Best Cobra Golf Drivers 2022

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What is the best Cobra Golf driver in 2022 and which model is right for you?

Cobra have cleverly targeted higher handicappers in the main but their comprehensive range of drivers covers all standards of golfers from 30-handicappers all the way up to virtually the biggest hitter of them all… Bryson DeChambeau.

The American Rickie Fowler is another leading professional with long-standing links to Cobra, while Lexi Thompson also uses the highly-popular American brand.

Rickie Fowler use the Cobra King F9

Cobra’s range of LTDx drivers is certain to prove attractive to even low handicappers but this year Cobra also re-emphasised it roots with the launch of the Cobra Air range… clubs which are extremely lightweight and help those who need a boost in the swing speed department.

The hugely popular Radzone and Speedzone drivers famously do that too and both also still widely available, offering fantastic value for money into the bargain.

Also, if you like much of what Cobra produce, check out our feature on their best irons, but let’s start with the best Cobra golf drivers…

The King LTDx is one of the best Cobra Golf drivers

Cobra King LTDx driver

RRP £399 | VIEW OFFER
Lofts: 9° / 10.5° / 12° | Stock shafts: Mitsubishi Tensei AV Raw White 65, Project X HZRDUS RDX Blue 60, Project X HZRDUS Smoke iM10 60, UST Helium Nanocore

What Cobra say

The first driver to team a zero CG (a centre of gravity that falls below an imaginary line drawn perpendicular to the club face through the body) along with a high MOI. The LTDx, which is the choice of the ultimate power player Bryson DeChambeau, is aimed at golfers who want maximum ball speed and distance, but also value forgiveness and a straighter ball flight.

The 460cc head is slightly oversized in profile. There’s 19g of weight positioned within a ‘PWR-COR’ behind the face to lower spin and promote high launch; an additional 15g fixed back weight is there to aid balance and stability. 

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Bryson Dechambeau use the Cobra King LTDx

Today’s Golfer drivers test verdict

The LTDx may be built on an improved titanium and carbon-fibre chassis, in line with the previous two Cobra drivers, but our test pro’s stats reveal it has moved on massively in terms of performance.

The LTDx was tied for second (with the Callaway Rogue ST Max) for fastest ball speed, first and second at protecting ball speed and carry (within this category) respectively, and it was also our pro’s second longest forgiving driver; an undeniably impressive performance.

The launch monitor data from our forgiving drivers test.

To add to the cracking performance, we’re also big fans of the bullet-shaped head, which looks fast and forgiving at address, and were impressed how Cobra’s engineers have removed the ridge that ran around the perimeter of the CNC-milled face on previous models.

It’s a very sleek, attractive option – and a decent chunk cheaper than most of the competition this year.

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The King LTDx LS is one of the best Cobra Golf drivers

Cobra King LTDx LS driver

RRP £399 | VIEW OFFER
Lofts: 9° / 10.5° | Stock shafts: Mitsubishi Tensei AV Raw White 65, Project X HZRDUS RDX Blue 60, Project X HZRDUS Smoke iM10 60

What Cobra say

The LS has more weight (32g) positioned towards the front of its titanium and carbon fibre head to lower spin and increase ball speeds. The 457cc head has an aggressive aerodynamic shape, which Cobra say aids faster speed players in rinsing every last yard from whatever club speed they can muster.

Today’s Golfer drivers test verdict

Having the long hitting Bryson DeChambeau on staff at Cobra must present some major issues for anyone who happens to be one of the brand’s driver engineers.

Of-course you’d always want DeChambeau playing this year’s new driver model (unfortunately DeChambeau very publicly let the brand know that he thought the previous RadSpeed driver was ‘junk’), but by making a model so tailored to his super quick speeds you end up creating a driver that’s almost unplayable for anyone else.

The launch monitor data from our low spin golf drivers test.

It seems a reasonable bet that Cobra tried to hit a sweetspot with the LTDx LS and that lays somewhere between what most low spin driver players want and what DeChambeau needs.

We can’t take anything away from the LTDx LS because its numbers are very good (tied 3rd longest). It’s also a lovely looking and great sounding driver too. But our test pro did say he felt like he had to work harder than with most other drivers to get the very best out of this model.

And when you compare it to the brilliant standard LTDx which was much more friendly and forgiving (it cut carry distance drop-off by 50% compared to the LS), it’s clear which of the models most club golfers should be choosing this year.

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The King LTDx Max is one of the best Cobra Golf drivers

Cobra King LTDx Max driver

RRP £399 | VIEW OFFER (MEN) | VIEW OFFER (LADIES)
Lofts: 
9° / 10.5° / 12° | Stock shafts: Project X HZRDUS RDX Blue 60, Project X HZRDUS Smoke iM10 60, UST Helium Nanocore

What Cobra say

Thanks to back and heel side weight ports, the Max can be either a very stable and forgiving driver or a very good draw-enhancing model. Cobra say that by switching the weight into the heel, golfers can expect 11 yards’ worth of draw bias, plus a further seven yards (so 18 yards in total) from the adjustable hosel’s draw settings.

