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Forum Thread of the Day: “Cobra King F9 Driver Review”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from QuigleyDU, who on our forums, submitted his detailed review of his experience trying out Cobra’s new F9 driver. We’re approaching the period where plenty of new drivers are soon to hit the market, and in QuigleyDU’s review, he speaks very highly of the new addition from Cobra.

“I was getting very good numbers. I don’t know if all the aerodynamic stuff makes a difference. This has been done a few times, Adams did it, Wilson did it etc. etc. I have not been able to measure improvement due to this. All I can say is that it is not sub-par. I have a launch monitor pic that will be posted. I did not ever get the numbers out of the f8 that I get with this driver. I do not even try adjusting the weights. So I could have even gotten better numbers. I also tried it with the HZRDUS Smoke 65 gram 6.5 shaft. It appears that there are going to be a lot of shafts offered with this driver.”

As well as the performance, QuigleyDU also discusses the look and feel of the club, describing the driver as having “a higher pitch and a bit more of a harsh sound than the muted sound most go for, but that is classic Cobra.”, While he also believes that it’s an excellent choice for those in the market for a new driver, stating that the club is “an upgrade for anyone swinging the f8. You will not be disappointed. Also, a great driver to look at if you are going to be in the market next year.”

For the full review, photos and discussion make sure to check out the entire thread here.

 

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  1. Tom

    Dec 27, 2018 at 2:22 am

    “Longest driver I ever hit!”- Uncle Rico

  2. Tom

    Dec 27, 2018 at 2:18 am

    WOW! I HIT THIS DRIVER 200 YARDS FARTHER IN THE AIR!

  3. Tom

    Dec 27, 2018 at 2:16 am

    I hit this driver 200 yards farther in the air than any other club I have hit (USGA approved too). Buy 10 and keep them in a vault… sell them for millions!

  4. Dan

    Dec 25, 2018 at 1:44 am

    I got a chance to test the F9 driver, fairway, and irons last month on a Trackman due to where I work( not sure if I should mention so I won’t) and was very impressed comparing it to all my Epic/Rogue sticks. Yes @smz there is no draw/fade weight option, but as you know face angle changes with loft adjustments. So what they’ve done is offer 3 different heads 9/10.5/12 deg. The 9 is the tour model and naturally fade biased, the 10.5 slightly draw and 12 is the draw head. The loft adjustments allow the different heads to overlap, meaning the 9 set to 10.5 is more fade biased than the 10.5 head, and the 12 set to 10.5 is the most draw biased. So there are options just not with weights. They forgo the weights they had in the F6-F8 to offer super high MOI (speedbacl tech)and to make it the most aerodynamic of any driver. They were very honest in telling us where they were lacking performance in previous models against other brands and addressing those problems. Outside of that I’d put them #3 behind Callaway and Taylormade. The new Titleist and Ping stuff blows in comparison. I was only a couple mph behind my Epic at 170+ ball speed so I try to be honest in selling products to my customers. Definitely a major step foward for a historically second tier major brand.

    • abe

      Dec 26, 2018 at 1:23 pm

      But there is the marketing mental trickery if your bulbous driver has fade and draw adjustment weights.. particularly if you slice and have a low clubhead speed. Maybe the F10 will revert to compensating heel-toe weight adjustment.

    • Daryl

      Dec 27, 2018 at 12:05 pm

      “the 12 set to 10.5 is the most draw biased.” – when you de-loft an adjustable wood via an adjustable hosel, you actually open the face, making it less draw biased than at the std. loft. Which Dick’s sporting goods do you work at?

    • abe

      Dec 27, 2018 at 1:59 pm

      I wonder how they design all that power and speed into the F9 titanium driver head… since they are all fabricated in China. Maybe they inject some moo goo guy pan magic into the metallurgy.

    • Milton Taylor

      Dec 28, 2018 at 11:21 am

      Dude this is a very good reply and no bulls+%t I appreciate it. I’ve been trying to find anything, anyone, to compare the F9 to the Callaway, Taylormade, and the TS3 (TS3 which I was thinking about gaming this year) but I really like the look of the F9 and I had the F8 very straight and long. Rick Shiels, and the boys must be on restriction from even mentioning this club because they have not. Thank you for putting this information out there. You help put the stamp of approval on what I’m purchasing.

