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WRX Spotlight: Cobra King F9 Speedback driver

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Product: Cobra King F9 Speedback driver

Pitch: Every driver company boasts a couple of technological advances with its new driver launches; maybe a new crown to save weight, a different sole design, a way to shift CG to dial in trajectory, higher MOI, or a different face technology. This year, Cobra threw the kitchen sink at its new King F9 Speedback drivers, checking off all of those boxes.

Our take

A fast, aerodynamic clubhead with an extremely low CG, and perhaps the hottest overall package in the 2019 driver market.

As the company states

“The addition of a low, Speedback weight structure maintains a low, deep CG that has never before been combined with efficient aerodynamics. Without it, the raised aerodynamic features (skirt, tail/aft & crown) would raise the CG, negatively impacting spin and launch.”

Cobra and its engineering team claim that the F9 is the first driver ever to offer a raised skirt, raised tail/aft, a raised and rounded crown, and a rounded frontal perimeter that reduces drag for maximum club speed.

Director of Original Content Johnny Wunder on the F9

“It feels and sounds like no other. The numbers were solid across the face, and it looks amazing at address. It was the only driver I tried this season that got me to 111/168/2300. Truth be told, there are a ton of good drivers out there, but if I had to go out and play a round or tourney, the Cobra F9 is in the bag.”

“I cant argue with the numbers and how it performs in real life. They just nailed it this year. If I was going to nitpick at all, it would be for not making an all-black head.” 

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  1. Max R

    Feb 9, 2019 at 10:19 am

    I tried the F9 Driver yesterday at our local Travel and Golf Show in Toronto and I was very impressed. The sound and solid feel was excellent. Placing the head behind the ball looks VERY square to the target line. I tried both the “bumble-bee” and satin-black and they both look great. Depending on your choice (9.0, 10.5) of loft, you get a different head. I’m not sure if any other manufacturer offers that option. Interesting. If you were to order directly from Cobra today, the “standard” shafts are all back-ordered. However, great driver and I’m looking forward to demo-testing it out at a local club.

  2. Funkaholic

    Feb 7, 2019 at 2:12 pm

    I hit this in the PGA store, I don’t have much faith in their numbers but, it felt great. There may be a fitting in my near future.

  3. bj

    Feb 7, 2019 at 8:48 am

    its lllllloooonnnngggg!!!!!!

  4. Brad

    Feb 7, 2019 at 2:21 am

    This one is “Driver of the Year”.

    It has kicked my trusty G400 out of the bag and given me ball speeds I haven’t seen for years.

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WRX Spotlight: AfterShokz Trekz Air headphones

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AfterShokz Trekz Air Wireless Open Ear Headphones

Honestly, this is not a review we intended on doing. Wireless headphones were not on our radar for 2019, and certainly not on our list of “golf essential” equipment. But an ad for Aftershokz headphones caught our eye. Sleek. Lightweight and “Open Ear”? We needed to check them out in person. With that, here we are.

Product: AfterShokz Trekz Air wireless open air headphones

Basically, this is a wireless headset with bluetooth connectivity with and open ear design. You can still hear your music AND the world around you at the same time. It’s a bit of genius. If you like sports but are one of those “one earbud in, one out so you can hear your surroundings” people, AfterShokz is marketing to you.

Pitch: From AfterShokz: “The next generation of bone conduction technology is what’s inside our lightest and most organically designed open ear headphones to date. We cut the bulk and used titanium everywhere possible to ensure they not only fit more securely but sound better too. Trekz Air are inspired by the demands of elite and aspiring athletes motivated by their music and their world.”

Our take on the AfterShokz Trekz

While the AfterShokz Trekz Air are not golf specific, they are a nearly perfect accessory for your range practice time. They are comfortable, sweat and water resistant and have very good sound. The open air nature is a huge plus, so you can still hear the world around you while listening to music, a recorded lesson, or a golf tempo trainer. Aftershokz claims up to a 6-hours of continuous use on a single charge. We found that to be fairly accurate.

While the $149 price point is not small change, these are not golf specific and can be worn daily. We found them to be plenty comfortable jogging, biking and just running errands. Some reviewers on the internet claim they weren’t as comfortable on the ears over a long period of time, but we didn’t experience it. We were able to wear them comfortably for extended periods with and without glasses or with or without a hat or helmet.

