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2020 Cobra King Forged TEC irons get faster

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Cobra Golf has always been about pushing the limits of speed and technology. Now, with the introduction of the newest Cobra King Forged TEC irons for 2020, it is taking speed and forgiveness to a whole new level.

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Behind what appears to be an extremely traditional-looking muscleback iron hides a huge amount of technology designed to help players of all abilities, whether it be with a traditional variable length set or with Cobra’s One Length set—more on that latter. The King Forged TEC irons are a hollow-body design that utilizes a thin face supported by what Cobra engineers call energizing foam microspheres, to both fine tune acoustics (sound/feel) of the head, while also supporting the PWRSHELL Face for increased ball speeds, according to the company.

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The King Forged TEC iron also utilizes a new forged face insert that seamlessly wraps under the leading edge of the iron head. This creates a larger area of maximum energy return for higher launch and faster ball speeds—all in a players’ iron-looking package. NOTE: The term “area of maximum energy return” is a much better way to define the face area where a player is going to see great results versus the traditional sweet spot because even as irons and clubs in general get more forgiving, from a definitive physics standpoint there is still only a tiny single defined sweet spot.

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For the King Forged TEC irons, the engineers at Cobra wanted to utilize as many technologies and materials as possible to help create the perfect blend of technology and an appealing shape. Thanks to the multi-pieced construction of the head, designers can precisely locate a tungsten toe weight to put the center of gravity behind the hitting zone to maximize distance and lower shot dispersion for attacking pins. Now remember, tighter dispersion means better strokes gained, which at the end of the day will always lead to lower scores.

Speaking to strokes gained and measurable results, if you are curious to see how the 2020 King Forged TEC irons truly improve your game, Cobra can help with that too. The Forged TEC irons will feature the innovative game tracking system Cobra Connect powered by Arccos which allows users to track their accuracy and distance using the Arccos Caddie app on a smart device. The embedded sensors in the grip will automatically record the distance and accuracy of every shot so golfers can track their improvements round-to-round.

KING Forged TEC ONE Length

This is where things get really interesting, and we can’t talk Cobra irons without talking Single Length.

Thanks to extensive testing and the flexibility of the hollow design the KING Forged TEC ONE Length irons offer an extra dimension of consistency, for players using or would like to try single length clubs. Cobra engineers have manipulated the design of each iron in the set to match the weight and length of a 7-iron, (generally around 266-270g head weight) allowing for one simple, repeatable setup and swing to increase consistency between shots.

What’s new compared to previous generations of ONE Length Cobra irons is how the lie angles have been adjusted to optimize ball flight in the ONE Length set configuration. The long irons have more upright lie angles, while the short irons and wedges have slightly flatter lie angles delivering more consistent trajectory and ball flights. These few degrees of lie angle variation from top to bottom help with shot direction since as loft is decreased is has less of effect of initial launch direction. Even with the greater control provided by the single length, Cobra knows golfers will still inherently swing the club at different speeds to manipulate shot shape and at lower speeds since there is less shaft deflection the flatter lie helps.

It’s not just the heads that have changed either with the KING Forged TEC irons. The long iron shafts are lighter to encourage easy launch while the wedge shafts are heavier to promote more control into and around the greens.

Cobra KING Forged TEC: Specs

(NOTE: These are the specs for the “stock” sets and as always we encourage you to get fit before making any equipment decisions.)

The Forged TEC ONE Length irons are available as a stock seven-piece (4-PW) set in stiff and regular, in both right and left-handed versions (graphite is available through custom in x-stiff, stiff and regular).

The steel version come equipped with a KBS $-Taper Lite (115- stiff, 110 – reg, 120 – wedge) shaft with Lamkin Crossline Cobra Connect grips in a blue colorway.

The Forged Tec variable length irons will retail for $1,099 USD in steel and $1199 in graphite. They are available as a stock in an 8-piece (4-GW) configuration in both right and left-hand versions. The steel KBS $ -Taper Lite shaft is offered in both regular (R110) and stiff (S115) flexes. Graphite offerings in Project X Catalyst 80 in regular, stiff and x-stiff flexes are available through custom only.

