We’ve been keeping this secret for a while now but finally we can talk about Cobra’s brand spanking new 2020 range which will be headlined by the Cobra King Speedzone driver, fairway woods and irons.
We were in Miami for the global launch of the Cobra King SpeedZone range which was hosted at the Palm Beach International Raceway – if you need any more clues to the influence behind these clubs.
As eye catching as ever, the range takes inspiration from Formula 1 cars, with aerodynamics a key aspect. Like a racing car, every component from the internal chassis is designed to the exterior shaping and engineered to maximise power output.
Cobra King Speedzone driver
The big news here is that the CNC infinity milled face, which is designed to generate maximum ball speed, has been increased by 95% compared to the F9 Speedback from last year. This is designed to give you more control with off-centre strikes as well as maximising the potential of the sweet spot. Cobra said in testing they found it to be five times more precise than the Speedback.
Cobra are also offering the SpeedZone Xtreme driver which features a slightly larger shape profile with more perimeter weighting and a 17-gram tungsten weight that sits behind the rear exhaust pipe design to achieve the company’s highest measured MOI to date.
Here’s Jose Miraflor, Cobra’s vice president of marketing, to talk us through the new drivers…
Cobra King Speedzone fairway woods and hybrids
Again the SpeedZone fairway woods feature a CNC milled face, though it remains central. The news here is an improved split rail structure featuring hollow rails which flex more to create a 70% larger hot spot promoting higher launch and more ball speed.
I’ll let Jose take it from here…
The hybrids feature a refined shape making it slightly larger than a traditional hybrid. This helps create high MOI for increased forgiveness on off-centre hits. The back weighting creates a higher launch and increased spin for towering trajectories which land softly on the greens.
Cobra King Speedzone irons
In the irons, meanwhile, is Cobra’s first ever carbon fibre topline. This insert is 40% lighter than steel, saving 3 grams of weight to be redistributed elsewhere in the clubhead.
Cobra have moved this down to lower the centre of gravity and provide an increase in ball speeds. The irons are designed with progressive head shapes, grooves and hosel lengths to optimise launch and spin throughout the set. They also feature extreme heel and toe weighting to again lower the centre of gravity and increase MOI and forgiveness.
Here is Cobra’s vice president of research and development, Tom Olsavsky, to explain…
The whole Cobra King Speedzone range will continue to feature Cobra Connect powered by Arccos. Both the irons and hybrids are also available with the one-length 7-iron shafts so you can channel your inner Bryson DeChambeau.
So there you have it. If you have any questions you can tweet me and make sure you keep an eye on NCG for a full review coming soon…
The nerdy stuff
Driver lofts: 9° (7.5°-10.5°); 10.5° (9°-12.0°); 12° (Xtreme only, 10.5°-13.5°)
Driver head colours: Black/yellow; Black/white
Driver shafts: UST Helium (regular), Tensei CK AV Blue 65 (stiff, regular), Project X Hzrdus Smoke Yellow 60 (x-stiff, stiff), and Aldila Rogue Silver 60 (x-stiff, stiff). There are also more than 20 premium shaft upgrades available in custom fitting at no extra cost.
Variable irons shafts: KBS Tour 90 steel (stiff, regular); UST Recoil ESX 460 graphite (stiff, regular, senior)
One Length iron shafts: KBS Tour 80 (4-6), KBS Tour 90 (7-9), KBS Wedge (PW, SW, all in stiff, regular)
Grips: Lamkin Crossline Connect (blue, black)
Available: January 24, 2020
RRP: Drivers £349; Fairway woods £229; Hybrids £189; Irons £799
More Information: Cobra website