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Introducing an all-new golf equipment company: New Level Golf

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If you’ve taken a trip through the OEM buffet line lately, you might have spotted a new dish: New Level Golf.

What is this maker of forged irons and wedges, and who is behind it? We decided to investigate, catching up with company founder and CEO Eric Burch (of Club-Conex fame) to learn a bit more about his background in the industry, why he decided to start New Level Golf, and what the upstart offers consumers.

The broad strokes of Burch’s career take us from his time as an assistant pro in the 90s, through his founding of Parfection Golf, the Professional Clubmakers Society recognized as the top retail shop in the country in 2004, through his development of the legendary (in club building and fitting circles, anyway) Club-Conex Uni-Fit system. True Spec, as GolfWRX readers know, purchased Club-Conex in 2015, and after stints as Executive VP for Miura and a high-level position at Pure Grips, Burch decided to hang a shingle, knowing it was something he always wanted to make a go of.

New Level’s current offerings consist of three iron models and a wedge. Burch was kind enough to give a thumbnail sketch of each of the models.

902

Eric Burch: “It all started with the 902, which is the smallest, most compact, players type, cavity back iron, super thin top line, a little more meat on the sole. Slight undercut on the sole for vibration dampening and to move the CG up. It’s an iron that I would say is very long for the category it’s in, in terms of distance. They’re about one degree strong in terms of what players irons are today, but it doesn’t affect launch angle or preferred trajectory.”

1031

EB: “Then we have the 1031, which fits right in the middle of the three. That’s a slightly longer blade length than the 902. There’s a consistent offset throughout the set. It starts at about 4.5 millimeters…there’s good continuity throughout the set. Same topline as the 902…all the toplines are exactly the same. I did that so you’d have the ability to mix and match.

“The 1031 has a lot of meat low and behind the center of the club. In my opinion, it’s the most forgiving from heel to toe. It tends to launch just a shade higher [than the 902]. In terms of materials…everything that we do at this point is 1020 carbon. The initial finish is all satin. The 1031 is now available in limited quantities in the black PVD finish. It’s our all-around, one-size-fits all iron…it’s our best-selling iron.”

610

EB: “The other iron is the 610…It was a little bit of an experiment.”

“I was trying to provide something that was more what you see in larger profiles…the toe is a little bit more square. It’s a little thicker through the heel, longer blade length, more offset in the longer irons. We’re working on a cast model to replace it.”

M-Type Wedge

EB: “Obviously, the M-Type has an M-grind on the sole. A little bit higher initial bounce angle. Quite a bit of heel relief. It’s available in satin black PVD…The wedge is so versatile off of varying lie conditions, partially because of all the heel relief, and then also due to the sole. A lot of wedges have a lot of contour from the beginning of the scoreline to the end of the scoreline along the sole.”

“The M-Type sits very flat. I did that intentionally, because you know when it sits on the ground, there’s a significant amount of bounce…but the leading edge sits very flat. I think a lot of mis-hits come from that contour. Some wedges out there…have a lot of radius…I think that’s really good for the best players in the world, but I think for the average golfer, probably not so much.”

Wedge options, below.

Burch also indicated future offerings will include a muscleback iron, as well as a two-piece iron model. We recently spotted the former on Twitter.

Pricing: 610, 1031, 902: $1,393 (4-PW); M-Type wedge: $199. Available online and through select fitters.

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  1. ButchT

    Jan 23, 2019 at 4:17 pm

    I have the #1148 utility irons in 4, 5, and 6. I think the differences I see in comparing these NL irons to what is currently available are: these irons are (to my eye) absolutely beautiful, have a great forged feel, and come with lots of options (Accra shafts in mine). Also, I want to support an American entrepreneur trying to get his business off the ground. If I can do that and also get some terrific forged clubs – all the better.

    As I get more money in the bank I plan to fill out my set with the 7, 8, and 9 in the model 602.

  2. Twin2L

    Dec 25, 2018 at 5:37 pm

    Those are very nice looking milled forgings. I see clear similarities with the Wishon line of clubs, beginning with the milled forgings themselves.

