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Cobra to release new Bio Cell Pro driver

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Cobra has announced the release of its new Bio Cell Pro, a 440cc driver that the company says has the lowest center of gravity of any of its 2014 drivers.

The Bio Cell Pro is the driver of choice for Rickie Fowler, who has been playing the new driver since late 2013. Unlike the company’s Bio Cell+ driver, a 440cc model that uses an alloy called Venollum to lower the driver’s center of gravity, the Bio Cell Pro is made entirely of titanium. That will give it a look and feel that’s more similar the company’s all-titanium Bio Cell driver, with the exception of its 20cc smaller size.

“This Pro Driver was designed for golfers with a strong swing that yields high launch and high spin,” said Jose Miraflor, Cobra’s director of product marketing. “To help these golfers play at their best, we created the Bio Cell Pro driver, our lowest CG ever to deliver unmatched distance and performance.”

The smaller size should make the Bio Cell Pro more workable than the Bio Cell, with a lower CG that Cobra says will raise the driver’s launch angle and lower its spin rate compared to the company’s other models. It also has a MyFly8 adjustable hosel that lends itself to better players, with lower lofts and flatter lie angle settings. The hosel adjusts to lofts of 7, 7.5, 8.5 9.5 and 10 degrees, with additional 7.5 Fade, 8.5 Fade and 9.5 Fade settings that make the driver’s lie angle flatter. The company’s Smart Pad, 1.5-cm strip on the sole of the driver, adapts to each hosel setting to keep the face angle relatively square regardless of loft or face angle.

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At Address: The Bio Cell Pro in black

Like the Bio Cell and Bio Cell+ drivers, the Bio Cell Pro uses the company’s Forged E9 Bio Cell Face technology, which removes weight from the face to increase the size the driver’s sweetspot.

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Click here to read our review of the Bio Cell+ and Bio Cell driver, which we ranked as one of the top-5 drivers in our 2014 Gear Trials Driver Test in the categories of Forgiveness-First and Balanced-Performance.

The Bio Cell Pro driver is currently on Cobra’s website for pre-order, and will be in stores on May 1 for $399. It will be available in orange, black and blue, and comes stock with Matrix’s 6Q3 “Red Tie” shaft in R, S and X Flexes. For no upcharge, golfers can also opt for Mitsubishi Rayon’s D+ 72 shaft (S and X Flexes) or True Temper’s Project X PXv 52 shaft in 5.5 (R), 6.0 (S) and 6.5 (X) flexes.

The stock length of the driver is 45 inches, and swing weight hovers between D3 and D5 depending and shaft model and flex.

Click here to see what GolfWRX Members are saying about the Bio Cell Pro in our forum.

Click here to see what GolfWRX Members are saying about the Bio Cell Pro in our forum.

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  1. Sheffield

    Jul 13, 2014 at 12:14 am

    Another nice review! Can you provide launch #’s for the Regular vs Pro. Any thoughts on how a lower spin shaft; e.g., the Graf “new” Blue would play in the regular vs pro in terms of spin rate, launch angle and distance?
    thx

  2. perisho

    Jul 10, 2014 at 10:36 am

    I live in a town with 2 PGA Superstores, 3 Golfsmiths, and 2 Golf Galaxy stores. Not to mention the other misc smaller shops. There isn’t a single BioCell Pro in our city. Most shops have never even heard of it.

  3. matthew moxon

    Jun 27, 2014 at 9:09 am

    I just bought this a few days ago and it is an awesome driver but i would just like to say to anyone thinking of trying it, you need a fairly fast swing speed to get the performance it offers. I swing at 115-120 mph and was getting good number (average 2100 spin, 10.3 launch) but a friend of mine hit the bio cell pro and found that it performed poorly for him because his swing speed was to low (around 100-105) and he couldn’t get a high enough launch or spin rate and was losing distance. just so you know.

