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First Look: Cobra AMP Cell Driver

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It’s officially go time. Cobra has introduced its new AMP Cell Driver, available at retail on Feb. 8, 2013.

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The AMP Cell (pictured to the right) and AMP Cell Pro Drivers feature Cobra’s new MyFly technology, allowing golfers to select from six different loft/trajectory settings for optimized performance and distance based on a golfer’s swing, as well as the weather and course conditions.

New Cobra Amp Cell Forged Irons (flow set)

Cobra is offering the AMP Cell driver in a choice of four different colors —  silver, blue, red and orange, and the AMP Cell Pro in a choice of two colors, silver and orange. The sole of the club features a curved cell band in the featured color and the crown of the club is the solid featured color. In the AMP Cell, the white Fujikura Fuel shaft features a paint splatter graphic.

The AMP Cell Driver can be adjusted to the following lofts with a simple wrench; 8.5°, 9.5°, 9.5° Draw, 10.5°, 10.5° Draw and 11.5°; and the AMP Cell Pro can be adjusted to 7.5°, 8.5°, 8.5° Fade, 9.5°, 9.5° Fade and 10.5°.

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The AMP Cell and AMP Cell Pro also add another level of adjustability through Cobra’s SmartPad technology. Unlike other drivers that require a golfer to adjust the sole plate after adjusting loft for a square face, Cobra’s proprietary SmartPad technology delivers a square face at address regardless of loft setting and still allows for workability to slightly open or close the face as desired.
Click here to see another article where we tested the Cobra AMP Cell Driver against the ZL Encore.

The Cobra AMP Cell Driver (MAP $299) is available in both right and left handed models. It is available in Stiff, Regular and Lite flexes and features a Fujikura Fuel shaft (60g S and R, 55g L and 45.75” length) and has a 460cc head. The Cobra AMP Cell Pro Driver (MAP $399) is available in both right and left handed models. It features a MRC Kurokage shaft (65g and 45.25” length) and has a 440cc head.

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“The AMP Cell Driver offers golfers the adjustability, innovation, customization and choice they want but have not been able to get – until now,” said Bob Philion, President. “We are taking adjustability to another level with our MyFly technology, offering six different loft/trajectory settings golfers can change to adapt to their swing or playing conditions. The technology combined with the color choice reaffirms Cobra’s positioning as a performance driven brand infusing more joy into the game.”

Cobra’s E9 Face Technology with dual roll is used in the AMP Cell and AMP Cell Pro Drivers for an elliptical face shape with a canted bulge and roll that Cobra says improves distance and accuracy on mis-hits from heel to toe and above and below the centerline.

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Advanced Material Placement (AMP) and Cell technology work together to enable a 12 percent larger elliptical E9 Face shape to deliver faster ball speeds and high MOI (moment of inertia) on mis-hits. The Cell technology saves and redistributes weight in a granular way and is visible on the drivers in the Cell band which wraps around to the crown. This wrap also visibly shows a golfer where the weight is distributed, with the AMP Cell Driver having a CG optimized for low-mid handicap players, the AMP CELL Pro using a lower, more neutral CG position for better players.

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The AMP Cell Driver is also available in an offset model designed to help tame a slice. The offset design offers the golfer more time to square the face at impact and provides more heel-biased weighting to help hit straighter drives.

The AMP CELL Offset Driver features an MRC Cobra AMP Shaft and a Lamkin Cobra REL grip. The Offset model is Revolver Grey with hints of Barbados Red.

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  1. Rich

    Jan 24, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    I play the Cobra ZL and if it is half as good as it ,sign me up. The head cover is double ugly,I’ll keep my Georgia yellow jacket cover! I’m
    more cercened with the shaft model,never liked them.

  2. Troy Vayanos

    Jan 22, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    The best driver i’ve used in a long time. Has great feel off the clubface and the extra carry off the tee is amazing.

    I wouldn’t swap this driver for anything else on the market today.

