Irons Test 2014: Cobra Baffler XL
Cost: £399 steel £479 graphite
Tech: The new Baffler XL irons feature an oversized face with moderate offset design that yields a forgiving, draw-biased flight.
What we said… James Ridyard: “Very long from heel to toe and also very rounded. It felt unwieldy at times, perhaps down to the lie angle, which felt quite flat negating any draw bias in the head. The long irons are very offset, which should help slicers.” Adam Holdgate: “Not an overly strong feel on good or bad strikes but was still forgiving in terms of performance – poor strikes held their line. Feels evenly weighted, which I like, and the hybrids were easy to hit. There’s not many stand-out features but each club does its job well.”
Pros: Set progression enhances the playability. Forgiveness was high.
Cons: Limited feedback on strike point.
The numbers: Looks: 7 Feel: 7 Forgiveness: 8.5 Workability: 7.5 Distance Consistency: 9.5 Dispersion: 8.5
TG Rating: 8/10
Details: 7-iron loft: 30.5° Left-handed: Yes Combo set: 4-5H, 6-SW. £549 (S) £599 (G) Contact: www.cobragolf.co.uk