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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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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 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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  1. Rich Douglas

    Nov 4, 2019 at 11:26 pm

    The Winn Excel is my favorite grip ever. Because it’s so soft, I can maintain a firm grip with less pressure, easing tension though my wrists and arms. I don’t really care about the dampening effect. Caution, though: these grips are light (42g) and can add a couple of swingweight points if you’re coming from a heavier grip. Some players feel that doesn’t matter; they don’t notice. But I do. I can’t feel one, but I CAN feel two.

    Yes, they wear out quickly. So change them.

  2. TheGreek33

    Nov 2, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    LAMKIN CROSSLINE ALL THE WAY. HOPE THEY NEVER GO AWAY

  3. Jose

    Nov 2, 2019 at 12:19 pm

    Amazing GP Victory or Tour Wrap wasn’t on this list. #NotMyList

  4. Jimmy Ray

    Oct 29, 2019 at 9:20 am

    I’m just glad nearly everyone in the thread has crushed the writer for not including GP Victory, Victory Cord, or Velvet. I’m surprised he didn’t include the GP Dimple in that list or the Avon Chamois!! Happy to see Royal called out, their rubber was superior, but I’m gonna toss one out to jog everyone’s memory: Avon Nexus, “made from car tire rubber”. I installed one on a 2-iron back in the mid-80’s and I swear it was tacky until I put a hybrid in play 20 years later. As far as being available today, I just installed the Lamkin Player’s Cord on my entire set, pushing out the Lamkin UTX. IMHO, far superior to GPVC.

  5. David Bergsvik

    Oct 26, 2019 at 12:58 pm

    Why are Tour Velvet grips #1, because they are the cheapest? My personal favorites are GP MCCs and the V-50 Victory Cord grips (50th Anniversary for GP). I wish they still made the V-50…

  6. Dave Smart

    Oct 25, 2019 at 11:07 pm

    Lamkin UTX…tacky,cord and long lasting. I’ve never seen an Iomic grip in play in 25 years of golfing. Where did that come from?

  7. Speedy

    Oct 21, 2019 at 3:36 pm

    Tour Velvet, Green Victory, New Decade, and a couple of Lamkins after that.

    Golf Pride rocks, always has.

    • Funkaholic

      Oct 24, 2019 at 1:45 pm

      Honestly I have used both and GP and Lamkin and the difference is minimal, for the price I prefer Lamkin crosslines.

  8. Ray Jenks

    Oct 20, 2019 at 12:45 pm

    Surely the BASIC Golf Pride Tour Velvet must be light-years ahead of any grip ever manufactured – and that’s before taking into account the undisguised basic Tour Velvet grips that Golf Pride have customised with OEM names … Ray J.

  9. Gary Nelson

    Oct 20, 2019 at 12:49 am

    As others have mentioned leather wraps are number one. Winn grips are the worst I have ever played they are slippery after a round or two and they don’t hold up very well. Tour wrap are really good grips for durability and playability.

  10. Craig

    Oct 19, 2019 at 8:51 pm

    This article is click bait.

    • Thomas A

      Oct 21, 2019 at 10:30 am

      Every article on the internet is click-bait.

  11. Jim

    Oct 19, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    They left out the Lamkin Permawrap full cord. Sadly no longer made, but my favorite grip of them all.

  12. Jim

    Oct 19, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    I think they stopped making my favorite grips some time ago, the Lamkin Permawrap full cord. Been playing 50 years, tried many others and they’re still my favorite. I’ve now gone to the GP New Decade Multi-compound which is a decent substitute.

  13. Bobby

    Oct 19, 2019 at 7:14 pm

    Golf Pride Victory grip must be included

    • cody

      Oct 20, 2019 at 12:14 am

      I was going to say the same thing,, Ryan you completely dropped the ball on this one. This should be top of the list.

  14. Seal Golf

    Oct 19, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    This is strictly a case of “History began the day you were born.”

    Golf Pride Victory, cord and non-cord, has to top the list. In my 44 years in club repair, I have never had anyone ask for an Iomic grip.

  15. RONALD

    Oct 19, 2019 at 1:33 pm

    Why no mention of removal of black Excels that were on clubs left in a hot trunk?
    The sloppiest re-grip of all time.

