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Best Cobra Irons 2024

Cobra are back for 2024 with their new Darkspeed range featuring a set of game improvement irons. But they’re not Cobra’s only irons for this season…

 

Cobra has stormed into 2024 with the release of their new Darkspeed range. This collection includes new drivers, fairway woods, hybrids and a set of game improvement irons.

Last year we saw Cobra update their King Cobra iron range which has been popular amongst players. Below we highlight all of Cobra’s best iron options for 2024.

Best Cobra Irons 2024


Cobra Darkspeed irons

5 star review
Cobra DarkSpeed irons review

Reviewed by Matt Coles

From the outset, these clubs look fantastic. The dark stainless steel finish differentiates the Cobra DarkSpeed irons from most other brands, and it’s a gorgeous look. That drew me in straight away, and immediately, I wanted to hit these clubs. When the club is set behind the ball, you can see there is plenty of space for the ball to hit the middle of the clubface, which promises much.

Cobra has used a hollow body construction on the DarkSpeed irons, which gives an enhanced feel while also giving players substantially more distance with every club. The DarkSpeed irons feature a Pwrshell Hot Face. Hot stands for Highly Optimised Technology. The face insert takes ball speed even further to allow for greater distance.

With my current irons, my average carry with a 7-iron is around 165 yards. With the Cobra DarkSpeed irons during this test, that pushed up towards 180 yards.

Cobra DarkSpeed irons did give me much more confidence with that extra bit of distance. It would mean taking a club less for those approaches, which should make it somewhat easier to not only hit the green but to hold it as well. The descent angles with shorter irons were all north of 40 degrees, which would give the ball more of a chance to stop and spin when required.

PROS

  • Incredible distance
  • Strong lofts
  • Look sublime

CONS

  • None


RRP (Variable): £849 for a steel shaft set (4-PW / 5-GW)
£949 for a graphite shaft set (5-GW)

RRP (One Length): £849 for a steel shaft set (5-GW)
£949 for a graphite shaft set (5-GW)

Shafts: 6 Featured shafts

More information: Cobra Website


Cobra King CB irons

4.5 star review

Reviewed by Jack Backhouse

This is a classic iron. It could be in the history books from any era with its timeless design. CB irons users tend to stay in the CB model head for life and tend to be a judgemental bunch who have very specific requirements from their iron. They are definitely going to like the new Cobra King CB. I really like that Cobra have kept the back of the club simple and understated.

At address, these aren’t as intimidating as you might expect, as the top line is not super thin, and the head from heel to toe is a good size.

The amazing feel off of the face from the King CB irons is down to Cobra’s 5-stage forging process. This process is longer than the normal forged iron build, but it ensures clubs can be made to tighter tolerances and consistency to ensure each iron is of the highest quality.

The Cobra King CB irons are a great option for forged iron lovers who want some classic eye candy in the bag. They feel phenomenal on a good strike and give you plenty of feedback on the poor shots. If your grooves are looking a little worn and you want to keep your irons traditional, these are a terrific option.

Pros:

  • Contact feels buttery
  • Not super intimidating at address
  • Very little offset for greater control

Cons:

  • Not the most forgiving irons, so won’t suit poor ball strikers.


RRP: £1099 (4-PW)

Lofts: GW 50° – PW 46° – 9i 42° – 8i 38° – 7i 34° – 6i 30° – 5i 27° – 4i 24° – 3i 21°

Stock shaft: KBS $ Taper 120

More information: Cobra Website


Cobra King MB irons

4.5 star review

Reviewed by Jack Backhouse

This is a classy-looking blade. The shiny toe and heel give you the feeling that you could be stood over any great blade from history, so traditionalists are going to love the Cobra’s new King MB iron. I really like that Cobra have kept the back of the club simple and understated.

My average distances with these short irons are longer than I thought I’d see from a blade. The gapping is spot on, and the left-to-right dispersion is excellent. I had some poor strikes with the pitching wedge which explains the distance from off, but they all finished down the target line which is a huge win.

Something that’s great about the King MB irons is that they were designed to seamlessly merge with the King CB irons to create a split set. Using a full set of blades is generally going to harm your performance but people do want to use them, so a split set is a great option.

The Cobra King MB irons are a great option for blade lovers who want some classic eye candy in the bag. They feel phenomenal on a good strike and give you plenty of feedback on the poor shots. I really enjoyed hitting these irons and they could potentially be the irons I use for the new season once I get the opportunity to test the whole set!

Pros:

  • Contact feels brilliant
  • Not super intimidating at address
  • Very little offset for greater control

Cons:

  • Not the most forgiving irons, so won’t suit all golfers.


RRP: £1099 (4-PW)

Lofts: GW 50° – PW 46° – 9i 42° – 8i 38° – 7i 34° – 6i 30° – 5i 27° – 4i 24° – 3i 21°

Stock shaft: KBS $ Taper 120

More information: Cobra Website


Cobra King Tour MIM irons

4.5 star review

Reviewed by Jack Backhouse

The Cobra King Tour iron is stunning. Its shaping is so clean it feels traditional; over the ball you can’t tell that the head is packed with technology that’s going to help you get the ball up in the air easier and be more forgiving on off-centre hits.

