What's new? How much does it cost? And how does it perform? Tom Irwin brings you the low down on Cobra's new Aerojet Max fairway wood

How does Max iteration of the Aerojet Fairway Wood perform? Find out in our Cobra Aerojet Max Fairway review.

Cobra Aerojet Max Fairway Wood Review: NCG Summary

4.5 star review
NCG SUMMARY

A beautiful looking fairway from Cobra and the most forgiving in the range. This might just be the best seller, it is super forgiving, easy to work from right to left and, whilst shorter than the LS, still moves it.

PROS

  • A thing of beauty
  • Super forgiving
  • Easy to square up

CONS

  • Still with the fat grips…
  • Not as powerful as LS or Aerojet

First Impressions of the Cobra Aerojet Max Fairway Wood 2023

The Cobra Aerojet 3-woods match up with the drivers, so this is the Max, as in Max forgiveness. The others in the fairway range are Cobra Aerojet LS fairway wood and the standard Aerojet. The Max is fast, forgiving, and according to Cobra, is ‘medium’ spin.

As I you will read in my other reviews, these Cobra fairways are seriously good looking. The same goes for the driver. They have absolutely nailed the aesthetics. The adjustability in the fairways is standard across the range, and the fitting is unobtrusive and blends seamlessly into the carbon crown. The white line that arcs around the rear of the head is a pleasing addition.

Cobra Max 3 Wood

Like the other fairways, the Cobra Aerojet fairway woods have Pwr Bridge, which really drags the spin down. The HOT face ramps up the ball speed and the carbon crown lowers the CG. The PWR Bridge gets lighter from the LS to the Max and moves towards the heel. This has the effect of increasing the spin and creating a draw bias flight.

The looks let you know about the tech, the speckled crown speaks to the carbon construction and Pwr Bridge is annotated on to the typically jazzy sole.

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Cobra are on to something with these fairways. The ball speeds across the pieces are tremendous. The hottest iteration is certainly the LS, but this Max version is no slouch and is so easy to hit. It was a genuinely uplifting experience flicking from the raised tee on the range at West Cliffs.

With this my club head speed was touching 100mph. Whilst not as punchy as the Cobra Aerojet LS fairway wood is still really good for me, and this was converting into some pretty silly ball speeds that were consistently in the mid-150s. This is probably only 10mph down on a decent driver for me.

We are hitting balls in a left to right crosswind. Ideal, I know. This draw bias is hanging the ball up in the wind, and I think I would be worried if the wind was the other way, but today it is a happy fellowship that is leading to some really consistent results.

The Max on test is fitted with the KAI’LI Blue 60 S and is probably a touch light for me, but is decent, and even with the stiff shaft I feel like I have decent control of the face.

The Cobra Aerojet Max fairway wood has the smallest head in the range at 168cc compared to 172cc in the LS. This reduced CC is due to the shallower face. This is very much the style of 3-wood I would choose. I am looking for a 3-wood that is primarily a 2nd shot club rather than for use off the tee. This means I tend to err towards low-profile heads as standard.

Additionally, I am looking for a high launch. This is something I struggle with as a naturally low-spinner. My current bag actually has a 5-wood head with a 3-wood shaft which I think gives me the characteristics I am looking for. The numbers from this Cobra Max Aerojet 3-wood are just what I want, a carry of 237 would give me an excellent gap from my longest iron to my driver and the peak height and spin are creating that high-flying, soft landing shot I am looking for.

Cobra Max 3 Wood Data

I guess my concern with this club, for me, would be the spin and the draw bias. I am worried that in the wrong wind this is going to cause me problems. The data looks really pretty, as does the flight in this left to right crosswind.

Cobra Aerojet Max Review

On Course

I went out on to the course at Royal Obidos and hit some shots with this 3-wood from 3 different tees, a fade, a draw and a high downwind hole. It really does want to turn over, and it really wants to climb. That low profile head is helping the workability, though, and you can get it fading, and you can knock it down.

One of the holes I played required a high flying shot from a hanging lie, this is where the Max really came into its own and was one of the easiest on test to hit off the deck.

Would I game the Cobra Aerojet Max? I would certainly dial down that draw bias using the inbuilt adjustability Cobra offer, but on a sunny day playing a parkland requiring high-flying soft landing shots then this is certainly a contender. Perhaps standard Aerojet would be a better fit for me…

Cobra Aerojet Max 3 wood review

Testing Protocol

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 Titliest 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 Max Fairway review: The Details

Available: 3rd February

RRP: £269

Right-handed lofts: 15.5 3 Wood / 18.5 5 Wood / 21.5 7 Wood

Shafts: KAI’LI Blue 60 S or UST Helium Nanocore (4F2 Lite 5F3 Reg)

More information: Cobra website

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Tom Irwin

Tom is a lifetime golfer, now over 30 years playing the game. 2023 marks 10 years in golf publishing and he is still holding down a + handicap at Alwoodley in Leeds. He has played over 600 golf courses, and has been a member of at least four including his first love Louth, in Lincolnshire. Tom likes unbranded clothing, natural fibres, and pencil bags. Seacroft in Lincolnshire is where it starts and ends.

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