Today’s Golfer drivers test verdict

Many moons ago, Cobra used to be the go-to brand for more average swing speed players. Our results highlight they could be heading back in that direction. 

The Max is a really friendly driver and we love that it’s super forgiving and a draw biased option, making it a very versatile choice. If you think the Max could be right for you, make sure you choose your shaft carefully in a regular flex, as there’s a huge amount of difference in performance between the HZRDUS Smoke and UST Helium.

The launch monitor data from our draw drivers golf test.

While we have the model in the Draw category, it can also be a super forgiving option, so we tested in that set-up with our test pro. If you happen to be an average or above speed player, our test pro’s numbers suggest (with the same stiff-flex HZRDUS Smoke shaft and weight in the back port, not the draw position) the Max gives up 3.3mph of ball speed compared to the standard King LTDx, and that equates to 11 yards of carry distance. That’s a lot and it highlights brilliantly the price paid for playing a more forgiving back weighted driver. 

The Max is a lovely forgiving or draw option. There’s no longer a shot tracker in the grip, but it still represents excellent value for money in our book.

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The Air X is one of the best Cobra Golf drivers

Cobra Air-X Driver

RRP: £299 VIEW OFFER (men) VIEW OFFER (women)
Lofts: 9.5°, 10.5° and 11.5° in right-hand and 10.5° in left for men; 11.5° (RH only) & 15° of loft (LH/RH) for women | Stock shafts: ULTRALITE 40 shaft in stiff, regular and lite flex) for men; ULTRALITE 40 shaft in ladies flex

Cobra has long been a company that concentrates a lot of its efforts in helping higher handicap players but the Air-X has raised the bar in terms of shaving off weight in all areas of the club.

The Air-X drivers comes in at just 277 grams, making it one of the lightest drivers available. That has been designed to ramp up clubhead speed for those who need a bit of assistance. 

The new line is anchored by new and improved metalwoods that have been re-engineered with new weight saving technologies. The AIR-X drivers now feature a lighter and thinner ply carbon crown that is 30% thinner than the previous generation (F-MAX). 

The Air X Ladies is one of the best Cobra Golf drivers

The new thin-ply carbon fiber saves a total of five additional grams compared to last year’s carbon fiber construction, allowing Cobra engineers to reduce the clubhead weight by 2 grams (190g total) while maintaining a high MOI of 5,000 for maximum stability and forgiveness. To add to the weight-saving technologies, the driver now utilizes a standard size 37g Lamkin grip, which is 4 grams lighter than last year’s model, and a sub-50-gram ULTRALITE shaft.  

Together, the lighter grip (-4g), lighter head (-2g), and lighter shaft (-2g) combine to bring the total overall weight to an unbelievably light 277 grams – 8 grams lighter than its predecessor. 

In addition, the AIR-X Drivers feature heel-biased weighting and an offset hosel design to help correct a slice and make it easier to hit straighter drives down the fairway. Updated for 2022 is an offset that is increased by 20% delivering even more slice correction for those who need it.  For players who prefer a traditional, square set-up at address, the AIR-X Drivers are also available in a straight-neck model. 

The Radspeed XD is one of the best Cobra Golf drivers

Cobra King Radspeed XD driver

RRP £369 | VIEW OFFER
Lofts: 9°, 10.5° |  Stock shaft: Fujikura XF1 or XF3, Project X HZRDUS RDX Blue, Project X Evenflow Riptide CB

The whole Cobra Radspeed story evolved around “radial weighting”, and the standard RAD Speed is Cobra’s most front-weighted driver.

20g of mass is placed directly behind the face and, thanks to a movable 12g sole weight, that can be upped to 32g to create a real low spin beast.

A further 12g fixed back weight (and 2g switchable with the 14g up front) creates a very stable driver which works particularly well for shots hit vertically above or below the middle of the face.

TG’s 2021 verdict: This is a very discrete low spin driver – nothing in the name or on the head reveals its true low spin capabilities. But with the ability to position 32g of weight low and behind the face it’s a very fast and powerful combination, in the right hands.

We love the matt black head (the Radspeed XB and XD both have glossy paint jobs) and how it knocks back the crown creases that some golfers would otherwise find distracting.

Launch monitor data from our 2021 draw drivers test.

With its CNC milled face, skeleton titanium body, carbon crown/sole panels, new radial weighting and an Arccos shot-tracker in the grip), the Cobra King Radspeed is easily one of the most high-tech drivers available. The fact Cobra bring all of that together for £369, making it one of the cheapest drivers around, is astonishing.

In terms of performance, with a 279-yard carry, the Radspeed was tied longest among all of the low spin models on test. Again, considering the price, that is outstanding.

