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Taylormade P790 or Cobra King Forged Tec Blacks


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#1 carcharodon1977

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Posted 20 April 2018 - 07:01 PM

Which one are you playing and why?

What is your handicap or average score?

I can't decide which one to get.  Both feel good, fly far.  I'd say TM is a little softer and longer but not by much.  Cobra has the Arccos tracking system.

Appreciate your feedback

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Posted 21 April 2018 - 10:22 AM

Looked at both sets, just received my Cobra Forged Tec Blacks and would highly recommend them.

TM has (rightfully) created a lot of buzz around the P790, and they have produced a great iron.  In my opinion, the P790's feel like two different sets, 8-PW and 7 iron up.  Performance in the short irons (8-PW) felt overly soft/non responsive compared to the more powerful feel of the 7 iron and longer clubs.

Cobra is often overlooked when it comes to technology, but this set is packed with new tech.  The new finish looks incredible, performance is right there with the P790's in terms of ballspeed, and you get the bonus of the Arccos system.  One final note on Cobra.  If you are a high speed player like me, you'll also really appreciate the extensive shaft catalog (and modest upcharge) from Cobra.  I have DG X7's in my set, and that option just isn't available in every manufacturer's catalog.
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Posted 21 April 2018 - 11:05 AM

I must admit, I’m kinda digging on these new black Cobras.

My Hogan PTx’s are hands down the best irons I’ve ever played, but I may buy a set of forged tec to goof around with.  

Every year I try a new set or two just for kicks.  Nothing can kick the Hogans out of the bag though. I Throw darts with those bad boys.
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Posted 21 April 2018 - 11:31 AM

You must have some sharp eyes to be able to tell 0.3mm difference in offset.
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Posted 21 April 2018 - 12:09 PM

I’m waiting on my Cobra Blacks with the $-tapers.
I not even going to try the 790’s just because of all the QC issues fromTM and the yardage gap concerns from so many.
TheCally CF-16’swere great irons and I bought into the hype with them, and I had issues with the feel from 7 to 8 irons and odd gapping.
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Edited by roxald, 22 April 2018 - 06:29 PM.

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Posted 21 April 2018 - 12:33 PM

View PostFade to Black, on 21 April 2018 - 11:31 AM, said:

You must have some sharp eyes to be able to tell 0.3mm difference in offset.

You beat me to it.  How many human hairs is that?  ; )


Edit...I actually just looked it up to be a smart a$$.  Average human hair width across all races  is .08 mm. That means .3 mm is roughly equal to the width of 4 human hairs (.32mm).


Edited by Jagpilotohio, 21 April 2018 - 12:54 PM.

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Posted 21 April 2018 - 12:37 PM

View Postroxald, on 21 April 2018 - 12:09 PM, said:

Im waiting on my Cobra Blacks with the $-tapers.
I not even going to try the 790s just because of all the QC issues TM and the yardage gap concerns from so many.
TheCally CF-16swere great irons and I bought into the hype with them, and I had issues with the feel from 7 to 8 irons and odd gapping.
OnceyougoBlack:-)
Rox

Agreed on Apex.    If they HADNT made the 7 through long irons with that springy carpenter steel face, they might have been the best players game improvement irons ever made.  

I had them for 3 months and my distance control with the mid and long irons sucked.  Way too hot.  For slightly lower swing speeds I still think they are pretty darn impressive.

Edited by Jagpilotohio, 21 April 2018 - 12:38 PM.

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Posted 21 April 2018 - 12:51 PM

View PostFade to Black, on 21 April 2018 - 11:31 AM, said:

You must have some sharp eyes to be able to tell 0.3mm difference in offset.

Thats why I dont have either of those sets!

Edited by BirdieBob, 21 April 2018 - 01:19 PM.

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Posted 21 April 2018 - 02:08 PM

I just ordered the Forged Tec Black with $ Taper Black shafts. Can’t wait for them to get here.
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Posted 21 April 2018 - 04:13 PM

hit both today even though my swing has been in shambles. my good hits w the cobras felt better to me than my good hits with the p790. the launch was considerably higher from the TM. both had the recoil ES 780 in them.

still interested in doing a full fitting with both, with same lengths and lie angles.


