How does Cobra’s latest driver perform? I got my hands on the Aerojet Max, the draw bias model in this year’s Aerojet line-up, to find out…
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Cobra Aerojet Max Driver review: NCG Summary
This is a really great draw bias offering that offers some serious right-to-left shot shape correction. If you are wanting to straighter out a slice or a ‘power fade’ this is a great option.
I really like the fact you don’t sacrifice on distance to get that shot shape correction either.
- Great distance
- Will suit lots of golfers
- Very draw bias
- Easy to hit and launch
- Weight options to control level of draw bias
- Some players may spin too much
Although this has a slightly larger, more elongated shape than the rest of the Aerojet driver family you still get the increased curvature on the sole and the fast feel of the rest of the Aerojet models.
The crown is much simpler than the sole and I think this sits great behind the golf ball. I love the classic gloss finish but with the Cobra touches of colour swirls at the back of the head and a solid black alignment visual at the front.
This has the biggest shaping in the range but I don’t think you can massively tell. It sits really nicely behind the golf ball and the slightly longer front to back length of the crown is very confidence inspiring.
I tested the Cobra Aerojet Max driver with a Mitsubishi Chemical Kai’li White 60 shaft in a 10.5° club head. Typically I would opt for a 9° head, but I didn’t manage to get my hands on one. To remedy this, I chose to loft the club head down using the adjustable hosel.
There are a few downsides to this. One it opens the club face slightly. Two the loft is still more than a 9° model, and as a result, I saw more launch and spin than was probably optimal.
Straight away, it was clear just how much more draw bias this was than the Aerojet or the Aerojet LS models. I didn’t have one ball finish to the right of the target line which is perfect for players who lose the ball to the right and want to straighter out their ball flight.
I was surprised just how much the shots favoured the left side of the fairway, given I had opened the club face up slightly.
It is also worth noting that the sole features adjustable weights that allow you to adjust the ball flight further. Two weights, one 12 grams and the other 3 grams, sit in the sole of the club head. Add the heavy weight in the heel if you want more draw bias. If you want a more neutral ball flight, add the heaviest weight to the rear of the club head. During my testing I had this club in the neutral setting so there is definitely more draw bias to be had, should you want it.
Often draw bias drivers are so optimised for shot shape they don’t always keep up in the distance department. This wasn’t true of the Aerojet Max at all. On average it only carried 3 yards shorter than the LS which is impressive when you consider the aerodynamic and head weighting differences.
I really like the fact all the drivers carry similar distances as it means you can pick a model based on what spin, launch and shot shape characteristics you need, rather than purely being driven by carry distance.
On centre strikes my spin was pretty optimal and fairly consistent varying from 2300 – 2600 rpm. However, on my worse strikes, this did jump up significantly reaching 3306 rpm on one shot which meant my distance dropped down a little bit and made my front to back dispersion slightly worse than we saw in the other two models.
Overall this is another great driver from Cobra. It is seriously worth checking out if you are fed up of missing the fairway to the right and also if you want something easy to hit high and need a driver that spins more.
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 Max driver review: The Details
Available: 3rd February
Lofts: 9°, 10.5° & 12°
Stock shafts: MCA Kai’li Blue 60, UST Helium Nanocore
Grip: Lamkin Crossline
More information: Cobra website
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