    Tom Wishon was ahead of his time.

    Accusing Ping of copying you while you clearly copied the Wishon 565MC and PCF wedges is astounding!

  3. Ed Settle

    Oct 10, 2018 at 2:07 pm

    I started with the wedge. I talked to Eric about replacing my TM MG 54*. What he worked out for me has been perfect. As mentioned before large selection of no charge shafts to pick from. And as far as buying in on the first year of production, I’ll just say if what he offers fits your needs, they are very good. I’m sure more options are going to roll out for 2019. I only buy what works for me. And when I find something that I like I am not shy about sharing my findings. I have since picked up a 50° wedge and I am waiting on 902 irons.

  4. JOE

    Aug 31, 2018 at 1:34 pm

    JUST ANOTHER GOLF COMPANY THAT WILL COME AND GO I WILL BET TO ALL OF YOU THAT THIS COMPANY WILL NOT LAST A YEAR SAME OLD B.S. THIS GAME HAS GOTTEN WAY TOO EXPENSIVE!!!! I BUY ALL OF MY GOLF GEAR ON EBAY AND PROUD OF IT!

  5. koober

    Aug 29, 2018 at 1:15 pm

    Unfortunately, I read this article after I read the new Mizuno piece (no left-handed in the Tour version…again). I guess I’ll harp on this until something changes. I want left-handed models available!

  6. Willy

    Aug 29, 2018 at 11:40 am

    I wish you a lot of luck. In my 40 years in the industry I’ve competed against over 70 brands that are now out of business! The odds are very much stacked against you no matter how good your clubs are. Too much of the same claims from every manufacturer.

  7. Bert

    Aug 29, 2018 at 11:34 am

    Lofts are too strong – you have them bunched up on the long end (3°) apart, and too much of a hole between PW and the next wedge.

    • Eric Burch

      Aug 29, 2018 at 10:46 pm

      Well I’m a different breed so I guess we’ll just wait and see.

      • Eric Burch

        Aug 29, 2018 at 10:49 pm

        Thanks Bert. Loft was determined by yardage gaps and is appropriate as they are currently spec’d. They are bendable.

  8. Vanilla Gorilla

    Aug 29, 2018 at 11:26 am

    Online there’s mention of Win Win Golf, a familiar sounding name from JDM market I believe.

    • Eric Burch

      Aug 29, 2018 at 10:51 pm

      Well Win Golf is my LLC. It’s actually named after my dog Winnie, which I call Win Win, not after some JDM company that is not doing business in the states.

  9. steve

    Aug 28, 2018 at 2:49 pm

    Mr. Burch…. are your “forged” irons hot forged or cold forged. Thanks.

    • ogo

      Aug 29, 2018 at 3:58 pm

      FAKE FORGED…. sooooo obvious

      • Eric Burch

        Aug 29, 2018 at 10:52 pm

        Well Win Golf is my LLC. It’s actually named after my dog Winnie, which I call Win Win, not after some JDM company that is not doing business in the states.

        • ogo

          Aug 30, 2018 at 1:17 am

          Hot forged or cold/coin/stamp ‘forged’…??!!!!
          Fess up…!!!!

  10. Richard Douglas

    Aug 28, 2018 at 2:42 pm

    I’m sure these are fine clubs, but what is the value proposition for the consumer? How are these any different than dozens and dozens of other makes/models?

    There have been very few real advancements in irons. Perimeter weighting (Ping Eye, perfected by the Ping Eye 2), perimeter weighted forged irons (Hogan Edge), game improvement (Ping Zing), face slots (Taylormade), and single-length (Wishon is my favorite. No, the TA EQL was awful.). That’s about it. (No, not graphite shafts in irons; they’re still bad. Lightweight steel shafts, maybe). Everything else involves small improvements over previous designs.

    So what’s here to draw a pair of eyes?

