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#1 wildcatden

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Posted 06 January 2018 - 11:57 PM

Lots of serious topics lately (some by me) on the board....so how about this not-so-serious one.  Took my 7-YO to the golf store after 9-holes today to get a quick measure on his swing speed and to pick up some golf spikes.  We do some swinging and then of course get to swinging a few different clubs they have there. Of course, I see a Cobra Junior F7 at 41" there (which is way to long for him by 6") and have him swing it.  Wham!! He blasts one and at his highest swing speed yet. "Fluke", I say to myself. Have him hit another. Wham!! He blasts another at 1MPH more swing speed than the previous. Both drives look great on the simulator.

First thing, that Cobra F7 Junior driver has a great sound to it. Second thing, golf and golf technology will make you go broke. Third thing, I didn't buy it, but that driver is like a magnet for my wallet (and I don't like to spend tons of money on equipment at this age).

So there's my error....now I'm looking around online wondering what shaft/adapter combo I can buy to make it a 35-36" driver after ordering a 39" F7 Junior (or F8 Junior) and removing that shaft (and saving it for use later) and then getting a free shaft upgrade later to 41" from Cobra (per their program). I'm starting to think it's a disease really...  :swoon:


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#2 Belmont148

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Posted 07 January 2018 - 09:24 AM

The Cobra Jr driver is an awesome setup. My kid has been playing the 39” for the past year or more and is about to go into the 41”. He swings about 73 with the 39” currently and has been growing like a weed and gaining more muscle. The difference from 9-10 is crazy, and I hear they jump each year. If I were you I would grab a price drop deal on the F7 once the F8 hits the rack and then stack a dicks or GG coupon on it to get it for about $125-$140. Then get the two shafts.

In the meantime, if you need a 36” driver I have a USK Tour series still in the plastic that I will sell. Should be a good transition from that to the Cobra as it is a 440 head and not the smaller 350-375cc heads of most drivers for a 7yo.

Best of luck though. It doesn’t get any cheaper.
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Posted 07 January 2018 - 10:01 AM

You could buy the F7 and cut it down and inch or two. If you didn’t want to do that, call Flynn golf and order a junior shaft with the length that you want. Put it in the F7 until he is big enough to swing the 39’ shaft that comes with it.

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Posted 07 January 2018 - 10:27 AM

I think the best part of  your dilemma is getting your 7 year old into the game.  Clubs are clubs but the time spent with your child and if a shared passion for the game develops, it's worth far more than any driver.  Congrats Sir...you're blessed more than you know!

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Posted 07 January 2018 - 11:52 AM

Don’t fall into the trap of faster club head speed.  Ball speed is more important.  My kid can swing the club 93 mph.  He is more efficient at 88 where his smash factor gets to around 1.47.  This means more ball speed which is more distance because the energy is being transferred from the club to the ball more effectively.


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Posted 07 January 2018 - 02:24 PM

I'm definitely leaning towards getting this club and saving the 39" and 41" shafts for later on.  We currently have a older TS51 (320cc) driver that we are using.  If he was 8 years old (next December), this would probably be a no brainer to buy this club and put a 36-37" shaft on it.  Thanks HH for the reminder on other swing factors but man that sound of the F7 packs quite a punch!!

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Posted 07 January 2018 - 05:02 PM

View Postwildcatden, on 07 January 2018 - 02:24 PM, said:

I'm definitely leaning towards getting this club and saving the 39" and 41" shafts for later on.  We currently have a older TS51 (320cc) driver that we are using.  If he was 8 years old (next December), this would probably be a no brainer to buy this club and put a 36-37" shaft on it.  Thanks HH for the reminder on other swing factors but man that sound of the F7 packs quite a punch!!


If you have read my posts, you know where I stand.  OEM metal woods much better than US Kids or Flynn.  I was just stating a Public Service Announcement..... lol

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Posted 07 January 2018 - 07:01 PM

View Postheavy_hitter, on 07 January 2018 - 05:02 PM, said:

View Postwildcatden, on 07 January 2018 - 02:24 PM, said:

I'm definitely leaning towards getting this club and saving the 39" and 41" shafts for later on.  We currently have a older TS51 (320cc) driver that we are using.  If he was 8 years old (next December), this would probably be a no brainer to buy this club and put a 36-37" shaft on it.  Thanks HH for the reminder on other swing factors but man that sound of the F7 packs quite a punch!!


If you have read my posts, you know where I stand.  OEM metal woods much better than US Kids or Flynn.  I was just stating a Public Service Announcement..... lol

Haha!!  Yeah, I'm still pretty sure my kid will hit the old TS51 all summer.  Cobra F7 (or F8) from Santa next year is more like it.

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Posted 07 January 2018 - 08:15 PM

View Postwildcatden, on 07 January 2018 - 07:01 PM, said:

View Postheavy_hitter, on 07 January 2018 - 05:02 PM, said:

View Postwildcatden, on 07 January 2018 - 02:24 PM, said:

I'm definitely leaning towards getting this club and saving the 39" and 41" shafts for later on.  We currently have a older TS51 (320cc) driver that we are using.  If he was 8 years old (next December), this would probably be a no brainer to buy this club and put a 36-37" shaft on it.  Thanks HH for the reminder on other swing factors but man that sound of the F7 packs quite a punch!!


If you have read my posts, you know where I stand.  OEM metal woods much better than US Kids or Flynn.  I was just stating a Public Service Announcement..... lol

Haha!!  Yeah, I'm still pretty sure my kid will hit the old TS51 all summer.  Cobra F7 (or F8) from Santa next year is more like it.