    • ParHunter

      Jun 28, 2014 at 8:44 am

      I just got fitted for the BioCell pro and I have a clubhead speed of low 90. It all depends on whether you normally hit it high with lots of spin, then this driver is right for you. No matter what speed. If you need help getting it airborn then it probably isn’t a driver for you.

  4. phil thompson

    Jun 18, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    I have this driver with the red tie shaft. It is incredible. Moved from rocketballz tour and I have gained more from this driver than any other change. Very stable. Longer than i25 and sldr during fitting and even better, no one else has one at my club!

  5. Scott Shields

    Jun 4, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Just ordered one of these babies yesterday. I prefer the open club face, to hit better draws with. This face is hot, my misses (smash factor around 1.40-1.45) still flew. The ones I hit well, were awesome. I had spin around 1750 and launch around 13-14.

    The misses (high negative aoa), OTT move, was were i was shocked, those were essentially heel hits and the spin was only in the mid 2500 or so … it was stupid almost lol. Ordered it in the AD-DI 7x.

    I’m replacing my existing driver, RBZ Stage 2 tour, with Ad-di 6x. Good club, but time to get a better one.

    Plus, black head, with a black shaft … straight beast mode.

  6. evenStephen

    May 15, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    Has anyone hit this yet? How does it perform? What do the numbers look like?

    I was debating about the SLDR 460 and the Cell + last week. I think I want to hit this Cell Pro now.

  7. pdgoblue25

    May 14, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    Love the way this club looks.

  8. Clemson Sucks

    Apr 29, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    Why not offer the grey color head too?

  9. Matt

    Apr 29, 2014 at 10:03 am

    I am a little discouraged. When Golf WRX had the Q&A with Cobra back on March 23rd, I specifically asked if Rickie Fowler was playing a “Tour” version of the Bio Cell. They basically said he was playing the stock head because his launch conditions were better, along with Jonas Blixt, as you can see here
    http://www.golfwrx.com/forums/topic/989869-recap-live-qa-with-cobra-golf/page__st__150#entry8956137.
    I understand Cobra may have been keeping quiet about it until its official release announcement, but I just wanted to know if Rickie was using a different head and they steered around my question. Feel kinda betrayed…

    • Dave

      Apr 29, 2014 at 12:05 pm

      I’m pissed as well. Just bought the plus last week, and now this comes out? I’m a high launch, high spin guy in need of exactly what the Pro is offering. Very, very frustrating to know that if I had just waited a week, I’d be in much better shape.

      • chris

        May 14, 2014 at 11:07 pm

        I don’t think you’ll see a huge difference in launch and spin between the Pro and the Bio Cell+. The biggest difference is the Pro is 7-10 deg. and the Bio Cell + is 8-11. Also the Pro comes with fade options and the Plus has the draw. I have a Pro and the feel is very similar with the same shaft as the Plus and I have set both the Pro and Plus at 9.5 deg. Hope this helps. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed with the Plus.

    • Hate Cobra

      May 13, 2014 at 1:11 pm

      Yeah you have to hate on Cobra for not wanting to cannibalize their sales of the BioCell+ driver with the upcoming Pro version. That was very sneaky of them, and not very nice.

  10. nikkyd

    Apr 28, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    Ha! I just posted last night ” why have they not done a review on the bio cell pro yet”? Ask and you shall receive 🙂

    • RadioActive

      May 13, 2014 at 10:45 am

      Not sure I would call this a “review”

  11. Joel Domen

    Apr 28, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    “Myfy8” myfly8
    “Lofter lofts” lower lofts

  12. Eric

    Apr 28, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    I hope it’s an improvement over the Amp Cell Pro, as I just went back to my S3 to regain the 20 yards I lost…

  13. Max

    Apr 28, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    Awesome! Love the look of the Bio Cell, hopefully will perform like the + or higher launch lower spin than the +….. can’t wait for some reviews. Will have an itchy trigger finger for this one.

