What's new? How much does it cost? And how does it perform? Hannah Holden brings you the low down on Cobra's new Aerojet irons
How do Cobra’s latest game improvement irons perform? I got my hands on some to find out…
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Cobra Aerojet Irons review: NCG Summary
These are some of the longest irons on the market, perfect for players who are looking to pick up extra yardage. They don’t lack in forgiveness either, giving you plenty of help on off-centre strikes. All of this comes in a small compact head for an iron in the game improvement category.
- Exceptionally long
- Relatively compact shaping
- Forgiving on off centre strikes
- Not as workable as other models
Cobra products always have a really fast, sporty look, and these irons are no different. Visually they have a different shaping to lots of irons with a higher and more square toe which is more exaggerated in the long irons.
What I love about these is how relatively compact the shaping is for an iron in the game improvement category. I particularly like the shorter toe to heel blade length and the fact there isn’t loads of offset.
Yes, there is a fairly thick topline but I think that is more confidence-inspiring for players using this category of golf club.
Straight away, it was clear to see these irons were very long. I usually expect to get 174 yards of carry with my 5-iron, and on average, this was carrying 9.8 yards longer at 184.8 yards. That is some serious carry distance!!
This is possible thanks to Cobra’s Pwr-bridge weighting. A floating weight in the club head allows 30% more face flexion to deliver more distance.
What was pleasing was I didn’t give up any dispersion in return for that distance. In fact, my 5-iron had the tightest dispersion of the test, with under 10 yards front-to-back dispersion and just over 5 yards left-to-right dispersion. All the data with this 5-iron is absolutely ridiculous.
Normally I don’t particularly enjoy hitting a 5-iron and find it is the club I am often most inconsistent with. This couldn’t be further from the truth with this club. In fact, it made me consider putting this straight in play. The only slight issue is this travels as far as my 4-hybrid. I would probably need to replace my current 5-iron with a 6-iron from this set to get the right bag gapping.
I think a big reason these performed so well is the camber on the sole, which meant there was really great turf interaction to help with strike consistency.
The only slight negative could be the fact the ball flight is slightly lower than ideal but I didn’t find this to be an issue when I took it out on the golf course and personally I am not looking for something that launches super high.
The long carry distances continued into the mid-irons. The 7-iron was carry 165.8 yards, 10 yards further than I normally get from my 7-iron.
What I found interesting here was I pulled a few shots, but across the board, the distance was extremely consistent from front to back. They definitely dispel that myth that game improvement irons are jumpy and it is hard to control distance with them.
Cobra controls this with their HOT face technology. This is a variable thickness pattern on the back of the club face designed by AI. It helps delivers more efficient ball speed and spin across the face, so every shot flies the maximum distance possible.
Although the dispersion looks bigger here, my worst miss left or right was only 10 yards, so 30ft which is very impressive.
The 9-iron was the first sign of a drop-off in carry distance and perhaps less than optimal gapping, but the distance has to be reduced at some point. I really liked how easy this club was to hit and how easy it was to control both distance and start line out on the golf course.
Although the height may be a tad on the low side, I found this easy to control on the golf course. The ball was stopped very quickly on the green and spun back on the putting surface.
Overall, I really enjoyed testing these irons. The stand-out factor is definitely the distance, but I think these are a real all-rounders and are contenders to be the best game-improvement irons this season.
To test this product we travelled to West Cliffs a leading European golf course just North of Lisbon. The idea was to get some warmer weather and escape our frozen British courses. It of course rained, a lot, was very windy. Each of our test team were allocated a category of golf clubs, fairways, or a specific type of driver or iron.
We gathered data on a Trackman 4 or FlightScope. We used Titleist Pro V1 for all tests. The samples we have are either fully fitted for our testers or ordered in our assumed specs. We are then able to optimise performance by swapping shafts and playing with the adjustability. As well as that dry testing all of the product was tested on course in a comparative environment with other product from the same category. We recognise that no testing process is perfect and just aim to be fair in our treatment, transparent in our process and candid in our feedback.
Cobra Aerojet irons review: The Details
Available: 3rd February
RRP: 5-GW Steel – £799 5-PW Steel – £689 5-GW (Graphite) – £899
Lofts: 18.5° 4, 20.5° 5, 23.5 ° 6, 26.5° 7, 31° 8, 36° 9, 41.5° PW, 47.5° GW, 54° SW
Stock shafts: KBS PGI 85, KBS PGI 75, KBS PGI 65, KBS Tour Lite
Grip: Lamkin Crossline
More information: Cobra website
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