    • Rich Douglas

      Oct 25, 2019 at 2:10 pm

      Hopefully, it got you to stop leaving your clubs in a hot trunk. Good thing to do before the epoxy on a head loosens and it goes flying up against your playing partner’s head during a practice swing.

  16. BeachBum

    Oct 19, 2019 at 1:17 pm

    Can’t believe Pure isn’t on the list. I’ve used everything and Pyre Grips are the best for me.

  17. Ray Liwanag

    Oct 18, 2019 at 5:04 pm

    I only play forged grips

  18. Dave r

    Oct 18, 2019 at 12:35 pm

    Where’s the new one that adds 20 yards ? What’s the name again smasher grips. Got to get me some.

  19. Billy

    Oct 18, 2019 at 12:02 pm

    tour wrap half cord or full cord!

  20. john

    Oct 18, 2019 at 12:01 pm

    i wonder how much wrx got paid for this ad

    • JP

      Oct 18, 2019 at 8:24 pm

      All the golfwrx staff get free grips for the next 5 years.

  21. James

    Oct 18, 2019 at 10:41 am

    All time, eh? 2 if them would hands down be GP Victory and Tour Velvet non-cords. Poor research.

  22. Scott Ostler

    Oct 18, 2019 at 4:08 am

    Must be a slow news day.

  23. Brian

    Oct 18, 2019 at 1:13 am

    How did Green Victory with or without Cords and The Classic Tour Wrap not make this list? I remember regripping Irons and Putters with Leather Wrap too! Ping has some GOAT grips too..

    • Craig van Nieuwkerk

      Oct 19, 2019 at 6:28 pm

      Would have been my nomination. Not as popular now but the default for about 25 years.

  24. I Get It - Kuch Sucks

    Oct 17, 2019 at 10:38 pm

    I am Lamkin guy and think Kuch is a d-bag too.

  25. Peter

    Oct 17, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    Super stroke has a pretty decent grip.

    • Tim

      Oct 18, 2019 at 10:07 pm

      This is about grips of all time. Super stroke would and should not be on this list.

  26. ProjectX

    Oct 17, 2019 at 10:06 pm

    Winn Grip Excel…gtfo. 90+% of aftermarket grips I see on the course are Golf Pride Tour Wrap 2Gs. I NEVER see a cord grip on the course and have seen the Iomic grips on the course once in my entire life and the guy playing them said they were the single biggest waste of money and in his bag. This list is hot garbage.

  27. cu2morrow

    Oct 17, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    75% of the clubs I see in stores have Tour Velvet

  28. Tom

    Oct 17, 2019 at 7:34 pm

    No Tour velvet = ZERO credibility… What about Tour Wrap??? The Green Victory grip .. probably the top 3 grips of all time..

  29. Winsome

    Oct 17, 2019 at 6:56 pm

    Tour Velvet not on the list? what a joke this article is.

  30. LamkinAreBest

    Oct 17, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    No doubt, Lamkin makes the highest quality grips, especially cords. Golf Pride cords are POS, so slippery and not durable. Lamkin are twice as grippy and last twice as long. Golf Pride is a cult of crappy grips that needs to be put down.

    • Bob Pegram

      Oct 19, 2019 at 2:02 pm

      I use Lamkin Crosslines (non-cord). They last longer than Tour Velvets and grip better than Tour Velvets when wet. Probably because their rubber is slightly firmer than Tour Velvets. Can’t use cord. They tear my hands up, especially as they get older, although the newer cord grips aren’t as rough as old ones many years ago.

  31. Jack Meawf

    Oct 17, 2019 at 4:11 pm

    Winn grips are cheapest grips there are. Its one of the biggest scams in the industry. Cant get them wet, squishy, the wrap layer moves around over the underlisting, material flakes off after about 3 rounds, and you have to change them out soon after. Only thing they are good for is peeling off the cheap wrap and use the underlisting for wrapping leather around. I would venture to say that the knockoff Champkeys last longer. Get that trash off the market and ban everyone from golf that buys that garbage.

  32. Matt Stovall

    Oct 17, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    Yes..the old Neumann calfskins were on more bags than all these combined as well as the classic “swingrite/griprite” Golfpride victories-pre the velvets listed above. Still have a box of them.

  33. ba ba booey Jr

    Oct 17, 2019 at 3:33 pm

    unfortunately the writer just reached age 18, so doesn’t remember neumann golf grips, Jack’s favorite and truly one of the best.

