ZL

Carbon fibre crown and sole, titanium body and face with the swingweight screw for high launch. Three face angle settings (open, neutral and closed) to encourage optimal ball flight, increased distance and accuracy. Face insert is surrounded by titanium perimeter to promote faster ball speeds especially on miss-hits. Aldila Voodoo shaft, lofts available in 8.5, 9.5,10.5 and 11.5 degrees.

By Bob Warters on Tue, 27 Oct 2009 - 12:10

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4
A satisfying sound that appeals to my senses

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customised head with gorgeous feel off the face
PRICE: £299.00     YEAR: from 2009

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Submitted by Bob Warters on Tue, 27 Oct 2009

First Impressions

Already some of the new drivers being unveiled are providing mouth-watering prospects for golfers looking to start 2010 with a new weapon guaranteed to split the fairways with even more power and foregiveness. Here's one we tried earlier that wiull be available from November 1. 

Cobra Tour staff Geoff Ogilvy, Ian Poulter, Camilo Villegas and J.B. Holmes are not the only ones to have given an early thumbs up to the new Cobra ZL driver. I had the chance briefly to smack a 10.5 degree model down the range at the plush Archerfield range near North Berwick recently and came away drooling at its performance.

Looks

While the head shapes of modern drivers have tended to look out of proportion with the shaft inserted in them and the ball they're about to propel, the Cobra ZL is easy on the eye with a more classic design than some of its elongated predecessors. It instills the confidence a mid-handicapper demands without over emphasising its 'surely I can't miss' 460 cc capacity. Depending on whether you like the face of your clubface at address square, slightly closed or slightly open, it engenders a feeling of comfort as well as confidence.

Feel/performance

While I could never quite find a model of the extended range of Cobra S9-1s to fit the idiosyncrasies of my swing or get used to the sounds the Cobra L4V or even the Cobra L5V drivers, the new ZL has a feel and satiisfying sound that appeals to my senses

Almost immediately, with the face angle set at a slight draw, it delivered a high arcing right-to-left ball flight with which I am not normally familiar. Admittedly with a slight tail wind, I was able to handle the longer-than-standard 46-inch Aldila Voodoo shaft with ease and boom tee shots uncharacteristically long for me, with a consistency that belied the occasional slight miss-hit.

I can't wait for the more lengthy test opportunity I have been promised.

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Submitted by Cliff Atleo on Wed, 23/11/2011 - 23:19

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I bought this driver used, along with an S2 3 Fairway Wood for about 60 quid. We are now covered in snow here in Alberta, but I am looking forward to Spring and picking up a new ZL Encore when it becomes available in Canada in 2012!

Strengths

Simple adjustability, nice sound and feel at contact

Weaknesses

I can't think of any.

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Submitted by giggity on Sat, 03/12/2011 - 10:58

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cracking driver but like all adjustable drivers once set up how you like it you're probably not going to tinker with it!

Strengths

A great club with a good quality made for Cobra voodoo shaft in it. Bought as regular and it has served me well over the last 2 years. Flight is high and long with little run out making it ideal for parkland courses, it is very forgiving with little distance being lost on mishits. My only gripe is my own issue - I have progressed to needing a stiffer shaft.

Weaknesses

None to write home about.

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