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2013 Cobra AMP Cell Pro Irons

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Professional golfers hit the sweet spot on their irons with such regularity that when they’re deciding on a set, they’re more concerned with feel, workability and consistency than they are distance and forgiveness. For those golfers, Cobra has released its AMP Cell Pro forged irons, which don’t follow the current trend of making irons larger, hotter and more forgiving.

Instead, the AMP Cell Pros are actually smaller than their predecessor, Cobra’s S3 Pro forged irons. But for top ball strikers, the loss of size is worth what the irons deliver in abundance — a tremendously soft feel.

The S3 Pro forged irons were popular on Tour among Cobra Staff players for their clean lines and soft feel. The AMP Cell Pros have a similar shape, but shorter blade lengths — a change that allowed engineers to place more mass behind the sweet spot of the irons, which contributes to an even softer feel from the 1020 forged carbon steel heads.

“It’s inherent that the more mass you have behind the hitting area, the softer an iron will feel,” said Josh Breier, lead principal design engineer for Cobra-Puma Golf. “The added mass absorbs vibration.”

The AMP Cell Pro irons also have less offset, a thinner sole and more sole relief, as well as a different set makeup. Whereas the S3 Pro irons included cavity back long irons (2 through 6) and muscleback short irons (7 through PW), the AMP Cell Pro irons actually have three different types of irons in the set — dual cavity backs in the 2 through 6 iron, single cavity backs in the 7 and 8 irons and full musclebacks in the 9 iron, pitching wedge and gap wedge.

These three different types of irons allowed engineers to create a set with more “flow,” meaning the transition from long irons to mid irons to short irons is more gradual. The cavities of the irons gradually fade away as the set moves to the short irons, giving the AMP Cell Pro irons a more consistent feel throughout the set than the S3 Pro irons.

Cobra S3 Pro 6 ironCobra S3 Pro 7 iron
AMP Cell Pro 6 IronAMP Cell Pro 7 Iron

*S3 Pro 6 iron (top left) and 7 iron (top right) versus AMP Cell Pro 6 iron (bottom left) and 7 iron (bottom right)

One of the tricks to adding weight behind the sweet spot without subtracting performance was shortening the hosel, which freed up discretionary weight to be placed on the perimeter. This means that the irons will have similar performance to the S3 Pro irons, but with a much better feel.

Because of the added mass behind the sweet spot, however, the AMP Cell Pro irons have a slightly lower MOI, which decreases forgiveness but gives golfers more ability to work the ball. For this reason, Cobra PGA Tour Staff players Rickie Fowler and Jonas Blixt are playing full muscleback sets of AMP Cell Pro irons, which provide an even softer feel and a lower MOI for more workability.

Think the full muscleback set is for you? You’re in luck. They’ll be available in the early spring (we’ll add a more specific date when we get it) through Cobra’s custom program. Both sets will retail for $899.

Before you pull the trigger on the same irons Fowler and Blixt are playing, consider this: the AMP Cell Pro Muscleback long irons have 14 grams less perimeter weighting than their dual cavity back equivalent, which will make off-center strikes fly shorter and more crooked. While you might dress like Fowler and Blixt, you probably don’t hit it like them. Choose the flow set to hit it pin high more often.

Check out the specs and photo gallery below:

AMP Cell Pro Specs

Stock shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold s300, Stock Grip: Golf Pride New Decade MCC Whiteout

Click here to see what people are saying in the “Tour/Pre-release equipment” thread.

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Zak is the Editor-in-Chief of GolfWRX.com. He's been a part of the company since 2011, when he was hired to lead GolfWRX's Editorial Department. Zak developed GolfWRX's Featured Writer Program, which supports aspiring writers and golf industry professionals. He played college golf at the University of Richmond (Go Spiders!) and still likes to compete in tournaments. You can follow Zak on Twitter @ZakKoz, where he's happy to discuss his game and all the cool stuff that's part of his job.

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    Apr 15, 2015 at 11:25 am

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    Mar 24, 2014 at 9:03 am

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  3. joro

    Dec 18, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    great clubs and easy to hit, even at 75.

  4. Cobra Amp Forged

    Aug 5, 2013 at 4:53 am

    Really good review of the Cobra Amp Irons. The pictures are awesome!
    Thank you for this great aritcle!
    I am so curious of how they perform! I really want to try them 🙂

    Cheers,
    Christian from cobra amp forged

  5. ken pace

    Jul 19, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    Tired of feeling like every set of clubs I’ve owned were some kind of farm tool, I decided to try the Cell Pro. I am by no means an accomplished golfer but the clubs had a beautiful feel and balance. I tried them in the store and immediately bought them. I found with absolutely no exageration that the clubs were an extention of my body. Every single club hit the same. Clean, sharp center contact and as straight as you can hit a ball. The long irons are actually easy to hit. My distance has increased by ten yards for each club. I think that everyone trying a new set should forget about the fact that they are pro clubs and try them. I am so thrilled by my purchase I would like to buy a second set. I believe Cobra has actually crafted a magical set of irons

  6. TWShoot67

    Jul 17, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    I’m really hoping to find a set of these babies to do a shootout against my Nike mb’s, and Cobra Pro mb’s. They sure look sweet!

