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Cobra Golf SpeedZone fairway woods review

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New for 2020, Cobra Golf launches the SpeedZone fairway woods—and I believe they will get a very positive response.

One topic that always piques my interest during the launch season is to see how the OEMs will transfer driver head technology into fairways. It’s always more of a complicated issue, as you have about half the runway to work with, but the expectations from the consumer are the same. It needs to be fast, launch high, not spin, and look good—no easy task, even for the wizards in the R&D lab.

With the introduction of the new 2020 SpeedZone fairway woods, Cobra Golf stayed consistent with this endeavor. From where I sit, they have always made a good looking fairway wood, and over the past few years have had a couple of unicorns (F6 and F7 respectively) that are hard to get out of people’s bags. The 2020 Cobra SpeedZone series will, in my opinion, replace those old trustys (one model in particular).

Let’s talk about what we’ve got.

Like its big brother, the 2020 Cobra Golf SpeedZone fairway woods have hot zones built-in. This design offers a golf club that launches high, spins just enough, has a good amount of pop, and looks incredible.

SPEED ZONE/S

ZONE 1: THE POWER ZONE: Like years past, Cobra Golf has planted its flag in the CNC-milled face fairway wood. Now, unlike the driver, the milling does not bleed into the crown. However, the milling ensures not only a consistent face, but it also allows Cobra to deliver a face that is thin across the face without sacrificing feel or acoustics.

ZONE 2: THE FLEX and STABILITY ZONE: One of the features I have always loved about Cobra woods is its Dual Baffler rail technology. In this case, it’s been modified to serve a couple of functions. In the front rails, the walls have been thinned a bit to add a little more reflection for ball speed and of course, the baffler serves as the ultimate rudder to insure solid turf interaction and chew through a tight lie.  

ZONE 3: THE LIGHT ZONE: Like the driver, carbon fiber has been increased to the crown to save weight (10 grams) and added the weight to the bottom and rear of the golf club lowering CG.

As with all Cobra woods, the new 2020 Cobra fairway woods come equipped with MyFly adapters to tune in ball flight preferences.

THE MODELS

SpeedZone

Head volume: 167cc (3-wood), 156cc (5-wood), and 153cc (7-wood)

Face height: 27.6 mm

LOOKS

Classic shaping in a modern package. It’s a shallow face (but not too shallow) and the carbon fiber crown gives it a sleek look.

FEEL/SOUND

Not as thumpy as the driver but still a nice solid feel and sound.

SpeedZone Tour

Head volume: 148cc (3-wood), 145cc (5-wood)

Face height: 28.55 mm

LOOKS

Better player profile. Built to manipulate the golf ball off of any lie, up, down, left, right. Not necessarily built for distance, this fairway wood does have low launch/low spin characteristics, but ultimately, it’s a precision tool.

FEEL/SOUND

Nice dead head feel and sound for those looking for a heavy hit. This is not the most forgiving fairway out there. Like a forged blade, you are sacrificing forgiveness for workability. Better players will have no problem with that. The shiny carbon crown is a new touch and an improvement on the F9 Tour.

Speed Zone Big Tour

Head volume: 173cc (3-wood)

Face height: 31.2 mm

LOOKS

This is the crown jewel of the fairway line. The Big Tour has the biggest thumbprint of the line but also carries with it the best look and most versatility. It has a deeper face, a longer head face-to-back, and it just looks like it wants to fly. It’s an awesome looking golf club, and in my opinion, will be the sleeper of the better player fairway class in 2020.

FEEL/SOUND

The closest to the driver in this category. It has a heavy head feel and the acoustics give you that dead thump that better players prefer. The Baffler Rails are missing from the sole to move that weight elsewhere which is not a minus. The Big Tour is built for high launch/low spin bombs off the tee and the fairway.

OVERALL: It’s a really solid lineup for fairways. The new 2020 Cobra SpeedZone fairway woods will entice all golfers at all levels. This line has something for everyone.

