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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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    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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Driver: TaylorMade SIM (10.5 @ 10 degrees, D4 swing weight)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 6 X (tipped 1 inch, 45.75 inches)

Fairway wood: TaylorMade SIM Max (15 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila RIP Alpha 90 X

Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max Rescue (22 @ 19 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Black 105 X

Irons: TaylorMade P790 (3), TaylorMade P730 DJ Proto (4-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 (soft stepped)

Wedges: TaylorMade MG2 (52-09, 60-10 @ 62 degrees)
Shafts: KBS Tour Custom Black 120 S

Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Mini
Grip: SuperStroke Traxion Pistol GT 1.0

Ball: TaylorMade TP5

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet 58R (1 wrap 2-way tape + 2 wraps left hand, 3 right hand)

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Top 10 clubs of 2003—inspired by Adam Scott’s Titleist 680 irons

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As has been well documented, Adam Scott recently won the Genesis Invitational with a set of Titleist 680 blade irons, a design that was originally released in 2003. One of the great benefits of being one of the best players in the world is you don’t need to search eBay to find your preferred set of 17-year-old irons. Titleist has been stocking sets for Mr. Scott—even to the point of doing a limited production run in 2018 where they then released 400 sets for sale to the general public.

A lot of time has passed since 2003, and considering the classic nature of Scott’s Titleist 680, I figured now was a good time to look back at some other iconic clubs released around the same time.

Ping G2 driver

This was Ping’s first 460cc driver with a full shift into titanium head design. The previous Si3 models still utilized the TPU adjustable hosel, and this was considered a big step forward for the Phoenix-based OEM. The driver was a big hit both on tour and at retail—as was the rest of the G2 line that included irons.

TaylorMade RAC LT (first gen) irons

The RAC LTs helped position TaylorMade back among the leaders in the better players iron category. The entire RAC (Relative Amplitude Coefficient) line was built around creating great feeling products that also provided the right amount of forgiveness for the target player. It also included an over-sized iron too. The RAC LT went on to have a second-generation version, but the original LTs are worthy of “classic” status.

TaylorMade R580 XD driver

Honestly, how could we not mention the TaylorMade R580 XD driver? TM took some of the most popular drivers in golf, the R500 series and added extra distance (XD). OK, that might be an oversimplification of what the XD series offered, but with improved shape, increased ball speed outside of the sweet spot, and lower spin, it’s no wonder you can still find these drivers in the bags of golfers at courses and driving ranges everywhere.

Titleist 680MB irons

The great thing about blades is that beyond changing sole designs and shifting the center of gravity, the basic design for a one-piece forged head hasn’t changed that much. For Adam Scott, the 680s are the perfect blend of compact shape, higher CG, and sole profile.

Titleist 983K, E drivers

If you were a “Titleist player,” you had one of these drivers! As one of the last companies to move into the 460cc category, the 983s offered a classic pear shape in a smaller profile. It was so good and so popular, it was considered the benchmark for Titleist drivers for close to the next decade.

Cleveland Launcher 330 driver

It wasn’t that long ago that OEMs were just trying to push driver head size over 300cc, and Cleveland’s first big entry into the category was the Launcher Titanium 330 driver. It didn’t live a long life, but the Launcher 330 was the grandaddy to the Launcher 400, 460, and eventually, the Launcher COMP, which is another club on this list that many golfers will still have fond memories about.

Mizuno MP 33 irons

Although released in the fall of 2002, the Mizuno MP 33 still makes the list because of its staying power. Much like the Titleist 680, this curved muscle blade was a favorite to many tour players, including future world No. 1 Luke Donald. The MP 33 stayed in Mizuno’s lineup for more than four years and was still available for custom orders years after that. Unfortunately, if you are looking for a set now you are going to have to go the used route.

Callaway X-16 irons

The Steelhead X-16 was a big hit at retail for Callaway. It offered greater forgiveness than the previous X-14’s but had a more compact shape with a wider topline to inspire confidence. They featured Callaway’s “Notch” weighting system that moved more mass to the perimeter of the head for higher MOI and improved feel. There was a reduced offset pro series version of the iron, but the X-16 was the one more players gravitated towards. This is another game improvement club for that era that can still be found in a lot of golf bags.

Ben Hogan CFT irons

The Hogan CFTs were at the forefront of multi-material iron technology in 2003. CFT stood for Compression Forged Titanium and allowed engineers to push more mass to the perimeter of the head to boost MOI by using a thin titanium face insert. They had what would be considered stronger lofts at the time sounded really powerful thanks to the thin face insert. If you are looking for a value set of used irons, this is still a great place to start.

King Cobra SZ driver

In 2003, Rickie Fowler was only 15 years old and Cobra was still living under the Acushnet umbrella as Titleist’s game improvement little brother. The Cobra SZ (Sweet Zone, NOT 2020 Speed Zone) was offered in a couple of head sizes to appeal to different players. The thing I will always remember about the original King Cobra SZ is that it came in an offset version to help golfers who generally slice the ball—a design trait that we still see around today.

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Today from the Forums: “The importance of wedge fitting”

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Today from the Forums we delve into a subject dedicated to wedge fitting. Liquid_A_45 wants to know if wedge fitting is as essential for golfers as iron fitting, and our members weigh into the discussion saying why they feel it is just as imperative.

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.

  • Z1ggy16: “Super important if you’re a serious golfer. Even better if you can get fit outdoors on real grass and even go into a bunker.”
  • ThunderBuzzworth: “The biggest part of wedge fitting is yardage gapping and sole grinds. If you have a grind that doesn’t interact with the turf in your favor, it can be nightmarish around the greens. When hitting them try a variety of short game shots with different face angles etc. with the different grinds to see which one works best for what you need.”
  • Hawkeye77: “Wedge fitting I had was extremely beneficial when I got my SM6s a few years ago. Mostly for working with the different grinds and how they interacted with my swing and on different shots and having an eye on my swing to help with the process and evaluate the results. My ideas of what grinds were right for me based on researching on Titleist, etc. just were not correct in 2/3 of the wedges I ended up with as far as the grinds were concerned. Good to have an experienced fitter available to answer questions, control variables, etc.”
  • cgasucks: “The better you get at this game, the more important wedges are.”

Entire Thread: “The importance of wedge fitting”

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