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Cobra to launch new King OS hybrids

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Cobra’s King OS irons of 2016 were a noteworthy super game-improvement release for high-handicap golfers who wanted large sweet-spots for the ultimate in distance and forgiveness. Now, there’s a oversize hybrids — which borrow technologies from other Cobra products — to complement the King OS irons, and to provide golfers with an ultra-forgiving hybrid option.

The oversized hybrids are designed with wider and larger club heads to inspire confidence in golfers who don’t always hit the center of the face, and their sizes and shapes will also help create higher launch and more forgiveness. But more importantly than their sizes are the attention Cobra gave to the weighting throughout their heads.

Graphic from Cobra Golf.

Graphic from Cobra Golf.

According to Tom Olsavsky, Vice President of R&D for Cobra, the key to creating more distance in these hybrids was to lower center of gravity (CG) and decrease spin. This might sound a bit like the goal of Cobra’s LTD driver, which was touted with “Zero CG.” So it makes sense why Cobra also added its “TexTreme” carbon fiber crowns into the King OS hybrids, which ultimately saved 8 grams from the crowns (compared to all-steel heads) that was placed lower in the club heads. According to Cobra, there is also an internal Tungsten weighting system that further lowers center of gravity.

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Also, like its King OS and King F7 irons, Cobra’s King OS hybrids use the company’s familiar “PWRSHELL” technology, which means the faces are designed to flex more at impact to create more ball speed across the face and a higher launch. By design, the King OS hybrids should therefore help inconsistent golfers get the ball airborne and hit the ball farther on a more consistent basis.

For fine-tuning trajectory, the King OS hybrids have Cobra’s MyFly8 adjustable hosels, and the club heads are available in 3-4 (19-22 degrees), 4-5 (22-25 degrees) and 5-6 (25-28 degrees). They will come stock with black Lamkin Crossline grips, UST Mamiya Recoil 460 ES graphite shafts (Lite, Regular, Stiff and X-Stiff) and will sell for $249 starting on July 8.

As part of combination sets, they will sell for $1099 (King OS steel irons, King OS graphite hybrids; 3-4H, 4-5H, 6-PW, GW) or $1,199 (all graphite King OS irons and hybrids; 3-4H, 4-5H, 6-PW, GW).

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  1. Dave

    Jun 1, 2017 at 5:22 am

    Wait wait wait, a golf club that releases in Europe first? It’s been out here for 2 months! What a time to be alive

  2. Jasian Day

    May 31, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    Because it’s not callaway….
    It’s destined for silver

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True Linkswear goes back to its spikeless roots

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True Linkswear is getting back to its roots, while expanding the singular golf shoe brand’s reach at the same time.

The Tacoma, Washington, company’s Director/Partner, Justin Turner, told us that with the release of the two new models, the company is course-correcting from a move toward the mainstream, spiked golf shoes, and a loss of identity.

In addition to durability issues, Turner said the core True Linkswear customer didn’t appreciate the shift — or the deluge of models that followed.

So, in a sense, the two-model lineup both throws a bone to True devotees and casts a wider net.

Turner and company asked: “If we wanted to restart the brand….what would we value?” A commitment to the brand’s core outsider identity, style as articulated in early models, and an emphasis on quality led Turner on multiple trips to China to survey suppliers in early 2017. Eventually, the company settled on a manufacturing partner with a background in outdoor gear and hiking shoes.

“We’ve spent the last few years scouring the globe for the best material sourcing, reputable factories, advanced construction techniques, and time-tested fundamentals to build our best shoes yet. No cheap synthetics, no corners cut.”

Eventually, True settled on two designs: The Original, which, not surprisingly, has much in common with the zero-drop 2009 industry disrupting model, and the Outsider: a more athletic-style shoe positioned to attract a broader audience.

True Linkswear Original: $149

The company emphasizes the similarity in feel between the Original and early True Linkswear models, suggesting that players will feel and connect to the course “in a whole new way.”

  • Gray, White, Black
  • Waterproof full grain leather
    2-year waterproof guarantee
  • thin sole with classic True zero-drop heel
  • 12.1 oz
  • Sockfit liner for comfort
  • Natural width box toe

True Linkswear Outsider: $169

With the Outsider, True Linkswear asked: “What if a golf shoe could be more? Look natural in more environments?”

  • Grey/navy, black, white colorways
  • EVA midsole for lightweight cushioning
  • Full grain waterproof leather
  • 13.1 oz (thicker midsole than the Original)

The company envisions both shoes being worn on course and off.

True Linkswear introduced the more durable and better-performing Cross Life Tread with both models. Turner says the tread is so good, you can wear the shoes hiking.

Both models are available now through the company website only. True Linkswear plans to enter retail shops slowly and selectively.

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Sean O’Hair and Steve Stricker’s Winning WITBs from the 2017 QBE Shootout

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The team of Steve Stricker and Sean O’Hair closed the QBE Shootout with an 8-under 64 for a two-shot win over Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry. O’Hair made a timely eagle on the par-5 17th hole at Tiburon Golf Club to lock up the first place prize of $820,000 ($410,000 each).

Here’s a look at their bags.

Sean O’Hair

Driver: Titleist 917D2 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White Prototype 60TX

3 Wood: Titleist 917F2 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana S+ Limited Edition 70TX

5 Wood: Titleist 915F (18 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana S+ Limited Edition 80TX

Irons: Titleist 716 T-MB (4-iron), Titleist 718 AP2 (5-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM7 prototype (50, 54 and 58 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Scotty Cameron Concept 2 NB

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Related: Sean O’Hair WITB

Steve Stricker

Driver: Titleist 913D3 (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 8.2X

3 Wood: Titleist 915F (13.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Tensei CK Pro White 80TX Prototype

Hybrid: Titleist 816H1 (17.0 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 9.2X

Irons: Titleist 718 CB (3-9)
Shafts: KBS Tour Prototype

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM6 (46, 54 and 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 w/ Sensicore

Putter: Scotty Cameron T5W

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Related: Steve Stricker WITB 2017

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Kevin Chappell WITB 2017

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Equipment is accurate as of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open (10/30/17).

Driver: Taylormade M1 2017 (9.5 Degrees)
Shaft: Aldila X-Torsion Copper 70TX

3 Wood: Taylormade M1 2017 (15 Degrees)
Shaft: Aldila X-Torsion Green 80TX

5 Wood: Taylormade M1 2017 (19 Degrees)
Shaft: Aldila X-Torsion Green 80TX

Driving Iron: Miura MG ICL-601 (20 Degrees)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 Tour Issue

Irons: Miura MG CB-1008 (4, 5) Miura MB-5003 (6-PW)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 Tour Issue

Wedges: Titleist Vokey (48-06), King Cobra (52, 56), Callaway MD3 Milled (60-08 C Grind)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue

Putter: Scotty Cameron Circle T TM5
Grip: Golf Pride Tour SNSR

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Discussion:  See what GolfWRX members are saying about Chappell’s clubs.

 

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