  34. someguyinboise

    Oct 17, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    If this story is really about “all time” then there are several glaring omissions. Start with plain old leather wrap. Rubber is still a relatively recent addition to the truly ancient game. How about the Golf Pride Victory (“Grip Rite Swing Rite”) or even the original Tour Wrap? Those grips were everywhere.

  35. Jeff E

    Oct 17, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    What about royal grips? They used to have a wrap grip that was super rough, and worked great in the Florida humidity

    • Poppa Shank

      Oct 17, 2019 at 5:00 pm

      It was called the royal diamond cord. Great grip, I wish they would bring it back.

      • Mower

        Oct 17, 2019 at 6:57 pm

        Yeah, it’s bizarre no one’s making anything like the wrap-full-corded grips like Lampkin (Golf Pride too) did in the 90s. Henrik Stenson played those on his clubs.

      • InJapan

        Oct 17, 2019 at 8:49 pm

        I can still get those.

      • Jeff E

        Oct 21, 2019 at 12:45 pm

        Yep. Those were the ones. When I played in college, everyone who hit my clubs said the grips were rough, but I loved them because you could still get a decent grip in rainy or humid conditions.

    • Jose Pinatas

      Oct 18, 2019 at 10:30 am

      Royal Sand Wrap??? Awesome grip.

  36. James Lue

    Oct 17, 2019 at 3:10 pm

    PURE DTX and Lamkin Crossline (blacked out). Grips last forever and don’t get all slick after six months, like Golf Pride.7

  37. kumat63

    Oct 17, 2019 at 2:39 pm

    Tour Velvet is way better and more popular on tour and among better players than TV cord (Eldrick Woods notwithstanding).

  38. Dan

    Oct 17, 2019 at 2:33 pm

    Grip Master Roo grips? Sure 2 kangaroos had to die for me to get mine but totally worth it.

    • MikeB

      Oct 19, 2019 at 7:00 pm

      Have had Grip Master kangaroo grips since I purchased the JPX900 when they came out. A quick scrub with warm water and soft bristled brush, and they are like new. Yes they can be expensive, but playing easily 100+ rounds a year, it’s worth it not buying and replacing grips one or two times each year. Plus the tackiness here in Florida is priceless. Warm them up a bit, and 40psi on the compressor, they slide right on.

  39. DukeOfChinoHills

    Oct 17, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    Winn Dry-Tac standard because they have a little cushion, aren’t heavy, and are pretty durable.

  40. Jason B

    Oct 17, 2019 at 2:23 pm

    I’ve played everything on this list except the Iomics. Golf Pride Tour Wrap 1/2 cord ribbed crushes everything on this list by a mile. And current ribbed grips are so weak they might as well be full round. It’s sad.

    • Simon

      Oct 18, 2019 at 3:09 am

      Well said .. the full cord with reminder rocks too

  41. Joe McManuis

    Oct 17, 2019 at 2:03 pm

    I would suggest that anyone looking for a cord grip should consider the Lamkin Players Cord grip as as an alternative to the both the Tour Velvet Cord and the Lamkin Crossline cord with the Players cord being available in both standard taper and reduced taper and being less rough than the Crossline Cord

  42. Whitney

    Oct 17, 2019 at 2:01 pm

    I’m amazed that Pure grips are passed over so much. Been playing them since they came out in 2008 and I think I’ve only had 4 sets. I don’t play every day, but these are THE best compound I’ve ever played, they last practically forever, I only changed to get a diff color but reused the older ones on another set! .
    Not a huge fan of Winn, played a bunch since inception of them but some decent putting grips.
    I liked the NewDecade Multi – but guess what, they wear out before a season is over, when new good feel.
    When I switched to Pure, I’ve never looked back, and they go on with an air gun! How innovative, you don’t really need tape. Change and ready to play instantly, what’s not to love about these, I will never change again!

    • Bob Pegram

      Oct 19, 2019 at 2:17 pm

      Any rubber grip including cords can be installed with air. Makes it easier, less messy, and quicker. Pure are designed to be installed without tape. With others I use two wraps of masking tape which is equivalent to one wrap of double-sided tape. They go right on and never slip. Also easier to replace when worn out. Double-sided tape doesn’t work with air – the grip sticks part way on.
      Using air with Winns often separates the “skin” from the underlistiong so won’t work.

