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Cobra King Forged CB/MB Combo and King Forged TEC Irons

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In addition to its King LTD drivers and fairway woods, Cobra will launch two sets of irons — the King CB/MB Forged Combo and King Forged TEC — that will also be in stores on Nov. 13.

The King Forged CB/MB Combo irons target better players in search of maximum distance control and versatility, while the King Forged TEC irons are suited for golfers interested in a forged set of irons that can deliver more distance and forgiveness.

Learn more about each of the iron sets below, and see what GolfWRX Members are saying about Cobra’s King line here. 

King Forged CB/MB Combo

  • The King Forged CB/MB Combo irons ($1,099) will be sold in the following stock configuration: CB (3-6), MB (7-GW). They are made using 1025 carbon steel and a 5-step forging process. The faces and grooves of the irons are CNC milled.
  • Both the CB and MB models have tungsten weight plugs in the toe section of the clubs that move the center of gravity (CG) closer to the center of the club face, and also give the irons slightly more forgiveness or moment of inertia (MOI), a measure of ball speed retention on mishits.
  • The “Diamonized” Black Finish of the irons is more durable than PVD finishes according to Cobra, and offers a non-glare look.
  • Rickie Fowler is expected to play a full set of the King Forged MB irons with the Diamonized Black Finish. Full sets of King Forged MB irons and King Forged CB irons can be ordered through Cobra’s custom department.
  • The King Forged CB/MB Combo irons come stock with KBS’ C-Taper shafts (R, S and X flexes). Stock grip is Lamkin’s UTX.

King Forged TEC Irons

  • The “TEC” in Cobra’s King Forged TEC irons stands for Technology Enhanced Cavity. The iron heads use five different materials to offer golfers distance and forgiveness that wouldn’t be possible in a one-piece construction.

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  • The most important material for performance is the irons’ J15 Forged Stainless Steel club faces, which add forgiveness and ball speed to the design. Tungsten weights in the sole push the center of gravity (CG) of the irons lower and deeper in the club head for improved launch conditions and forgiveness. A carbon fiber badging and TPU inserts are used in the cavities of the irons to improve their mass and feel properties.
  • The King Forged TEC irons ($1099) come stock with KBS’ C-Taper Lite steel shafts (R, S, X flexes) and UST Mamiya’s Recoil 95 graphite shafts (F3, F4 and F5 flexes). Stock grip is Lamkin’s UTX.
  • The bodies of the irons are forged from 1025 carbon steel.

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See what GolfWRX Members are saying about Cobra’s King line here. 

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  1. Daniel

    Sep 4, 2016 at 9:53 am

    In the market for new irons.
    Recently spent a few hours testing all of the current “player’s irons”.
    Narrowed it down to:
    – Cobra King Pro MB’s
    – Mizuno MP-4’s
    Would appreciate any thoughts, as I’m stuck between these two beauts! Thanks all.

  2. Paws2big

    Jan 14, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    Went out for a custom fitting looking at the AP1/2, Apex, SPi, Srixon 545’s, and the Cobra TEC’s . Tested multiple shafts and it boiled down to two shafts (KBS C taper lite S and PXi’s 6.0)and two heads the TEC’s and the Apex’s. I wanted the Apex or the AP2’s to work but can’t argue with the data. Cobras were consistently longer and had a tighter dispersion than anything I hit. Apex was 2nd. I pulled the trigger on the TEC’s and couldn’t be happier. Also had them bent 1 degree weak for a little higher flight. A 4 iron will land and stick with the height I am now getting. Point is I would have never thought of Cobras until the fitter put one in my hand. They have a little thicker topline but still are are great looking club. Consider them as an option. Cobra is making good stuff now a days.

  3. I'm Ron Burgundy??

    Oct 13, 2015 at 12:27 am

    They will be good. Everything else I have tried that they make is. I never thought to look at Cobra until I hit the FLY z+ driver and woods. Love them!

  4. Benny

    Aug 25, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    Love ’em. I play MB2’s in raw and oxide finishes but these Forged MB’s in black look so sexy. I might be converting quickly. I was a Cobra fan for many many years in early 2000’s. Puma seems to be getting away from the shiny/bright colors and realizing satin and flat black is and always will be in style. Looking forward too testing these, nice work Cobra and thx WRX!