  3. Jason

    Jan 18, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    I like the shape of these, but the crown would look way better if they just painted it clean w/ small alignment logo and hid those things on the toe and back of crown. I guess I can do that myself…

  4. Jimmy b

    Dec 23, 2012 at 6:47 am

    I have just purchased the amp cell driver (silver)and it is amazing. I have come from a 2 year old callaway driver and the results are astonishing. I have added 30 metres to my drive. Long and straight, exactly how it should be… Highly recommended

    • BarryG

      Jan 10, 2013 at 10:36 pm

      Thanks for the comment. I am looking at purchasing this club. What shaft is in it and did u get fit? My clubhead speed is around 100 mph. What kind of callaway driver did you have?

  5. Bong de Guzman

    Nov 12, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    May I ask what the overall weight would be for an AmpCell Driver with a 55gramL flex shaft?

  6. Juan

    Sep 28, 2012 at 1:04 am

    If you’re looking to order some clubs online, take a look at a Free Shipping offer from Golfsmith on orders over $75 – bit.ly/SGpUac

  7. VH

    Sep 27, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    This is a new step for cobra the driver and the shaft are sick!!!! but cobra needs to design a new headcover its a joke!! but the adjustibility is much needed.

  8. William W. Wood

    Sep 27, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    Make sure that the color of the head does not clash with the color of the shaft. One can accessorize with a matching grip.

  9. Brian

    Sep 27, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    They looked pretty good in person. The fairway woods and hybrid can also be loft adjusted as well.

  10. Cobra nut

    Sep 27, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Great looking drivers, love the new technology and design gives it a definitive look of were advancing the driving future. The head cover yes that is horrible to say the least. lol at Brian Cass and I suppose you think the RBZ or RZR fit are good looking?

  11. Brian Cass

    Sep 26, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Not sure what is uglier. The driver or the headcover. Nice to be able to adjust from 8.5 to 11.5 I guess. Yuckville.

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First Look: Precision Pro NX7 Shot laser rangefinder, made for golfers and hunters

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Precision Pro’s new NX7 Shot is useful whether you’re hunting birds or birdies.

In just over 3 years, Precision Pro has become a player in the laser rangefinder market, quickly developing a reputation for products with maximum features at a price that’s lower than comparable offerings from competitors. Precision Pro came out with its NX7 Pro in 2017, and is following up that offering with the new NX7 Shot, which is designed to hit the two biggest markets for laser rangefinders: golfers and hunters. That’s probably why the company put a camouflage design on the water-resistant and shockproof body of the NX7 Shot.

Inside, the rangefinder has target acquisition that is meant to stabilize even when shaky hands or windy conditions are in play. The NX7 Shot also has an effective scanning distance of 400 yards, which is more than adequate range for golfers not named Dustin Johnson. Other features of the NX7 Shot include is its Scanning Mode, which allows the user to pick up multiple targets in one motion, and its Last Priority Mode, which lets the user acquire a target through tree branches and cover.

The NX7 Shot also comes with a 2-year warranty and free battery replacement for the life of the product. Regarding the warranty, Precision Pro Co-founder Jonah Mytro says “it’s something that nobody else in the industry is doing” and it “shows that we value our customers and that we want them to keep using our products for life.”

It’s designed to be legal for competitions that allow rangefinders, and is listed at $249 with free shipping when ordered from the Precision Pro website.

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Snell adds MTB Black and MTB Red to lineup, thanks in part to GolfWRX forum feedback

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Snell Golf entered the market in 2015 when Dean Snell, co-creator of the Titleist Pro V1 and TaylorMade Penta, decided to sell premium golf balls direct to consumer at a fraction of the standard premium golf ball price. With massive year-over-year growth, the company’s offerings have been well received by the golfing public.

Snell is expanding its MTB line with the release of the MTB Black and MTB Red models. The company indicates the Black and Red models leveraged customer feedback to expand an already successful line.

