What's new? How much does it cost? And how does it perform? Jack Backhouse brings you the low down on the new Cobra King Tec hybrid
How does Cobra’s new premium players hybrid perform? Find out in our Cobra King Tec hybrid review.
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Cobra King Tec Hybrid Review: NCG Summary
The adjustability of this hybrid is insane. With 3 moveable weights on the sole and the capability to move the loft 1.5 degrees up or down, players are going to be able to really fine-tune their flight.
Cobra have made a number of subtle appearance upgrades on the King Tec hybrid that definitely give it more of a player’s feel; low handicappers are going to love it.
The Cobra King Tec may just convert a lot of long-iron lovers that life can be easier with the right hybrid.
- Looks beautiful
- Has a real premium feel to it
- Brilliant adjustability
- Only one shaft option in standard
Cobra King Tec Hybrid
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Behind the ball, the Cobra King Tec hybrid looks amazing. Cobra have refined the appearance of their players’ hybrid so that when you stand over it, you feel like you will have ultimate command of your flight and not suffer from the pop-up left shots that ‘regular’ hybrids can produce. So far, Cobra have done everything they need to convince me, as a non-hybrid user, that this is worth further consideration.
I do not use a hybrid. I’ve not used a hybrid, probably since I was 13 or 14 and whilst I do see the benefits of having one in the bag for the majority of players, I personally love the way a well-struck 3 iron feels, and a lot of hybrids just feel out of control to me.
Because of this, I feel like I am the best person to test a player’s hybrid, as I know exactly what I/other ‘good’ players are looking for out of one.
It’s worth repeating again how good this hybrid looks. Cobra have made some big appearance changes from the previous player’s hybrid, including reducing onset, squaring off the leading edge, and making the face slightly shorter from heel to toe. Combining this with the matte black carbon crown, it looks stunning and powerful.
Straight away, the Cobra King Tec has a different feel than most hybrids. It feels heavy and like there is a lot of mass behind the face on impact. This produces strikes that feel really strong despite not always being quality hits.
This could be down to the crown of the King Tec only weighing 4g which has allowed them to move the CoG lower, or the new PWRSHELL face with H.O.T FACE design.
The results of my shots were really pleasing too. The spin is consistent, the ball speed is consistent apart from one terrible strike, and the carry distances are pretty solid too. It isn’t the longest hybrid I’ve ever hit, but that’s not what I’m looking for; the goal is a club that’s easier to hit than a long iron but produces shots just as consistent as an iron.
Something else I am really happy with about the Cobra King Tec hybrid is that not a single ball went left. Traditionally hybrids are for players who don’t hit long irons well and slice the ball, so they’re made pretty upright and weighted in a way to help the ball go left.
The King Tec, however, not only sits very square and has a neutral centre of gravity but features 3 moveable weights on the sole that can help set the club up for more or less draw/fade. This means you can, in theory, play without fear of that destructive shot that ruins your score.
I really enjoyed hitting balls with the King Tec, and it felt really controllable. I hit the 21-degree model with the stiff hybrid shaft, which is 85g. It did feel quite heavy in the swing, and I would like to try some other shafts before deciding on final specs. I think it’s a shame there is only 1 stock shaft option for players, as this is a top-of-the-range club.
This is a brilliant club, and Cobra have ticked all the boxes of what I look for in a long iron replacement club. There are no surprises when you hit it, and that’s huge for me. I think this will turn up in a lot of Cobra’s tour players’ bags in 2023 and is definitely worth trying if you’re looking for better performance out of your long clubs!
Cobra King Tec Hybrid Review: The Details
Available: 3rd February
Lofts: 17°, 19°, 21°, 24°
Featured shaft: MCA MMT 80 (X – 88.5g, S – 85g), MMT 70 (R – 73g)
More information: Cobra Website
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