  5. cody

    Aug 24, 2015 at 8:28 am

    it seems to me that OEM’s are all putting out some good stuff this year. I could easily see myself playing these, the new titleist clubs, bridgestones, and a number of others. All are looking great.

    • Alyssa

      Aug 24, 2015 at 3:31 pm

      Hi Cody,

      I wanted to reach out, because I have a growth engineering consulting company for startups and we are currently helping a new company with a brand new product to help improve your swing. I’m not looking to sell anything, but if you are an avid golfer and have used swing analyzers or tools to improve your swing, I’d love to get your advice on your experience thus far, so we don’t build the wrong thing smile emoticon.

      I’d love to chat for just 15 minutes if you are available. Do you have some time this week?

      Thanks for any help!
      -Alyssa

  6. Track Man

    Aug 20, 2015 at 8:58 pm

    These look like my King Snake oversize irons

  7. Mat

    Aug 20, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    If I wanted some cobras, I’d get those CBs and strip the paint in a heartbeat. Those could look completely badass with some custom paint.

  8. Golfraven

    Aug 20, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    They went bold and slightly over the top with the Cobra and the KING orange writing. Don’t think this was necessary. Otherwise those irons look the part. KBS C-tsper shaft are certainly a plus.

  9. Rob

    Aug 20, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    Those cavity backs look yummy.

  10. JJ

    Aug 20, 2015 at 11:31 am

    I’ll be sticking with my s3 pro MBs

  11. dapadre

    Aug 20, 2015 at 9:33 am

    Been a Cobra convert for years now, because they make really good sticks period. But once again one has to wonder if these golf manufacturers arent shooting themselves in the foot. The Fly Z+ forged (which are great sticks and the TEC seems to be the upgrade, luv it) is not even a year old! Chances are no one will buy them now and will wait for these to be released, leaving retailers with depreciating inventory……………once again.

  12. Teaj

    Aug 20, 2015 at 8:14 am

    the combo set with a little paint remover and a murdered out black iron would loop perdy. if they feel anything like the Pro’s from two years ago or the FlyZ+ this year they will be buttery soft.

    if the Tech is true in the Driver they can take my money now.

  13. Max

    Aug 20, 2015 at 12:29 am

    The MBs look just like the Amp Cell Pro, which are gorgeous! I wonder if black that finish would hold well though…

  14. cp3

    Aug 19, 2015 at 11:00 pm

    Loving the look of this new lineup by Cobra!

    Miles better than those hideous bio-cell irons they released last year.

  15. Scooter McGavin

    Aug 19, 2015 at 9:51 pm

    The MB and CB look nice. The TEC just looks like the Amp Forged…

  16. redneckrooster

    Aug 19, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    Love the TEC irons . I would change the paint fill, tired of orange.

  17. Courtoni20

    Aug 19, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    I am still hitting the Amp Cell Pro Irons, look very similar at address to these and are fantastic! Love the black finish but I assume it will wear out like the wedge line. Cobra is definitely putting out good players clubs but I wish they would slow the cycle down!

  18. nick

    Aug 19, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    No coincidence the line on the club resembles the Puma logo. We also can’t forget the orange branding that is becoming synonymous with Cobra. The players irons look pretty nice minus the orange.

  19. Nolanski

    Aug 19, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    Love the idea of combo sets. I need help with my 4-6 irons but I don’t need help 7+

  20. O

    Aug 19, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    Blades and CB look great. I’m sold. No problem on the orange.

  21. Rich

    Aug 19, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    Combo and MB, good, TEC, not so good.

  22. snowman

    Aug 19, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    Ok Cobra, your getting closer with the Forged Tec… We need good solid forged cavity-backs! Lose the Orange and you’ll I might consider retiring my Cobra S2 Forged irons (me and Lexi are still playing em 5 years on).

    • petie3_2

      Aug 20, 2015 at 8:47 am

      I play the S2 standards if it’s dry, and the UFIs when the weather is spotty. The S2 forged are nice but the slightly earlier forged CBs just hit a ton better. Despite all the hype, I still think the 2005-9 clubs were the best; anything earlier is primitive, anything later is mostly hype. They also have the advantage of being available cheeeeeep (Ebay) although I had to fork out #$200 for the graphite UFIs they are worth it.