    • Eric Burch

      Aug 29, 2018 at 10:55 pm

      Well the Ping Eye 2 was a tremendous Iron, well ahead of it’s time indeed. Maybe look at the wedge they just released. Notice a resemblance to our M-type? Ours was launched back in January, so I suppose innovation is up to interpretation.

      • Mat

        Sep 12, 2018 at 3:17 am

        The CEO calling out PING as a thief? Sorry… any respect you might have gained has now gone. What a shame.

  11. Terry

    Aug 28, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    Best part of Golf, playing where you want, playing the equipment you want and making the tee time…..even if it is used clubs, recycled balls and after 12 noon at the local 9 hole muni. Like Mizuno irons these will look great in the bag…..

  12. Dave r

    Aug 28, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    Very nice looking clubs. Are there any places in Canada to be fit at the moment?

    • Eric Burch

      Aug 29, 2018 at 10:57 pm

      A few yes! Your best bet is to use the Find A Dealer link on our website to see if anyone is close.

  13. Johnny Penso

    Aug 28, 2018 at 11:14 am

    They look great and I’d definitely give them a hit if I could find them up here in Canada as I am in the market for new clubs but I’m left handed…lol.

    • Eric Burch

      Aug 28, 2018 at 12:10 pm

      No LH at the moment… sorry! We do have partners in Canada and will be releasing a LH model in 2019.

  14. Ben Jones

    Aug 28, 2018 at 9:49 am

    I picked up a full set (3-PW) of Nike VR Pro Forged for $200 with very little bag chatter and marks. They hit like a dream. I had planned to sell them to Tommy Fleetwood, but now I may keep them considering the price of new clubs today. Anyway, these are very nice looking clubs. Good luck and I hope prices go down because golf is getting way too expensive.

    • Andy Kite

      Aug 28, 2018 at 11:02 am

      Just going to call Tommy up? Send him a text? Why would you even share that? It’s completely irrelevant to the story that was posted.

      • Skip

        Aug 28, 2018 at 12:49 pm

        I think he’s trying to be funny.

      • Ben Jones

        Aug 28, 2018 at 3:23 pm

        Read between the lines. There are many used sets out there that play great. They are forged, discontinued, and may not be that relevant to today’s current dialog, but even the pros still play them. Golf is getting way too expensive and complicated. I hope these “new” clubs are affordable and bring something new to the market instead of becoming another fill of the 5 or so designs that are available and have been for years. This a true story except I do not plan to contact Tommy Fleetwood. He can get as much golf equipment as he needs. I just like to keep a set of blades around to practice with and remind me of what the sweet spot really feels like.

      • Ben Jones

        Aug 30, 2018 at 9:33 am

        You completely missed my point.

  15. Travis

    Aug 28, 2018 at 9:10 am

    Initial irons seem on the pricier side until you see all the free shaft and grip options. Great looking irons! Thinking about cancelling my P730 order and trying these out for fun instead!

    • Eric Burch

      Aug 28, 2018 at 12:12 pm

      You won’t be disappointed if you choose to go with our irons. The performance and build quality are top notch.

  16. Perry

    Aug 28, 2018 at 8:50 am

    I think they all look awesome. Do the grooves on the back come from the forging or is that a milling? I hope it works out for you!

    • Eric Burch

      Aug 28, 2018 at 12:13 pm

      These all come from milling. Thanks for the kind words!

  17. Shawn Levesque

    Aug 28, 2018 at 8:09 am

    I think they are great looking irons and like the thought of keeping the top lines consistent.

    A couple of questions/ thoughts. I noticed in the pictures that there is not a photo that shows the offset really well. Would be helpful to see that for a couple of the irons in each series. Also, not sure how feasible it is, but have you considered any type of demo program where people can get access to as club or two to hit them before purchase?

    Best of luck.

    • Eric Burch

      Aug 28, 2018 at 12:15 pm

      Many more pictures if you visit our website that show various views including the offset. We do indeed have a demo program in place. Email us for more details. Thanks for your interest!

  18. luke

    Aug 28, 2018 at 1:57 am

    6 degree gap from PW to 50 deg?