There is a catch, though – the Cobra Radspeed isn’t particularly forgiving, with 93% more carry distance drop off than Ping’s G425 LST, which proved far more forgiving.     

The Radspeed XB is one of the best Cobra Golf drivers

Cobra King Radspeed XB driver

RRP £369 | VIEW OFFER 
Lofts: 
9º, 10.5º, 12º | Stock shaft: Fujikura XF1 or XF3, Project X HZRDUS RDX Blue, Project X Evenflow Riptide CB

New Cobra drivers create quite a stir nowadays. The renewed interest can be traced back to the brilliant Cobra F9 driver in 2019, which struck a chord with golfers as being an “affordable” driver that performed as well as anything.

Cobra say the Radspeed XB’s 24g of rear weight made it one of the most forgiving drivers in 2021, which means it will be Cobra’s biggest selling RAD Speed model (with a 45% sized chunk of sales).

Our test data doesn’t have it down as fastest, longest (giving up eight yards) or most forgiving, but we reckon its bullet-shaped head is a very solid club golfer option for sensible cash.

The launch monitor data from our 2021 forgiving drivers test.
The F Max Airspeed is one of the best Cobra Golf drivers

Cobra F-Max Airspeed driver

RRP £249 | VIEW OFFER (MEN) | VIEW OFFER (LADIES)
Lofts: 
10.5º, 11.5º | Stock shaft: Cobra Airspeed 40g 

With the average age of golfers creeping up year after year, golf brands have started taking slower swing speed players very seriously. Just a few years ago, low speed models had less built-in technology and were much more about hitting a certain price point than genuinely helping the golfers they were designed for.

Today, though, things have changed. Golfers with slow swings have more choice than ever, and if you’re a Cobra fan you really are spoilt for choice. 

Big, friendly and forgiving drivers are where Cobra built their reputation back in the 1990s. And thanks to the Cobra F-Max Airspeed’s wide and shallow head profile, lightweight shaft and offset hosel, we don’t think you’ll find another driver that’s easier to launch.

If you swing the driver around 80mph mark, you really should be looking at drivers like this.

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The Speedzone S is one of the best Cobra Golf drivers

Cobra Golf King SpeedZone/ SpeedZone-S driver

RRP £329 VIEW OFFER (SZ) | VIEW OFFER (SZ-S) | VIEW OFFER (SZ-S – ladies)
Lofts: 
9º, 10.5º | Stock shaft: High-launch/mid-spin UST Helium; mid-launch/mid spin Tensei CK AV Blue 65; Mid-launch/low spin Project X HZRDUS Smoke Yellow 60; Low launch/low spin Aldila Rogue Silver 60. 

Cobra’s Speedback F9 driver was inspired by supercars in everything from the colour to aerodynamics, and the brand continued that theme with Speedzone in 2020

Like a racecar, every component from the internal chassis design to the exterior shaping was engineered to maximize power output, which Cobra achieved through establishing six key performance zones. 

For the Cobra King Speedzone driver, that translated into a traditional shape profile with front to back CG adjustability, aimed at allowing better players to work the ball with ease and fine tune launch and low spin without sacrificing forgiveness.

The Speedzone S is one of the best Cobra Golf drivers

Cobra Golf King SpeedZone Xtreme-S driver

RRP £329 | VIEW OFFER 
Lofts: 
9º, 10.5º | Stock shaft: High-launch/mid-spin UST Helium; mid-launch/mid spin Tensei CK AV Blue 65; Mid-launch/low spin Project X HZRDUS Smoke Yellow 60; Low launch/low spin Aldila Rogue Silver 60.

Cobra’s King Speedzone Xtreme driver was built for forgiveness and in 2020 featured its highest measured MOI to date.

It is perfect for golfers who are looking for a consistent, straight trajectory with maximum forgiveness on off-centre hits.

As Cobra’s more forgiving option of the 2020 Speedzone drivers, Xtreme featured 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 at that time. 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Simon Daddow

Simon Daddow is the Equipment Editor at todaysgolfer.co.uk

Simon has worked in the golf industry for 30 years. Starting out as trainee professional at Downes Crediton GC where he learned the art of golf club making, before going onto work for Clubhaus Plc and Tony Charles Ltd as a golf club maker, and running Product Development at Benross Golf.

Joining EMAP Active (now Bauer Media) in 2006 as Equipment Editor Simon has worked for Today’s Golfer and Golf World magazines and the Today’s Golfer website.

Simon is 46 years old, he’s played golf for 40 years and plays to a handicap of 10. A lack of club speed means he’s short off the tee, but very handy from 125 yards and in.

He uses a Ping G400 SFT driver, PXG 0341 X Gen4 3-Wood, PXG 0341 X Gen4 7-wood, PXG 0317 X Gen2 hybrid, Callaway Rogue X irons (6–PW), Cleveland CBX2 wedges (52°, 58°), Bettinardi Inovai 6.0 putter and a TaylorMade Tour Response golf ball.

You can contact Simon here.

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