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Cobra introduces new 2021 King Tour irons with MIM technology

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It’s been quite a while (three-plus years) since we have seen any new players irons from Cobra Golf. The Rev33 “Rickie iron” was teased out over the last year, but the focus has mainly stayed on its Forged Tec line, which has done well in the very competitive players distance category.

So why the long wait?

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According to Cobra’s VP of R&D Tom “TO” Olsavsky it was for a very specific reason…

“A long time ago we had actually planned it to launch at the end of 2019 as we usually try to launch players irons in the fall. Between COVID-19 delays and the new breakthrough innovation MIM process, it took us a little longer but it’s been worth the extra time, player feedback has been amazing so we are confident it will succeed.”

Introducing new 2021 Cobra King Tour irons

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Cobra King Tour MIM 7-iron – cavity view

Cobra King Tour MIM 7-iron – face view

Metal Injection Molding AKA MIM is a term we have heard a few times over the past year. Cobra just recently implemented this process into its MIM wedge line. Essentially, it’s a process that allows OEMs to fine-tune a club heads shape and spec to the nth degree all while dialing in the softest feel possible. Seems awesome for a wedge and even better for an iron. To make it really easy to understand, it’s not cast, it’s not forged, its MIM.

The multi-material 1025 iron head has a tungsten weight inserted into the toe section that dials in the CG directly to the sweet spot. This practice is very popular—and almost essential at this point—Cobra has done this in the past with its previous players irons and it was first introduced as a head weight adjustment for Rickie Fowler years ago.

The final step is a thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) insert to ensure impact gives off that “Muscle Back” softness at impact, a good way for traditional players to try new tech and not sacrifice the familiar softness of a forged blade.

Who is it for?

According to Olsavsky

“The King Tour iron is designed for the range of Tour players to single-digit handicaps. It slots in nicely between the pure MB type irons and Players Distance. It’s also a slight merger between Forged Tour and Forged CB shapes, so hoping to cover both players that would have chosen one of these 2 irons.”

2021 Cobra King Tour irons: Optics

Cobra King Tour MIM 7-iron - cavity view

Cobra King Tour MIM 7-iron – topline view

Cobra King Tour MIM 7-iron – toe view

The new 2021 Cobra King Tour has a slightly shorter blade from the previous King Forged Tour iron based on comments from staff, the top line has been thinned out (a hair) and offset was increased to satisfy staff feedback.

According to Cobra Director of Tour Operations Ben Schomin

“The initial shape was developed years ago in the AMP Cell Forged iron and then transitioned with a few tweaks into the King Forged Tour. The shape in general was always well liked, but there was a common theme among R&D/marketing employees and players that the long iron blade lengths were a little long from heel to toe. We made some design changes to the MIM Tour iron that addressed blade length along with a few other feel enhancing tweaks. Overall it is a very eye pleasing shape.”

To make it really uncomplicated: the new 2021 Cobra King Tour is a simple, compact player cavity back designed to do its job. Cobra irons have always gone through the turf well, and now has a softer feel thanks to the MIM process. Players will get the MB feel in a CB iron.

Cobra King Tour MIM 4-iron - cavity view

Cobra King Tour MIM 4-iron – cavity view

The Tour

Cobra doesn’t have the biggest Tour presence in the world, but it does have some VERY unique minds to pick from for R&D.

“Like all of our new gear, we love to get input from our staff. In this case, having players like Jason Dufner, Rickie Fowler and others giving specific feedback is always an integral part of the process. For example, Duf is as knowledgeable about what makes a good club as anyone out there. If he responds well to shape or feel we know we are in a good place.” -Ben Schomin

And we had to ask about BAD…Is this something Bryson would put in play? 

“At this time there is no plan to make one length out of this head. But who knows, if he gets fired up to play them we will make it happen. He seems to be doing fine with what he has in the bag now, lol.” -Ben Schomin

Cobra King Tour MIM pitching wedge – cavity view

2021 Cobra King Tour irons: Overall

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, these days any product that hits the market will be (for the most part) superb. Like its competitors, Cobra is offering a simple yet elegant players CB that will hold water with anything else.

The real question goes back to the players themselves: What are you looking for in your irons? Is it more distance (hopefully not), precision, turf interaction, curb appeal? We all respond to different parts and now more than ever there are options to satisfy your heart and your hands. This new Cobra iron has everything a player would want. So, get fit, and put ’em to the test.

Specs

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Per Cobra

The King Tour Irons with MIM Technology are available in a 4-PW set make-up in right hand only. 

A 3-iron and gap wedge are available via custom order. Each King Tour iron is equipped with a steel KBS $-Taper 120 shaft in the golfer’s choice of stiff or regular flex. In addition, each iron comes with a Cobra Lamkin Crossline Connect grip in black. 

