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Top 10 “modern classic” fairway woods of all time

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This could be one of the most hotly contested topics in golf club history: What are the best fairway woods of all time?

Originally, this list was going to be a “top 5,” but after a lengthy discussion with a lot of golfers, it quickly became way too difficult to get the list to only five, unless I wanted to deal with civil unrest. So instead, we’re going bigger and giving you the top 10 modern classic fairways woods of all time—along with a few noted additions.

From a fitting perspective, what makes a great fairway wood is a debated topic is because they have to be endlessly versatile. A single fairway wood can play so many different roles to an individual player. What is a unicorn perfect fit to one might be an un-hittable nightmare to another, depending on swing dynamics. From a fairway finder, to a par-5 killer, to a perfect yardage club on a tough par 3, whatever reason you have to hold onto your favorite fairway wood is personal, and like a good friend you truly never want to let it go.

In no particular order, here are the top 10 greatest “modern classic” fairway woods.

TaylorMade V Steel

It is impossible to have a discussion about the top modern fairway woods of all time without having the TaylorMade V Steel come up within seconds. The V Steel was released around the time of another classic early 2000s era TaylorMade—the 200 Steel, but as far as staying power the V Steel is still found in golf bags thanks to its design and versatility.

The V-shaped sole greatly improved turf interaction (TaylorMade’s take on the Warbird sole), and at the time it was introduced, it was a fairly large head that went all the way to a 9-wood. It was offered in both a steel shaft and stock M.A.S. 2 fairway-specific graphite shaft, which some golfers still swear by.

Titleist PT (970)

At one point in time, years after its initial release, the Titleist PT was still the most sought after fairway woods on the planet for one reason: Tiger Woods. The PT (Pro Trajectory) was not a club designed for the less-skilled player. It was a low MOI, workable little beast that allowed you to curve a ball to your heart’s content.

Beyond his famous Scotty Cameron, the Titleist PT was one of the last holdouts in Tiger’s bag until the Nike Ignite T60 came along. There were multiple variations of the PT fairway wood, including the bore through from my personal collection (pictured), the non-bore through, and the 970. Each one slightly different, but all unmistakably Titleist PT.

Ping TisI Tec

The TisI Tec was “the” titanium fairway wood before titanium was really a thing in fairway woods. The TisI Tec woods incorporated a lot of the same technology as the driver, including a multi-material head, adjustable (from factory) hosel sleeve, and thin casting technology to get it as hot as possible. Just like the driver, it came with a steep price tag when it was initially released ($499), but that didn’t stop a lot of players from putting them in the bag—and once they found their way in, they didn’t leave.

Famous professional holdouts of the TisI Tec fairway woods were Miguel Ángel Jiménez and Angel Cabrera, who had one in the bag when he won the 2007 U.S. Open 5 years after the Tec was initially released and Ping was already at the V1 Rapture and G5 series. It was by no means a traditional-looking club, but when you want to break barriers, you have to break the mold, and Ping did that with the TisI Tec Titanium.

Sonartec SS-07

Sonartec was the little fairway wood company with a big following. Originally brought to North America with licensed technology from Royal Collection, the original SS Series woods with the Driving Cavity changed the way golfers looked at how a fairway wood could perform. You could argue over which Sonartec model was truly the best, since they were all so good, but the SS-03 and the SS-07 with the longer bendable hosel were the two most players gravitated towards. There was even a Nick Price “signature” model named the NP-99 that had a cult-like following too. (On a side note, there isn’t a tour player on the planet that played more doomed company equipment that Nick Price)

In the late 90s and early 2000s, the initial era of “full-bag” OEM sponsorship, the fairway wood was still the one club most players could negotiate. The most famous players beyond Price with the Sonartec would have been David Duval who used one to win the Open Championship, among many others victories.