Seriously....  why?  If he can handle it or you can put a shaft from Flynn in it, that Cobra Driver will still be longer than the US Kids.

Edited by heavy_hitter, 08 January 2018 - 09:14 AM.


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Posted 07 January 2018 - 10:05 PM

View Postheavy_hitter, on 07 January 2018 - 08:15 PM, said:

View Postwildcatden, on 07 January 2018 - 07:01 PM, said:

View Postheavy_hitter, on 07 January 2018 - 05:02 PM, said:

View Postwildcatden, on 07 January 2018 - 02:24 PM, said:

I'm definitely leaning towards getting this club and saving the 39" and 41" shafts for later on.  We currently have a older TS51 (320cc) driver that we are using.  If he was 8 years old (next December), this would probably be a no brainer to buy this club and put a 36-37" shaft on it.  Thanks HH for the reminder on other swing factors but man that sound of the F7 packs quite a punch!!


If you have read my posts, you know where I stand.  OEM metal woods much better than US Kids or Flynn.  I was just stating a Public Service Announcement..... lol

Haha!!  Yeah, I'm still pretty sure my kid will hit the old TS51 all summer.  Cobra F7 (or F8) from Santa next year is more like it.

Seriousl....  why?  If he can handle it or you can put a shaft from Flynn in it, that Cobra Driver will still be longer than the US Kids.

Perhaps if I can find a stellar deal ($100 (?) for new one). Otherwise, I'm just being frugal (or cheap....whichever way you wanna look at it).

Reminder that I got his current TS51 Driver (320cc) and 3-wood (both are around 2012 vintage) for $15/each.  Length off the tee hasn't been an issue as he is even hitting his UL48 DV2 Driver 130-135 yards right now. We'll see how he does during practices/range time as we are not even playing tournament golf right now and we won't be until USKG Summer Tour in the Bay Area (there will be no Spring Tour here).  Basketball, tennis and baseball are on the menu these days.

Otherwise, if money is no object, I would have bought the one in the store and the Flynn shaft would be on order. LOL.


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Posted 08 January 2018 - 04:42 PM

If he hits a UL48 driver 135 you need to get him fit into that Cobra. He should be able to hit it 200 and smoke the summer tour at 7. Future DJ there.
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Posted 08 January 2018 - 05:17 PM

We don't even need to go to the local golf store anymore.  My son watches golf channel and is already bugging me about getting him the M4 driver, Fwy, Hybrid with recoil shafts.  FML.
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Posted 08 January 2018 - 05:40 PM

View Postkekoa, on 08 January 2018 - 05:17 PM, said:

We don't even need to go to the local golf store anymore.  My son watches golf channel and is already bugging me about getting him the M4 driver, Fwy, Hybrid with recoil shafts.  FML.

You've created a monster!  Look me up when you sell his set of M2's when the M4 is released next Month!

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Posted 08 January 2018 - 06:48 PM

View PostBelmont148, on 08 January 2018 - 04:42 PM, said:

If he hits a UL48 driver 135 you need to get him fit into that Cobra. He should be able to hit it 200 and smoke the summer tour at 7. Future DJ there.

Must....stop...hand...from...reaching...for...wallet!!!   ;) Thankfully for my bank account, I am pretty sure the F7 would not roll out to 200 yds unless he has a tailwind, hard ground and it's downhill. Swing speed is at 56-58mph range. But yes, on our home course (The Bridges in San Ramon) he cracks that UL48 DV2 pretty far.  Need to get him swinging the TS51 well again and then make a decision in March/April if it was warranted.

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Posted 09 January 2018 - 12:59 AM

View Postkekoa, on 08 January 2018 - 05:17 PM, said:

We don't even need to go to the local golf store anymore.  My son watches golf channel and is already bugging me about getting him the M4 driver, Fwy, Hybrid with recoil shafts.  FML.

We're back to looking at clubs again for my daughter.  We are going to probably get irons ordered this Sunday, likely AP3's, and I was going to let her hit the M2 driver while we are at the store and all of a sudden now I am having to study up on the M4.  If we're going to fork out for a new M2 we might as well get the M4 provided she can hit it as well.  Driver drama.


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Posted 09 January 2018 - 06:41 AM

View PostTimberBeast, on 09 January 2018 - 12:59 AM, said:

View Postkekoa, on 08 January 2018 - 05:17 PM, said:

We don't even need to go to the local golf store anymore.  My son watches golf channel and is already bugging me about getting him the M4 driver, Fwy, Hybrid with recoil shafts.  FML.

We're back to looking at clubs again for my daughter.  We are going to probably get irons ordered this Sunday, likely AP3's, and I was going to let her hit the M2 driver while we are at the store and all of a sudden now I am having to study up on the M4.  If we're going to fork out for a new M2 we might as well get the M4 provided she can hit it as well.  Driver drama.

Sounds like some fun! I’d focus on the shaft more than the driver head. Once I found the right shaft for me, I could probably stick it in half a dozen heads and get the same results.
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Posted 11 January 2018 - 11:13 PM

View PostTimberBeast, on 09 January 2018 - 12:59 AM, said:

We're back to looking at clubs again for my daughter.  We are going to probably get irons ordered this Sunday, likely AP3's, and I was going to let her hit the M2 driver while we are at the store and all of a sudden now I am having to study up on the M4.  If we're going to fork out for a new M2 we might as well get the M4 provided she can hit it as well.  Driver drama.

I feel you.  Santa brought my daughter a set of AP1s for Christmas.  Santa's wallet is still hurting.  And Santa is still playing his nine year old Mizuno MX-200s.

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