Cobra King Tour MIM

A wide selection of shaft and grip upgrades are also made available through custom order.  The stock steel set retails for $1,299 and will be available beginning October 30, 2020, on cobragolf.com and through Cobra’s entire network of off-course retailers/custom club fitters.    

 

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Johnny Wunder is the Director of Original Content, Instagram Manager and Host of “The Gear Dive” Podcast for GolfWRX.com. He was born in Seattle, Wash., and grew up playing at Rainier G&CC. John is also a partner with The Traveling Picture Show Company having most recently produced JOSIE with Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner. In 1997 Johnny had the rare opportunity of being a clubhouse attendant for the Anaheim Angels. He now resides in Toronto, On with his wife and two sons. @johnny_wunder on IG

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  4. steve c

    Oct 21, 2020 at 11:35 am

    Its Rick’s personality that sells his youtube channel. I’d be willing to bet he is no better than a 2-4 HDCP, which is good, but nothing special. As far as his video production skills go, its YOUTUBE, who cares. Seeing new products is what I find to be fun and interesting.

  5. the dude

    Oct 20, 2020 at 8:16 pm

    AP2..ish??

  6. Delbert

    Oct 20, 2020 at 6:42 pm

    Looks like Wilson had the right idea.

  7. Mark Crossfield

    Oct 20, 2020 at 4:41 pm

    I have. Shiels sucks and cant beat me in a fight.

  8. Jason G

    Oct 20, 2020 at 2:33 pm

    I am such a sucker for Cobra product. Really excited to get the demos in the shop and see what all the fuss is about.

  9. Josh

    Oct 20, 2020 at 1:59 pm

    I think the irons would have a lot more shelf appeal if the cobra was stamped on the back instead of “KING” in massive block letters.

    • Peter

      Oct 21, 2020 at 3:22 am

      Exactly!!! The Cobra is such a good logo and they don’t make the most of it – KING looks silly.

  10. vernon

    Oct 20, 2020 at 1:37 pm

    I dont you let me try a sets? Free

  11. Cobra R&D

    Oct 20, 2020 at 12:32 pm

    These clubs will be offered in Left Hand also! Hopefully article will update soon.

  12. Milo

    Oct 20, 2020 at 11:00 am

    I watched Rick Shiels hit these and I’ll I can say is, meh!

    • dat

      Oct 20, 2020 at 11:06 am

      Rick Shiels golf game is meh

      • not gianni, not rick shiels

        Oct 20, 2020 at 11:30 am

        so is his youtube/video production skills. seriously, any kid who knows anything about golf and anything about youtube would make better videos. heck i would too if i didn’t have a full time job unlike ol rick!

        • Peter Pansky

          Oct 20, 2020 at 1:47 pm

          Sure sure, would’ve, could’ve, should’ve. You haven’t done it, have you? And he, he has over a million people who subscribe to him. With your s$$t attitude, you would probably get about 25.

      • Milo

        Oct 20, 2020 at 12:42 pm

        He’s better than me, I like all the data he brings when we reviews certain things.

        • fofo

          Oct 20, 2020 at 8:05 pm

          He’s a bottom tier club reviewer. Save yourself some time and watch txg, or almost anyone else.

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Cobra unveils new LTDx family of drivers, fairways, and hybrids

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Cobra Golf has today introduced its new family of LTDx drivers, fairways and hybrids, which will all arrive at retail on February 11.

The new metalwoods from Cobra build on the legacy of the LTD series that began in 2016 with the company’s introduction of the first driver to achieve zero CGna for low spin and fast ball speed performance. For 2022, the new LTDx sees the combination of that zero CGna and 5200 MOI in design to create faster ball speeds with extreme forgiveness.

“The LTDx driver lineup reflects our team’s continued dedication to innovation and improved performance. With the introduction of PWR-COR and H.O.T Face technology, our engineers have, yet again, developed innovation that improves CG and MOI while making the face hotter and more forgiving. 

“The resulting LTDx family of drivers are the best we have ever produced, and the three distinct driver models ensure that every golfer can achieve optimized performance for their game. We look forward to seeing the LTDx on Tour and also in the hands of amateurs and weekend warriors at courses globally.” – Tom Olsavsky, Vice President of R&D, Cobra Golf

Cobra LTDx LS Driver

The new LTDx LS driver positions most of its weight low and forward to deliver low spin and faster ball speeds, combined with a workable ball flight desired by skilled players with faster swing speeds.

An adjustable weight system features a 10g and 3g weight that can be exchanged to either the front heel or toe to fine-tune trajectory. A 460cc shape features an aerodynamic design designed to aid players with faster swing speeds to maximize their clubhead speed.