    • Eric Burch

      Aug 28, 2018 at 12:09 pm

      We will be offering a 48 in the near future, but can easily bump our 50 to 48 to fill the gap more effectively.

      • luke

        Aug 29, 2018 at 7:02 pm

        I thought this would be the case. Nice looking clubs hopefully I get a swing at one some day. Good Luck with the product launch

  19. Tommy

    Aug 27, 2018 at 11:30 pm

    Don’t listen to these losers Eric. You knew what to expect anyway, before you even read them. Jealous nobodies playing some crummy muni with their old Big Berthas. Let em have at it

  20. Aztec

    Aug 27, 2018 at 7:48 pm

    Looks like another set of irons that you’ll be able to pick up at 1/3rd retail on ebay within a year.

    • Eric Burch

      Aug 27, 2018 at 10:29 pm

      We don’t sell through big box retail so I’m confident this will not be the case.

      • Aztec

        Aug 27, 2018 at 10:52 pm

        I honestly appreciate you responding. To step back a bit, these look like nice irons but how are they better than what Mizuno and Srixon (just to name 2 examples) already offer? The article lacks any compelling reason why I should buy these.

  21. rex235

    Aug 27, 2018 at 7:48 pm

    New Level Golf-

    *RH Only*

    -and this is new?

    • Forged blades

      Aug 27, 2018 at 10:10 pm

      Clearly a huge shortage of expensive forged blade options for rich low handicap golfers. Nike had no idea what they were doing when they vacated this market. Scratch got so sick of printing money that they just retired to a private island. I admire these guys for trying. I’m sure the clubs are nice.

    • Eric Burch

      Aug 27, 2018 at 10:31 pm

      LH model will be released in 2019.

  22. Felix

    Aug 27, 2018 at 7:35 pm

    Never buy a brand new designed car in it’s first year on the market. Give them time to work out the glitches. Same with golf clubs… e.g. PXG, P-790, gniP iBlade.

    • Eric Burch

      Aug 27, 2018 at 10:45 pm

      Agree to disagree. If you look at the feedback and reviews they are all very solid across the board.

  23. Fingers

    Aug 27, 2018 at 7:26 pm

    I dont see what it is they are offering that isnt already being done. PVD coating is cheep and doesnt last…..

    • Eric Burch

      Aug 27, 2018 at 10:47 pm

      Depends on the PVD. We use a matte PVD which has been tested from the unforgiving conditions here in the desert. Ours is as good as available. Like any black finish, it’s bound to wear regardless of the plating process.

  24. Fingers

    Aug 27, 2018 at 7:20 pm

    Im just trying to figure out what it is they do different thats going to take market share from other OEMs besides offer a bunch of offset. Also wish these club makers would STOP the PVD finish junk. Nobody is happy with a $200 club that looks like crap after 4 rounds. Best of luck to them but there really isnt room in the golf equipment industry for a start up that doesnt offer anything new.

  25. Nuunuu

    Aug 27, 2018 at 7:11 pm

    Why copy Bridgestone? And why not just import better Japanese brands instead of making your own? The names are asinine. Who’s going to remember all those numbers

    • Eric Burch

      Aug 27, 2018 at 10:52 pm

      That’s funny. We aren’t copying anyone. The numbers pay homage to family members and mentors, so they may be silly to you, but meaningful to me.

  26. Tom

    Aug 27, 2018 at 6:21 pm

    Pics don’t seem to represent the amount of offset listed in the specs?

  27. J.R.

    Aug 27, 2018 at 6:00 pm

    Lofts seem a bit strong, No?

    • Joe

      Aug 27, 2018 at 6:08 pm

      Actually, the lofts are average, many new models 7 irons are 30 – 28 degrees.

  28. 2putttom

    Aug 27, 2018 at 5:55 pm

    AND …and wait for it …..WAAAAIIIIT….

  29. Ryo

    Aug 27, 2018 at 5:44 pm

    Way too much offset. No thanks.