  7. james

    Jun 26, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    Love Love Love these irons. I’ve bounced around between most every iron available to a lefty and these have got my vote. I will be playing these for quite a while.

  8. daniel

    May 24, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    I have a set love them stay in my bag for a long time gust can say that wen you it them the felling is fantastic the wak the crak the feel chust try them befor buying something els

  9. rj vanro

    Apr 27, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    They look nice but … where did the mass go if the 5 iron is D3 but 1/2 inch extra long at 38inches? Now if they were D3 at 37 1/4 inches I’d believe there was extra mass.

  10. Nick

    Jan 18, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Nice looking sticks. They remind me a bit of the Bridgestone J40 CB with the way the weight is dubursed. So many choices….

  11. Brian Cass

    Jan 16, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Add another iron to my “try before u buy” list. These look great. Didn’t care for the chunky sole on my Cobra Pro S3’s.

  12. Troy Vayanos

    Jan 15, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    Great review Zak,

    I will say as far as looks are concerned these Cobra’s are amazing. Love the shape and design which makes very appealing to the eye.

    I think I would be right in saying these irons are for the better player and most likely on scratch or very close to it. The professionals love to work the ball in either direction and the likes of Fowler and Blixt will love these.

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Members’ Choice: The top-5 drivers that golfers want to test in 2018

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Golf’s “off-season” is upon us and the PGAM Show in Orlando is quickly approaching in January, which means it’s time to start thinking about the upcoming driver releases.

We’ve seen a few companies launch their “2018” lines already — such as Cobra with its new King F8 and F8+ — while speculation swirls around the companies who have yet to announce their newest products. For instance, we’ve spotted a new “TaylorMade M4″ driver, and a new “Rogue” driver from Callaway. If history repeats itself and Titleist remains on a two-year product cycle, then we’ll see a replacement for the 917 line sometime in 2018, as well.

The question we posed to our GolfWRX Members recently was, which new or unreleased driver has you most excited heading into 2018? Below are the results and a selection of comments about each driver.

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Note: The comments below have been minimally edited for brevity and grammar. 

Titleist (7.39 percent of votes)

BDoubleG: I know it’s well down the road, but the Titleist 919 is what I’m most looking forward to. I played the 910 until this year and loved it, but I realized that I wasn’t getting much in the way of distance gains with the 915/917, and I was just leaving too many yards on the table. I know it’s a cliche, but I was seeing considerable gains with my G400LS, then my M2 I have now.

I feel like Titleist has been hurting in the driver market share category (and probably elsewhere), as I think a lot of people think that the 913, 915 and 917 have been minor refreshes in a world where almost everyone else has been experimenting with structure (jailbreak, turbulators) or with COG (spaceports, SLDR, G-series extreme back CG). I think if Titleist is going to recapture some of their market share, they will need to start taking an interest in stepping outside of their comfort zone to catch up with everyone else. Maybe I’m hoping for too much, but a D2-style head with ample forgiveness and low-spin (maybe a back-front weight), with the same great sound of the 917, and hopefully getting rid of the “battery taped to the sole” look would be a huge hit in my book.

I’m really looking forward to seeing what they come up with…and I hope I’m not disappointed.

Mizuno GT-180 or otherwise (8.87 percent of votes)

mrmikeac: After thoroughly testing the Mizuno ST-180 and seeing the distance gains I was getting from my Epic, I can’t wait for the GT to get here. Cobra would be next in line for me, but Mizzy really did something special with that JPX-900 and it seems to look like they’re going the same route with these drivers. Excellent feel, forgiveness and simple but effective tech. 

Callaway Rogue, Rogue Sub Zero or otherwise (17.73 percent of votes)

cvhookem63: It seems like we’re not getting a lot of “NEW” this time — just some same lines “improved” on a little. I’m interested to try the Rogue line and M3/M4 line to see if they improved on their previous models. The Cobra F8+ is intriguing to me, as well. I’d like to compare those three to see how they stack up. 

tj7644: Callaway Rogue. It’s gotta make me hit straighter drives right? It sure can’t be my swing…

Equipto: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero, and that’s about it. Most of my testing will be with shafts I presume. 

bangabain: Excited to give the Rogue a shot, although with the hope that there’s a little more fade bias despite the lack of sliding weight.

