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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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Top 5 golf grips of all time

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Tour Velvet Cord Golf Grip

Grips might seem simple, but there is a lot that goes into making good ones. From formulating compounds, and adding color, to creating tooling to make sure they hit all of the required specs. Grips are often the most overlooked part of a golf club, and they shouldn’t be. The grip is the singular connection you as a player have with your clubs, and it should offer equal amounts of control and comfort, depending on how often you play and the weather conditions.

Yes, golfers generally pay a lot of attention to their putter grip,s but when it comes to the rest of a set, many golfers will just say “give me whatever is stock,” which is not a great idea.

These are the top-five grips of all time.

Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord

Tour velvet Cord Grips

How could we begin to talk about great grips without starting with the Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord? It’s the gold standard of durable all-weather performance. A soft rubber infused with a tight-weave cotton twill fiber (cord) adds additional traction that you just can’t get from an all-rubber grip on its own. It’s the most-used cord grip on tour and a favorite of golfers needing weather defying traction. (Honourable mention the classic non-corded Tour Velvet)

Winn Grips Excel

Winn Excel soft golf grip

The Winn Excel might not be the most durable or best all-weather grip ever made, but I challenge anyone to find a grip that offers greater comfort for fair-weather golfers, or players needing maximum shock absorption. The Winn Excel is Winn’s number-one selling grip of all time by a large margin, and speaking from experience, I have installed my fair share of full cases of these back in my big box retail golf days. From Winn “The Excel grip has been hailed by arthritic and hand fatigue sufferers as the reason they can still play golf.” With that in mind any product that is able to help golfers enjoy the game more belongs on the list!

Lamkin Crossline Cord

Another cord grip might seem like an odd addition to the list, but hear me out. Grip aficionados will tell you right away why they prefer the Lamkin Crossline Cord over others on the market. The taper is slightly different, the cord is a bit rougher, and for those in need of anything bigger than a standard grip—the Lamkin Crossline Cord is the ONLY full cord grip on the market that comes in an oversized option (weighing in at a whopping 76g). That alone makes it unique and earns its spot in the top five.

Iomic Sticky

Iomic Stick Golf Grips

Bold, colorful, and tacky are all words best used to describe the Iomic Sticky grip. It was one of, if not the first, mainstream grips in North America to offer a HUGE selection of color options and there’s a scientific reason why. Iomic grips are made from an elastomer resin, which is neutral in color: this means that any change to the color won’t change the weight of the grip, and that means you can mix and match up your set without having to worry about changing feel. It also gives grip designers endless freedom to come up with wild combinations too. According to Iomic, the elastomer resin offers a number of distinct advantages over rubber which includes lower torque, greater durability, and all-weather traction.

Golf Pride New Decade Multi-Compound

Golf Pride New Decade golf grips

Easily making its way into the top five is the Multi-Compound or as many call them the NDMCs. This grip was a game-changer for Golf Pride and the industry as a whole. It made grips “show up” on TV and got regular golfers to rethink their grip buying habits from just plain rubber to multi-material colorful options. From a performance perspective, the NDMC offers the best of both worlds, cord on the top (gloved hand) and a softer material under the bottom hand for additional traction and comfort.  Still considered a premium option, you can find New Decade grips on a lot of OEM stock products.

What do you think GolfWRXers? Are their any grips you think belong in the top five that aren’t included? Any that are included you don’t think should be?

 

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Tour professionals and their Vokey wedges”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from SMAC43 who created a topic dedicated to Tour player’s love of Vokey wedges. SMAC43 asks fellow members just why so many Tour pros choose to play Vokey wedges, and WRXers weigh in with their reasoning.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say on the topic at the link below.

  • Downtown_Brown_4: “I think it has a lot to do with Aaron Dill. He’s able to take feedback from the players and custom grind anything they could ever want.”
  • straightshot7: “Vokey is probably what most of them played with as a junior and in college. Some guys don’t like to tinker with their short game equipment. Vokey is tried and true.”
  • Matty01984: “Vokey’s definitely seem to be the most popular wedge out there, and they have been for some time. The grind options and the guys that Titleist have working for them are definitely a big part of that. Interesting to see them cropping up in bags of guys that are on staff with other companies.”
  • Pepperturbo: “Remember, next to putters, wedges are the most used clubs on the PGA Tour. For that reason, Tour players replace wedges multiple times per year. A few players with contracts have been known to replace them every two-three months. However, if a tour player uses forged wedges, they are replaced more often because the sole and grooves wear quite fast with excessive use; cast not so much. I played forged for years before switching to Vokey SM6 when they were introduced; still have them in the bag too, even though I practice near daily with the LW. Last but just as important. Even though wedge grooves wear a good player can still spin the ball. Spin is about how you impact the ball and speed.”

Entire Thread: “Tour professionals and their Vokey wedges”

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Henrik Stenson WITB 2019

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Equipment is accurate as of the 2019 Houston Open.

Driver: Callaway Epic Flash (9 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Yellow Prototype 6.5 62 (unconfirmed)

henrik stenson witb 2019-driver

3-wood: Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero (13.5 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Yellow Prototype 6.5 62

henrik stenson witb 2019-3-wood

5-wood: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero (18 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Blue 80 TX

henrik stenson witb 2019-3-wood

Irons: Callaway Legacy Black (3-PW)
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour120 X

henrik stenson witb 2019-3-wood

Wedges: Callaway MD3 (46-08S), Callaway Jaws MD5 (52-10S, 58-08C)
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour120 X

henrik stenson witb 2019-3-wood

Putter: Odyssey O Works #7
Grip: Garsen Max

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Wrap Cord

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