    • Mat

      Aug 20, 2015 at 7:15 pm

      A tiny bit of citrus paint remover would do the trick…

    • Im cool

      Aug 21, 2015 at 11:47 am

      me and lexi? sure thing dude

  23. Mike

    Aug 19, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    Cobra makes fine products. It’s interesting to see them introducing new stuff on a shorter cycle (less than a year) which I guess they feel they need to do to try to compete with TM and Callaway. There product quality and technology are second to none IMO.

  24. sgniwder99

    Aug 19, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    Thank god paint fill is removable. Other than that, they look really nice.

  25. John

    Aug 19, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    Any idea how these will compare to the Srixon z745?

    • Hank

      Aug 20, 2015 at 3:26 pm

      +1…these Srixon and Kings are on my shortlist.

  26. LaBraeGolfer

    Aug 19, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    I have never been a huge cobra fan, but this new lineup is looking gorgeous, I know that that sole thing on the drivers and fairways has some people going nuts, but the rest of the club looks so clean. I want to hit these MB’s so bad!!!

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In our forums, our members have been discussing Cleveland’s CBX2 wedges. WRXer ‘hammergolf’ wants to hear from single-digit players who are currently playing the wedges, and our members have been sharing their thoughts on the clubs with plenty of praise for the wedges in our forums.

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.

  • cfmgolf: “I am definitely a believer. Tried it on a whim at a PGA SuperStore in FL last fall and was stunned by the consistency of it. Changed from a RTX3 to the CBX2 in my 52* gap within a couple of weeks. Now that we are back in OH for the summer, I changed out 3 wedges (Ping Glide 3.0, and 2 of the RTX 4’s) for an entire bag of the CBX2’s. I am trying the full face in my 56* and found it to be very good also. Biggest benefit for me has been the consistency of the CBX line. Shots out of the rough that can be high on the club don’t really lose much – i.e. more forgiving. I go between a 6-8HCP, and short game is my strong point. Very happy with them so far.”
  • JCRay33: “6 handicap here and bought a couple CBX’s (54 and 58) from 2nd swing a couple months ago and absolutely love them! Way more forgiving than typical blade wedges (had vokeys before) and great feel as well. It’s easy for ego to get in the way and not want to get these, but once you realize, all that matters is performance the choice is a no-brainer and results speak for themselves really.”
  • mortimer: “CBX2 50. Excellent gap wedge for full, 3/4 shots and chipping. Forgiving, consistent and more than acceptable spin numbers. Also offset is fine to my eye. Having said all that I would not game a 58/60 degrees one if you like to manipulate the face for different shots around the green as I do. Intrigued though with the new full-face but have not seen one in person yet.”
  • Simp: “I have a set of 58, 54 & 50 raw CBX2’s allegedly tour issue, and I love them. The 58 has a grind that is lovely. I’m a 0 FYI.”
  • nicelife: “I have Srixon irons and Mizuno T20 wedges. I found the CBX2 50 was the perfect transition club between sets. LOVE the Srixon/Cleveland V-Sole. Visually the face has more grooves than I would normally like to look at, but its performance more than makes up for it. I really like the satin finish. So much so I’m thinking about refinishing my irons. Go for it you won’t be sorry.”

Entire Thread: “Cleveland’s CBX2 wedges”

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In our forums, our members have been discussing non-mainstream brands offering the best apparel and accessories. WRXer ‘CousinDonuts’ kicked off the thread with a great selection, and our members have been mentioning their favorites in our forums – with a wide variety of different brand’s receiving a mention.

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.

  • Mike T: “Apparel: J Lindeberg – Euro Style cut and fit. Shoes: Lamda – Handmade in Portugal.”
  • aem604: “Reigning Champ-Good active but also golf ready.”
  • Righty to Lefty: “Fenix Xcell based out of Thailand and have great gear with an Asian twist. I absolutely love all the vivid colors and options, especially from their previous collections. They also have a U.S. based collection that may suit others. Cross Sportswear based out of Sweden and have so really nice gear and a rarity which is waterproof trousers that look exactly like slacks. Antigua polos are nice quality and have some good designs. Druh has really good gear…pricey but still nice stuff. Retailer: Function 18 has quite a bit of your higher-end apparel all in one place. I start there and then go to each website individually to see what else they have available.”
  • kmay_: “Check out Pioneer Golf Co, Canadian headcover brand. Make some awesome covers and valuables pouches, starting to release some branded apparel. Prices are super fair, and if you’re in the US, they’ll be a steal.”
  • ScottWS33: “Bluegrass Fairway for headcovers, valuables pouches and scorecard holders.”
  • BobsBugsBeGone: “Best Exotic Belts: Jacob Hill Leather by Piedmont.”