  43. Kevin Hefner

    Oct 17, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    Any list without the Green Victory is null and void

    • oaks

      Oct 17, 2019 at 2:21 pm

      Green Victory and Green Victory Cord have to be included.

      • fla fla flooey

        Oct 17, 2019 at 3:30 pm

        gotta include victory and the tacky mac/tour wrap style

    • Dan

      Oct 17, 2019 at 2:29 pm

      I cant believe Victory didn’t make the list.

    • Poppa shank

      Oct 17, 2019 at 5:04 pm

      Barath has 16 years experience and didn’t include the tour victory? Did he start club fitting at age 2?

  44. JB

    Oct 17, 2019 at 1:54 pm

    Completely subjective article.

    • A. Commoner

      Oct 17, 2019 at 3:28 pm

      Maybe…. or: owing to a disregard of history, it was meant to appear in this month’s issue of Comedy Revue.

  45. J

    Oct 17, 2019 at 1:48 pm

    All time? There’s like 2-3 leather grips that are significantly better than most ot the ones listed and that were iconic in the pre-rubber era. This looks like a list of the top 5 grips of today.

  46. hajenius

    Oct 17, 2019 at 1:36 pm

    Maybe the most sold (and what I have understood the most used on tour) grip i the world? I like them, nad a lot of people put them on as a replacement grip too/

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Alex Noren WITB 2019

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  • Equipment is accurate as of the 2019 RSM Classic

Driver: Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero (8.5 degrees set at 7.5)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei Orange CK 60TXalex-noren-witb-golfwrx

3-wood: Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero 3+ (13.5 degrees set at 12.5)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana White 80X

Hybrid: Callaway Apex (18 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana HY 90X

Irons: Callaway Apex Pro 19 (4- 9-iron)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Callaway Jaws MD5 (46, 50, 56 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Putter: Odyssey O-Works 1W

Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft X

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet

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GolfWRX Spotted: Mizuno ST200 fairway woods & ST200X hybrid

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Mizuno ST200 Fairway Wood

A couple of weeks ago, we spotted the new Mizuno ST200 drivers on the USGA Conforming List (WRX Spotted: Mizuno ST200 Series Drivers) and now, we have confirmation that there will be matching ST200 and ST200x fairway woods, along with ST200x hybrids.

Although we don’t have any information on a retail release date or the technology that will be incorporated into the new Mizuno ST200 line—based on the pictures that we have so far there will be multiple options like the previous ST190 including an adjustable “tour” style 3 wood, non adjustable models, and the ST200X—which from everything we have heard about the driver, will be targeted towards slower swing speed players.

The known technologies appear to include a new version of the Amplified Wave Sole to condense mass near the front of the head and create greater rebound to increase ball speeds all over the face and shots hit lower on the face, like the previous fairway woods.

We also cannot confirm or deny whether the ST200 woods have a carbon composite crown like the previous ST190s, but if I was to guess, there is probably some kind of light crown technology used to increase discretionary mass—either carbon fiber, or a strong lightweight steel.

Mizuno ST200x Hybrid

Mizuno ST200X Hybrid

Hybrids are always an interesting club in any OEM’s line since they are generally targeted towards one of three golfers

  • The mid-range handicap
  • The better player
  • Super game improvement

The ST000X looks to be aiming towards the mid-range slower speed golfer to fall in line with the speculated demographic of the ST200X series. No visible technology beyond the wave sole, but I bet there is more than meets the eye to this club.

Whatever the case may be for the entire ST200 series from Miznuo, I’m sure we will start to see some of these clubs show up in color pictures soon, and we’ll bring you more info when we have it.

 

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Cobra Golf gets even faster with new 2020 SpeedZone and SpeedZone Xtreme drivers

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Cobra Golf has some serious heat with the new 2020 SpeedZone drivers.

Cobra Golf had a banner year in 2019, and now for 2020, the R&D team is again pushing the boundaries of manufacturing technology to maximize speed and forgiveness with the Cobra King SpeedZone and SpeedZone Xtreme drivers.

It was just over a year ago that Cobra Golf introduced the F9 SpeedBack driver, and it quickly became a contender for Best Driver of 2019—it was twice in the top 5 on the GolfWRX Best drivers of 2019 list. The SpeedBack was a low spin, fast golf club with great acoustics and a sleek profile.