Callaway Original S2H2, Big Bertha Warbird

These clubs were so hard to compare for different reasons I had to put them together. The Original S2H2 stood for Short Straight Hollow Hosel and was one of the very first “forgiving” fairways woods—forgiving being a relative term now. It was a hollow cast steel clubhead with a bore through design. By eliminating the top part of the hosel, weight was saved and the CG was lowered to make it easier to hit.

The most notable player to ever use the S2H2 was Fred Couples, who played one for more than a decade and only finally replaced it with a Callaway FT-i Tour Squareway wood—talk about a tech jump!

The follow-up Warbird fairway wood offered the same S2H2 hosel, but in a much shallower head shape to further lower CG and improve ball flight. To help improve ground contact with the larger head, the Warbird had concave heel and toe pockets to reduce resistance. The warbird sole design was a mainstay in Callaway’s line for decades, and its lineage can still be seen to this day. It even made a full comeback with the V-series a few years ago, which was another underrated club.

Olimar TriMetal

A multi-material head with a maraging steel face, you would have thought the Olimar TriMetal was a club that debuted in the mid-2000s, but instead it was right out of the 90s. The brainchild of legendary club designer Jesse Ortiz (aka the guy who brought us the Bobby Jones Hybrids), the TriMetal was ahead of the game in technology.

It was the first fairway wood to use a strong maraging steel face that saved weight and allowed for repositioning of mass to bump up forgiveness. The TriMetal was an extremely shallow clubhead that was easy to elevate. It came in a huge variety of lofts all the way down to 9 degrees—yes 9 degrees in a fairway wood! For many golfers, this shallow design was a game saver, and like many on the list, you can still find these now at very reasonable prices.

Tour Edge Exotics CB1

The CB1 fairway wood was one of the first mainstream clubs to introduce the world to combo brazing, which is where the CB1 name originates. Brazing is the process of joining two metals with a filler material at a lower temperature (lower than the other two metal’s melting points) to creating one piece. It’s similar to welding but is a lot cleaner, saves weight and is an inherently more expensive process.

The CB1 had a thin titanium cup face brazed to a heavier steel body to maximize forgiveness and remove any unnecessary weight away from the clubface. This resulted in an extremely fast, extremely forgiving design that launched the Exotics line to where it is today. Like other clubs that pushed the boundaries of technology, it was close to 30 percent more expensive than other fairway wood at the time, but for those who hit it and still play them, the price was more than justifiable.

Adams Tight Lies 

The fairway wood that turned fairway woods upside down (obligatory eye roll) and forever linked Adams with being a leader in fairway design! Adams Golf was just a tiny startup when it introduced the very first Tight Lies fairway wood in 1996 to the golfing world with infomercials.

The “upside-down” head design offered a very low CG and gave amateurs who struggled with hitting shots off the deck renewed confidence. The design and shape were so popular that almost 20 years later, Adams reintroduced the Tight Lies to a whole new generation of golfers with crown and sole slots that made it twice as fast (CT Measurement ) as the original but with the same classic shape.

TaylorMade RBZ

As much as you may have doubted the “17 yards longer claim,” I can say almost, without doubt, you went out and tried the TaylorMade RBZ to find out for yourself—I know I did. Introduced at a time when people wondered “what else can you possibly do to a driver?” TaylorMade pivoted and said, “watch what we can do with a fairway wood!”

The RBZ did everything it said it did by offering more ball speed and more distance to players of all abilities. The RBZ fairway woods were not just faster but notoriously stronger-lofted than stated loft by about a degree (I worked in a shop that measured hundreds of these), which also lead to lower launch and spin to also increase distance. As much as you could say the name RBZ (RocketBallz) was cheesy, which it was, this was the fairway wood that reenergized the entire category of clubs for every OEM.

It can also be noted for being the fairway wood that eventually lead TaylorMade to buy Adams Golf and all of its remaining design patents, including the sole slot.