  5. smz

    Dec 24, 2018 at 1:54 pm

    WHAT??!!! No weight adjustment for Fade and Draw? How will all the gearheads defeat their banana slices if they can’t shove all the weight to the heel of the F9 toy driver?

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Talking with Alonzo Guess of Sunfish…and a look at the insane headcover they made GolfWRX

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We last talked with Alonzo Guess of Sunfish in November of 2017 after the Nashville-based company launched a custom headcover and accessory builder on its website.

The company has been producing custom headcovers, yardage books, and other accessories since 2013 when it entered the market with its signature wool headcovers.

We wanted to see what was up, and Guess was kind enough not only to answer a few questions, but to design a pretty incredible GolfWRX driver cover using some raw assets we sent over.

BA: What’s new at Sunfish since we last talked? 

AG: 2018 was a great year for innovation at Sunfish. We worked hard to develop new design and construction techniques, and it has been really exciting combining these new creative elements into one of a kind headcovers and accessories. 2018 was our eighth year in business, but it was probably the most significant in terms of innovation. We’re excited to see where we can go from here!

BA: Looking at your websites, I know one of the new things you developed is something you call Photoflux. What exactly is Photoflux?

AG: Photoflux is our proprietary high-resolution printing process, that gives us the ability to apply to our products anything from photos to complex patterns to intricate logos. The level of resolution and detail is truly unmatched, and can’t be achieved with embroidery. We apply it to our leather and Duraleather products, even our hand-made copper ball markers and divot tools! Those are really exciting, because we can make custom copper ball markers with full color logos, on demand

BA: How the heck did you come up Photoflux?

AG: A customer ordered a scorecard holder with his family photo to be embroidered on each side. We made the piece and weren’t happy at all with the result. The embroidery process couldn’t do justice to the photographs. It was clear that there were certain limitations to embroidery, and we were motivated to overcome them. After months of trial and error, long hours and strenuous testing against sun, rain, and wear, we developed the current process.

BA: What are ways the Photoflux process can be used?

AG: Photoflux is perfect for applying photos, but can also be used for intricate logos or family crests. Really any graphic element can be expressed accurately using Photoflux, including shading. Recently we’ve had fun developing custom patterns such as tiger fur and using them as stripes on headcovers. The sky’s the limit!

Photoflux is best in concert with other design techniques, such as embroidery, laser engraving, and precision cutting and sewing. The featured piece (shown in this feature) incorporates Photoflux, precision cutting and sewing, laser engraving and embroidery. The result is as much artwork as it is a functional golf accessory.

BA: What are the limitations of the technology…what products can you apply Photoflux to?

AG: It’s great for leather and Duraleather headcovers, putter covers, scorecard and yardage book holders, alignment stick covers, cash covers, valuables pouches, wine bags, barrel style tartan headcovers…and even copper ball markers and divot tools!

BA: Tell me about this headcover you made for GolfWRX. I suggested the use of a graffiti wall, a GolfWRX logo, and skeleton hand holding up one finger to denote one club/driver, and you really went to town!

AG: So for the headcover you have, we used Photoflux to apply the graffiti wall image to the top of the cover (did you notice the ‘GolfWRX’ spraypaint in there? We threw that in there for you as an Easter egg!). On top of that, we embroidered the skeleton hand. For the stripe, we laser cut the outline of a typical urban skyline, and laser engraved the chain-link fence pattern over the top, than sewed that down. The bottom portion is a Photoflux image of GolfWRX that you sent over.

With so many new ways to decorate and manipulate the materials, we’re really excited about combining it all for our fans and customers to create really unique products. We feel the sky is the limit, and we hope this headcover illustrates that.

 

 

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New XXIO Prime woods, hybrids, and irons aim for lightweight power

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XXIO’s latest club offerings, XXIO Prime, looks to offer easy distance and easy accuracy for the moderate swing speed golfer, according to the company.

