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2024 Cobra Darkspeed irons – GolfWRX Launch Report

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What you need to know: Designed to provide the ultimate combination of speed, distance, and feel, Cobra’s new Darkspeed irons feature an all-new hollow body construction filled with feel-enhancing foam, as well as re-engineered PWR-Bridge and PWRSHELL technologies.

2024 Cobra Darkspeed irons: What’s new, key technology

New hollow body construction: Taking cues from metalwood designs, Cobra has manufactured a new hollow body construction to create a thinner and more responsive clubhead structure that unlocks up to 25-percent more face flection for faster ball speeds and longer distance. In addition, to achieve enhanced sound and feel, the hollow body of the new Darkspeed irons is injected with foam microspheres, which expand to fill the internal cavity. Once injected, the foam supports the PWR-Bridge weight while also providing vibration-dampening properties for a soft feel and pleasing sound.

PWR-Bridge: Cobra’s PWR-Bridge weight in the new irons is suspended on a small singular post, allowing it to be almost completely free floating within the hollow clubhead. This design positions the CG low in design for optimal launch while creating an improved face and sole that aims to help increase ball speed and launch.

PWRSHELL H.O.T. Face: The new irons feature a thinner (1.6mm) and 21% larger PWRSHELL H.O.T. Face (Highly Optimized Topology) insert that seeks to take ball speed to the next level. An L-Cup construction also boasts a new and improved H.O.T. Face pattern, designed using A.I., in design for a faster and more efficient clubface. Per Cobra, H.O.T. Face was designed to produce the optimal variable thickness pattern for a larger sweet spot and improved speed on both center and off-center hits.

Cobra Darkspeed irons: Additional model details

Darkspeed One Length: These Cobra irons offer the same technologies as the variable length irons. Each iron is built to 7-iron length (37.25 inches) to encourage a repeatable setup and swing. To ensure that the long irons perform optimally at a shorter length, the One Length Darkspeed irons feature wider soles and slightly weaker lofts in the 4-6 irons in a bid to promote higher trajectory shots.

What Cobra says

“When we think about distance irons, Cobra has always been a leader in the category. We have upped the ante with Darkspeed for out of this world speed, with even better feel. This truly is one of the best feeling irons we have ever created.” – Tom Olsavsky, Vice President, Club R&D, Cobra Golf

Pricing, specs, availability

Darkspeed  Variable Length irons: Available in a 4-PW set composition (RH Steel Stiff and Reg – $999) or 5-GW (RH/LH; Steel Stiff – $999), as well as a graphite combo set in 5H, 6-GW (RH/LH; Graphite Reg and Lite – $1099). Each steel option comes standard with premium aftermarket KBS Tour Lite 105g shafts (reg & stiff) and Lamkin Crossline grips. The stock graphite offering is an aftermarket KBS PGI (85 – Stiff flex; 75 – Regular flex; 65 – Lite flex, 55 in Ladies flex).

A Darkspeed Women’s graphite combo set is also available (RH only; $1099), and features a set makeup of 5H, 6H, 7-PW, SW.

Darkspeed  ONE Length irons: Available in 5-GW in graphite (RH Reg – $1099, graphite Stiff, Lite and LH custom order only) and in steel (RH Stiff & Reg – $999). Each steel option comes standard with premium aftermarket KBS Tour Lite 105g shafts (reg & stiff) and Lamkin Crossline grips. The stock graphite offering is an aftermarket KBS PGI (85 – Stiff flex; 75 – Regular flex; 65 – Lite flex).

Pre-order/At Retail: 1/11, 1/19

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Limited-edition gear spotted at the PGA Championship

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The second major of the season is here, and with it, custom gear aplenty! Taking inspiration from both Louisville, Kentucky, and host course Valhalla, the OEMs have been having some fun with the designs.

Check out PGA Championship staff bags, some custom kicks, and a very cool putter grip from SuperStroke.

2024 PGA Championship staff bags

Callaway

Cobra

TaylorMade

Scotty Cameron’s putter cover features the Scotty Dog in Viking helmet

Bettinardi’s KFC-inspired putter covers

Ping’s bourbon-inspired putter cover

Rory McIlroy’s Kentucky Bourbon Trail-inspired Nike Air Zoom Victory Tour 3 shoes

FootJoy x Todd Snyder Mint Julep Premier Series

(Photo courtesy of FootJoy)

Brooks Koepka’s Kentucky Bourbon Trail-inspired Nike Air Zoom Infinity Tour shoes

(Photo courtesy of Nike)

SuperStroke’s PGA Championship grip

Check out all of our photos from Valhalla here.

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Whats in the Bag

John Daly WITB 2024 (May)

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Driver: Ping G430 LST (9 degrees)
Shaft: Newton Motion 6-Dot

3-wood: Ping G430 LST (15 degrees)
Shaft: Newton Motion 4-Dot

Hybrids: Ping G430 (17, 22, 26 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold

Irons: Sub70 659-CB (6-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold S300

Wedges: Sub70 TAIII (50, 54, 60)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold S300

Putter: Odyssey Ai-One Milled One T CH
Grip: SuperStroke Zenergy Tour 2.0

Grips: SuperStroke custom

More photos of John Daly’s WITB in the forums.

 

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Toulon Golf collaborates with Valhalla Golf Club for latest Small Batch putter

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Toulon Golf has today officially announced its latest Small Batch putter — the Valhalla.

Discussing the putter, Preston Toulon of Toulon Golf said: “This putter is a collaboration with the club at Valhalla and incorporates three of the many things that make the state of Kentucky great – horseracing, bourbon and championship golf. The head of the putter and headcover have several allusions to a jockey’s silk and there are thoroughbreds on the sole.”

Inspired by Toulon’s classic tri-sole Santa Monica design, the company sought to modernize the profile and design leveraging its 904 stainless steel and 6061 aircraft aluminium across the sole. Toulon describes the Valhalla’s profile as “slightly oversized blade whose proportions are meticulously balanced to maintain the look and feel of the Santa Monica, while increasing the putter’s inertia to create one of the most forgiving putters we have ever designed.”

Throughout numerous prototypes, Toulon paid particular attention to the L-neck, with its full shaft of offset, adding a bit of length for better blending with the slightly wider and longer blade.

On the rear of the putter are homages to horse racing in the form of jockey silk diamonds and Churchill Downs-inspired font.

The sole of the putter features a large cavity covered by a 6061 aircraft aluminum sole plate. According to Toulon, this allowed for the addition length to the putter and improved inertia as well as moving more mass to the perimeter for greater forgiveness.

In another nod to Valhalla, Toulon uses a milled watermarked limestone pattern, a reference to stone featured widely on the property.

As with all the Toulon Small Batch putters, the team paid particular attention to the topline thickness and radius to achieve a desired look. “Soft yet crisp was the design intent,” according to the company.

Toulon Golf Small Batch Valhalla specs

  • Material: 904L Stainless Steel/6061 Aluminum Sole
  • Face Mill: Fine Double Fly with Big Tuna
  • Finish: Kentucky Bourbon PVD
  • Grip: Custom Toulon Collection Vintage Blue Pistol
  • Shaft: Chrome Stepless Steel
  • Headcover: Valhalla Custom Leather
  • Head Weight: 355 g
  • Toe Hang: 40 degrees
  • Loft: 3 degrees
  • Lie: 70 degrees

Pricing and availability

The Small Batch Valhalla is available for purchase today via the company’s website — ToulonGolf.com.

Supply is extremely limited. The price is $1,800.

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