TaylorMade M3, M4 or otherwise (27.09 percent of votes)

DeCuchi: TaylorMade M3 of course, and the F8+. I’m more interested in the fairways this year though. TaylorMade M4 fairways and Rogue fairways are top of my list. 

elwhippy: TaylorMade M3 and M4. Not owned a TM driver for several seasons and want something with a bit more power than the Ping G Series…

cradd10: M3. Still rocking an OG M1. Super solid driver. Curious to see if the updated version can beat it. 

Cobra F8/F8+ (33.66 percent of votes)

WAxORxDCxSC: I sure want to like the F8 based on looks (I understand I’m possibly in the minority on that one at GolfWRX).

TWshoot67: For me, it’s three drivers: the Cobra F8, F8+ and TM M4. 

The General: Cobra F8 is going to dominate everything, just wait, on the F8

Ace2000: Definitely F8/F8+. Love my Bio Cell+ and can’t help but wonder if these perform as good as they look. 

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True Linkswear goes back to its spikeless roots

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True Linkswear is getting back to its roots, while expanding the singular golf shoe brand’s reach at the same time.

The Tacoma, Washington, company’s Director/Partner, Justin Turner, told us that with the release of the two new models, the company is course-correcting from a move toward the mainstream, spiked golf shoes, and a loss of identity.

In addition to durability issues, Turner said the core True Linkswear customer didn’t appreciate the shift — or the deluge of models that followed.

So, in a sense, the two-model lineup both throws a bone to True devotees and casts a wider net.

Turner and company asked: “If we wanted to restart the brand….what would we value?” A commitment to the brand’s core outsider identity, style as articulated in early models, and an emphasis on quality led Turner on multiple trips to China to survey suppliers in early 2017. Eventually, the company settled on a manufacturing partner with a background in outdoor gear and hiking shoes.

“We’ve spent the last few years scouring the globe for the best material sourcing, reputable factories, advanced construction techniques, and time-tested fundamentals to build our best shoes yet. No cheap synthetics, no corners cut.”

Eventually, True settled on two designs: The Original, which, not surprisingly, has much in common with the zero-drop 2009 industry disrupting model, and the Outsider: a more athletic-style shoe positioned to attract a broader audience.

True Linkswear Original: $149

The company emphasizes the similarity in feel between the Original and early True Linkswear models, suggesting that players will feel and connect to the course “in a whole new way.”

  • Gray, White, Black colorways
  • Waterproof full grain leather
  • Thin sole with classic True zero-drop heel
  • 12.1 oz
  • Sockfit liner for comfort
  • Natural width box toe

True Linkswear Outsider: $169

With the Outsider, True Linkswear asked: “What if a golf shoe could be more? Look natural in more environments?”

  • Grey/navy, black, white colorways
  • EVA midsole for lightweight cushioning
  • Full grain waterproof leather
  • 13.1 oz (thicker midsole than the Original)

The company envisions both shoes being worn on course and off.

True Linkswear introduced the more durable and better-performing Cross Life Tread with both models. Turner says the tread is so good, you can wear the shoes hiking.

Both models are available now through the company website only. True Linkswear plans to enter retail shops slowly and selectively.

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Sean O’Hair and Steve Stricker’s Winning WITBs from the 2017 QBE Shootout

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The team of Steve Stricker and Sean O’Hair closed the QBE Shootout with an 8-under 64 for a two-shot win over Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry. O’Hair made a timely eagle on the par-5 17th hole at Tiburon Golf Club to lock up the first place prize of $820,000 ($410,000 each).

Here’s a look at their bags.

Sean O’Hair

Driver: Titleist 917D2 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White Prototype 60TX

3 Wood: Titleist 917F2 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana S+ Limited Edition 70TX

5 Wood: Titleist 915F (18 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana S+ Limited Edition 80TX

Irons: Titleist 716 T-MB (4-iron), Titleist 718 AP2 (5-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM7 prototype (50, 54 and 58 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Scotty Cameron prototype

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Related: Sean O’Hair WITB

Steve Stricker

Driver: Titleist 913D3 (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 8.2X

3 Wood: Titleist 915F (13.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Tensei CK Pro White 80TX Prototype

Hybrid: Titleist 816H1 (17.0 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 9.2X

Irons: Titleist 718 CB (3-9)
Shafts: KBS Tour Prototype

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM6 (46, 54 and 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 w/ Sensicore

Putter: Odyssey White Hot 2

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Related: Steve Stricker WITB 2017

Note: We originally reported Stricker had a Scotty Cameron putter in the bag, per Titleist’s equipment report. Stricker did, however, have a Odyssey White Hot putter in play during the final round of the QBE Shootout.

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