Very impressed.

One criticism is we felt the mic functionality was a little spotty. The users on the other end had some difficulty hearing us on the phone. It works in a pinch, but for longer conversations, we thought it was just easier to disconnect the device and put the phone to our ear.

While AfterShokz Trekz Air wireless headphones won’t make your golf game better, their one of our favorite golf accessories of 2019 so far.

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WRX Spotlight Review: Miura KM-009 putter

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Product: Miura KM-009 putter

Pitch: From Miura: “A rolled top line and a tapered heel help to deliver a putter head which is both pleasing to the eye and easy to square to your putting line. As is the case with our other putters, the milled face is extremely forgiving and produces a strike which transmits to the feel, distance control and in achieving the truest of rolls from reduced skid. This classic putter design goes through the same forging process as our irons.”

Our take on the Miura KM-009 putter

When you hear the name Miura, you think of forged irons, forged wedges, and tales of Tiger’s old clubs. Rarely do we think of putters when we hear that legendary name. Like the classic, legendary name’s wares, the KM-009 putter has a classic shape and great lines.

The Miura KM-009 is a chunky looking version of the classic Anser blade putter in a brushed white chrome. From address, it has a thick top line and looks a little shorter heel to toe, with slightly rounded bumpers. Almost like a Newport and Newport 2 had a child!

The flange seems to be a standard length with a single thin sight line. From behind the flange and bumpers are thick and hefty, giving you the look of being really solid. I am typically not a blade putter guy, but I like the thicker look of the KM-009, as other blades can get to small and thin for my eye. The face milling looks great going from shallow at the top of the putter to deeper near the bottom.

On the green the white chrome color contrasts well and I personally like the shape. I know shape is personal and how it looks to your eye could be drastically different. With the thicker top line I think the heavier bumpers help frame the ball well and focus your eyes more towards the sightline. Again, putter feel and sound really depends on the player and to me the KM-009 is a great feeling and sounding flatstick. The thicker face provides a really solid feel, responsive but without any unnecessary vibration.

Even putts off the heel and toe have a solid feel with just a slight bit more vibration to them. The distance on those mishits was actually better than I thought. For a putter that doesn’t have touted technology in the face the rollout was really good. Now those same mishit shots did travel farther offline, missing the cup by more than a couple inches each way.

The sound of the putter to me was perfect, with just the light click on impact.

The only negative to the putter is that the milling on my head wasn’t flawless. Inside the logo on the sole and near the model number you could see some milling that shouldn’t be there, something that shouldn’t be an issue on a $400 putter. From images on the web I haven’t seen other heads with similar issues, so it is probably just this one.

Overall, the KM-009 is for the player who wants great feel and sound, without caring about tech. Miura club users will find themselves in familiar territory with the KM-009: phenomenal feel and sound in a traditional package.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “The hunt for the perfect 5-wood”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from keithrichards, who is looking to add a 5-wood to his bag. Good elevation off the deck is a crucial requirement in his search, and ignoring the latest lines, our members discuss what 5-wood they believe is the best option.

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

  • uwhockey14: “Sonartec, 19* is an awesome club with the right shaft in it. Excellent off the deck! Only 5-Wood I’ve been able to be somewhat consistent with as I played 2-Iron for years and years and struggle with hybrids!”
  • mwink822: “I like my Titleist 917 F2 from all areas (tee, fairway and rough).  The Ping G400 was also a good performer, but I hated the way it looked behind the ball.  The Callaway Steelhead XR is also a good option, but I elected not to go that avenue myself as the 5-wood has a slightly closed (to my eyes anyway) appearance at address.”
  • mowakebum: “G400 5 wood, easy to hit, put it in the bag last year and it’s in no danger of being replaced. Point and shoot full send.”
  • Mitchell: “In a 5-wood, still very difficult to beat a V steel with the appropriate shaft for your stated needs in a non-adjustable.In adjustable, the various Cobra clubs with baffler rail system would be a great place to start, f6 baffler is phenomenal out of rough.”

Entire Thread: “The hunt for the perfect 5-wood”

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