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Cobra King MIM Wedges coming to retail April 12

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Cobra announced today its King MIM Wedges (which we got an in-hand look at during the PGA Show) are coming to retail April 12.

According to the company, the wedges are the first to feature a fully Metal-Injection-Molded (MIM) 304 stainless steel head.

“At COBRA Golf, we work to create new products that offer a tangible benefit to our consumers. Our innovative manufacturing processes work to reduce variables, helping golfers have a more consistent, improved game,” said Tom Olsavsky, Vice President of R&D for COBRA Golf. “The KING MIM Wedges are astonishingly soft and precise, to give golfers the best performance in their short games.”

Cobra touts the benefits of MIM manufacturing in reducing post-process polishing and reduction of hand grinding. Indeed, it’s a pre-programmed robot’s “hand” that polishes each wedge, which the company says reduces variance in head weight, thickness, and bounce.

304 stainless steel powder is heated to 2,444 degrees Fahrenheit (a higher temperature than traditional forging), producing “a more even grain structure than forged and cast wedges and the softest feel the industry’s ever seen,” according to Cobra.

  • Available lofts: 50, 52, 54, 56, 58 and 60 degrees lofts, all with Versatile Grind
  • A black Golf Pride Tour Velvet CONNECT, KBS Hi-Rev 2.0 (125g) shaft are standard
  • Available April 12, 2019
  • MAP price: $149 per wedge.
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  1. Pack7483

    Mar 26, 2019 at 5:51 pm

    No one length?

    • O

      Mar 26, 2019 at 8:27 pm

      No because it doesn’t work for wedges being 7 iron lengths lol

  2. Travis

    Mar 26, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    New manufacturing process, same old club design. Cobra innovates in their woods but still pushes the same old iron and wedge designs for the last 4-5 iterations…

    • Brandon

      Mar 26, 2019 at 10:15 pm

      Next time they should make it look like a piece of pizza.

    • dat

      Mar 27, 2019 at 9:10 am

      Why change what works? Vokey changes too frequently and calls the wedge the same as last year – when it isn’t. It’s one reason I switched when they started changing the shape, but calling it the same as the old model.

      I’ll be trying these MIM wedges.

  3. DylanR

    Mar 26, 2019 at 4:22 pm

    As an engineer who loves golf, I’ve often wondered why the benefits of MIM were never leveraged in a golf club. Probs to Cobra for pulling it off. I’m guessing the big guys either couldn’t figure it out or didn’t want to risk explaining MIM to everyone. Very excited to try these.

    • David Langley

      Mar 27, 2019 at 3:04 pm

      What’s the difference between mim and casting? Seems similar

      • DylanR

        Mar 29, 2019 at 6:58 pm

        It appears that MIM is a powder based metal that is injected into a tool. Investment casting is a lost wax process where the liquid metal is poured into a cavity and the wax burns out. MIM is a much more accurate and less wasteful process. No gates to grind off with MIM, less polishing. Better the process, better the club in my opinion.

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Driver: Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZURDUS “Hulk” Smoke Green 75 6.5 TX

3-wood: Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero (15 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZURDUS Hulk Smoke Green 85 6.5 TX

Irons: Callaway Epic Forged (3), Callaway Apex MB 18 Raw (4-PW)
Shafts: KBS TG Hybrid Proto 95 X (3), KBS $-Taper Black 125 S+ (4-PW)

Wedges: Callaway MD5 Jaws Raw (50S, 54S, 60C)
Shafts: KBS $-Taper 125S+

Putter: Odyssey SL Black Armlock 7

Grips: Iomic Sticky 2.3 Black

 

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Top 5 strokes gained: around-the-greens 2020 and the wedges they used

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#5 Hideki Matusyama (.458% AVG, 27.951 SG) 


Wedges: Cleveland RTX Forged Prototype (52-10, 56-8 @57.5, 60-08 @62)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

#4 Brandt Snedeker (.514% AVG, 25.685 SG) 

Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy 4 (52-10S, 56-10S) Vokey SM8 (60K)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

#3 Aaron Baddeley (.520% AVG, 19.257 SG) 

Wedges: Ping Glide 2.0 (52-12SS), Ping Glide (56-10), Titleist Vokey 260 (60-12, @59)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

#2 Rob Oppenheim (.536% AVG, 24.106 SG)

Wedges: Ping I210 UW (52) Ping Glide 2.0 Stealth (56-12SS, 60-10SS)
Shafts: Ping ZZ-65

#1 Jason Day (.632% AVG, 25.287 SG AVG) 

Wedges: TaylorMade MG2 Satin (50-09SB, 54-11SB, 60-10SB)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

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GolfWRX Spotted: Titleist TSi4 on USGA Conforming List

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After all the excitement caused by the Titleist TSi2 and TSi3 driver and fairway woods, it didn’t take long for another Titleist TSi series driver to pop up on the USGA and R&A conforming club lists, and this time it’s the TSi4.

left-handed driver head from USGA list

Based on the entirety of the information provided in the submission, including the fact that it has been submitted both right and left-handed, leaves us to believe that along with the TSi2, and TSi3, which are currently going through the seeding process on the PGA and Korn Ferry Tours, the TSi4 will also be coming to retail in the near future.

If you remember last year in the spring of 2019, Titleist added the line extension of the TS1 and TS4 drivers to cater to further reaches of the fitting bell curve, for players that needed more launch and spin, and for those that needed further reduction respectively.

The line for the TS4 was simple—the smallest and lowest spinning member of the TS family of drivers. It reduced spin by an average of 300-400 RPM compared to the TS2 and TS3 drivers. All of this while also in a player preferred 430cc package. 

To achieve those kinds of dynamics, MOI of the driver’s head has to be sacrificed in favor of creating a low and forward center of gravity to create lower spin. The curious thing with the TSi4 is if Titleist engineers have been able to boost the head size to a full 460 and keep a similar profile or if they have reverted to a sub 460cc design to replicate the TS4’s mass properties and CG location in a new package with new technology to increase ball speed around the head and increase spin robustness.

Time will tell if and when this becomes available at retail, but based on this information, it’s most likely sooner rather than later.

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