Specs and Pricing Provided by Cobra Golf

MSRP USA $279 (all models)

KING SPEEDZONE Fairway

3-wood  13 o, 13.5 o, 13.5 o Draw, 14.5 o, 14.5 o Draw, 15.5 o, 15.5 o Draw, 16 o 
5-wood  17 o, 17.5 o, 17.5 o Draw, 18.5 o, 18.5 o Draw, 19.5 o, 19.5 o Draw, 20 o
7-wood 21 o, 21.5 o, 21.5 o Draw, 22.5 o, 22.5 o Draw, 23.5 o, 23.5 o Draw, 24 o
  • Colors: Gloss Black/Yellow or Matte Black/White
  • Grip: Lamkin Crossline (58+) Connect – Black
  • Shaft Options: High launch/mid spin UST Helium 4 (F2 – Lite flex) or mid launch/mid spin MCA Tensei AV Blue 65 (stiff and regular) 
  • Available in RH (LH available in custom) 
  • 20+ premium shaft offerings available through custom at no-charge

KING SPEEDZONE Tour Fairway

3-wood  12.5 o, 13 o, 13 o Draw, 14 o, 14 o Draw, 15 o, 15 o Draw, 15.5 o 
4-wood  16 o, 16.5 o, 16.5 o Draw, 17.5 o, 17.5 o Draw, 18.5 o, 18.5 o Draw, 19 o
  • Colors: Gloss Black 
  • Grip: Lamkin Crossline (58+) Connect – Black
  • Shaft Option: low launch/low spin Project X HZRDUS Yellow 70 (stiff and x-stiff) 
  • Available in RH only 

KING SPEEDZONE Big Tour Fairway

3-wood  12 o, 12.5 o, 12.5 o Draw, 13.5 o, 13.5o Draw, 14.5 o, 14.5 o Draw, 15 o 
  • Colors: Gloss Black/Yellow
  • Grip: Lamkin Crossline (58+) Connect – Black
  • Shaft Option: low launch/low spin Project X HZRDUS Yellow 70 (stiff and x-stiff)
  • Available in RH/LH 

Women’s KING SPEEDZONE Fairway

3-wood  17 o, 17.5 o, 17.5 o Draw, 18.5 o, 18.5 o Draw, 19.5 o, 19.5 o Draw, 20 o                                                                           
5-wood  21 o, 21.5 o, 21.5 o Draw, 22.5 o, 22.5 o Draw, 23.5 o, 23.5 o Draw, 24 o
7-wood 24 o, 24.5 o, 24.5 o Draw, 25.5 o, 25.5 o Draw, 26.5 o, 26.5 o Draw, 27 o
  • Colors: Gloss Black/Rose Gold 
  • Grip: Lamkin Crossline (58+) Connect – Black
  • Shaft Options: UST Helium 4 (F1 – Ladies flex)
  • Available in RH/LH (5W, 7W in LH available in custom only) 

 

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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.

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    Nov 19, 2019 at 9:50 am

    This is going to be an expensive offseason!

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Patrick Reed’s irons and playing golf club detective

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As golf writers with a specialty in golf club technology and an understanding of how the industry and supply chains work, it’s usually not overly difficult for us to draw some conclusions as to where particular clubs might come from. The reason being that as far as top-end quality components go, there are only so many places that have the capability to produce them—especially when it comes to creating thin cast/forged titanium woods or forged irons.

When a new club shows up, this puts us in the position of reading between the lines, closely comparing pictures, club designs, and even fonts, in an attempt to connect the dots.

One of the first examples of this in 2019 was Francesco Molinari’s custom Callaway irons—obviously different from the standard Apex MB model. Francesco even divulged some information about their Japanese roots in an interview with Golf.com’s Jonathan Wall “These [Apex MB] forged blades are made, I think, in Japan, so they’re slightly different from the standard muscle back.” I took a deep dive on these in a piece that can be found here. 

OEM Oversight

Don’t think for a second it’s only equipment junkies on the outside doing research to learn more about their favorite clubs or trying to track down prototype information—OEMs and equipment manufacturers do it too; they even have teams dedicated to the task.

One of the best examples of this is a group of engineers located in Titleist HQ in Fairhaven Massachusetts. Their primary role is to monitor their supply chain, but the other key part of their role is to keep up to date on what other overseas manufacturers are doing with their balls, including the “white label” balls being sold under various brands—a hot topic that has been discussed many times over. The reason this is key for Titleist/Acushnet is they are both designers and patent holders when it comes to golf ball IP (intellectual property), and Acushnet also owns its manufacturing, something only the largest companies can afford to do.