  14. RAT

    Apr 28, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Really excited. I want to give it a try asap. I play the ZL model and nothing beats it so far that I’ve tried..

  15. Roberto

    Apr 28, 2014 at 10:31 am

    Highly confused how’s this any different than bio cell plus? Aldo comes w same shaft as bio cell plus correct?
    I play bio cell plus, I am a high launch high spin player, and think its a great club and one of the most under rated clubs of 2014. It tops for me all new drivers, up there with sldr (must have proper shaft) and alpha closely after those two. This is all relative as clubs are all personal opinion and how they perform for our own swings.
    Any clarification on this pro vs cell plus would be greatly appreciated

    • Joe

      Apr 28, 2014 at 1:21 pm

      I think that part of this comes from the tour players, who for the most part, liked the look and feel of the regular Bio Cell over that of the Plus. To me, it seems they are now producing a tour driver that has the look and sound of the regular, with the workability of the Plus.

      I have hit the red tie shaft with the reg driver, and it may be the best of both worlds. This pro driver may be along the same line.

    • RadioActive

      May 13, 2014 at 10:54 am

      Pretty sure the chart sums up the differences pretty well…

    • Chris

      May 14, 2014 at 11:45 pm

      The biggest difference is the static loft 7-10 (Pro) vs 8-11 (Plus) and the paint jobs due to the multi material on the Plus.

  16. RobN

    Apr 28, 2014 at 10:21 am

    This should be a win for Cobra for those that are intrigued by the Bio Cell +, but not the two-tone color scheme.

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Tommy Fleetwood joins TaylorMade in multi-year deal; Fleetwood 2021 WITB

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TaylorMade has officially announced that Tommy Fleetwood has joined its tour staff in a multi-year deal.

The Englishman is no stranger to TaylorMade equipment and has been playing a set of prototype irons built by the company since 2019. For 2021, Fleetwood will play a bag with TaylorMade woods and irons, as well as the brand’s TP5X (2021) #19 golf ball, as he continues to test wedges and putters.

Per the company, Fleetwood upholds strong ties to Adrian Rietveld – who was TaylorMade’s lead technician on the European Tour before making the move stateside in 2019 – and he also played a variety of TaylorMade metalwoods after becoming an equipment-free agent in 2016.

“This could be the start of something special. I have a feeling there are some exciting times ahead, I couldn’t be happier to join Team TaylorMade.” – Tommy Fleetwood

Fleetwood is a five-time winner on the European Tour and has also had three top-5 finishes in the majors, two top-5 finishes in WGCs and a top-5 finish at the Players in 2019. In the Ryder Cup 2018, the 30-year-old went 4-1-0 winning 4/4 fourball and foursome matches with Molinari.

Speaking on the new signing for Team TaylorMade, David Abeles, CEO, TaylorMade Golf said

“Tommy Fleetwood is a premier golfer, but he’s an even better person. Statements like that get thrown around a lot, but if you ever have the chance to spend time with him, you’ll immediately know it’s true. There’s a warmth, sincerity and wit about Tommy that stands out. He’s the ideal fit for Team TaylorMade as we embark on a journey to become the most people-centric golf brand in the world. We couldn’t be more excited to welcome him to the team.”

Tommy Fleetwood 2021 WITB

Driver: TaylorMade SIM2 (10.5 degrees) or SIM2 Max (10.5 @ 8.5 degrees)
Shaft:Mitsubishi Diamana DF 70 TX

3-wood: TaylorMade SIM2 (13.5 degrees Rocket)
Shaft:Mitsubishi Diamana DF 70TX

5-wood: TaylorMade SIM2 (18.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana DF 80TX

Irons: TaylorMade P7TF Proto (4-PW)
Shafts: Project X 6.5

Wedges: Callaway Jaws (52S, 56S, 60T)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Odyssey White Hot

Ball: TaylorMade TP5X (2021) #19

Per TaylorMade, Fleetwood is continuing to test TM wedges and putters.