So how did Cobra Golf engineers improve on a driver that had few flaws? In the age of high science golf club manufacturing where the majority of the differences between the OEMs from a performance standpoint has become a granular conversation, Cobra decided to subtly fine-tune what it did in 2019, and in that effort, hopefully, attract the players who weren’t 100 percent sold on F9.

Cobra, like most OEMs, relies on professional tours to help develop new products, and with the help of Rickie, Bryson, Lexi, and now Jason Dufner, Cobra is offering yet again a club that not only pleases the masses but also satisfies those playing at the highest level.

“Tour feedback is very relevant as we use our tour staff to help us design the products. We work w Rick, Bryson and Lexi on multiple occasions during the design and development process to help us create the best product, both for tour players and golfers in the market.” – Tom “T.O” Olsavsky, Head of R&D Cobra Golf

Let’s Get Into The Zones

The hot topic around the F9 SpeedBack was a very low CG, high MOI, and a precision milled face. All three have become the foundation of Cobra metal woods across the board. For 2020, Cobra Golf has done something completely unique to the market with the SpeedZone and Speed Zone Xtreme drivers.

The Zones tackle all the hotbeds of driver performance speed, stability, weight, CG, and overall performance.

1. POWER ZONE: (highlighted by the CNC Infinity Milled Face). Cobra has used CNC milling in its woods for a few years now and with great success. But what’s the step up from that? How do you build more consistency into a face that is already basically flaw proof? Well, you expand the milling even more—95 percent more. With the milling crawling all the way over the topline, the SpeedZone can now offer even more consistency across the face and ensure that each face is exactly the same. Quality control is taken a step further with 100 percent of the heads inspected.

“Infinity face is continuing our leadership in CNC milling by having more control over the structure of the face and the front of the head. So the benefits are more precise control of the face and head geometries.” – Tom “T.O” Olsavsky, Head of R&D Cobra Golf

2. STRENGTH ZONE: The 2020 Cobra Speedzone Drivers are all equipped with a Titanium T-Bar Speed Chassis that allows R&D to remove weight from the crown (25 grams total) and utilize it in the hot spots of the golf club (i.e. the perimeter and discretionary placements). The goal here is an even lower CG and higher MOI. Simple enough.

3. LOW CG ZONE: A really low and dead-center CG is what, in my opinion, made the F9 a winner. In the SpeedZone, Cobra went even further. 69 grams of mass (an increase for 40 grams in F9) have been strategically placed around the head to fine-tune launch conditions for any type of player.

4. AERO ZONE: This is the airflow portion of this machine. In the rear end of the crown, you will find what appears to be an exhaust area. This addition limits air drag, which in turn means increased clubhead speed.

LOOKS

The F9 not only looked fast but from a topline perspective sat as square as any head on the market. The only knock I ever had with it was optically it looked like a club that would be a challenge to turn over, it was almost too square if that’s possible. Although it’s a personal thing, I did hear that critique from better players over the past year. The Speed Zone has addressed that with the incorporation of the Infinity Face.

Having the milling bleed into the topline, it gives the appearance (at least for me) that there is a little curvature in the face which inspires a full release with little doubt that the toe will rollover. The paint schemes are carried over from F9 with a very noticeable black head, yellow detailing, and red racing touches. The SpeedZone is also available in a black/white finish.

It has an overall modern yet classic shape with plenty of bulge and roll in the face and a slightly open appearance at address. Definitely has the look of a “players driver.”

I believe that players who weren’t 100 percent sold off of the buzz of the F9 will find that the SpeedZone will be a hard one to pass over for the 2020 season if looks are what you seek.

FEEL/SOUND

I mentioned this numerous times over the past season: The F9 felt and sounded like a hammer. It had a classic thump in the acoustics and with the weight, placement has that heavy head feel that I love. The 2020 SpeedZone Driver is no different. In my opinion, the drivers are apples to apples in this category. This is always the biggest concern I have when new models are released. Yes, the tech is new, but is the impact experience altered at all? In this case, no. If you liked the F9’s sound and feel at impact, you will get more of the same in the SpeedZone. That’s a big win these days.