Entire Thread: “Best non-mainstream brands”

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Coming out of the haze: What to expect from the OEMs in the second half of 2020

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As we slowly come out of the lockdown haze, it’s going to be interesting to see which OEMs are primed to come out swinging. From where I sit, there are a few companies that either kept the foot on the pedal or found new ways to interact with the masses. I have been tracking the major companies for different reasons, and I am optimistic on most fronts. Now, it needs to be said that everyone has been keeping the respective momentum going in their own ways—this has been a challenge for everyone, so this analysis is simply a commentary on what may come in the second half of the year.

Many good folks were either furloughed or laid off during this lockdown—that’s where we all lost. It needs to be acknowledged that we are talking about golf here, but the underlying reality of this is still devastating. I so look forward to getting into the trenches with these folks again either back where they were or at new companies.

TaylorMade became educators…and kicked off live golf again

Big giant club company or big giant marketing machine…it doesn’t matter what you label them as. TaylorMade Golf, in my opinion, turned the heartbreak of stalling one of the biggest first quarters in company history into an opportunity to start talking…and teaching. With the help of the tour team and TM athletes, TaylorMade focused hard on talking to us all during the lockdown. With multiple initiatives through social media, the Driving Relief event, and the tour staff engaging way more than usual. I believe TM created a runway to start moving quickly once stores and pro shops open up again.

Let’s face it, with the social media presence, the most robust tour staff maybe ever, and the driver everyone seems to have reserved for the top big stick of 2020, what’s not to be confident about? On the flip side, a company that big could have really taken it on the chin hard, but how they handled the lockdown—from my chair—was fun to watch and will ultimately ensure a quick restart. There is something to be said about having guys like Trottie, Adrian, and Hause in the fold informing and keeping things fun.

Rumor has it new irons are dropping in the fall/winter, which could spell two awesome bookends to a bittersweet 2020.

PXG leaned in

Why online sales for all OEMs spiked is no mystery. Boredom, desire, and a credit card are keys to any great online buying experience, but PXG made certain that if you were not a buyer previously, you may be now.

The price tag has always been a key topic with Bob Parsons’ Scottsdale-based company. It’s no secret that the clubs aren’t cheap, but during this lockdown, they did multiple strategic initiatives to not only crank up direct-to-consumer buying but also expand the PXG conversation into different areas, namely fashion.

Price cuts across the board started early and, rumor has it, enabled PXG to achieve sales numbers unlike any other period in the company’s short history. Yes, cutting prices helps unit sales, but in the case of PXG, it brought in the club customer that ordinarily shied away from PXG for financial reasons and ultimately made them buyers. That’s where PXG seems to shine, once they finally get you in, they are very effective at keeping you in the family. Mercedes-Benz AMG is like that: once you have had a taste of the Kool-Aid, it’s hard to go back to Hawaiian Punch.

In addition to the aggressive price-cutting, PXG fashion, spearheaded by President Renee Parsons, launched a new collection that is designed and manufactured by PXG. Fashion in times like these is always a risk from a financial standpoint, but this launch has been on the calendar since the BOY and the current lockdown did not disrupt that. It speaks to the confidence that Bob and Renee have in what they are doing. Now, is it a guarantee that PXG garments will fly off the shelves? No. but that’s not the point, it’s the fact that this current climate didn’t scare them into pivoting or holding off.

Point to this pick is PXG looks healthy coming out of this and it was possible to believe that perhaps this would have taken a toll on the custom fit brand. There is even a commercial produced during lockdown to attract even more club builders to the fold. Not normal behavior in times like these, but is anything that PXG does normal? No, and that’s what makes them fun to talk about.

The company also released its Essential Facemask with 50 percent of proceeds going to Team Rubicon.

Ping was quiet…but don’t be fooled

Yes, they did some rare social media engagements with Kenton Oates and the tour staff, which were fantastic. But the real magic here was the quiet way in which Ping slipped into 2020 and the mystery they have in hand and what’s to come next.