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Posted 21 April 2018 - 08:23 PM

From the sound of backorder stories,  if you want to play golf in 2018, Id recommend the Cobras.
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Posted 21 April 2018 - 08:48 PM

I don't have any extensive experience with the 790s, but I'm liking my Forged Tec Black irons.  I've had them for about a week.  No rounds yet, but multiple range trips.  The finish on them is bulletproof.
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Posted 30 April 2018 - 09:57 AM

Thanks for all the feedback.  Ended up ordering the FTB 4-Pw with Modus 105s.
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Posted 30 April 2018 - 04:19 PM

Some great feedback on this post guy looking to get a set of cobras

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Posted 30 April 2018 - 05:52 PM

One more point: which one has the least rollout once the ball lands? In irons, control is just as important as distance.

Trackman and testing will get you down to a couple of finalists. From there, go with the one which "feels best" when you stand over the ball at address.

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Posted 30 April 2018 - 08:12 PM

Ive owned both, P790s are excellent but the Forged Tec blacks completely blow them out of the water imo. Wayyyyyy more forgiving, excellent true Forged feel and much more consistent, especially with spin. To each their own but for me, the Forged Tec Blacks are too good to pass up, especially with Cobra Connect. You cant lose.

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Posted 01 May 2018 - 03:23 PM

Sick looking sets, both of them!
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Posted 01 May 2018 - 06:27 PM

Not going to lie, stopped by the PGA store and the cobras felt great. It was just 15 swings in dress shoes but it stood out. Felt way better than the P790 IMO.
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Posted 02 May 2018 - 05:15 PM

Just got mine yesterday with $-Taper Blacks in the S+.
Honestly are one of the softest irons I’ve hit.
Whatever they did with the carbon badge works very well.
Not a large head with some offset.
The shafts are better than my Modus 120’s(Never thought I’d move from the Nippon’s).
The only issue is the face of the 7-iron has spots where the DBM treating did not take. The face looks blotchy, so I am waiting on Cobra to reply to my concern.
Some how this year I have migrated to mostly cobra,except for the Cally wedges and Bettinardi putter.
I’m done Ho-ing. I will be selling everything else I have and play this bag all year.
I have hit the P790s and they do hit the ball farther,but thats the only benefit to those Irons over the Tec Blacks. Feel, consistency, looks and playability all go to the Tecs, IMHO.
38 1/2” 5-iron and all came in at D2. Never had a TM set in the last 5 years that similar.
Rox

Edited by roxald, 02 May 2018 - 06:08 PM.

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Posted 02 May 2018 - 05:24 PM

View Postmrmikeac, on 30 April 2018 - 08:12 PM, said:

I’ve owned both, P790’s are excellent but the Forged Tec blacks completely blow them out of the water imo. Wayyyyyy more forgiving, excellent true Forged feel and much more consistent, especially with spin. To each their own but for me, the Forged Tec Blacks are too good to pass up, especially with Cobra Connect. You can’t lose.
Damn those Cobras looks dope.


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Posted 02 May 2018 - 06:28 PM

ordered some cobra FTB today, 5-AW. Tested vs p790 with the Recoil 780 stiff in each. while the p790 may have been longer on the purest of pure strikes, I did get some funny ones that were crazy long. I only tested 7 irons but some of the talk about the 7i to 8i gap made me a little nervous. plus I preferred the looks and feel of the cobras. even thin strikes just got out there

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Posted 02 May 2018 - 07:24 PM

I can't speak to the TMs, but I hit the Cobra Forged Tec Black at a demo day this past weekend. I only hit a few, but they are making me reconsider my recent Callaway purchase. I'm going to try and find a demo day again and give them a more serious look. They really stood out.
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Posted 03 May 2018 - 08:36 PM

 roxald, on 02 May 2018 - 05:15 PM, said:

Just got mine yesterday with $-Taper Blacks in the S+.
Honestly are one of the softest irons I€™ve hit.
Whatever they did with the carbon badge works very well.
Not a large head with some offset.
The shafts are better than my Modus 120€™s(Never thought I€™d move from the Nippon€™s).
The only issue is the face of the 7-iron has spots where the DBM treating did not take. The face looks blotchy, so I am waiting on Cobra to reply to my concern.
Some how this year I have migrated to mostly cobra,except for the Cally wedges and Bettinardi putter.
I€™m done Ho-ing. I will be selling everything else I have and play this bag all year.
I have hit the P790s and they do hit the ball farther,but thats the only benefit to those Irons over the Tec Blacks. Feel, consistency, looks and playability all go to the Tecs, IMHO.
38 1/2€€ 5-iron and all came in at D2. Never had a TM set in the last 5 years that similar.
Rox