You can straight away feel the power in these clubs. Shots seem to shoot from the face despite soft feel from the multi-material heads, I’m not surprised these have gone straight into the bag of Rickie Fowler, a long-time pure blade player.

I thoroughly enjoyed hitting these irons, and hit them multiple times throughout the testing week. I am drawn to these irons because they have a short blade length and sit quite compact behind the ball and because they actually get airborne consistently, I feel like a player too.

Pros:

  • Classic-looking iron with a thin top line
  • Fast ball speeds across the face
  • Forgiving on off-centre strikes

Cons:

  • Quite a lot of offset for a player’s iron


RRP: £1099 (4-PW)

Lofts: PW 44°, 9i 40°, 8i 36°, 7i 32°, 6i 28°, 5i 25°, 4i 22°, 3i 19°

Shafts: KBS $-Taper (120g)

Grip: Lamkin Crossline (58R) – Black/Silver (48g)

More information: Cobra Website


The Best Cobra Irons 2024

Choosing the right set of irons can make a significant difference in a golfer’s game, and Cobra is a brand that should be considered when selecting new irons.

The Cobra Darkspeed irons, Cobra King CB irons, Cobra King MB irons, and Cobra King Tour irons are all top-quality irons available in 2024, offering unique features that can help golfers of all skill levels improve their game. From advanced weighting systems to precision-milled faces, each set of irons has something to offer.

Consider your own skill level and preferences when selecting the right set of Cobra irons for you and get ready to enjoy improved performance and greater confidence on the course. 

If you’re after more Cobra content, check out our guide to the Best Cobra Drivers 2024.

How do we test irons?

At National Club Golfer we are passionate about producing accurate and thorough reviews and make sure our testing process is rigorous so we get a good understanding of how each club performs.

Each iron is hit with Pro V1 golf balls to allow us to collect launch monitor data with our in-house TrackMan and Flightscope. After this it is time to head out onto the golf course and test the clubs in practice and competition play. We do this across a variety of golf clubs in our base of Yorkshire.

What is important when buying a new iron?

When buying a new set of irons it is important to know what you want from that club to help you improve.

Most people are looking for more distance, each iron model is optimised for different things. Depending on your swing and your impact conditions, you may not actually hit the model that is advertised as the longest, the furthest. So if you want more distance it is always worth giving different models a hit before you make a decision.

For most golfers, especially high handicappers, something that is more forgiving is going to yield the best performance. Most forgiving golf irons have a slightly bigger club head with perimeter weighting for high MOI. They also have a center of gravity that is further back to help players get more height on their shots.

Do you want something that is draw bias? There are so many models out there to help with slice correction, it would be silly not to take a look if you see your ball disappearing into the right trees too often. A closed face and draw bias weighting can get you hitting straighter shots in no time at all.

Don’t forget about the shaft either. Getting the correct shaft can help dial in your spin, launch angle and can also give you some extra distance. Having a club fitting or trying different options with your local pro can really improve the performance of your new driver.

The Best Cobra Irons 2024: FAQ’s

What are the latest Cobra irons?

The Darkspeed line from Cobra is their latest model of irons. These irons have proved to be some of the best all-round irons we have tested this year.

What’s different in the latest Cobra irons?

Cobra are back for 2024 with the replacement to their popular Aerojet, game improvement irons with the upgraded Darkspeed irons.

National Club Golfer and National Club Golfer magazine

The Darkspeed irons from Cobra are a game improvement set, meaning that they’re usually aimed at those mid to high-handicap golfers who need a little extra forgiveness from an iron. However, this doesn’t mean a lower handicapper couldn’t benefit from the speed, distance, and feel these clubs aim to provide.

Cobra’s engineers have worked closely with Ai technology to help create the best feeling game improvement irons to date. To start with, there’s a new hollow body design with a thinner structure. The 1.6mm thinner face allows for 25% more face flection than seen in previous generation irons. This, paired with a 21% larger Pwrshell Hot Face insert, creates a larger sweetspot and, therefore, more forgiveness.

The hollow body is filled with feel-enhancing foam that supports the Pwr-Bridge structure, which not only provides a soft feel but an enhanced sound.

What Cobra irons do the pros use?

Currently there are several tour pros gaming Cobra including Rickie Fowler, Lexi Thompson and Gary Woodland.

These players are using Cobra equipment, not just their irons, in fact!

Nicola Slater

Nicola Slater

Nicola recently graduated from Stirling University where she studied Sports Studies, she wrote her dissertation on barriers to participation for women in golf.
Nicola plays her golf at Hickleton Golf Club and has recently started her professional career on the LET Access Tour. Having played for Yorkshire Ladies and has represented England at junior and senior level.

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