    • Eric Burch

      Aug 27, 2018 at 10:57 pm

      Our philosophy for the first three iron intros was more for the 3-12 hcp. Our 623 blade has a profile that can be appreciated by even a purist like you.

      • Dane

        Aug 28, 2018 at 1:26 am

        Awesome looking irons and wedges! When will the blades become available? And will a 3 iron be offered in that set? If not are you releasing any utility or driving irons? Thanks

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Alex Noren WITB 2019

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  • Equipment is accurate as of the 2019 RSM Classic

Driver: Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero (8.5 degrees set at 7.5)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei Orange CK 60TXalex-noren-witb-golfwrx

3-wood: Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero 3+ (13.5 degrees set at 12.5)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana White 80X

Hybrid: Callaway Apex (18 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana HY 90X

Irons: Callaway Apex Pro 19 (4- 9-iron)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Callaway Jaws MD5 (46, 50, 56 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Putter: Odyssey O-Works 1W

Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft X

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet

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GolfWRX Spotted: Mizuno ST200 fairway woods & ST200X hybrid

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Mizuno ST200 Fairway Wood

A couple of weeks ago, we spotted the new Mizuno ST200 drivers on the USGA Conforming List (WRX Spotted: Mizuno ST200 Series Drivers) and now, we have confirmation that there will be matching ST200 and ST200x fairway woods, along with ST200x hybrids.

Although we don’t have any information on a retail release date or the technology that will be incorporated into the new Mizuno ST200 line—based on the pictures that we have so far there will be multiple options like the previous ST190 including an adjustable “tour” style 3 wood, non adjustable models, and the ST200X—which from everything we have heard about the driver, will be targeted towards slower swing speed players.

The known technologies appear to include a new version of the Amplified Wave Sole to condense mass near the front of the head and create greater rebound to increase ball speeds all over the face and shots hit lower on the face, like the previous fairway woods.

We also cannot confirm or deny whether the ST200 woods have a carbon composite crown like the previous ST190s, but if I was to guess, there is probably some kind of light crown technology used to increase discretionary mass—either carbon fiber, or a strong lightweight steel.

Mizuno ST200x Hybrid

Mizuno ST200X Hybrid

Hybrids are always an interesting club in any OEM’s line since they are generally targeted towards one of three golfers

  • The mid-range handicap
  • The better player
  • Super game improvement

The ST000X looks to be aiming towards the mid-range slower speed golfer to fall in line with the speculated demographic of the ST200X series. No visible technology beyond the wave sole, but I bet there is more than meets the eye to this club.

Whatever the case may be for the entire ST200 series from Miznuo, I’m sure we will start to see some of these clubs show up in color pictures soon, and we’ll bring you more info when we have it.

 

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Cobra Golf gets even faster with new 2020 SpeedZone and SpeedZone Xtreme drivers

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Cobra Golf has some serious heat with the new 2020 SpeedZone drivers.

Cobra Golf had a banner year in 2019, and now for 2020, the R&D team is again pushing the boundaries of manufacturing technology to maximize speed and forgiveness with the Cobra King SpeedZone and SpeedZone Xtreme drivers.

It was just over a year ago that Cobra Golf introduced the F9 SpeedBack driver, and it quickly became a contender for Best Driver of 2019—it was twice in the top 5 on the GolfWRX Best drivers of 2019 list. The SpeedBack was a low spin, fast golf club with great acoustics and a sleek profile.

So how did Cobra Golf engineers improve on a driver that had few flaws? In the age of high science golf club manufacturing where the majority of the differences between the OEMs from a performance standpoint has become a granular conversation, Cobra decided to subtly fine-tune what it did in 2019, and in that effort, hopefully, attract the players who weren’t 100 percent sold on F9.

Cobra, like most OEMs, relies on professional tours to help develop new products, and with the help of Rickie, Bryson, Lexi, and now Jason Dufner, Cobra is offering yet again a club that not only pleases the masses but also satisfies those playing at the highest level.