Fleetwood is currently ranked No. 17 in the Official World Golf Rankings and is set to debut his new TaylorMade equipment this week at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

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In our forums, our members have been discussing forged driving irons. WRXer ‘Merv’ is on the hunt for a new driving iron and reaches out to fellow members for suggestions – with DI’s from Srixon proving to be popular amongst WRXers.

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.

  • FatThinShank: “Srixon U65/85”
  • Cptwiggly: “I love my u85 2 iron. I bent it 2 degrees weak for gapping, and it’s a great addition to my bag.”
  • Bama_Rich: “The new Callaway X Forged UT is the best feeling one I’ve hit. It has more of a “crack” at impact compared to the “clicks” feel of others. I have a review coming soon.”
  • golfer881: “+1 for Srixon ZX.”

Entire Thread: “Best forged driving irons”

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2021 TaylorMade SIM2 Launch Day Report: Everything you need to know about the new equipment from TaylorMade

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Today was the official launch day of the all-new 2021 TaylorMade SIM2 line of clubs, which includes drivers, fairways woods, hybrids, and irons. To summarize the newest release from the Carlsbad-based golf equipment company, for TaylorMade and the SIM2 line of clubs, it’s all about refining great products to increase speed and stability without sacrificing any of the distance golfers achieved from the original line.

If are looking for in-depth information, on the ins and outs of the new designs and the technology that makes them possible be sure to check out our full launch pieces below.

2021 TaylorMade SIM2 drivers: Better performance, piece by piece

TaylorMade SIM2 driver line

  1. Designers have taken every step to look at different materials and configurations to add forgiveness while maintaining the low spin characteristics of the original 2020 SIM design.
  2. No more sliding weight track. The sliding weight on the standard model has been removed to save mass and increase MOI (a measurement of forgiveness).
  3. Three different models to choose from with greater differentiation to help golfers get dialed in more effectively and find the design that is the best fit.
  4. More precision built into every part of the driver. The only way to make a golf club, especially a driver, better is to maximize the weight properties and geometry, and by painstakingly looking at every single component and manufacturing process, that’s exactly what TaylorMade has done.

2021 TaylorMade SIM2 fairway woods and hybrids: Building on a winning platform

Fairway woods

For 2021, TaylorMade engineers are upping their game and the SIM fairway wood platform with the launch of the TaylorMade SIM2, SIM2 Max, and SIM2 Max D (for draw) fairway woods. Each is designed to improve consistency, turf interaction, forgiveness, and reshape what is possible with each model in the line.

  • The SIM2 Titanium has a reconfigured heavy steel soleplate to go along with its 10cc smaller size to move the center of gravity farther back in the head to increase MOI. The Max and Max D models have also gotten larger to improve forgiveness.
  • Unlike the SIM2 Titanium, the SIM2 Max fairway has gotten bigger and now comes in at 190cc head in the 3-wood (compared to 185 in the 2020 version) to increase forgiveness, and although the head has gotten larger, it is still easy to elevate from tighter lies with the help of the newly redesigned two-step V Steel sole.
  • The unofficial motto of the SIM2 Max D should be “go big or go home.” It offers the largest head size at 195cc (in the 3-wood) and also has the largest face area to help those golfers who miss a bit more than they would like to admit.

Hybrids

To build on the success of the SIM Max rescue, TaylorMade has improved the original Max rescue and are also introducing an all-new model geared towards higher swing speed players looking for a hybrid that offers adjustability and workability with the 2021 (non-MAX) SIM Rescue, thanks to input from its tour staff, including Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson.

