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WRX Spotlight Review: 2020 Cobra SpeedZone drivers

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Recently, we penned our launch feature on the 2020 Cobra Driver offerings: the SpeedZone and SpeedZone Xtreme. The design of both drivers is based on optimizing six unique characteristics, which will result in improved performance and feel. This includes a milled face, carbon wrapped crown, and what they are calling a “strength zone,” places where their engineers have removed unnecessary weight, redistributing it. Like other major manufacturers, the line features two different drivers geared towards players who either wish to reduce spin (SpeedZone) or players looking to maintain or even add spin (SpeedZone Xtreme). The MAP for the drivers is $449, and like always Cobra offers a plethora of shafts options at no extra charge.

But the real question is how good are these drivers? In an impartial trial, we recruited two players to test the SpeedZone and SpeedZone Xtreme versus their current driver. Each participant hit balls until they were warmed up and then hit 10 balls on Trackman with their driver and then 10 balls with the Cobra SpeedZone Driver. During testing the launch angles and spin rates where very similar for both players with both clubs.

Participant 1: Mid 20s player, former competitive golfer with an index of 8.4. Current driver is 9.0-degree Titleist D2 with S-flex Even Flow. He tested his current driver versus a SpeedZone with an X-stiff Rogue shaft.

Results: On average with his current driver, Participant 1 averaged 249 carry distance with a best of 260.7. With the SpeedZone, Participant 1 picked up an average of 7 yards of carry, going from 249 to 256 and his personal best increased by 14 yards to 274.7.

Quote from Participant 1: “I was immediately comfortable with the club because it has a shape very similar to my Titleist (pear and pretty classic looking). In terms of performance, I was impressed; the club has a massive sweet spot that really helped me on off-center hits.”

Participant 2: 17-year-old, top 100 Junior Golf Scoreboard with an index of +1.3. Current driver is a TaylorMade M6 9.0 with Accra TZ shaft. He tested his current driver versus a SpeedZone with a hazardous Smoke shaft.

Results: On average with his current driver, he was 248 carry with a best of 268. When he put in the SZ, his misses were much tighter together. His worst miss was 243 carry and his best was 276. On average with the SZ, he had a carry average of 264.3.

Quote from Participant 2: “I think that Cobra might have a stigma amongst the best players. When I was asked to do this, I was tentative, but I can honestly say that I was really impressed with not only the performance but also the feel. I really liked the milled face.”

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Brendan Ryan, an entrepreneur and scientist, is a passionate golfer who loves his local muni. Armed with a keen interest in the game, a large network of friends in the industry, Brendan works to find and produce unique content for GolfWRX.

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  1. Brandon

    Dec 12, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    Anyone who has a stigma against Cobra at this point is just being willfully ignorant.

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (4/18/24): TaylorMade BRNR mini driver head

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At GolfWRX, we are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment of the game in many ways.

It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball. It even allows us to share another thing we all love – buying and selling equipment.

Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for a TaylorMade BRNR mini driver head

From the seller: (@lasallen): “For sale is a BRNR mini 11.5 deg head only in brand new condition.  $325 shipped.”

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: TaylorMade BRNR mini driver head 

This is the most impressive current listing from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (4/18/24): Ping PLD Limited Anser – 1988 Open Championship – #2 of only 88 Made

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At GolfWRX, we are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment of the game in many ways.

It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball. It even allows us to share another thing we all love – buying and selling equipment.

Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for a Ping PLD Limited Anser – 1988 Open Championship – #2 of only 88 Made.

From the seller: (@DLong72): “Ping PLD Limited Anser – 1988 Open Championship – #2 of only 88 Made. ?: $1150. ?? 100% milled collectors item from the limited releases commemorating when Ping putters won every major in 1988 (88 putters made). This was the model Seve Ballesteros used to win the 1988 Open Championship. Condition is brand new, never gamed, everything is in the original packaging as it came. Putter features the iconic sound slot.

Specs/ Additional Details

-100% Milled, Aluminum/Bronze Alloy (310g)

-Original Anser Design

-PING PP58 Grip

-Putter is built to standard specs.”

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: Ping PLD Limited Anser – 1988 Open Championship – #2 of only 88 Made

This is the most impressive current listing from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

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Inside Collin Morikawa’s recent golf ball, driver, 3-wood, and “Proto” iron changes

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As you probably know by now, Collin Morikawa switched putters after the first round of The Masters, and he ultimately went on to finish T3.

The putter was far from the only change he made last week, however, and his bag is continuing to change this week at the 2024 RBC Heritage.

On the range of The Masters, Morikawa worked closely with Adrian Reitveld, TaylorMade’s Senior Manager of Tour at TaylorMade, to find the perfect driver and 3-wood setups.

Morikawa started off 2024 by switching into TaylorMade’s Qi10 Max driver, but since went back to his faithful TaylorMade SIM – yes, the original SIM from 2020. Somehow, some way, it seems Morikawa always ends up back in that driver, which he used to win the 2020 PGA Championship, and the 2021 Open Championship.

At The Masters, however, Rietveld said the duo found the driver head that allowed “zero compromise” on Morikawa’s preferred fade flight and spin. To match his preferences, they landed on a TaylorMade Qi10 LS 9-degree head, and the lie angle is a touch flatter than his former SIM.

“It’s faster than his gamer, and I think what we found is it fits his desired shot shape, with zero compromise” Rietveld told GolfWRX.com on Wednesday at the RBC Heritage.

Then, to replace his former SIM rocket 3-wood, Morikawa decided to switch into the TaylorMade Qi10 core model 13.5-degree rocket head, with an adjustable hosel.

“He likes the spin characteristics of that head,” Rietveld said. “Now he’s interesting because with Collin, you can turn up at a tournament, and you look at his 3-wood, and he’s changed the setting. One day there’s more loft on it, one day there’s less loft on it. He’s that type of guy. He’s not scared to use the adjustability of the club.

“And I think he felt our titanium head didn’t spin as low as his original SIM. So we did some work with the other head, just because he liked the feel of it. It was a little high launching, so we fit him into something with less loft. It’s a naughty little piece of equipment.” 

In addition to the driver and fairway wood changes, Morikawa also debuted his new “MySymbol” jersey No. 5 TP5x golf ball at The Masters. Morikawa’s choice of symbols is likely tied to his love of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team.

Not enough changes for you? There’s one more.

On Wednesday at the 2024 RBC Heritage, Morikawa was spotted with a new TaylorMade “Proto” 4-iron in the bag. If you recall, it’s the same model that Rory McIlroy debuted at the 2024 Valero Texas Open.

According to Morikawa, the new Proto 4-iron will replace his old P-770 hollow-bodied 4-iron.

“I used to hit my P-770 on a string, but sometimes the distance would be a little unpredictable,” Morikawa told GolfWRX.com. “This one launches a touch higher, and I feel I can predict the distance better. I know Rory replaced his P-760 with it. I’m liking it so far.” 

See Morikawa’s full WITB from the 2024 RBC Heritage here. 

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