“Tour feedback is very relevant as we use our tour staff to help us design the products. We work w Rick, Bryson and Lexi on multiple occasions during the design and development process to help us create the best product, both for tour players and golfers in the market.” – Tom “T.O” Olsavsky, Head of R&D Cobra Golf

Let’s Get Into The Zones

The hot topic around the F9 SpeedBack was a very low CG, high MOI, and a precision milled face. All three have become the foundation of Cobra metal woods across the board. For 2020, Cobra Golf has done something completely unique to the market with the SpeedZone and Speed Zone Xtreme drivers.

The Zones tackle all the hotbeds of driver performance speed, stability, weight, CG, and overall performance.

1. POWER ZONE: (highlighted by the CNC Infinity Milled Face). Cobra has used CNC milling in its woods for a few years now and with great success. But what’s the step up from that? How do you build more consistency into a face that is already basically flaw proof? Well, you expand the milling even more—95 percent more. With the milling crawling all the way over the topline, the SpeedZone can now offer even more consistency across the face and ensure that each face is exactly the same. Quality control is taken a step further with 100 percent of the heads inspected.

“Infinity face is continuing our leadership in CNC milling by having more control over the structure of the face and the front of the head. So the benefits are more precise control of the face and head geometries.” – Tom “T.O” Olsavsky, Head of R&D Cobra Golf

2. STRENGTH ZONE: The 2020 Cobra Speedzone Drivers are all equipped with a Titanium T-Bar Speed Chassis that allows R&D to remove weight from the crown (25 grams total) and utilize it in the hot spots of the golf club (i.e. the perimeter and discretionary placements). The goal here is an even lower CG and higher MOI. Simple enough.

3. LOW CG ZONE: A really low and dead-center CG is what, in my opinion, made the F9 a winner. In the SpeedZone, Cobra went even further. 69 grams of mass (an increase for 40 grams in F9) have been strategically placed around the head to fine-tune launch conditions for any type of player.

4. AERO ZONE: This is the airflow portion of this machine. In the rear end of the crown, you will find what appears to be an exhaust area. This addition limits air drag, which in turn means increased clubhead speed.

LOOKS

The F9 not only looked fast but from a topline perspective sat as square as any head on the market. The only knock I ever had with it was optically it looked like a club that would be a challenge to turn over, it was almost too square if that’s possible. Although it’s a personal thing, I did hear that critique from better players over the past year. The Speed Zone has addressed that with the incorporation of the Infinity Face.

Having the milling bleed into the topline, it gives the appearance (at least for me) that there is a little curvature in the face which inspires a full release with little doubt that the toe will rollover. The paint schemes are carried over from F9 with a very noticeable black head, yellow detailing, and red racing touches. The SpeedZone is also available in a black/white finish.

It has an overall modern yet classic shape with plenty of bulge and roll in the face and a slightly open appearance at address. Definitely has the look of a “players driver.”

I believe that players who weren’t 100 percent sold off of the buzz of the F9 will find that the SpeedZone will be a hard one to pass over for the 2020 season if looks are what you seek.

FEEL/SOUND

I mentioned this numerous times over the past season: The F9 felt and sounded like a hammer. It had a classic thump in the acoustics and with the weight, placement has that heavy head feel that I love. The 2020 SpeedZone Driver is no different. In my opinion, the drivers are apples to apples in this category. This is always the biggest concern I have when new models are released. Yes, the tech is new, but is the impact experience altered at all? In this case, no. If you liked the F9’s sound and feel at impact, you will get more of the same in the SpeedZone. That’s a big win these days.

SPEEDZONE XTREME

This was perhaps the biggest surprise coming out of this release for CPG. The 2020 Cobra Speed Zone Xtreme is a blast to hit. For players looking for a stable, fast, forgiving and overall good time, this is your stick. Even myself, who always sprints towards the more “player” driven clubhead, I found the Extreme to be hard to pass up. It’s just so much fun.

