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WRX Spotlight Review: 2020 Cobra SpeedZone drivers

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Recently, we penned our launch feature on the 2020 Cobra Driver offerings: the SpeedZone and SpeedZone Xtreme. The design of both drivers is based on optimizing six unique characteristics, which will result in improved performance and feel. This includes a milled face, carbon wrapped crown, and what they are calling a “strength zone,” places where their engineers have removed unnecessary weight, redistributing it. Like other major manufacturers, the line features two different drivers geared towards players who either wish to reduce spin (SpeedZone) or players looking to maintain or even add spin (SpeedZone Xtreme). The MAP for the drivers is $449, and like always Cobra offers a plethora of shafts options at no extra charge.

But the real question is how good are these drivers? In an impartial trial, we recruited two players to test the SpeedZone and SpeedZone Xtreme versus their current driver. Each participant hit balls until they were warmed up and then hit 10 balls on Trackman with their driver and then 10 balls with the Cobra SpeedZone Driver. During testing the launch angles and spin rates where very similar for both players with both clubs.

Participant 1: Mid 20s player, former competitive golfer with an index of 8.4. Current driver is 9.0-degree Titleist D2 with S-flex Even Flow. He tested his current driver versus a SpeedZone with an X-stiff Rogue shaft.

Results: On average with his current driver, Participant 1 averaged 249 carry distance with a best of 260.7. With the SpeedZone, Participant 1 picked up an average of 7 yards of carry, going from 249 to 256 and his personal best increased by 14 yards to 274.7.

Quote from Participant 1: “I was immediately comfortable with the club because it has a shape very similar to my Titleist (pear and pretty classic looking). In terms of performance, I was impressed; the club has a massive sweet spot that really helped me on off-center hits.”

Participant 2: 17-year-old, top 100 Junior Golf Scoreboard with an index of +1.3. Current driver is a TaylorMade M6 9.0 with Accra TZ shaft. He tested his current driver versus a SpeedZone with a hazardous Smoke shaft.

Results: On average with his current driver, he was 248 carry with a best of 268. When he put in the SZ, his misses were much tighter together. His worst miss was 243 carry and his best was 276. On average with the SZ, he had a carry average of 264.3.

Quote from Participant 2: “I think that Cobra might have a stigma amongst the best players. When I was asked to do this, I was tentative, but I can honestly say that I was really impressed with not only the performance but also the feel. I really liked the milled face.”

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Brendan is the owner of Golf Placement Services, a boutique business which aims to apply his background in golf and higher education to help educate players, their families and coaches about the process! Website - www.golfplacementservices.com Insta - golf.placement.sevices Twitter @BMRGolf

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  1. Brandon

    Dec 12, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    Anyone who has a stigma against Cobra at this point is just being willfully ignorant.

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Tiger Woods WITB 2020

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  • Equipment accurate as of the Farmers Insurance Open

Tiger Woods WITB 2020

Driver: TaylorMade SIM (9 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ White 60 TX

3-wood: TaylorMade M5 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ White 70 TX

3-wood: TaylorMade SIM Max Rocket 3 (14 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ White 70 TX

5-wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ White 80 TX

Irons: TaylorMade P7TW (3-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: TaylorMade MG 2 “Tiger MT Grind” (56-12, 60-11 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS
Grip: Ping PP58 Blackout

Golf Ball: Bridgestone TourB XS

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord

More photos of Tiger Woods’ WITB in the forums

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GolfWRX Spotlight: Scotty Cameron Special Select Newport 2

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When you buy a Scotty Cameron putter, you know what you are in for: quality craftsmanship, stunning attention to detail, and of course—one heck of a flat stick. Cameron has been refining his designs for more than 25 years at Titleist, and the Special Select line has become a showcase for timeless shapes known the world over, including the Newport 2.

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Classic shapes never go out of style, and as far as the Newport 2 in the Special Select line goes, it brings me right back to my Art of Putting Oil Can Newport 2, the one putter I wish I had never sold from my collection.

Photo: Scotty Cameron Archive

It has a noticeably thinner top line than any recent Cameron releases, which may or may not appeal to all golfers, along with sharper lines along the bumpers.

Design as a holistic utility, ebbs and flows throughout history. What was popular for a very specific reason at one point may not appeal to the same people as tastes and preferences change. The Special Select line brings back a lot of classic influences, which as a whole, will appeal to a very large number fo golfers familiar with Camerons of the past.

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The benefit of the modern Special Select versus the classic designs are the customization options available. The Special Select head weight changes based on the length of the putter to keep feel the same, and if you want to go a step further, you can choose to have your putter built to either the “light” or “heavy” spec directly from the Titleist custom shop. With the trend of putter heads getting heavier, I can see this becoming a very popular option.

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Scotty Cameron has always had a keen eye for putters and this line is no different,

“With Special Select, I wanted to get back to the pure-milled shapes and faces that I’ve been crafting for tour players for over two decades now. We’ve brought those designs into the modern era with new setups, necks, faces, grips and weights. Every aspect of every putter has been redone. When it all came together, it was pretty special.” – Scotty Cameron

Special Select Line Update:

All of the changes made to the new Special Select line versus previous releases are tour inspired and include

  • Soft Tri-sole Design: to promotes the putter sitting square to the target line at address when the putter is soled.
  • New Tungsten Balanced Weighting: These new heavier weights not only assure each putter is properly balanced based on putter length, but also offer higher MOI thanks to the greater concentration of mass on the heel and toe.
  • Refined Hosel Configurations: Each model’s hosel has been tweaked for optimized performance. For example, the Newport 2 putter features a slightly shorter plumbers neck for more toe flow, along with a new socket radius (where the hosel neck meets the top line) to offer better visibility of the ball and leading-edge at address.

Scotty Cameron Special Select Details

There are eight models to choose from in the 2020 Special Select line; three blades, and five mid-mallet options with a look and toe flow for any player’s stroke.

  • Newport, Newport 2 ( featured here), Newport 2.5, Del Mar, Fastback 1.5, Squareback 2, Flowback 5, and Flowback 5.5.

Special Select putters retail for $399.

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TaylorMade introduces yellow TP5 and TP5X golf balls

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TaylorMade TP5, TP5X Yellow

TaylorMade Golf has introduced their new yellow versions of the TP5 and TP5X golf balls which are available online and at retail today.

Designed for high visibility, the yellow balls feature all the same technology as the original TP5 and TP5X golf balls which includes a 5-layer construction as well as a low compression core designed to increase launch angle and reduce drag.

TaylorMade TP5, TP5X Yellow

As a reminder, the TP5 and TP5X also contain the brand’s HFM (High-Flex-Material). Described by the company as its “fastest material” ever, HFM is a tightly wound spring, which is designed to create more rebound energy when compressed for added ball speed.

TaylorMade TP5, TP5X Yellow

The balls also include TaylorMade’s Speed-Layer System, which is comprised of four increasingly stiff layers, creating a Speed-Layer System that enables a soft core to be wrapped by increasingly rigid materials. This system allows each outer layer to become progressively faster with the aim of controlling spin rates without affecting speed or distance.

TaylorMade TP5, TP5X Yellow

The yellow versions of the TP5 and TP5X golf balls are available to purchase on taylormadegolf.com and through their global retail partners at retail or online.

TaylorMade TP5, TP5X Yellow

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