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Jason Dufner speaks on unreleased Cobra LTDx driver (and his nearly decade-old 7 wood)

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When Jason Dufner showed up to the 2022 American Express for his Monday practice round session, he came with a new club in the bag: an unreleased Cobra LTDx driver.

Recently, three new Cobra “LTDx” drivers popped up on the USGA Conforming List, including a Cobra LTDx, an LTDx Max and an LTDx LS. With so many driver options hitting the list, it seems inevitable that a new family of drivers is coming soon to replace the company’s RadSpeed drivers from last year. Yet, that remains to be confirmed.

At the 2022 Sentry Tournament of Champions, Bryson DeChambeau was photographed using what appears to be the LTDx LS model, based on the sole weights. Being that GolfWRX didn’t have boots on the ground in Maui, however, we weren’t able to capture in-hand photos of the new driver design.

Thanks to Dufner’s driver of choice this week in Palm Desert, though, we’re now able to catch our first in-hand glance at an LTDx driver.

Based on a sticker that Dufner has near the hosel, his Cobra LTDx driver measures 8 degrees of actual loft.

Check out more in-hand photos here.

In addition to the photos, I was also able to catch up with Dufner on Monday about his personal experience with the new driver design, even though Cobra hasn’t yet revealed any details about the technology.

“One thing I have been seeing is the strikes have been really consistent off the middle of the face,” Dufner told GolfWRX. “People don’t believe this, but sometimes the driver can droop in different ways. The last couple models I had, I felt like I had been making good swings but was catching it on the toe a little bit. So these have been really consistent off the middle. I’ve seen really good launch windows to my eye, good spin windows to my eye, but I haven’t tested it on Trackman yet.”

Based on the photos, Cobra is going with a weight-back design in the LTDx head, likely to move center of gravity (CG) rearward into a more forgiving position. That could be why Dufner is able to find the center of the face more consistently.

As Dufner explains further below, the last few driver models he used in recent years had a more weight-forward design that were intended to lower spin. The back-weighted design of the LTDx, however, has allowed Dufner to find better windows, find the center of the face more often, and have better overall control.

“They’ve got three different heads now, so it gives me more options…my particular model has the weight is back, and we put a little more weight in the back so it changes the CG a little bit for me,” Dufner said. “It makes it launch a little bit higher and spin a little more, which is kind of what I need. I want to have a certain amount of loft so I can get more ball speed. The more loft you have, the less ball speed you’ll have, because it’s not as flat a surface. So I should see some speed gains…I like it so far. It feels great. I just played 9 holes and didn’t miss a fairway.”

Even though Dufner says he hasn’t captured his performance with the LTDx yet on a launch monitor, the driver is checking all the right boxes in terms of ball flight.

“For me, with a driver, the most important thing is that when I feel like I make a good swing and hit it off the center, does it do what I want it to do? And I’ve seen that very consistently through the 4-5 days that I’ve had it,” Dufner said. “I don’t worry about the mishits as much, because the mishits are mishits. But if you can tighten dispersion a little bit with those, great. It gets a little weird for us when we make a good swing and it goes off the center and it’s left or right or whatever. So I’ve been happy with it and I plan on playing with it. We’ll see how it goes.”

Although it seems set in stone based on his comments, it’s not yet certain that Dufner will use the LTDx come competition time on Thursday. What’s absolutely guaranteed, though, is that he will have his longtime Titleist 915F 7-wood in the bag.

Dufner has used the 915F 21-degree fairway wood since 2014 when the club first launched, and it’s not leaving the bag anytime soon.

“That’s not going anywhere until it breaks,” Dufner told GolfWRX.

Even if something drastic happens in the meantime (knock on wood), Dufner has a backup.

“I have that head, which is the original, and I’ve got another head that I haven’t hit yet,” Dufner said. “So I’ve got at least six more years if this one goes.”

When I asked Dufner if he’s tested any other 7-woods recently to capitalize on newer technologies, Dufner’s answer was simple and matter-of-fact: “No.”

It’s safe to say Dufner isn’t changing out that 915F 7-wood, which is smart, because it looks like he’s missed the center of the face with it no more than two or three times in the last eight years.

To see the rest of the clubs that Dufner has in the bag for 2022, check out the forum link here.

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He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

8 Comments

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  1. Divot Diggler

    Jan 18, 2022 at 8:22 pm

    I love Cobra products ……..My bag has 12/14 Cobra clubs in it …. It is going to be a hard launch for any driver manufacturer in 2022 with the new TM Stealth being recently released.

    • John

      Jan 19, 2022 at 11:50 am

      Its all total marketing hype, come on man, u believe that stuff, really?…

    • Siggy Biscuit

      Feb 20, 2022 at 11:42 am

      Idk I feel like Cobras futuristic yet classy look will sell. Especially with the new breed of Smashers. I think they stand out a little more than the Rogue at least.

  2. Divot Diggler

    Jan 18, 2022 at 8:20 pm

    I love Cobra products ……..My bag has 12/14 Cobra clubs in it …. It is going to be a hard launch for any driver manufacturer in 2022 with the new TM Stealth being recently released. ?

  3. Brandon

    Jan 18, 2022 at 7:51 pm

    Would it kill you to take a picture of the top of the driver? Ya know, the part you actually look at when you address a golf ball?