Nike Ignite T60

This was the club that finally got Mr. Woods away from his beloved Titleist PT and into something with some modern technology. The Nike T60 followed the T40 by adding an additional 20g of Tungsten equalling (you guessed it) 60 total grams of tungsten in the sole of the club to create a low-spinning, fast fairway wood.  It was a deeper-faced design that offered a lot of workability and had a 455 carpenter steel face to do everything it could to push ball speeds.

Nike took a lot of unfounded heat early on for its metal woods, but this club really helped change people’s minds about what Nike could achieve, and like I said Tiger hit some pretty great shots with it (Thanks, Johnny Miller, for the 3-wood mention).

What do you think GolfWRXers? Are there any fairway woods you think belong in the top 10 that aren’t included? Any that are included you don’t think should be? Have your say below!

 

 

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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. Chris Aucoin

    Nov 13, 2019 at 12:53 am

    I’ve got the exact same Adams Tight Lies Strong 7 as in the picture above (And I got it for $1 at a thrift store).It’s my goto club for 150-170 yds

  2. Brian

    Nov 12, 2019 at 2:29 pm

    Still have and use my Titleist PT 15* with a True Temper X100 shaft. Got it around 2000-2001. Wont get rid of, I still hit it too good and love the look of it. Plus I love all of the looks I get from people that I play golf with! My 14 yr old sons buddies are amazed when they see it! They’re like, “how do you hit that thing”!!!

  3. John

    Nov 11, 2019 at 9:24 pm

    No Burner Tour Spoon????

    • Old Man

      Nov 17, 2019 at 8:12 pm

      The Tour Spoon was great! It could be used off the tee, off the fairway, and even to run up a chip. Wish someone had not stole mine.

  4. BC Golf

    Nov 11, 2019 at 3:35 pm

    KIng Cobra Hyper Steel, Alfie Tour shaft, game changer shot shaper

  5. GolferSrew

    Nov 11, 2019 at 9:55 am

    This is a really good list.

  6. Pelling

    Nov 5, 2019 at 10:06 am

    The Mizuno F50, F60, with Graffaloy Pro Launch Blue shaft, is an especially good club that’s easy to hit and feels solid!

  7. Tom

    Nov 2, 2019 at 6:36 pm

    In between the two s2h2 models was the pre warbird but with about the same head as the warbird in size. Only stopped playing mine with a steel shaft after realizing I had flattened out the face. Bought used in ‘97 removed in ‘09. Replaced with a used 906f4 15.5 With a blue graphite design shaft that I had So many sky marks I gave it paint job. Still in the bag.

  8. Ryan trish

    Nov 1, 2019 at 6:31 pm

    Burner 07 TP. Wtf

  9. Andy

    Nov 1, 2019 at 10:43 am

    The Sonartec and V-Steel are all time. I would’ve voted for the Nike SQ2 over the ignite.

  10. Steve

    Nov 1, 2019 at 7:24 am

    I still game an RBZ2 3 wood, it makes me wonder why I carry a driver at all.

  11. Jim

    Oct 31, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    I, at one time, had about 7 Ping Tisi Tec 3wds!! Loved them. Think I still have a couple. I also had/tried just about everyone on this list. ????????????????

  12. Jim

    Oct 31, 2019 at 8:44 pm

    I, at one time, had about 7 Ping Tisi Tec 3wds!! Loved them. Think I still have a couple. I also had/tried just about everyone on this list. ????????????????

  13. Samuel Navarro

    Oct 31, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    wonder what is today’s value of the pt woods , i have driver 3 and 5 wood

  14. paul rooney

    Oct 31, 2019 at 5:23 pm

    sonartec NP99 14 degree aldila nv 75 gm shaft it was great but only for a few weeks quite unforgiving but cult cos of tod Hamilton at troon and he had the hybrid
    mine is in the cellar if any body wants it

  15. Anserman

    Oct 31, 2019 at 3:05 pm

    No 200 smoothie? crazy talk!

  16. John Segursky

    Oct 31, 2019 at 1:38 pm

    Still game my Nike T60 with the stock xstiff shaft.

