Cobra Speed LD F Fairway Review

by   |   May 19, 2008

After bagging a Nike T-60 three wood for the better part of two years (a lifetime for me) I decided to go in a different direction.

I looked at many different fairway woods when looking for a positive change for my fairway game. Decision made! Enter the 2008 Cobra Speed LD-F three wood.

Initial Impressions:

Quite simply, this is a great looking fairway wood. I know that looks alone won’t get the job done, but more on performance later. This Cobra LD-F incorporates their usual and unique crown impression design.  You will not mistake it for anything else. For the most part, I am a traditionalist when it comes to fairway woods; I like a rounded, clean shape that sets up nice and square. I was always on the fence about this type of head design, at times it appears too busy and at other times it looks really aggressive and just right. The more I see it at address, the more I like it. The head is constructed of 17-4 stainless steel and is 181cc in size. Quality control is excellent on this club. According to Cobra Golf, “the 2008 Speed LD fairway metals feature a deeper center of gravity for longer, more accurate shots.”  Cobra even got the headcover right.

Specifications:

The 2008 Cobra Speed LD three wood is lofted at 15.5 degrees. This year they have the Speed LD series (63 grams) shafted up to 43 inches with the Graphite Design Tour AD YS fairway wood shaft. It is a bright fire engine red in color and it looks great in contrast to the black colored head. I chose the stiff flex, but these shafts appear to play softer than the stated flex. If your swing speed goes past the 95 mph mark, I would seriously think about something much more stout. This shaft gets the ball up in the air quickly and distance is excellent.

On the course:

The face is neither too shallow nor too deep for a fairway wood. It bombs the ball long and high off the tee. Shot dispersion was OK. I think the shaft, if too loaded, is a bit whippy and this has a detrimental affect upon accuracy. I am able to hit nice, high fades with ease. I like this Cobra, a lot. I usually avoid reaching for a fairway wood when in the rough. However, the Cobra really shines here. I totally agree with Cobra golf when they say “with the large face design, they’re more forgiving across the entire face, allowing you to tackle tight lies and rough with confidence.”  This past week at Purgatory Golf Club in Indiana I was in the high stuff a lot. The Cobra Speed LD-f got me right out of the deep stuff and distance was still good. Bravo Cobra, you got it right here. It is also pretty easy to hit off tight fairway lies. This head is just the right size for all types of shots. This club is an all around, purely solid performer!

It’s in the bag:

This fairway wood has found a place in my golf bag for quite sometime. I traded in my previously beloved Nike T-60 three wood on this Cobra Speed LD and have not suffered any regrets. No regrets what so ever. Give the 2008 Speed LD-F a shot, it is well worth it.

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