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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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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day showcases Scotty Cameron’s Albertsons Boise Open putter covers. The vibrant french fries themed covers have been receiving plenty of love from our members in our forums, with one WRXer calling the new additions their “favorite headcover in a long time.”

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

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If there is one thing we love as golf gear junkies, it’s driver (and fairway wood) shafts!

From the early years to today’s modern designs, materials, and profiles, there are some shafts that have maintained steady popularity—like a Ping Eye 2 lob wedge. There are a lot of graphite shafts that have stood the test of time, and they bring back memories of great driver combos gone by.

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Fujikura 757 Speeder

Fujikura golf shaft

Launched more than two decades ago, you could arguably say it’s the shaft that started the shaft craze. Built from advanced materials in a profile that was designed to work for stabilizing larger driver heads of the time—you know when 300cc was HUGE. The Speeder 757 was an instant hit among PGA Tour players, most notably Fred Couples, who used the shaft for over a decade and was said to have at one point remove all the remaining stock from one of the equipment vans for his personal use.

Aldila NV

Aldila NV Green golf shaft

One of the very first “low-spin monsters,” the Aldila NV took the PGA Tour and retail by storm when it was introduced. The unique green paint made it easily recognizable, and thanks to the many weights it was offered in, it was just as popular in fairway woods as it was in drivers. Honorable mention goes to its cousin the NVS (orange version) that was softer in profile and easier to launch. At a time when most off the rack drivers had three shaft options (low, medium, and high flight-promoting shafts), the NV was the staple as the low-launch option in many OEM offerings.

Mitsubishi Diamana Blue Board

Diamana Blue Board - Tiger shaft

Originally very hard to find, the Diamana Blue Board was a shaft that fit a large variety of golfers. Its name was derived from the blue oval that surrounded the “Diamana” on the all silver/ion painted shaft. Just like others on the list, the Blue Board came in a variety of weight options and was made particularly popular by Tiger Woods. Best known by most shaft junkies as being extremely smooth, it is one of the first sought after shafts in the aftermarket.

True Temper EI-70

True temper graphite EI70

It’s hard to picture a classic 900 series Titleist Driver without an EI-70 shaft in it. The EI-70 was lower torque—when that was a big talking point in shaft design—and it had a fairly stout profile, which in turn made it very stable. Unlike others on the list, it was much more subdued as far as its paint and graphics, but the green shaft was a mainstay for many years on tour and in the bags or recreational golfers.

Graphite Design Tour AD DI-6/7

Tour AD Di7 Tiger orange shaft

It’s hard to figure out if it was the design and performance of the shaft or the performance of a certain golfer (a certain Mr. Woods) that to this day makes the Tour AD DI-7 so popular. Painted BRIGHT orange with a bend profile that offered a lot of stability and playability for a variety of player types, it can still be spotted on tour every week. You could call the DI-7 the grandchild of the YS6/7, which should also get an honorable mention for its well documented smooth feel.

UST ProForce

UST golf shaft gold graphite

The aptly nicknamed “Lakers Shaft” because of its original gold and purple paint job, this was another shaft that was just as popular at the retail level as it was on the PGA Tour. As driver head sizes were going up (400cc ), players were looking for stability and this offered it. The most notable player to use it was Jim Furyk, who won the 2003 U.S. Open with one in the bag.

Grafalloy Blue

Blue graphite shaft stenson

Henrik Stenson and the Grafalloy Blue in his 3-wood. Name a more iconic duo…(I’ll wait). An updated and stiffer version of the Prolite, the Blue stood out for a couple reasons—its color, and its extremely low torque. Most golfers wouldn’t consider the Blue a very smooth feeling shaft, because it took a lot of speed and a quick tempo to maximize its performance, but it did birth another shaft for average player: the Prolaunch Blue, which is still available to this day.

Matrix Ozik TP7HD

1000 golf shaft Matrix

$1,100 bucks! That was the original asking price for the Martix Ozik TP7HD. Matrix thought of this design as a concept car of shafts and threw everything they had at it including exotic materials like Zylon, and the fact that it was wrapped on a 16-sided hexadecagon mandrel. Some golfers said it had a fluid-like feel (we golfers can sure be weirdly descriptive) but it still had a LOT of stability thanks to the materials. Although never as popular as many on the list, if you did spot one of these in the wild you knew its owner was VERY serious about golf gear.

True Temper Bi-Matrix

bimatrix Bubba golf shaft

Bi (two) matrix (a surrounding medium or structure). The first and only truly notable shaft to be made from putting two very different and distinct pieces together. The bottom portion of the shaft utilizes a steel tip section that serves to add stability and additional weight. This shaft is quirky, which is something that could also be said about Bubba Watson, who has used this shaft for over a decade now in MANY different Ping drivers (although Tiger did give it a go for a short period).

Accra SE-80

ryan palmer accra 5 wood shaft

This shaft might seem like the underdog of the bunch, but if you talk to any longtime club builder and get into “vintage” aftermarket shafts, undoubtedly the Accra SE-80 is going to come up at some point. Originally launched in 2006, the SE-80 combined a very low torque rating with an active tip section to help increase launch—yet feel extremely stable. Even though this shaft design is officially a teenager now, you can still find it in the bag of PGA Tour winner Ryan Palmer, who uses it in a TaylorMade R15 5-wood.

 

Editor’s Note: Let us know any shafts you think should be included in the comment section, WRXers!

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