Editor Review by: Rob Opti
WHAT UP GANG … Just got done watching a lil Celebrity Apprentice. Scarfed a few million pounds of crawfishies today … and now I’m moulting in the man cave .. Catching up – About to also go thru my PMs I can’t seem to keep up with.
OK … I’ve had these for a while now … Been bangin on em and carrying them. Played out of my mind for the last few weeks with them.
Look … I’m not the best at writing an UBER-technical review. I am all “Seat of the Pants” guy.
This is the set I was fit for when I did my onsite COBRA write up. These ….
Specs – 2 up – 1/2 over – KBS C-Tapers S flex.
OK … So my gamers for the last month or 2 have been a set of COBRA PRO CBS that Pavlet gave me. He has moved on and is now a staffer with Ping – so he gave me a bunch of his stuff – and I got a set of Pro CBs w/the Tour Issue Dynamic Gold X100s – and I LOVE em.
So the AMPS. Obviously a little more GI than the CBs – which are probably the most compact head that COBRA has made – but HEY .. I got em so let’s see what happens.
Love/Hate … Well … It’s the shafts. Let me explain. I have to be honest I was so geeked up when I was in Cali – that combined with the fact that I had a 6 am flight out of Nawlins (so I was up at 4 freaking am) – flew to San Diego – as soon as I hit the tarmac I got a car – drove like a madman to Carlsbad – and the first thing I did was start my fitting. I was – for a lack of a better word – AMP’d up on about 5-6 shots of pure espresso – and so excited to be there – that honestly. I think I paid about 1/2 attention to all the detail. I was just swinging on auto-pilot and kinda didn’t pay attention to all the #s being thrown at me. But Mr. McGinnis/Agent Orange & Mr. Flood/FUHGETABOUTIT both recommend the KBS for me. They said it would help in the 2 areas I needed it – lowering the launch angle & spin reduction. I did hit the KBS when I was there – but the I just didn’t pay attention in great detail – I was just happy to be there – and I remember I was hitting a nice smooth 7 iron – 180ish and VERY consistently.
Forward to current. When I first got the set – I of course got all geeked up again – and by this time I was hitting the Pro CBs – which feel like butter. (I like weaker shafts in step-less shafts – I just do – so S in KBS & X in DG). I read that HUGE thread swanry did on these – and I was curious ever since.
SO i get the irons – and immediately go hit the range. I hit a few shots and I was just …. oh wow – I HATE em. They felt dead-ish – DEFINITELY !!! launched lower – but just a radically different feel from DGX. I texted CPD and told him – and he said basically “Yeah – that’s the common complaint if there is one … but give them a chance). OK …
It has been a while now … and I did give them a chance … Gents – The KBS Cs are the REAL DEAL. My launch is down – spin is DEF down. They still don’t feel as silky as my DGX – but they FREAKING WORK. All the claims on swany’s thread are accurate. NOW I LOVE THEM !!! … I have shot my lowest 2 rounds EVER with these & the AMPs. I am sold – I still love DGX – but noone needs to sell me on these C-Tapers are the shizzle – Atta Bot KBS !!!!
So AMPs …. Welll .. I have shot my 2 lowest rounds ever with them. That tells me a lot. Again I am not the best technical guy – but my combo is really working. The heads have EXTREMELY good feel – I am learning each time I use them that feedback is very accurate. Of the things I do notice is that thin shots are virtually the same as a flush shot. They just go. I don’t know if it’s a correct thing to say about iron heads – but I am EXTREMELY impressed with how consistent each shot is. i.e. distance control & intended shot shape. Does that make sense. There are no hotspots or ANY inconsistency I can tell . Each 9 iron is like the 9 iron I hit 2 weeks ago – each 5 iron shots reacts exactly alike. For a slightly GI iron – I was pretty impressed with that.
Workability – They like to go straight – but I can easily get the ball to move left or right – not as much as with the Pro CBs – but they will move. I have actually gone back to more of a draw with these (and the CBs) afters years of hitting all cuts. I still have both – but these turn over nicely and go pretty well.
Feel … Well the arent forged heads with DGs .. but I have learned to REALLY LOVE IT. When I first got em – I was thinning a lot – and they let me know it. I don’t know why I was – but I was – they do feel liter than my CBs. What I have learned to love – and lot is the shaft – is that I know when I catch it – I KNOW WHERE THE BALL IS GOING. It’s sounds wierd – and probably dumb to iron purist. But flush shots feel great – confident – but I don’t know why – but when I hit em – I KNOW where that ball is going XXX yards and gonna stop right there. VERY consistent – so fell for me – is more confidence inspiring. They are telling me what I need to know – all the time. I like that.
Distance – I think the distance subject with irons has gotten out of control lately. Look – I hit em long – but I hit long. What they are is CONSISTENTLY long – time after time. Distance is very very predictable. EASILY the most consistent iron I have owned in a while (excluding the CBs – which are a true players iron). Distance with the AMPs is the same day after day … ALL GOOD for me.
Appearance … That so personal … Here’s the PW at address – next to my AMP forged GW
AMP forged left – AMP right. So if you don’t like orange … cool … cuz you can’t see it anyway. I LOVE it … Actually the bottom scoring line is orange – so whatever. I LOVE the orange so nothing but positives for me. The quality of the construction of the head is TOP NOTCH. The machining / cavities / cosmetics etc etc etc .. It’s all on the money – Just a super cool looking high quality head.
I always say .. For “us” – The average guy who just wants a fun / well made / quality iron to enjoy his weekends – gang – Hard for someone who hasn’t made up their mind to not try these. COBRA is for real guys & gals – no more little brother to anyone. These do everything right. Can’t wait for more reviews to up. I currently mixing in my CBs & my Forged AMP GW. But my low 2 rounds lately .. all AMPs to the PW with the Forged GW & my Trusty Rustys.
Here’s a few more of AMP vs AMP Forged just for an FYI – AMP PW / AMP Forged GW
Low round weapons