Cobra Fly-Z iron review

Does Cobra's latest iron really fly?

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Thu, 22 Jan 2015

Cobra Fly-Z iron review | GolfMagic.com by GolfMagic

WATCH: Cobra Fly-Z iron review

READ: Game Improvement Irons 2015 Test

Brand: Cobra

Model: Fly-Z
Category: Game improvement/Better player
RRP: £549
Loft: 26.75-degree
Length: 38.75”
Shaft: KBS CPI-1005
Grip: Cobra Lamkin REL 360

Key Features

  • Speed Channel - runs across the sole and perimeter of the back cavity to enhance a trampoline effect, increasing ball speed
  • Deep Perimeter Undercut - Cobra's deepest undercut yet to ensure consistent distance on off-centre hits. Toe and heel weighting also aids forgiveness.
  • Harmonic Cavity Insert - a thermoplastic urethane insert sits right behind the impact zone to dampen vibration

Looks

Testers noticed a relatively thin topline at address. Two testers thought it was too busy in the cavity. Compact look about the toe appealed to the majority, as too the minimal offset. There were no glare issues to speak of. The Speed Channel design on the sole split opinion. Tester's comment: "Love the chrome plated finish."

Feel

Testers found the new thermoplastic urethane dampened vibrations on shots struck out the heel and toe. Centre strikes did not feel as soft as some of the others in the test, however, and the standard shaft did not suit everyone. All testers favoured the comfortable Lamkin grip. Tester's comment: "Nice sounding iron on all types of strike."

Performance

Not as long as we were expecting but decent levels of forgiveness. The iron also proved easy to work both ways, particularly a draw, but how important workability is for a game improver is questionable. Tester's comment: "Not as easy to get airborne as the Fly-Z XL."

Verdict

Solid accuracy and forgiveness for the majority of testers, though not as long as some game-improvement irons. Might lack muscle behind the ball for higher handicap players, so probably better suited in the hands of someone on the cusp of single figures. Compact looks appealing.

READ: 2015 Game Improvement Irons Test

 

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