Each set comes stock with Lamkin Crossline Cobra Connect grips in black.

The Forged Tec irons in variable and ONE Length will be available at retail and on Cobra’s website beginning November 1.

For more information on the entire KING family of products, visit cobragolf.com.

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Ryan Barath is part of the Digital Content Creation Team for GolfWRX. He hosts the "On Spec" Podcast on the GolfWRX Radio Network which focuses on discussing everything golf, including gear, technology, fitting, and course architecture. He is a club-fitter & master club builder with more than 17 years of experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour players. He is the former Build Shop Manager & Social Media Coordinator for Modern Golf. He now works independently from his home shop and is a member of advisory panels to a select number of golf equipment manufacturers. You can find Ryan on Twitter and Instagram where he's always willing to chat golf, and share his passion for club building, course architecture and wedge grinding.

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11 Comments

  1. Vince

    Oct 10, 2019 at 9:54 pm

    Kduooooooche, kduooooooooche…

  2. Dave

    Oct 9, 2019 at 6:39 pm

    Just another golf gimmick.

  3. Appalled

    Oct 9, 2019 at 6:41 am

    Ooooh, my Ping pinch comment didn’t make it past the censor patrol? Oh, but you guys can tolerate the endless Matt Kdooooosh etchings?

  4. TV Man

    Oct 8, 2019 at 9:53 pm

    Kduooooooooooooooche, kduoooooooooooooooche….

  5. rjvanro

    Oct 8, 2019 at 9:19 pm

    They could have made this even more ugly by stamping the word “KING” the entire length across the blade. Some may like it … but it looks like the branding on a tire. Makes this look like a Walmart special.

  6. jgpl001

    Oct 8, 2019 at 5:40 pm

    Is this a Cobra iron?

    I’d never have guessed..

    I might just give this one a miss

  7. JP

    Oct 8, 2019 at 10:01 am

    And these are different from P790, i500, PXG, i700, foam filled etc…?
    How?

    They’re all doing the same thing. Cobra is just late to the party.

    • JThunder

      Oct 8, 2019 at 2:36 pm

      I hear Toyota is making a car with 5 wheels. Now THAT will be different!

      • Moosejaw McWilligher

        Oct 8, 2019 at 2:38 pm

        I hear TaylorMade is making a square golf ball filled with strawberry jello. THAT will be different!

    • Dsnip

      Oct 8, 2019 at 5:42 pm

      Cobra is late to the party but at a much cheaper price. Big reason why I am a Cobra fan over Taylormade and Callaway.

  8. Adam

    Oct 8, 2019 at 9:19 am

    sharp

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Today from the Forums: “Recommend me a 14th club…”

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Today from the Forums showcases our members helping out ewe8523 who is on the hunt for a 14th club. Per ewe8523:

“My home course is fairly short 6050 yards, so I’m not really in a position where I have to hit a lot of long fairway shots. There is one par 5 on each side – 548 and 449 respectively.

Open to other options as well.

Including current specs and avg distance.

  1. Driver – Cobra F9 – 250 yards
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  3. Hybrid – Callaway Epic – 200 yards
  4. 5 Iron – Callaway Apex CF16 – 175 yards
  5. 6 Iron – Callaway Apex CF16 – 165 yards
  6. 7 Iron – Callaway Apex CF16 – 155 yards
  7. 8 Iron – Callaway Apex CF16 – 145 yards
  8. 9 Iron – Callaway Apex CF16 – 130 yards
  9. PW – Callaway Apex CF16 – 115 yards
  10. 50 Degree – Vokey SM6 – 100 yards
  11. 56 Degree – Vokey SM6 – 75 yards
  12. 60 Degree – Cleveland CBX – Bunker Only
  13. Putter – Scotty Cameron Newport 2
  14. ?”