    For me it is an absolute cannon. No reason to replace it. Love it is the turf and the tee.

  17. Kevbot

    Oct 31, 2019 at 1:28 pm

    I’m surprised the Steelhead or Steelhead Plus didn’t make this list. Man, EVERYONE had at least one in their bag.

  18. Jon

    Oct 31, 2019 at 11:45 am

    King Cobra SZ. I might have to stick a new shaft in my old one and give it another run.

  19. Robert

    Oct 31, 2019 at 11:43 am

    I vote for the Callaway Warbird.

  20. Brandon Reeves

    Oct 31, 2019 at 9:54 am

    As someone said above, Adams Speedline Super and F11 should be on this list. The XTD was a bomber. Personally as good as the RBZ is the Speedline should be there just because it was the first face slot line and it delivered on the distance. JMO

  21. Pat

    Oct 31, 2019 at 8:58 am

    Adams should have been on again with the speedline series. It featured the speedslot tech Taylor Made stole for the Rocketballs. Utimately led to Taylor Made buying and destroying Adams golf. RIP

    S2h2 fairway woods were amazingly pure for such a small clubhead.

  22. Steve

    Oct 31, 2019 at 8:09 am

    Honestly, you could have made it a top 25 list and not had arguments. the list itself is really good, but i think a few that deserve at least a mention are:

    Titleist 906
    Adams 4060 (and really, that whole era of Adams tour heads)
    Cleveland Laucher Titanium
    Callaway Diablo Octane Tour (long Swedish sigh)

  23. Joe

    Oct 31, 2019 at 7:34 am

    11th on the list should be an Adams BTY… that thing was a tiny CANNON…

    • Ryan Barath

      Oct 31, 2019 at 9:16 am

      That was a great head, I had quite a few. The BTY and the BUL also both utilized Combo Brazing to get a Ti cup face.

  24. Joel

    Oct 31, 2019 at 6:21 am

    I had a PT13 as a 25 handicapper. Was hard going. Rick Shiels would be mortified that the Cobra Baffler didn’t get in there. I’ve attempted a few changes but keep reverting back to my Callaway X Type. Nice list.

  25. Justin Wheeler

    Oct 31, 2019 at 1:26 am

    I still game the Exotics CB1. It just works.

  26. Cody

    Oct 30, 2019 at 11:24 pm

    I think you just about nailed this list.

  27. TacklingDummy

    Oct 30, 2019 at 11:13 pm

    The TM V-Steel, Big Bertha, and RBZ are my favorites from the list. I would still play the RBZ fairway wood. I recently hit a RBZ driver paired with a Motare shaft and it was great.

  28. Mark M

    Oct 30, 2019 at 10:26 pm

    The Titleist PT was an amazing club when you hit it well. Punishing when you didn’t.
    My all time favorite was the TaylorMade Burner Bubble Tour Spoon (also 13°). Played it for about 10 years.

  29. loowaters

    Oct 30, 2019 at 9:07 pm

    I still have a Sonartec 5w in the bag.

    I tender playing the PT when it was originally released in the early 90s. Had the original, the bore thru re-release in ’01 (which may have been the last use of TT DG taper tip wood shafts) and I had a long line low 970 (steel shaft model). All so good.

    That Tour Edge CB 1 was the real deal, too.

  30. Elvis Presley

    Oct 30, 2019 at 8:20 pm

    @Dan! So true about the PT 13! My vote is with the V Steel, that was an awesome piece of equipment!

  31. DukeOfChinoHills

    Oct 30, 2019 at 7:38 pm

    The only upside for Nick Price is that he always had a fresh supply of hats.

  32. moses

    Oct 30, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    Wow some really great fwy woods listed. I played with most of them. My favorites were the V Steel Tour and RBZ.

  33. Dan

    Oct 30, 2019 at 5:13 pm

    Great calls on the Callaways and the Tight Lies. In 2003 I tried a PT 13 identical to Tigers specs and my elbows still hurt.

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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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