving to heavier shafts in irons. WRXer ‘Z1ggy16’ has been making swing changes lately, and the transition has been most challenging for his iron play. ‘Ziggy16’ says:

“Been making some swing changes lately, most notably working to really shallow my club into the downswing. I’m finding that I’m doing this well with my heavy wedge shafts and driver, but I’m struggling a bit in my irons. My strike pattern with my wedges is pretty good, but the irons are a bit all over. Driver is 80g raw, wedges are 132g raw, irons 120g raw. I don’t think I want to go any stiffer, but is there a chance I’ve “outgrown” this weight and need to move to something a bit heavier to help keep these feels going through my set? No idea what swing speed is at this point, but my 7i is normally a smooth/comfortable 175-180 for me.

I really like the feel of my Accra Tour Z Xtreme 475 and my S400’s in the GW-LW. I’m kind of leaning maybe soft stepping modus 120TX or X100’s.. Heck maybe even S200 straight in? Normally I’d just get a fitting, but with Rona still going around, I’m not than keen on it. 2020 is the year of the self fit for me. FWIW, I used modus 120TX 2xSS in my GW & SW last year and that was pretty good feeling. Perhaps a touch too soft… they seemed to really whip/bend hard when hitting from the rough on full swings.”

Our members discuss whether they feel a switch to heavier shafts in the irons will have the desired impact.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • Pepperturbo: “You’re not alone. Regardless of age, some of us swing better with heavier shafts. I went from 70g driver and 85g 3wd graphite shafts to 58g Ventus shaft in driver and 70g Ventus shaft in 4wd. In irons went from 130g X to 120g 6.0 PX steel shafts which lasted about fifteen years. Then last year made another downward weight change to Steelfiber (steel & graphite) 110g Stiff shafts, lightest I have ever played. Keep in mind as you transition, changing shaft weight is not the only answer. Increasing swing weight can make up for shaft weight. Though I really like them in 6-3i, not thrilled in SW-7i, so just ordered heavier Steelfiber i125g shafts for my PW-7i blades.”
  • Jeff58: “As someone who has gone through and continues to work on what sounds like a similar situation, your ideal iron shafts will likely change. Where they change to isn’t possible to predict with any degree of accuracy. Don’t change your current irons without knowing. It’s frustrating, expensive, and you won’t have any clubs while they’re being changed out. Instead, get a single club from dealsandsteals or similar and experiment with that. Also, the only relevant experience is outdoors under your actual turf conditions. Indoor and mat use can be grossly different.”
  • Red4282: “Just depends on your tempo and load and preferences tbh. My numbers are about identical to yours; I play 77g in the driver and 125 in the irons. I don’t think I could go lighter than 125.”
  • gvogel: “I have a set of hickory clubs. Of course, hickory shafts are darn heavy, maybe 150 grams or so. I probably hit straighter shots with the irons, and particularly hit better shots with the niblick (wedge). Driver and fairway woods, not so much. That might be a stupid insertion into an intelligent thread, but heavier goes straighter, lighter goes longer. You can go heavier, and it helps in transition, but don’t go too stiff.”

Entire Thread: “Should I switch to heavier iron shafts?”

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