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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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Johnny Wunder is the Director of Original Content, Instagram Manager and Host of “The Gear Dive” Podcast for GolfWRX.com. He was born in Seattle, Wash., and grew up playing at Rainier G&CC. John is also a partner with The Traveling Picture Show Company having most recently produced JOSIE with Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner. In 1997 Johnny had the rare opportunity of being a clubhouse attendant for the Anaheim Angels. He now resides in Toronto, On with his wife and two sons. @johnny_wunder on IG

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13 Comments

  1. sam tucker

    Dec 6, 2019 at 9:30 am

    Shiels review shows not faster and not longer than F9….nice driver but no reason to upgrade.

  2. Enah

    Nov 21, 2019 at 9:13 am

    Looking good. Do they have them in let handed?

  3. JL

    Nov 20, 2019 at 2:33 pm

    F9 has been the best driver I have ever purchased… this one looks great to me, interesting how many people get offended by the colors on the bottom of a club. Can’t wait to give this one a few swings.

  4. Charlie

    Nov 20, 2019 at 1:37 pm

    Think the shaft specs got confused, guessing you meant that the Smoke Yellow would be low launch, low spin, and Aldila Silver Rogue more of a Low-Mid launch and spin.

  5. Curt

    Nov 20, 2019 at 12:44 pm

    Looks ok. Sounds like some good technology. WHAT! Yellow again no thanks maybe next years driver I guess.

    • JP

      Nov 20, 2019 at 2:09 pm

      There’s also a white one with matte black. Looks good

  6. Carlos Slimbagger

    Nov 20, 2019 at 12:32 pm

    Bring back the blue and/or orange colors. Yellow is for girls.

  7. Daniel Janyja

    Nov 20, 2019 at 6:25 am

    Nice looking stick. I’m no English teacher but “Even myself” is horrible grammar; give “Even I” a try.

  8. Brandon

    Nov 20, 2019 at 12:22 am

    The white one with the matte carbon crown is going in the bag.

  9. d

    Nov 19, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    fan of cobra…ugly colors…

  10. K

    Nov 19, 2019 at 11:55 am

    Looks like they are making sky marks a thing of the past!

  11. Mike

    Nov 19, 2019 at 10:31 am

    Really sad I didn’t give the F9 a look when I demoed drivers last year. I am happy that I got an M4 on a huge discount though.

  12. JP

    Nov 19, 2019 at 9:44 am

    This looks like a huge win for Cobra.

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Whats in the Bag

Chris Baker WITB 2020

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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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