“The EXTREME is expected to be very successful and will be terrific for many players out there in the market. Golfers are looking for distance and forgiveness/accuracy and want both in their driver. The EXTREME is our most forgiving driver ever and also provides great distance. The benefits of a larger address sized head are that the CG is further back, and this helps many golfers to square the face at impact while creating high launch but low spin trajectories which are benchmarks for distance.” – Tom “T.O” Olsavsky, Head of R&D Cobra Golf

TECH

The 2020 Cobra Speed Zone Xtreme carries with it a slightly larger profile that allows more weight around the perimeter and a 17-gram weight that is placed behind the exhaust in the rear of the clubhead. Additional weighting and in contrast to its sibling, The Xtreme has only one visible weight placed at the back end of the sole creating the highest MOI Cobra has ever had and a high launch/low spin profile for the player.

Keep in mind, the Xtreme will satisfy all level of golfers—don’t be surprised if Bryson and Dufner have this in play in 2020.

LOOKS

Although the Xtreme has a larger playing profile than the SpeedZone, it’s not drastically different. Optically, it’s a bit of a longer profile face-to-back, and the top-to-bottom look is a bit shallower. Other than that, both drivers live in a similar “looks” sandbox and as a testament to all OEMs these days; the “player” drivers and “playable” drivers seem to ask less from players from a sacrifice point of view.

FEEL/SOUND

No surprise here: the 2020 Cobra Speed Zone Xtreme driver feels and sounds amazing. If anything, there is a slightly less heavy head sound/feel, but it’s minuscule and only gear fanatics like myself will even notice.

THE TAKEAWAY

Winner on all fronts, Cobra had a rockstar driver in 2019 and got five percent better in 2020. Five percent better these days is a big deal. Simple as that. If you were on the fence with the F9, the slight tweaks to this year’s offering should kick you off the edge.

SPECS (Provided by Cobra Golf)

Model MyFly8 Loft Settings
10.5o Driver 9.0, 9.5, 9.5 Draw, 10.5, 10.5 Draw, 11.5, 11.5 Draw, 12.0
9o Driver 7.5, 8.0, 8.0 Draw, 9.0, 9.0 Draw, 10, 10.0 Draw, 10.5

Both the 9 and 10.5-degree driver are available in a Tour Length offering, featuring a shorter shaft length (44.50”) and a six gram and 18-gram weight in the front and back to dial in swing weight. Inspired by Rickie Fowler’s 43.50” driver.

King SpeedZone Xtreme driver specifications for both men and women

Model MyFly8 Loft Settings
12.5o  Women’s Driver  11.0, 11.5, 11.5 Draw, 12.5, 12.5 Draw, 13.5, 13.5 Draw, 14.0
12o Driver 10.5, 11.0, 11.0 Draw, 12.0, 12.0 Draw, 13.0, 13.0 Draw, 13.5
10.5o Driver  9.0, 9.5, 9.5 Draw, 10.5, 10.5 Draw, 11.5, 11.5 Draw, 12.0 
9o Driver 7.5, 8.0, 8.0 Draw, 9.0, 9.0 Draw, 10, 10.0 Draw, 10.5

All lofts in the Xtreme model are available in a Tour Length configuration in the 44.50” length with a 14 g weight in the back to dial in swing weight.  Each driver is available in the golfer’s choice of Gloss Black/Yellow or Matte Black/White head colors (Women’s is available in Gloss Black/Rose Gold) and comes equipped with a Lamkin Crossline (58+) Connect – Black grip and 4 premium aftermarket shaft options: a high-launch/mid-spin UST Helium (4 F2– A-Flex or 5 F3– Regular Flex); a mid-launch/mid spin Tensei CK AV Blue 65 (Stiff and Regular); a mid-launch/low spin Project X HZRDUS Smoke Yellow 60 (X-Stiff and Stiff); or the low launch/low spin Aldila Rogue Silver 60 (X-Stiff, Stiff). In addition, 20-plus no-charge premium shaft upgrades are available through custom. 

All SpeedZone products are available at retail and online, January 17, 2020.

 

 

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