Cobra Fly-Z XL iron review

What do we make of the Cobra iron designed for senior players?

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Thu, 22 Jan 2015

Cobra Fly-Z XL iron review

WATCH: Cobra Fly-Z XL iron review

READ: Game Improvement Irons 2015 Test

Brand: Cobra

Model: Fly-Z XL
Category: Game improvement/Seniors
RRP: £399
Loft: 28-degree
Length: 38”
Shaft: KBS CPI-1005
Grip: Cobra Lamkin REL

Key Features

  • Speed Channel - engineered trench behind the face helps to minimise face thickness and increase flex
  • Hollow Cavity Design - long and mid-irons (4-8) feature a dual cavity design with a hollow lower half section that delivers a lower and deeper centre of gravity for ease of launch; scoring irons (9-SW) feature a perimeter undercut for improved forgiveness and accuracy.

Looks

The larger oversized profile and thicker topline will give game improvers and senior players a real confidence boost at address. Tester's comment: "Does not seem quite as busy as the Fly-Z at the back." 

Feel

Nice sounding iron but not as soft as others. Senior golfers will appreciate the sound dampening medallion that should also ensure Fly-Z XL reduces those tremors from off-centre hits. Standard shaft did not suit all testers. All testers favoured the comfortable Lamkin grip. Tester's comment: "I sensed lots of weight in the head which was ideal."

Performance

Despite the slightly higher loft for a six iron, the majority of testers were striking the ball further than Fly-Z. That had much to do with better ball striking and ease of launch - the dual hollow cavity design provides the deep, low centre of gravity for a high trajectory. Tester's comment: "Easy to get airborne and sling to the left, but not the most forgiving."

Verdict

Superb value for money at £399 and the ideal game-improvement iron for someone in the high teens or above the age of 50. Very easy to pop up in the air and packs a punch in terms of distance.

READ: 2015 Game Improvement Irons Test