The brand’s PWR-COR Technology positions as much weight low and forward using a 14g internal MIM steel weight and a 5g 100 percent milled, stainless steel external weight (19g total) to help lower spin and increase speed, while 13g of moveable weights places a 32g low and forward.

The driver also includes H.O.T. Face technology that is derived from machine learning, which creates 15 unique zones in a bid to maximize and tune ball speeds both away from and in the center of the face. This technology is designed to significantly improve performance in those common “miss” areas.

In addition, the overall design and performance attributes of the new LTDx are further improved by a proprietary Multi-Material Construction that utilizes a redesigned, 8g lighter titanium chassis that allows for up to 30% more carbon fiber and more discretionary weight to reposition low and forward in the PWR-COR weight.

 

Price: $499.99

Cobra LTDx Max driver

The LTDx Max driver combines stability with draw-bias into one driver, both individually achievable using the moveable weight system.

The new addition features a slightly oversized 460cc profile to help provide excellent distance and forgiveness with a back weight setting and an added weight positioned in the heel that affords golfers additional draw-bias to help square the face for more accurate results.

The 10g heavy weight can be positioned in the back to deliver the maximum amount of forgiveness that Cobra has to offer, while players can also position the heavy weight in the heel for 11 yards of draw bias. The adjustable hosel can be adjusted to the “Draw” setting for an additional 7 yards (18 yards total).

In addition, the LTDx Max features PWR-COR and H.O.T. Face Technology with a Multi-Material Construction.

 

Price: $499.99

Cobra LTDx driver

Described by the company as a driver “unicorn”, the LTDx driver is the very first to combine zero CGna and a high MOI at 5200.

The driver features a slightly oversized 460cc clubhead that is constructed with the balance of internal weighting in design to deliver the fastest ball speeds with slow spin and maximum distance.

The construction utilizes 19g total weight positioned in PWR-COR (14g internal MIM steel weight & 5g external CNC Milled stainless steel weight) and 15g total in the back using 5g of tungsten and a 10g fixed back weight.

As with all models in the new family of drivers, the LTDx features the company’s H.O.T. Face Technology and a Multi-Material Construction, affording optimal CG and MOI in a bid to offer increased distance and improved performance.

Price: $499.99

Complementing the line of LTDx drivers are a full lineup of LTDx fairway metals ($299 each) and LTDx hybrids ($249 each).

Cobra LTDx LS fairway

Cobra’s low spin fairway features progressive shaping – Big Tour shape in 3w with no rails and Tour Shape in 5w with hollow split rails.

PWR-COR utilizes tungsten and aluminum to position as much weight low and forward in design to increase ball speed, while H.O.T. Face Technology uses 15 zones with optimized thicknesses in a bid to maximize speed across the face.

An adjustable weighting system features a 12g and a 3g weight that can be positioned in the heel or toe to fine-tune trajectory and spin.

Cobra LTDx fairway

The Cobra LTDx fairway arrives in a traditional shape in a 3w with no rails and a traditional shape 5w and 7w with hollow split rails that are designed to aid in turf interaction for steeper swings.

A 12g fixed weight is positioned in the back of the fairway wood in a bid to provide forgiveness and high launch, while the PWR-COR weight low and forward is designed to create an excellent balance of low spin and fast ball speed combined with forgiveness.

Cobra LTDx Max fairway

The Cobra LTDx is billed as the company’s “most forgiving fairway” that combines “the fast and forgiving performance of the LTDx with additional draw bias for those that need slice correcting power.”

An adjustable weight system features 12g and 3g weights that can be positioned in the back or the heel to fine-tune the amount of draw bias, while WR-COR and H.O.T. Face Technology again bids to deliver the fastest ball speed possible using low and forward weighting and an optimized variable thickness face design.

Cobra LTDx hybrids

The LTDx hybrids are Cobra’s first to feature PwrShell Technology, which utilizes an L-cup face design that is forged from a thin and strong stainless steel to generate up to 17% more flex in design for faster ball speed and higher launch across the face.

 

The hybrids contain the brand’s PWR-COR and H.O.T. Face technologies while also featuring Hollow Split Rails that aim to improve turf interaction and allow the club to glide out of the fairway, tight lies, thick rough and even bunkers.

The hybrids are available in both standard (Satin Black/Gold Fusion colorway) and One Length (Blue/Red & Black)models, with the LTDx One Length hybrid designed in a shorter set up (37.25”) that complements the One Length irons.

Specs: 

Men: LTDx hybrid: 2H (17 degrees), 3H (19 degrees), 4H (21 degrees) 5H (24 degrees) and 6H (28 degrees); One length model: 3H (19 degrees), 4H (21 degrees), 5H (24 degrees)

Women: 4H (20 degrees), 5H (23 degrees) 6H (27 degrees), 7H (30 degrees)

 

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Cobra launches all-new King LTDx irons

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Cobra Golf has today unveiled its new King LTDx irons that will hit retail on February 11th.