Upon inspection of my new irons, the 6 and 9 Irons have areas where the DBM coating is blotchy and white. It’s on the face of the 6 and stop edge of the 9
Iron.
One email to Canada’s Cobra rep with pics of the irons and they are sending me new replacement irons and I can play these until the replacements arrive. I sent the the email late last night and had a reply first thing this morning.
THAT customer service alone is a major reason to choose Cobra/PUMA above others.
So impressed!
Did I mention the Black $-Tapers look incredible and feel as good:-)
Rox
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Posted 03 May 2018 - 09:24 PM

 roxald, on 03 May 2018 - 08:36 PM, said:

 roxald, on 02 May 2018 - 05:15 PM, said:

Just got mine yesterday with $-Taper Blacks in the S+.
Honestly are one of the softest irons I€™ve hit.
Whatever they did with the carbon badge works very well.
Not a large head with some offset.
The shafts are better than my Modus 120€™s(Never thought I€™d move from the Nippon€™s).
The only issue is the face of the 7-iron has spots where the DBM treating did not take. The face looks blotchy, so I am waiting on Cobra to reply to my concern.
Some how this year I have migrated to mostly cobra,except for the Cally wedges and Bettinardi putter.
I€™m done Ho-ing. I will be selling everything else I have and play this bag all year.
I have hit the P790s and they do hit the ball farther,but thats the only benefit to those Irons over the Tec Blacks. Feel, consistency, looks and playability all go to the Tecs, IMHO.
38 1/2€€ 5-iron and all came in at D2. Never had a TM set in the last 5 years that similar.
Rox

Upon inspection of my new irons, the 6 and 9 Irons have areas where the DBM coating is blotchy and white. It’s on the face of the 6 and stop edge of the 9
Iron.
One email to Canada’s Cobra rep with pics of the irons and they are sending me new replacement irons and I can play these until the replacements arrive. I sent the the email late last night and had a reply first thing this morning.
THAT customer service alone is a major reason to choose Cobra/PUMA above others.
So impressed!
Did I mention the Black $-Tapers look incredible and feel as good:-)
Rox

I just want to add +1 for Cobra / Puma Golf customer service.  They have been great help and very generous.  I am a Cobra fan boy for life just based on their customer service.




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Cobra F8+ 3/4 Fairway /w Aldila Green NV 2KXV 75g
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Posted 04 May 2018 - 06:21 PM

Here’s my bad boys!
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Cobra F8+ Volition (9.5d)…………Fujikura ATMOS Tour Spec Blue 6s
Cobra F6 Baffler (16.5)..................Project X HZRDUS Red 75s
Cobra F7 Hybrid (21.5)..................Aldila Tour Blue 85s

Cobra Forged Tec Black (6-Gw)…KBS $ Taper Black (stiff)
SM6 (54/14)............………………..Nippon Modus (115 wedge)
Taylormade Hi-Toe (60)............….KBS Hi-Rev 2.0 (115 wedge)

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GRINT...eddiebigeddie

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Posted 04 May 2018 - 06:30 PM

Your bag looks like a chip and dip spread.
Current Bag:

G400 SFT 10* Aldila Rogue 125 Silver 60TS
Cobra F7 3W Aldila Rogue Silver 70S
F6 Baffler 17.5* Aldila Rogue Black 70 stiff
Ping G25 3H and 4H Stock R Flex
Ping I200 5-UW Project X LZ 5.5
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Posted 04 May 2018 - 07:04 PM

 eddiebigeddie, on 04 May 2018 - 06:21 PM, said:


Nice bag.
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Posted 04 May 2018 - 07:23 PM

I am trying to resist the urge to buy the new Cobra Forged tec blacks

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Posted 04 May 2018 - 07:31 PM

Just give in and join the Dark Side.  May 4th....not a coincidence
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Cobra F7 (5/6 Wood) 17* Matrix Red Tie Stiff
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Posted 04 May 2018 - 11:11 PM

Just ordered the cobra's with $-taper as well.  Dispersion was much better than the P790's.

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Cobra Ftec Black 5-gw $-taper black 120
King Black wedges 52*, 56* $-taper black 120
TM Hi-toe 60* $-taper black 120
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Bennington QO9 Lite
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