  • The SIM2 Rescue draws a lot of inspiration from previous TaylorMade and (some Adams) generation hybrids, including the popular ’09 Rescue TP—except with a whole lot more technology! The profile is compact with a higher squared-off toe to have a more “iron-like” appearance from address to help golfers find the perfect transition club from long irons to fairway woods.
  • The new SIM2 Max hybrid brings everything golfer loved from the previous version and added a newly refined sole geometry to increase forgiveness and deliver more consistent results. The SIM2 Max Rescue has a C300 maraging steel face and comes with the now-familiar Twist Face, which only became a feature in the Rescue line last year.

2021 TaylorMade SIM2 Max and SIM2 Max OS irons

The new Cap Back is a full cavity encasing polymer cap that connects and supports the topline without touching the face. It helps produce a higher MOI since the polymer material is seven-times lighter than the steel counterpart per g/cm3 and frees up more mass to be moved low in the head to raise stability—especially for shots missed around the face, which for golfers that fit into this iron category and going to do.

Beneath the Cap Back and behind the face on the new SIM2 Max and SIM2 Max OS irons, you will find an improved Echo Damping System which features a more concentrated HYBRAR material. The damping system stretches across the entire face (from heel to toe) using multiple contact points and also utilizes a softer polymer blend to channel away more unwanted vibrations.

Perspectives from the GolfWRX forums

mycowdog: Hit the 9* sim2, about a dozen swings. Easy to hit, nice launch and spin for me. I haven’t played a TM driver. Many more to test, but I was impressed.

Stanks: Will it get the M6 outta the bag?! Looks promising!

J-Zone: Spent time with both heads today, I think people will be thoroughly impressed once they have them in hand. They look much better than the pictures, and is a very premium looking driver. Did not have time to compare to SIM1.0, but they feel a bit more firm (subjective) with a muted thwack vs a longer ringing or ting sensation.The Max will be the home run for TM people who have a very neutral delivery or want consistent spin, and the Standard is going to fit anyone who wants to cut spin but not in a super alarming way.Max launched super easy, but I can see guys needing to go up in loft if they were in standard 1.0 and went standard 2.0.

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GolfWRX’s resident equipment tester, Brian Knudson of the Club Junkie podcast, had this to say

SIM2: TaylorMade kept the sound and feel great, muted and very responsive. Offers a really neutral ball flight and skilled players will love to be able to work the ball with ease and precision. Misses of the toe still keep a decent amount of trajectory, but still lose some distance. The most penetrating flight of the 3 SIM2 drivers.

SIM2 Max: Very stable head and little higher ball flight than the SIM2. Little more spin than SIM2, can see a little rise with shots into the wind. Shots hit off the low heal carry straighter and farther than last year’s SIM Max. Straighter misses for me on all shots that I was hitting.

SIM2 Ti fairway: The sound and feel are really good and love the smaller profile from address. Slightly more of a “crack” sound at impact. Could really feel the ball compress off the face and it seemed to really come off hot. Ball launches higher than last year, even on miss hits. Toe and heel mishits stay on line really well, would easily keep those shots in the fairway. Fairway just wants to get straight, little harder to work the ball and flight shots down. Pretty neutral ball flight with maybe just a touch of natural draw.

SIM 2 Max fairway: Good sound, little more metallic and higher pitched than its titanium sibling. Head is very stable and might have offered a little more forgiveness than the Ti. Higher ball flight and little more spin, but well struck shots carry a long well. Slices and hooks tend to have a little less curvature to those shots.

SIM2 Max Hybrid: High ball flight that carries a good distance. Easy to square up the club and find the center of the face repeatedly. Shots hit low on the face still get way up in the air and carry really well. Harder to hit fades since there is some draw built into the head, but overall the ball wants to go straight.

SIM2 Rescue: Sound and feel are very muted, heavy “crack” at impact. Penetrating ball flight that is flat, but you can still get the ball off the turf without too much effort. Pretty straight ball flight with more emphasis on the ball wanting to fall right. Easy to work the ball and flight it down as low as you would like. Shots even struck on the toe didn’t draw much and still stayed on a better line that I expected from a smaller club head.

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