WRXers have been giving their suggestions on what could work best for ewe8523, and also discussing what they have found most useful from a 14th club standpoint.

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.

  • heathpitts: “Very similar setup and gapping to my setup. Although my wedge lofts are a bit different. I have wedges at 50, 54, 58, and 62 but generally, only carry 3 per round. I adjust the 54-62 based on where I’m gonna play. I do also have a graphite shafted 3 utility iron that I play around with as a driving iron, but I see that you haven’t really found one that you like. I adjust the 14th club based on the course or conditions or time of year (due to different wedge grinds) sometimes but try to keep it as simple as possible. I think your setup is pretty good honestly. I always seem to score better with fewer options, so I don’t try to get cute with shot selection 🙂 I play 13 clubs a lot of times.”
  • MP4444: “I agree with the others on a club to hit that 185-190yrd spot. Either a hybrid or an iron with extra help compared to the CF16s. I personally have a 4 hybrid and a more game-improvement style 5 iron that I use interchangeably for this spot in my bag depending on how I’m striking the ball. When my ball striking is on, I usually prefer an iron in this spot because my misses are smaller, but it’s nice to have the help of a hybrid when I’m not feeling so on with my game. If you go the iron route just be sure to check out the lofts to ensure the proper gapping. Some game improvement and super game improvement type irons have stronger lofts so you may need to look at a 4 or 5 iron depending on the model. I would also recommend hitting both on a launch monitor and comparing peak height and spin numbers. You are still typically looking to hold a green at this distance, so you want to make sure you are getting enough height and spin to have a chance.”
  • Z1ggy16: “The obvious choice is like a 188-yard club but if you never need that shot… Why spend the money? Other option is like a 64* wedge, but that’s probably going to get you into trouble more often than not. I’d lean toward the 185-190 yard club, probably another hybrid, gives you more flexibility if you play other courses that are longer.”
  • crapula: “Higher lofted Callaway Epic?”

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Today from the Forums: “Best 54/56-degree wedge for a sweeper?”

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Today from the Forums we take a look at 54 and 56-degree wedges which are effective on full shots from tight lies. WRXer, 10of14, is a sweeper of the ball and has reached out to fellow members who have been giving their suggestions in our forum.

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.

  • dhen9: “M grind or ES Glide 2.0.”
  • PowerCobra98: “Callaway MD4 or MD5 with the C Grind.”
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  • NYCGolfNut: “I’m the same. M grind Vokey – 8 deg bounce, heel and toe relief. Works great.”

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Today from the Forums: “Searching for a 5-wood”

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Today from the Forums we take a look at 5-woods, with WRXer, RAMDAN, on the hunt for a new addition to his bag. Our members discuss the options on the market and give their take on the best models from their experiences.

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.

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  • KGilma: “I just replaced my F6 baffler with the F9. It is a definite upgrade. I still have the F6 if you’re interested.”
  • bjh1: “Recently got an Epic Flash 5 wood (regular, not sub-zero), and I am loving it! Can’t go wrong sticking with the Callaway.”
  • jah7838: “I agree with those mentioning the Baffler and the other various Cobra offerings. F8+ and F9 Tour are really good clubs. I just got the F9 Tour 3 wood, and it’s really easy to elevate with the right shaft. I still have my Baffler that I’m going to mess around with as my 5 wood. I was using it as my 4 wood for last season, and really liked it, but I found a good deal on a like-new F9 Tour 3 wood that I couldn’t pass up. The issue I’m going to have with the Baffler as my 5 wood is that I’ve had my Adams 19* XTD Super Hybrid that it’s going to have to beat out. I’ve had that club for so long now, and I’m going to have a hard time not keeping that one in the bag. It’s not a knock on the Baffler; it’s just how much I trust the XTD.”
  • AG12: “I just was given a PING G410 5W to try, and I think it’s the easiest FW to elevate and just wants to go straight. I think j the Tour 75 shaft that PING offers is a great shaft as well. Worth a look if you’re in the market.”

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