Which Cobra iron suits me?

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Which Cobra irons should I buy? Your guide to each iron in Cobra's line-up, and who they are aimed at

Most major brands have five, six or even seven irons in their 2019 line-ups, which shows the importance of having solutions for all golfers, irrespective of ability or personal preference. Choices range from slimline musclebacks to hollow heads and cavity backs, and while some are forged, others have springy faces just like a driver.  

So with such a huge amount of choice out there, we felt it was far too easy for golfers to get confused about which model best suits them. Even golfers who have a good idea of which iron suits them probably don’t realise what they put on the line in terms of ball speed, carry and forgiveness by choosing a set above their station.

So as 2019’s irons hit pro shop shelves, we felt the time was right to show how a brand’s whole iron range compares against each other.

As well as launch monitor data from our pro, we’ve given every iron a forgiveness rating and a handicap guide to spell out simply what sort of players should be considering what sort of models, and why.

Cobra King Forged CB/MB iron

7-iron specs:

Loft: 34°; Offset: 1.5mm; One-piece forged from 1025 carbon steel

Iron forgiveness rating

Cobra King MB iron

The numbers:

Ball Speed: 116.3 MPH Launch Angle: 20.2° Backspin: 7119 RPM Peak Height: 35 Yards Descent Angle: 49° Carry Distance: 158 Yards

Who are they for?

Our test pro baulked at how small the MB heads were, which for anybody thinking of paying for a set anytime soon should set alarm bells ringing. Like all the muscleback models in our test, the MBs are aimed at a very small group of demanding tour and elite players.

As small – and trust us, they are tiny – as the MBs’ heads are, they’re beautifully shaped, and come decked out in a lovely glare-reducing black finish. Sensibly, they flow through to shallow cavity back 6, 5 and 4 irons for a degree of playability over most MB models. Essentially,  unless you’re the owner of a tour card or plan on getting one anytime soon, most club golfers would be advised to give them a wide berth.

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Cobra King Forged TEC iron

7-iron specs:

Loft: 30°; Offset: 3.1mm; One-piece cast body with forged 4140 chromoly steel face construction 

Iron forgiveness rating

Cobra King Forged TEC iron

The numbers:

Ball Speed: 122.7 MPH Launch Angle: 18.1° Backspin: 6291 RPM Peak Height: 35 Yards Descent Angle: 48° Carry Distance: 172 Yards

Who are they for?

Cobra says anyone from tour players to 15 handicappers, but we’d urge you though to think very seriously about your decision if you’re a 13, 14 or 15 handicapper. Primarily because weaker ball strikers or slower swing speed players might be better off with the super-powerful F9 Speedback.

The Tec has the strongest loft (7-iron) of all the player irons (forgiveness rating 2 and 2.5) we tested, and it meant shots peaked out fractionally lower and descended slightly shallower than average. We’d say they are particularly well suited to players specifically chasing distance or those who generate above average backspin numbers.

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At a glance comparison

Cobra iron comparison

Cobra King F9 Speedback iron

7-iron specs:

Loft: 29.5°; Offset: 3.2mm; One-piece cast body with forged PWRshell face

Iron forgiveness rating

Cobra King F9 SpeedBack iron

The numbers:

Ball Speed: 129.6 MPH Launch Angle: 17.8° Backspin: 5433 RPM Peak Height: 39 Yards Descent Angle: 49° Carry Distance: 187 Yards

Who are they for?

We’re not sure what Cobra has done to its F9 Speedback products in 2019, but the irons – like the driver – come with a supercharger attached! Not everyone will love the lower profile, wider sole and rounded leading edge, so if you’re fussy about head shapes have a good look at F9 in person before investing. But if, like most golfers at this mid-handicap range you’re more concerned about performance than looks, the F9 is powerful and consistent, too.

A 4mph ball speed drop-off (between on and off centre hits) and nine yards of carry distance deviation is tight by anybody’s measure; that tells us the 33g of tungsten toe and heel weighting really does improve MOI performance.

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How do they compare - Handicap Guide

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Cobra iron comparison

Cobra F-Max Superlite iron

7-iron specs:

Loft: 31.5°; Offset: 3.6mm; One-piece cast construction

Iron forgiveness rating

Cobra F-Max Superlite iron

The numbers:

Ball Speed: 123.8 MPH Launch Angle: 19.9° Backspin: 6479 RPM Peak Height: 39 Yards Descent Angle: 50° Carry Distance: 172 Yards

Who are they for?

It’s never going to be easy to accept your swing speed might not be quite what it once was, but if you can you’ll see some real benefits from a set like this.

Lighter heads, shafts and grips and an extra little bit of loft to help flight shots higher to maximise carry distance at average club speeds. And because there’s plenty of weight in the heel, there’s also a draw bias which will help straighten up anyone prone to leaking shots down the right side of the golf course.

Choose F-MAX much more based on your swing speed rather than your handicap or ability, and like us, you could be  surprised at how much difference losing a bit of weight really can make to your game.

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How they compare in data

Cobra iron data