SPEEDZONE XTREME

This was perhaps the biggest surprise coming out of this release for CPG. The 2020 Cobra Speed Zone Xtreme is a blast to hit. For players looking for a stable, fast, forgiving and overall good time, this is your stick. Even myself, who always sprints towards the more “player” driven clubhead, I found the Extreme to be hard to pass up. It’s just so much fun.

“The EXTREME is expected to be very successful and will be terrific for many players out there in the market. Golfers are looking for distance and forgiveness/accuracy and want both in their driver. The EXTREME is our most forgiving driver ever and also provides great distance. The benefits of a larger address sized head are that the CG is further back, and this helps many golfers to square the face at impact while creating high launch but low spin trajectories which are benchmarks for distance.” – Tom “T.O” Olsavsky, Head of R&D Cobra Golf

TECH

The 2020 Cobra Speed Zone Xtreme carries with it a slightly larger profile that allows more weight around the perimeter and a 17-gram weight that is placed behind the exhaust in the rear of the clubhead. Additional weighting and in contrast to its sibling, The Xtreme has only one visible weight placed at the back end of the sole creating the highest MOI Cobra has ever had and a high launch/low spin profile for the player.

Keep in mind, the Xtreme will satisfy all level of golfers—don’t be surprised if Bryson and Dufner have this in play in 2020.

LOOKS

Although the Xtreme has a larger playing profile than the SpeedZone, it’s not drastically different. Optically, it’s a bit of a longer profile face-to-back, and the top-to-bottom look is a bit shallower. Other than that, both drivers live in a similar “looks” sandbox and as a testament to all OEMs these days; the “player” drivers and “playable” drivers seem to ask less from players from a sacrifice point of view.

FEEL/SOUND

No surprise here: the 2020 Cobra Speed Zone Xtreme driver feels and sounds amazing. If anything, there is a slightly less heavy head sound/feel, but it’s minuscule and only gear fanatics like myself will even notice.

THE TAKEAWAY

Winner on all fronts, Cobra had a rockstar driver in 2019 and got five percent better in 2020. Five percent better these days is a big deal. Simple as that. If you were on the fence with the F9, the slight tweaks to this year’s offering should kick you off the edge.

SPECS (Provided by Cobra Golf)

Model MyFly8 Loft Settings
10.5o Driver 9.0, 9.5, 9.5 Draw, 10.5, 10.5 Draw, 11.5, 11.5 Draw, 12.0
9o Driver 7.5, 8.0, 8.0 Draw, 9.0, 9.0 Draw, 10, 10.0 Draw, 10.5

Both the 9 and 10.5-degree driver are available in a Tour Length offering, featuring a shorter shaft length (44.50”) and a six gram and 18-gram weight in the front and back to dial in swing weight. Inspired by Rickie Fowler’s 43.50” driver.

King SpeedZone Xtreme driver specifications for both men and women

Model MyFly8 Loft Settings
12.5o  Women’s Driver  11.0, 11.5, 11.5 Draw, 12.5, 12.5 Draw, 13.5, 13.5 Draw, 14.0
12o Driver 10.5, 11.0, 11.0 Draw, 12.0, 12.0 Draw, 13.0, 13.0 Draw, 13.5
10.5o Driver  9.0, 9.5, 9.5 Draw, 10.5, 10.5 Draw, 11.5, 11.5 Draw, 12.0 
9o Driver 7.5, 8.0, 8.0 Draw, 9.0, 9.0 Draw, 10, 10.0 Draw, 10.5

All lofts in the Xtreme model are available in a Tour Length configuration in the 44.50” length with a 14 g weight in the back to dial in swing weight.  Each driver is available in the golfer’s choice of Gloss Black/Yellow or Matte Black/White head colors (Women’s is available in Gloss Black/Rose Gold) and comes equipped with a Lamkin Crossline (58+) Connect – Black grip and 4 premium aftermarket shaft options: a high-launch/mid-spin UST Helium (4 F2– A-Flex or 5 F3– Regular Flex); a mid-launch/mid spin Tensei CK AV Blue 65 (Stiff and Regular); a mid-launch/low spin Project X HZRDUS Smoke Yellow 60 (X-Stiff and Stiff); or the low launch/low spin Aldila Rogue Silver 60 (X-Stiff, Stiff). In addition, 20-plus no-charge premium shaft upgrades are available through custom. 

All SpeedZone products are available at retail and online, January 17, 2020.

 

 

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