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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 a writer & the Digital Content Creation Lead for GolfWRX. He also hosts the "On Spec" Podcast on GolfWRX Radio discussing everything golf, including gear, technology, fitting, and course architecture. He is a club fitter & master club builder who has more than 16 years experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour professionals. He studied business and marketing at the Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and is the former Build Shop Manager & Social Media Coordinator for Modern Golf. He now works independently from his home shop in Hamilton and is a member of advisory panels to a select number of golf equipment manufacturers, including True Temper. You can find Ryan on Twitter and Instagram where he's always willing to chat golf, from course architecture to physics, and share his passion for club building, 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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Cameron Champ WITB 2019

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*Equipment accurate as of the Houston Open

Driver: Ping G410 LST (9.5 degrees, flat+, CG shifter in neutral, 5g face, 5g toe weight)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Smoke Green 70G-6.5 TX (44.25″, tipped 1.5″, D4)

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5-wood: Ping G410 (@17 degrees, flat standard, 5g face weight)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Black 95G-6.5 TX (41.75”, tipped 1.5″, D4)

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Irons: Ping i500 [3-iron (38.75″, 21 degree loft, 1 degree up)], Ping iBlade [4-iron (1/2 degree flat, standard length)], Ping Blueprint [5-PW (1/2 degree flat, standard length)]
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold X7 w/Cushin insert

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Wedges: Ping Glide Forged (50, 54 degrees) (1 degree flat), TaylorMade Hi-Toe (60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Ping PLD Prime Prototype (Stealth finish, straight arc, 34 3/8″, 19 degree lie, 2 degree loft, black shaft)
Grip: Ping PP58 Midsize Full Cord

Grips: Custom Lamkin Black 58R

Ball: Srixon Z-Star XV

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We hear the buzz words “3D printed” all the time these days. It’s a newer technology that has shown to have lots of applications in other industries, but golf hasn’t been one of those until now. 3D printing a putter is a pretty new adventure, but EV3D Golf is showing that it is going to be much more common very soon.

EV3D Golf is bringing new putter designs to us golfers that CANNOT be made through traditional casting or milling. 3D printing is the process of creating a putter layer-by-layer, allowing any supported shape you can think of. Even hollow designs like EV3D’s signature lattice features!

This gives EV3D engineers the ability to create putters that push the limits of MOI, feel, and of course look. The intricate lattice design does more than just look really cool, it also helps move weight to the outside and rear of the putter, increasing MOI in all models. All EV3D putters are printed from a combination of 420 stainless steel and bronze. This alloy gives the putter its responsive feel, excellent durability, and the ability to offer 3 finishes. They also offer a ton of different hosel designs to fit your eye and putting stroke, all are 3D printed as well. EV3D even adds custom touches like text in the cavity, different site lines, and paint fill to make it your own. Right now they offer 6 different head shapes, but if none of those are what you are looking for, they will work with you to print your dream putter from scratch!

We got our hands on 2 models, the EV3D Golf Ares X and Hades, to take out to the course and putt with. In hand the first thing that grabs your eye’s attention is the intricate lattice work on the putters.

All you want to do is hold the putter closer to your face and see how the heck they did it. At the right angles you can actually see through that lattice structure, but we were told that debris getting stuck in there isn’t an issue. The next thing you will notice is the rough texture of the head. This is created by the process of 3D printing the head, showing off the layers of material used to build the shape of the head. I don’t know if was intended but that rough texture does help with reducing glare, making the putters easy on the eyes even in the brightest conditions.

I personally really like the Antique Bronze finish, but EV3D does offer a Natural and Slate Black finish to suit your personal taste. Out on the putting green the Ev3D putters performed really well, offering a hefty dose of forgiveness and a crisp feel and sound. Traditionally modes like the Hades don’t offer much in the way of forgiveness compared to mallets, but the Hades shocked me with its off-center putts. Putts hit off the heel or toe stayed on line much better and I even made a couple that had no business even being close to the hole.

