For a comparison standpoint, this is the first "new" driver I have ever purchased. My reference for comparison is an old Wilson and a Nitro driver, neither one in this league of clubs.
I love the way this driver looks! The colors, the carbon fiber, and the overall shape are very pleasing to my eye. The look at address is fantastic! The C logo alignment mark is nice, different than just a dot or a straight line down the crown of the head. This is a large 460 cc driver with an elongated tail appearance, thus the XB nomenclature (Xtreme Back). The infinity milled face gives this driver a bit of a distinctive look. The Motore X F3 shaft on mine has a matching overall black theme. It is a regular flex graphite shaft, other options are available. The color coordinated head cover offers plenty of protection and a secure fit on the driver, it is a bit of a task to remove it.
The weight in the driver head is set low and rearward for better forgiveness. The weight can be adjusted via the optional weight kit and tool. The weight kit I received had 8, 10, 12, and 14 gram weights along with a tool for securing the weight in the driver head. These are in addition to the 6-gram weight that came in the driver. Cobra says the idea is to balance the weight front to rear, instead of just throwing the biggest weight in the back and letting it rip. Trying different weights, I could see a difference, mainly in the launch angle and overall trajectory. The club is adjustable ±1.5 with the included adjustment tool.
This is a subjective rating. I like the sound this driver makes. It is not a deafening ping, but it is a midrange, sharp sound. It is louder than some clubs, but far from the loudest I have heard. If you want a club that will make everyone turn and look every time you tee off at the range, this probably is not the club you want. This club seems really forgiving, as even a mishit sounds nearly like a good strike. Recording below:
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The Cobra Connect grip (Lamkin Crossline) feels a lot like a Golf Pride Tour Velvet grip to me. It is a comfortable, normal size grip; other options are available. This is a comfortable club to swing, even on mishits, it sounds and feels almost like a good hit. That is not to say this club is so dampened that you cannot distinguish mishits, but that the infinity face does a great job of making mishits seem like pure hits. I love way the Motore X F3 shaft performed.
Forgiveness & Performance:
As I have mentioned throughout this review, this club is made for forgiveness, and it is one of the main reasons for my purchase. The elongation of the club head allows for lower spin and higher launch. The forgiveness of the club may come at the cost of some distance compared to the XD version of this club, which is heel weighted instead of rear weighted. Compared to the other drivers I have hit, this outperforms them all easily. I do get more distance, on average at least 10 yards. I have no shot scope of trackman data to offer for distance, speeds, etc.
Since I am still a novice golfer, I cannot say this is the most accurate club in the world. I can say this puts the ball a lot closer to where I wanted it to go than my older clubs. I seem to hit more consistent shots, again probably due to the forgiveness Cobra built into this club.
On Course Performance:
I have only played 9 holes with the Cobra RADSPEED XB, but it was one of the best scores for me so far! I think knowing I have a little bit of room for not-so-perfect hits that will still find the fairway has given me more confidence at the tee box, and confidence is a lot of this game.
The inclusion of adjustment tool and headcover were a nice addition.
Play it or Trade it:
I am 100% keeping this driver!