    • John

      Jan 19, 2022 at 11:51 am

      Instead of whining like a 2yo, try using a thing called GOOGLE.
      LMFAO

  4. joe

    Jan 18, 2022 at 10:57 am

    Cobra needs a LOT of help in the industrial design and marketing department. This looks like a cross between a driver you’d buy at Sam’s Club and something from the toy aisle at Walmart.

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Details on Webb Simpson’s surprising iron switch

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For essentially his entire career, Webb Simpson has been an old-school blade iron user.

Well, not anymore.

Simpson switched from Titleist’s 620 MB irons into the company’s new T100 irons this week. He spoke to the media on Thursday following his first-round 69 regarding the switch:

“I’ve had a couple of short stints with non-blades in my career but not many.”

“I haven’t been hitting my irons great. Approach to the green is typically a strength for me; this year it’s been a weakness, and I’ve struggled out of the rough. I keep getting told that these the irons I’m playing are better out of the rough, better with distance control, better with mis-hits, and so I guess I was being stubborn but finally listened and I really like them.”

“They’re not a whole lot different than mine the way they look, but we’ve had good results with them so far.”

According to Simpson, his caddie Paul Tesori played a role in Simpson’s intrigue in the new T100 irons.

“Yeah, honestly I hadn’t considered it that much at all. Paul  mentioned it at Wells Fargo after that first round or maybe after I missed the cut on Friday. Then he came to Charlotte last Wednesday and we were doing some testing, and we were seeing some crazy numbers out of the rough with my blades.”

“Thankfully I live on the golf course, so we drove to my garage, picked up this other set — honestly I didn’t know if I had this other set still. I don’t know if Titleist will like this or not, but if I don’t use a set I give it to a friend. I’m trying to spread the word for Titleist, you know. So I might have given to a friend, but I see them in there, we bring them out, and all the numbers we tested were way better.”

“So I still wasn’t certain that I was going to put them in this week so I have both, but yeah, the biggest thing for me is when I look down I want to make sure it looks good, and then after that all I care about is the numbers and how it’s going to perform out of the rough, and so far they’ve passed the test.”

The lesson here for amateurs is to test a range of different irons to figure out exactly what suits your game best. Even the world’s best ball strikers sometimes opt for more forgiveness.

See more photos of Webb’s new Titleist T100 irons here

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Winning Footwear: Justin Thomas’ FootJoy Premiere Tarlow at the ’22 PGA Championship

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Justin Thomas must have been surprised to find himself in a 2022 PGA Championship-deciding playoff with Will Zalatoris given his position to start the day and the apparent foregone conclusion of Mito Pereira’s victory.

After Pereira’s debacle at the 72nd hole, however, JT laced up his FootJoy Premier Tarlow shoes and took care of Will Zalatoris in a three-hole aggregate playoff.

Thomas sported the black colorway of the Tarlow — FJ’s cap-toe inclusion in the Premiere line. The Tarlow is available in white and white/navy as well.

A bit more on the Tarlow’s features, courtesy of FootJoy.

PREMIUM CONSTRUCTION: Hand-selected, premium full grain leather from Pittards offers unparalleled beauty, fit, and resistance to stretching. Calfskin leather detailing delivers an iconic look for players with a discerning sense of style.

PERFORMANCE OUTSOLE: The VersaTrax+ outsole is engineered with traction elements to create an outsole that is perfect for on course performance. Translucent rubber traction elements offer a high end look and feel while maximizing traction with each step you take. The unique anti-channeling traction pattern is designed for grip from any lie or angle.

TOUR-PROVEN TRACTION: Premiere Series is equipped with low profile spikes that deliver stability and support from the moment you step foot onto the course. Pulsar cleats by Softspikes® are the #1 selling cleat in golf and the overwhelming choice of touring professionals worldwide.

LASER STREET FIT: Offers a full rounded toe character, standard fit across forefoot and instep, with a slightly narrow heel.

INSERT SYSTEM: The insert system refers to the type of receptacle found on the sole of your golf shoes. The insert system also determines the type of removable cleat that will fit your golf shoes. This model utilizes the Fast Twist 3.0 cleat system with Pulsar LP cleats. The Fast Twist system was the first ever 3-click insert system on the market. The locking post design secures each cleat with consistent torque for balanced performance.

FootJoy’s Premiere Series Tarlow golf shoes retail for $199.99 are available in sizes 7-15.

 

 

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Best adjustable 3-wood? – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing adjustable 3-woods. WRXer ‘Dunktotime’ wants to hear from our members on what adjustable 3-woods they consider the best, with WRXers giving their verdict in our forum.

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.

  • Duffer222: “SIM2 Max 3 HL. So stupid easy to hit & launch. I finally have a 3 wood I’m happy with. Fuji Ventus Velocore Blue 7S.”
  • BallerNate: “Owned both the SIM2 Ti and Stealth Plus 3W and recommend both very highly! The 2 best 3W’s I have ever owned for sure!”
  • Bmurr7: “I second the Epic Flash Sub Zero.”
  • m3fuz: “Mizuno ST-Z.”

Entire Thread: “Best adjustable 3-wood? – GolfWRXers discuss

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