There hasn’t been really any new Ping product in a good while, and I anticipate a big winter for the Solheim crew. Sometimes, silence is golden and from what I can gather, what Ping has coming in irons and woods will be yet again a launch that gets people talking.

Ping from a business standpoint is a company that gets one percent better every year. Never any dramatic shifts in strategy or product. It’s always good, it’s always high-performance, and it’s always in the “best of” category across the board.

Watch out for them over the next six to nine months…a storm is brewing. A good one.

Cobra introduced the “Rickie iron”

Cobra Rev 33 Irons

Compared to 2019 and the runaway success that was the F9 driver, Cobra Golf seemed to cruise along in the first quarter of 2020. The SpeedZone metal wood line was an improvement tech-wise from the F9 but seemed to get lost in the driver launch shuffle with an earlier release—and frankly everyone in the industry took a back seat to TaylorMade’s SIM.

It’s not placing one stick over the other actually, I have been very vocal about my affections for both, it’s just some years, the story around a club can generate excitement, and if the club is exceptional, boom. Cobra was that cool kid in 2019.

What Cobra decided to do in the downtime is slowly tease and taunt with a “Rickie Fowler” iron. Players blades aren’t typically the driving element of any business model, but what Cobra did was introduce to a beautiful yet completely authentic forging that will not only get the gear heads going nuts but also entice the better players to start looking at Cobra as a serious better players iron company. No small feat.

Point is, Cobra has generated buzz. It helped that Rickie’s performance at Seminole was just short of a precision clinic. Beyond the Rev 33, its rumored Cobra has a new players CB coming and some MIM wedges.

It should be an exciting last half for the Cobra crew.

The Titleist train chugged on

I mean, what else is there to say about Titleist? They are as American as apple pie, have a stranglehold on multiple tour and retail categories, and one of the best front offices in golf. The company is a well-oiled machine.

So what do I expect from them in the last half? Well pretty much what I would expect on any other year, solid player-driven equipment. A metal wood launch is coming, the SM8 was a huge hit in stores and on tour, and the ball portion is the biggest 800-pound gorilla in golf.

It was also nice to see a little more social media interaction beyond the traditional. Aaron Dill has been very active on the social media front and a good portion of the tour staff, namely Poulter, JT, and Homa were proactive in engagement. Might seem trivial to some, but specifically, Titleist and Ping are not super active in the organic interaction game, so it was nice to see both companies dive into the fold.

Cleveland/Srixon should have a lot to look forward to

Let’s be honest here, 2019 was a quiet year overall for Srixon. Shane Lowry won The Open, but in the golf mainstream it was a leap year for them in regards to any launches. The anticipation from me personally of what is to come is quite strong. I adore the irons. I have yet to meet one I didn’t love, and fitters across the country will speak to that in sales. The Srixon iron line has become a popular yet-sort-of-cult-classic among fitters and gearheads and rightly so. They are phenomenal.

The recently teased picture of the new driver on the USGA site more or less teased us of what is to come for the overall line. New Cleveland wedges are coming shortly and the golf ball has always been a solid component to the Huntington Beach company.

As much as anyone in the market, I believe Srixon could finish the year with some serious momentum going into 2021. The irons and ball have always been firestarters. My only wish for them, selfishly, is a more aggressive tour strategy in regards to landing one of the perennial top 10. It seems like a dumb thought, but I have always felt Cleveland/Srixon was always a serious hitter that at times seems to get lost in the conversation. Having a big gun on staff or a couple of them will remedy that quickly.

Callaway has an eye on big things for the golf ball

Callaway, a company that seems to do it all well, was actually a bit quiet since the lockdown started. After a solid release of the Mavrik line and some momentum in the golf ball area, I’m sure this lockdown probably felt like a kick to the shin.

However, this company is shifting in a good way. The idea that they were a golf club company that happened to make golf balls is slowly turning into a company with multiple major components that stand alone. TaylorMade is on a similar shift, and honestly it’s very interesting to watch. Do I think that anyone will ever catch Titleist in the ball category? No, I don’t. All of these mentioned golf balls are ridiculously good, but 75 years of trust and loyalty are hard to compete with. But that’s not the point, Callaway is a monster company that takes the golf ball conversation very seriously, and I believe this will serve them very well coming out of this craziness and help the momentum going into 2021.

 

 

 

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