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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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Brendan Steele shows off prototype Wilson Staff driving iron on Instagram

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Wilson Staff has been making waves recently with a lot of high profile activity including the signing of Gary Woodland and the new Staff blade iron prototypes he has in the bag. It appears that the R&D team at Wilson has just gotten started for 2019, considering another new prototype driving iron has popped up thanks to Brendan Steele posting some very nice pictures on his Twitter and Instagram.

We don’t have a ton of information except for the caption from Brendan’s own post

“Check out this sweet new toy! @wilsongolf was awesome enough to let me create a new prototype driving iron and it couldn’t have turned out better!” 

It has some similarities to the previous V4 Driving Iron from Wilson by the looks of both the screw and the knurling around the hosel

 

but the cosmetics and certainly more inline with the new Staff Blades pictured below along with also appearing to have a shorter heel to toe length and a higher overall toe profile:

Whether or not this new driving iron will show up at retail like the Staff blades, it is definitely something to keep an eye out for.

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WRX Spotlight: Nikon Coolshot Pro Stabilized laser rangefinder

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Product: Nikon Coolshot Pro Stabilized laser rangefinder

Pitch: From Nikon: “This state-of-the art golfing laser rangefinder packs the stability of the Coolshot 80’s vibration reduction into an even more streamlined body. The red Oled internal display’s automatic brightness adjustment makes viewing easy in any light, while Hyper Read measurement response time is a speedy 0.3 seconds (approximately) over a range of 7.5-1,090 m. Locked On technology quickly defines overlapping subjects so you’ll be sure of an accurate reading to the flagstick, plus ID Technology gives a guide distance for uphill and downhill courses.”

Our take on the Nikon Coolshot Pro Stabilized laser rangefinder

Nikon has packed the Coolshot Pro Stabilized full of innovative features with a hugely beneficial streamlined profile. But we’ll get around to that a little later, as at the core of this laser rangefinder is its Stabilized Technology.

Whether it’s the conditions, or an inability to keep your hand perfectly steady when shooting your target, the issue of vibration is usually the main problem when it comes to rangefinders. However, with Nikon’s Stabilized Technology, that vibration is reduced by approximately 80 percent. The steadiness of the rangefinder may need to be seen to be believed, but with the Coolshot Pro Stabilized, any issues golfers have with taking a steady shot of their target can expect them to vanish with this rangefinder. More accurate results and likely speedier rounds (yay), what’s not to love?

This lessening of the vibration works in conjunction with Locked On technology, and it’s a powerful combination that creates a premium rangefinder. The Locked On technology in the Coolshot Pro Stabilized allows golfers to home in on their target, without the fear of the rangefinder locking onto the wrong target in the background. A small green circle frames your desired target, making sure that it is giving you the correct distance for your shot, and it’s not only extremely accurate but quick too. The Hyper Read Tech allows users to find the distance they want according to the company in “0.3 seconds – regardless of distance.” A claim that is difficult to dispute.

Another great feature of the Coolshot Pro Stabilized is its ID Technology. This technology takes care of all the incline, slope etc. The rangefinder from Nikon accurately reads the yardage taking into account the downhill or uphill nature of the pin, while the product also lets other competitors know when the ID Technology is off. If you’re competing in an event, a green flashing light indicates that the ID Technology is turned off, making it clear that actual distance is what you’re measuring, and that you’re abiding by all the rules.

Now let’s get down to the size, which makes all of the features we’ve talked about even more impressive. As you can see from our in-hand photos, the Coolshot Pro Stabilized is tiny and weighs just 180g. The advantages of having a small rangefinder are obvious as it can be carried or kept in even the smallest pocket of your bag easily, and the Coolshot Pro Stabilized is also both waterproof and nitrogen-purged to make it fog-proof. The range finder also features six different brightness levels and comes with a sweet 5-year warranty.

At around $450 the Coolshot Pro Stabilized is high-end and not cheap. But with the impressive features and high performance, it’s a product which combined with Nikon’s 5-year warranty justifies that price-tag. If you’re looking for a top-shelf rangefinder, then the Coolshot Pro Stabilized is very unlikely to disappoint.

 

 

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TXG: Ping G410 Plus driver review

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Our initial review of the Ping G410 Plus driver! In this video we use a stock shaft and a 10.5-degree head to see what improvements have been made over last year’s G400. Stay tuned for future videos where we will properly fit and dial in this driver for the correct loft, settings and shaft to unlock its full potential!

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