Distance loss on those mishits is about what you would expect, coming up a little short, but defiantly not a drastic difference. Since the EV3D line doesn’t have any fancy face milling, I was a little worried about the initial roll and if the ball would hop or skid. Initial contact was great, only met with a tiny bit of skid before rolling out. Nothing that I think effected even my longest putts. The feel off the face is something that reminds you of a quieter classic Ping BeCu putter, crisp with an audible click. If you are looking for a silent impact, like an Odyssey Microhinge, then the EV3D line might not be your cup of tea. If you are on a quest for exceptional responsiveness on well struck and mishit putts then you should be very pleased with any of the EV3D putter models. The feel of impact is a little firmer than I think we are all used to these days with so many inserts and deep milling. The crisp feel and slightly more audible EV3D is somewhat refreshing and mishit putts are extremely easy to recognize.

Overall, the EV3D putters are a solid offering from a new company utilizing a new technology in the golf club space. With all the combinations of putter heads, site lines, and hosels, I can’t see you not being able to find a putter that fits your eye. Looks for any putter are going to be subjective, but there is no denying that EV3D is pushing the limits at a time where we see a lot of similar putter designs from all manufacturers. And if you are the type of person who wants to create an original design of your own that has never been done, EV3D is waiting for that call to help you take your idea from thought to printed putter head! Check the entire EV3D putter line at the company website.

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Tour Velvet Cord Golf Grip

Grips might seem simple, but there is a lot that goes into making good ones. From formulating compounds, and adding color, to creating tooling to make sure they hit all of the required specs. Grips are often the most overlooked part of a golf club, and they shouldn’t be. The grip is the singular connection you as a player have with your clubs, and it should offer equal amounts of control and comfort, depending on how often you play and the weather conditions.

Yes, golfers generally pay a lot of attention to their putter grip,s but when it comes to the rest of a set, many golfers will just say “give me whatever is stock,” which is not a great idea.

These are the top-five grips of all time.

Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord

Tour velvet Cord Grips

How could we begin to talk about great grips without starting with the Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord? It’s the gold standard of durable all-weather performance. A soft rubber infused with a tight-weave cotton twill fiber (cord) adds additional traction that you just can’t get from an all-rubber grip on its own. It’s the most-used cord grip on tour and a favorite of golfers needing weather defying traction. (Honourable mention the classic non-corded Tour Velvet)

Winn Grips Excel

Winn Excel soft golf grip

The Winn Excel might not be the most durable or best all-weather grip ever made, but I challenge anyone to find a grip that offers greater comfort for fair-weather golfers, or players needing maximum shock absorption. The Winn Excel is Winn’s number-one selling grip of all time by a large margin, and speaking from experience, I have installed my fair share of full cases of these back in my big box retail golf days. From Winn “The Excel grip has been hailed by arthritic and hand fatigue sufferers as the reason they can still play golf.” With that in mind any product that is able to help golfers enjoy the game more belongs on the list!

Lamkin Crossline Cord

Another cord grip might seem like an odd addition to the list, but hear me out. Grip aficionados will tell you right away why they prefer the Lamkin Crossline Cord over others on the market. The taper is slightly different, the cord is a bit rougher, and for those in need of anything bigger than a standard grip—the Lamkin Crossline Cord is the ONLY full cord grip on the market that comes in an oversized option (weighing in at a whopping 76g). That alone makes it unique and earns its spot in the top five.

Iomic Sticky

Iomic Stick Golf Grips

Bold, colorful, and tacky are all words best used to describe the Iomic Sticky grip. It was one of, if not the first, mainstream grips in North America to offer a HUGE selection of color options and there’s a scientific reason why. Iomic grips are made from an elastomer resin, which is neutral in color: this means that any change to the color won’t change the weight of the grip, and that means you can mix and match up your set without having to worry about changing feel. It also gives grip designers endless freedom to come up with wild combinations too. According to Iomic, the elastomer resin offers a number of distinct advantages over rubber which includes lower torque, greater durability, and all-weather traction.

Golf Pride New Decade Multi-Compound

Golf Pride New Decade golf grips

Easily making its way into the top five is the Multi-Compound or as many call them the NDMCs. This grip was a game-changer for Golf Pride and the industry as a whole. It made grips “show up” on TV and got regular golfers to rethink their grip buying habits from just plain rubber to multi-material colorful options. From a performance perspective, the NDMC offers the best of both worlds, cord on the top (gloved hand) and a softer material under the bottom hand for additional traction and comfort.  Still considered a premium option, you can find New Decade grips on a lot of OEM stock products.

What do you think GolfWRXers? Are their any grips you think belong in the top five that aren’t included? Any that are included you don’t think should be?

 

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