The irons have been re-engineered from the inside out using a PWR-COR Weighting design that strategically positions the CG and adds face and body flexion in design to deliver maximum ball speed.

Combined with a thinner and larger PwrShell Face, the LTDx irons seek to provide players with an iron that blends forgiveness, high launch, excellent feel and longest total distance.

PWR-COR Weighting

The PWR-COR Weighting system features a multi-material design utilizing a floating steel core bar that is suspended in a lightweight and soft polymer. The steel core bar positions the CG low and right behind the impact zone.

In the center of the head area, the core bar is completely separated from the body, face, and sole to encourage maximum flexion and power transfer to the golf ball.

 

A polymer filler is injected around the core bar to damp vibrations in design to provide excellent feel while enhancing the elastic rebound effect for increased ball speed and distance.

PwrShell Face Technology

For their latest irons, Cobra has expanded its patented PwrShell Face Technology.

The updated PwrShell design utilizes a variable thickness L-cup insert that expands the thin area on the face by 23% to increase the zone of maximum ball speed in design to create more consistent and reliable distance on off-center hits.

Combined with the PWR-COR weight design, per Cobra, the LTDx irons deliver 5% more face deflection than the previous RadSpeed models, resulting in faster ball speed and higher launch across the face.

LTDx Irons are available in both Variable and One Length offerings, with a new adjustable toe-screw allowing Cobra’s custom club department to build for any configuration.

Specs 

Cobra LTDx irons 

The LTDx irons arrive in a Chrome finish with Gold Fusion accents and come stock in 5-GW (RH/LH; Steel – $899) or 4-PW (RH; Steel – $899), as well as a graphite combo set 5H, 6-GW (RH/LH; $1099) set makeups. 

Each steel option comes standard with a KBS Tour 90shaft and a Lamkin Crossline (58+) Black grip. The stock graphite offering utilizes a KBS PGI (85 – Stiff flex; 75 – Regular flex; 65 – Lite flex, and a 55 in women’s flex).

Women’s LTDx iron offerings: The LTDx irons are available in ladies flex in a Chrome/Elderberry colorway with a KBS PGI 55 (50g) shaft and Lamkin Crossline Undersize (60R) grip. A combo set is also available in 5H, 6H, 7-PW, SW (RH).

Cobra LTDx One Length irons

The One Length irons are available in a Chrome finish with Blue/Red accents on the medallion and come stock in a 5-GW (RH/LH; Steel – $899) and a graphite combo set 5H (One Length hybrid), and 6-GW One Length irons (RH; $1099). 

The long irons (4-6 iron) feature a lighter Tour 80 shaft to promote higher launch, the mid irons (7-9i) feature a mid-weight Tour 90 shaft, and the wedges use a heavier Tour 120 shaft to promote a lower ball flight for more accuracy. The stock graphite offering utilizes a KBS PGI (85 – S; 75 – R; 65 – A).

Each iron comes equipped with a Lamkin Crossline (58R+) grip.

 

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Titleist introduces next-generation AVX golf ball

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Titleist has today launched the third generation of its AVX golf ball, which hits retail on February 4th.

The original AVX was engineered by Titleist in 2018 as a performance alternative to its flagship Pro V1 and Pro V1x by offering the lowest flight, lowest spin and softest feel of the three premium offerings. The next-gen version features updated technology for players who prioritize distance and soft feel in a urethane covered golf ball.

On the new addition, Frederick Waddell, Director of Golf Ball Product Management, Titleist, said

“With new AVX, we focused on what AVX golfers are asking for: improving upon the already incredible distance and feel that golfers love, while enhancing greenside spin. We achieved this by softening the urethane cover to achieve greater short game performance, while adding a new core formulation for speed, and new aerodynamics for flight stability and more distance.”

The 2022 AVX ball features a new reformulated core designed to generate high speed and low long game spin to drive more distance with an excellent soft feel.

The reformulated core increases stiffness of the outermost portions of the core while keeping the center of the core soft. This combination aims to decrease driver and long game spin, while a high flex casing layer is designed to promote high ball speed and low spin on long shots for enhanced distance.

A new softer cover increases the soft (urethane cover) over hard (high flex casing) differential, which contributes to improved short game and greenside spin, while a new 348 tetrahedral catenary aerodynamic dimple pattern aims to provide a piercing low trajectory ball flight.

The new AVX is offered in both white and high optic yellow and will be available in golf shops worldwide beginning February 4, 2022, and costs $49.99 per dozen.

 

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