Cobra Fly-Z driver review

Does the new Cobra driver really fly?

Andy Roberts's picture
Tue, 7 Apr 2015
Cobra Fly-Z driver review

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Name: Cobra Fly-Z
RRP: £249
Colours: Orange, blue, black and white
Loft options: 9 to 12 degree
Adjustability: The head can be set in eight positions between 9 and 12 degrees
45.5" Stock shaft: Matrix VLCT SP

Key features

  • The low, back "CG Zone Weighting" means changing the loft has little impact on how the head sits behind the ball
  • "SmartPad" delivers a square face at address regardless of loft setting

Looks: As always with a Cobra driver these days, appearance is hard to fault. Testers loved the dark, deep face and crown look while standing over the ball. The neat Cobra logo acts as a suitable alignment, strengthened with the curved line to the back of the crown. Tester's comment: "My favourite looker by a mile." 

Feel: The stock Matrix shaft felt light but balanced throughout the entire swing for both testers, and although the sound off the face was a little loud, it was by no means overpowering. Tester's comment: "A hearty sound, good feedback on mis-hits and a very stable shaft."

Performance: Both testers received above-average distances, with some strikes reaching close to 290 yards for our lower-handicap tester. When the driver was set to the lowest loft, the ball still popped up nicely off the face on a mid-high launch angle. Low levels of spin off the tee proved another plus, but most importantly, forgiveness was arguably the best. Testers failed to recall any drives veering more than 10 yards offline. Tester's comment: "A real fairway finder."

Verdict: GOLD

Outstanding value for money at £249. It might not be the most adjustable Cobra offering, but it does not need to be. It is long, straight and it just happens to look the real deal. The best driver you are probably not considering.

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