“Through evaluation of customer feedback, we are able to go through the design and testing process with a clear understanding of what the customer wants to see and feel in their Golf Ball. Pair our expertise and experience with customer suggestion and the result is a ‘Tour Like Experience’ with extra cash in your wallet for a round at the bar,” says Snell Golf founder, Dean Snell.

We asked Snell about the feedback process, and he had some interesting (and flattering) things to say.

“One of the biggest parts of the feedback came from the forums at GolfWRX. I check it weekly for sure, sometimes every other day. There’s one [thread] that started when we started and it’s still going…the information, with people playing and testing, I typically read that.

“And then I get a lot of emails. I read them all, and then I make a big chart, and I fill it in…”high spin,” “low spin,” etc. Then I read and mark the boxes with what people are saying, and when a box fills up, that’s a voice…So there were three big voices from consumers, and that led to these balls.”

Snell said when he worked at Titleist and TaylorMade, tour pro feedback was paramount. Now that he’s offering a direct-to-consumer product, however, the consumers are his “tour players.”

This is a different approach [working with consumers] and asking, “What do you want?” You can’t satisfy everything, but when you hear a strong voice over and over, that’s what we take into consideration.

MTB Black

  • 3-piece thermocast urethane cover golf ball with a 360 dimple pattern
  • Seven percent lower compression core than the original MTB
  • Softer core lowers spin with the driver

Snell says: “Driver spin: anytime you can lower it, it’s going to make the ball better. We keep the same performance [as MTB]…it’ll just be a touch longer.”

MTB Red

  • 4-piece thermocast urethane cover golf ball with a 338 dimple pattern
  • Dual Feel Technology: Provides a firmer, more responsive feel on driver and long irons shorts, while continuing a very soft feel on short irons and around the green with more spin as well
  • Available in Optic Yellow in addition to White

Snell says: “The MTB Red became a four-piece ball. We had to add an inside layer–an inner mantle–to add spin to approach shots. You control the spin rates through the set with the layers of the ball. Getting that fourth layer in there really works for the approach shot control and spin. Otherwise, to add spin, you’d have to raise the core [compression], but when you do that, you make the driver shorter. And the “yellow tour ball” market isn’t big, but the voice in our group was loud.”

Both golf balls will be offered at a retail price of $31.99 per dozen, and are also available in a Value Pack of 6 dozen for $163.99 ($27.33 per dozen).

New models are available at SnellGolf.com for pre-order. Shipments are scheduled for February.

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SPOTTED: PXG 0311T “Gen2” prototype irons

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After spotting Charles Howell III testing a PXG XXF prototype driver on Monday at the 2018 CareerBuilder Challenge, we spotted CHIII and Zach Johnson testing PXG 0311T “Gen2” irons on Tuesday. We are told they are prototypes.

The original 0311T irons, which were released in 2015, were the Tour versions of the initial 0311 irons from PXG. The 0311T irons, while injected with the same thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) material that made PXG’s 0311 irons special, had smaller profiles, thinner toplines and soles, and less offset. They catered more to the Tour player than the original 0311 iron release, but still had the familiar PXG look with screws around the perimeter.

The PXG 0311T “Gen2” irons we spotted on Tuesday at the CareerBuilder have a slightly different look than the original 0311T irons. See if you can spot the differences below.

PXG 0311T “Gen2” 4-iron vs an original 0311T 4-iron

There’s a more accordion-like look on the back cavity of the 0311T Gen2 iron (left), and it seems the overall center of gravity (CG) may be lower in the club head on the Gen2 irons, as well. At least, it appears the club has a lower overall profile. It also appears the 7-screws near the sole wrap less around the toe portion in the Gen2 iron on the left, and there’s one less screw on the high toe portion of the Gen2 irons; possibly another notch in the lower-CG column.

What do you think of the PXG0311T “Gen2” irons that we spotted on Tuesday? See what GolfWRX members are saying about them in our forums.

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