XXIO Prime woods

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XXIO Prime Woods feature a new re-designed hosel structure, and reduced stiffness at the tip of the driver shaft, which is designed to help moderate swing speed golfers to close the clubface through impact.

Forged from Super-TIX PLUS Titanium, the new cup face includes a sweet spot that is noticeably larger than previous designs, which aims to increase distance performance significantly. The Super-TIX PLUS Titanium Cup Face is thinner, lighter and stronger than previous additions, creating a maximum COR across the face, which aims to increase ball speed and distance.

According to Chuck Thiry, Vice President of XXIO USA

“The speed increases, higher launch angles, and draw bias of the new Prime will show immediate results from swing one. It’s legit lightweight power for the players that absolutely need it the most.”

Featured in the XXIO prime woods is the SP-1000 shaft, with TORAYCA T1100G carbon fiber and NANOALLOY resin, which creates a strong but lightweight club. Along with the lightness in the shaft, XXIO has made weight savings in the grip and club head, which aims to produce woods that are both fast and easy to swing.

The XXIO Prime woods feature an expanded toe and narrowed heel, a tungsten-nickel inner weight that is low and deep, a lighter hosel repositioned closer to the center of the face, and reduced stiffness at the tip of the shaft, all with the aim of offering golfers with maximum forgiveness from their woods.

The XXIO Prime woods will be available from March 1 and will cost $579,99.

XXIO Prime hybrids and irons

The new XXIO Prime hybrids feature an expanded COR and a lower center of gravity, which is designed to increase distance and ball speed while delivering a straighter ball flight.

The hybrids from XXIO contain a Forged Maraging Steel Cup Face which includes a large sweet spot which aims to increase distance performance.

Just as with the woods, the XXIO irons also feature the Super-TIX PLUS Titanium Cup Face, though along with this, they also contain a CNC milled speed groove, which significantly increases the COR, creating a larger sweet spot, designed to provide greater distance, ball speed and accuracy.

Both the hybrids and irons include the SP-1000 Shaft, with TORAYCA T1100G carbon fiber and NANOALLOY resin. The hybrids and irons also feature weight savings in the grip and club head, with the aim of increasing swing speed.

With an expanded toe and narrowed heel, plus a crown step that moves weight low and deep, XXIO claim that this is their most forgiving suite of Prime hybrids. While with two high-density tungsten nickel sole weights and an overall profile that is 3mm shorter than the previous model, the company also claims to have created their most forgiving irons yet.

Speaking on the new XXIO Prime series, Chuck Thiry stated

“XXIO Prime is, quite frankly, the most unique and beneficial product ever available to moderate swing speed players. Period. People might think that is marketing hype, but they simply haven’t hit Prime yet.”

Both the XXIO Prime hybrids and irons will hit retail stores on March 1. The Prime hybrids will cost $379.99, while a single graphite iron will be available for $259.99.

 

 

 

 

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SPOTTED: 2019 Mitsubishi shafts

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The Diamana shaft line from Mitsubishi Chemical is probably one of the most iconic in the sport. Released in 2005, Blueboard, Whiteboard, and Redboard, were the first generation of shafts.

Photos of the full fourth generation Diamana lineup, offering new materials and technology, along with new names, have surfaced in the GolfWRX forums. Like previous generations, each color shaft offers different ball flight and spin characteristics.

“RF” is the highest launching and spinning in the Diamana line, offering high launch and mid spin, while the “BF” is the mid-launch and mid/low-spin model. Finally, the “DF” is mid/low-launching and the lowest-spinning shaft in the lineup.

All of the fourth generation Diamana shafts use updated technologies and materials that you would expect from a premium lineup. DIALEAD pitch fiber is helps reduce shaft deformation, while still producing exceptional energy transfer.

Each shaft contains MR70 carbon fiber that is 20 percent stronger than conventional materials and Boron fiber for its compression strength and shaft reinforcement. ION plating has been done before in the Diamana line, in vacuum chambers — silver alloy ions are bonded to the shaft to give it a chrome-like finish that can’t be replicated by paint.

See what GolfWRX Members are saying in the forums.

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