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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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Chris Baker WITB 2020

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  • Equipment accurate as of January 2020

Driver: Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero Triple Diamond (9 degrees, D1 setting)
Shaft: Nippon N.S. Pro Regio Formula M+ X 65

3-wood: Callaway Epic Flash (15 degrees, NS setting)
Shaft: Nippon N.S. Pro Regio Formula M+ X 75

5-wood: Cobra King F9 Speedback Tour (17.5 degrees)
Shaft: Nippon N.S. Pro Regio Formula M+ X 75

Irons: Cobra King F9 Speedback (4), Miura MC-501 (4-PW)
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour 130

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM8 (50-08F, 56-10S, 60-06M)
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour 130 (50), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 (56, 60)

Putter: Scotty Cameron TSB Prototype
Grip: SuperStroke SS2R

Grip: Golf Pride Tour Velvet

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All-new Callaway Jaws MD5 Raw and tour-inspired T-Grind wedges

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Callaway is adding to its successful Callaway Jaws MD5 lineup with a new grind and a new look: MD5 Raw and T-Grind wedges.

The Callaway Jaws MD5 story

As we covered in the original 2020 Callaway MD5 launch piece, these wedges are more than just a stepping stone for the engineering team at Callaway, and instead are a complete evolution of how they design and manufacture their wedges. Here’s why: By reinventing the overall groove shape compared to previous models, they have succeeded in increasing both spin and total control on full and less-than-full shots.

The proprietary groove design of the Jaws wedge gets the contact radius right to the limit set forth by the governing bodies. How closes are we talking?” So close that the initial response from Callaway’s manufacturing partner was “Sorry, we just can’t do this” because the failure rate was close to 50 percent of heads becoming nonconforming.

The solution for Callaway? Changing the cutting tool used on the grooves every 15 wedges. Sure, you could attempt to get more life out of each tool, but when you have everyone from recreational players to the world’s best putting them in play, you can’t make sacrifices.

Callaway 2020 MD5 JAWS Wedge Grooves

2020 Callaway Jaws MD5 wedge: groove detail

The end result is the MD5 Jaws spins over 10 percent more on shots hit around the green compared to the Callaway MD4 and launches lower by one degree. Lower launch is important, because if you talk to any short game coach with a launch monitor, or Roger Cleveland, in Callaway’s case, you will quickly realize that being able to control launch with a wedge is just as important as it is with a driver. A lower-launching wedge means the coefficient of friction is higher since the ball isn’t riding/sliding up the face—and boom, you have a greater ability to hit the “low checker.”

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The raw finish

After many years of limited retail availability, raw wedges have come back in style in a big way thanks to more golfers understanding the benefits of an unplated wedge—it also helps that the most popular finish option in professional golf is raw and unplated too.

The Callaway Jaws MD5 Raw is made from 8620 mild carbon steel to offer a soft feel. Over time, the unplated finish will patina to reduce glare—nothing worse than trying to hit a wedge shot on a sunny day and having the full reflection of the sun nearly blind you in the process.

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The Raw MD5 maintains all the other design features of the already available MD5 wedges, including the four ports and medallions on the back of the head to raise CG for greater trajectory control—but also gives golfers the added option to customize through Callaway Customs.

The T-Grind story

Just like how raw finishes have grown in popularity, so have wedge grinds that offer greater versatility on full and partial shots around the green. The new T-Grind (available in 58 and 60-degree lofts) is a popular choice because it has a higher measured bounce in a standard neutral playing position, but thanks to the crescent sole with heel, toe, and trailing edge relief, the leading edge can get closer to the ground on shots played with an open face.

This puts bounce where you need it and takes it away from places you don’t. Compared to the similar-looking X-Grind (available in 54 and 56-degree lofts) the T has less bounce which can also help players that are more shallow or play in softer more lush conditions.

The new T Grind will also look different from address compared to the standard higher lofted MD5 wedges because they have a slightly thicker topline to raise CG for controlled ball flight.

Availability, Specs & Pricing

The new MD5 wedges will be available for purchase at retail and online starting June 4, and the retail price is $159.99

Lofts – (Italicized are the new grind options)

Right Handed:

  • 50° S Grind,
  • 52° S Grind
  • 54° S and X Grind
  • 56° S and X Grind
  • 58° S,  X, and T Grind
  • 60° S, T, and X Grind
  • 62° C Grind

Left Handed:

  • 52° S Grind
  • 56° S Grind
  • 60° S Grind

The wedges come with 3 premium stock shaft options, Steel: Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S200. Graphite: ProjectX Catalyst 80, and UST Recoil wedge F1 ( Ladies flex only )

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What GolfWRXers are saying about Cleveland’s CBX2 wedges

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In our forums, our members have been discussing Cleveland’s CBX2 wedges. WRXer ‘hammergolf’ wants to hear from single-digit players who are currently playing the wedges, and our members have been sharing their thoughts on the clubs with plenty of praise for the wedges in our forums.

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.

  • cfmgolf: “I am definitely a believer. Tried it on a whim at a PGA SuperStore in FL last fall and was stunned by the consistency of it. Changed from a RTX3 to the CBX2 in my 52* gap within a couple of weeks. Now that we are back in OH for the summer, I changed out 3 wedges (Ping Glide 3.0, and 2 of the RTX 4’s) for an entire bag of the CBX2’s. I am trying the full face in my 56* and found it to be very good also. Biggest benefit for me has been the consistency of the CBX line. Shots out of the rough that can be high on the club don’t really lose much – i.e. more forgiving. I go between a 6-8HCP, and short game is my strong point. Very happy with them so far.”
  • JCRay33: “6 handicap here and bought a couple CBX’s (54 and 58) from 2nd swing a couple months ago and absolutely love them! Way more forgiving than typical blade wedges (had vokeys before) and great feel as well. It’s easy for ego to get in the way and not want to get these, but once you realize, all that matters is performance the choice is a no-brainer and results speak for themselves really.”
  • mortimer: “CBX2 50. Excellent gap wedge for full, 3/4 shots and chipping. Forgiving, consistent and more than acceptable spin numbers. Also offset is fine to my eye. Having said all that I would not game a 58/60 degrees one if you like to manipulate the face for different shots around the green as I do. Intrigued though with the new full-face but have not seen one in person yet.”
  • Simp: “I have a set of 58, 54 & 50 raw CBX2’s allegedly tour issue, and I love them. The 58 has a grind that is lovely. I’m a 0 FYI.”
  • nicelife: “I have Srixon irons and Mizuno T20 wedges. I found the CBX2 50 was the perfect transition club between sets. LOVE the Srixon/Cleveland V-Sole. Visually the face has more grooves than I would normally like to look at, but its performance more than makes up for it. I really like the satin finish. So much so I’m thinking about refinishing my irons. Go for it you won’t be sorry.”

Entire Thread: “Cleveland’s CBX2 wedges”

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