The “Patrick Reed Signature” Irons

Photo By: Royce Thompson (PGA Tour)

This brings us to Patrick Reed’s new “signature” irons, spotted earlier this week at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas. Patrick has been quiet on the subject beyond a few details including that he’s been working on them for over a year with a small Japanese company, and we would be hearing more at the beginning of January. First reported by PGA Tour’s Andrew Tursky, thanks to some digging on the USGA Conforming List, the irons are Manufactured by Emery JPN Co.

Here’s where the detective work kicks in: I went beyond the USGA’s list and starting searching for Emery JPN Co. online and came back mostly empty-handed until I had an idea. The USGA isn’t the only governing body to have conforming lists so I went to the R&A, and BINGO!

A quick search for Emery resulted in them being the parent company for a number of quality component OEMs including GrindWorks.jp , SAQRA , and Patrick Reed.

Just like with golf balls, phones or computers, smaller companies don’t own their manufacturing and instead rely on creating a design to then be built by a much large facility. With phones, that means Foxconn, with golf balls that means a few large companies in Taiwan and China, and for forged irons, that generally leads to Endo—one of the largest forging companies in the world—they even have they own in house brand, Epon. Considering that GrindWorks irons are known to be forged at Endo, I would be happy to draw a straight line to the Patrick Reed irons also being forged there too.

Until we have further details this is still speculation, but to see what other are saying in the GolfWRX forums check out the discussion here: GolfWRX Forums: Patrick Reed with new Irons

 

 

 

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Patrick Reed’s custom Scotty Cameron Captain America putter”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day showcases Patrick Reed’s custom Scotty Cameron Captain America putter. The Texan had the putter made for the 2018 Ryder Cup and didn’t put it into action, but Reed has the flat-stick in the bag this week at the Hero World Challenge, and it’s serving him well as he sits atop the leaderboard at the halfway mark.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say on the putter at the link below.

  • JBull1011: “Awesome looking putter!”
  • Cmiller6868: “My dream putter. This putter gets better looking every time I click on it.”
  • SubaruWRX: “I know it’s picky, but I wish he’d done white paint fill in the middle dot.”

Entire Thread: “Patrick Reed’s custom Scotty Cameron Captain America putter”

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Honma launches new premium Beres line with clubs featuring 24K gold and platinum accents

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Honma Beres Line

Honma has launched its new premium Beres line which includes drivers, fairways, hybrids and irons available in the brand’s 2,3,4 or 5 star grade options – with the 5 star option containing 24K gold and platinum accents.

The four full premium Beres product lines are defined by a star grade ranging from 2-5 stars. According to the company, the grades are differentiated by increasing levels of cosmetic detail, shaft performance and use of precious metals in the clubhead, culminating in a 5 star offering featuring both 24K gold and platinum accents.

Honma beres Line

Beres 5 str iron

Speaking on the all-new Beres line, Hiroshi Suwa, Senior Director, Product Development Division, stated

“Only Honma’s most experienced takumi are permitted to work on BERES. These golf clubs represent the soul of our company and are the ultimate artistic expression of our most talented clubmakers.”

The metalwoods of the Beres line feature maximum active speed slot technology that fully activates at lower swing speeds to increase distance. The sole slot of these metalwoods features deep side slot extensions designed to increase distance on off-center hits. A thin, internal, radial-ribbed face in the Beres drivers seeks to offer maximum distance potential off the tee.

Hona Beres Line

Beres 4 star irons

The maximum active speed slot technology extends to the new Beres irons where three sole slots, two internal and one external, aim to work to increase speed off the face for ultimate distance even at slower swing speeds. A 3D L-Cup face construction pushes weight back in the irons to visible weight pads designed to enhance forgiveness and speed on off-center hits.

Honma beres Line

Beres 3 star iron

The new Beres line also contains ARMRQ shafts which have been redesigned to increase distance – having been constructed with multi-axis metal hybrid armor technology visible under the grip for a high smash-factor design

For the 3-5 star grade options, Honma increased the use of special “twist fleuret” M40X composite material inspired by the shape memory characteristics of fencing swords – designed to provide players with extra distance.

Honma Beres Line

Beres 3 star driver

On the new premium line, Chris McGinley, Vice President of Global Product, said

“The new BERES brings modern, elegant beauty and high-performance technology to a wide range of golfers across all global markets who appreciate fine detail and impeccable craftsmanship in golf clubs.”

The all-new Honma Beres line is available for both men and women and can be purchased now in stores and online with prices ranging from $850 for the 2-star driver to $4,500 for the 5-star offering.

 

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