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    OdinSnipes414 reacted to GolfSpy_KFT for an article, Forum Member Recap: ODIN X1   
    The Testing Opportunity

     
    Go Balls Out. Always!
    A relative newcomer to the direct-to-consumer golf ball scene, ODIN Golf offers two choices, the X and X1, to golfers looking for high performance at an affordable price. ODIN says it aims to “build a golf brand for the everyday golfer no matter the background, experience or handicap.” 
    Under their “reload” program, you can earn 20 percent cash back with ODIN on future purchases after creating an account and buying balls. At $34.99 for a dozen of their premium X1 balls, this drops the “reload” price to $27.99. A three-piece urethane offering, ODIN says the X1 plays similar to the Pro V1 at about half the price. 
    Emphasizing their commitment to the everyday golfer, ODIN Golf distances itself from the allure of tour pros. "We're not excited about the pros; we're excited about you!" They want their community to directly benefit from and engage in the value they bring as a company, extending beyond merely reloading on ODIN golf balls.
    Forum members Javs, LinksGolfFever, Girldad18, fredsharky and Cecil Williams had the opportunity to test ODIN’s X1. Would they perform well enough to earn a spot in their bag? Read on to find out! 
    (Spoiler alert: You don’t want to skip this one.)

     
    Testing Methodology
    Our testers were prepared to put the X1 through the ringer to see if ODIN’s claims held up about competing with the likes of Pro V1, Chrome Soft and TP5. Testing plans varied but consisted largely of the following:
    On-course performance Chip and pitch practice sessions Feel, responsiveness, wear, sound  

     
    First Impressions
    A common theme among our testers was how impressed they were with shipping speeds. ODIN wasted no time in getting these golf balls into the hands of our testers. Another aspect that contributed to initial impressions with a golf ball is physical feel. Does the ODIN X1 feel like a premium golf ball?

    Javs: “While doing the fingernail test, the cover made me feel like I was holding an OEM premium ball. The dimple pattern reminds me of a Taylormade ball more than a Callaway or Titleist.”
    LinksGolfFever: “ I really love the “other than everyone else's” approach on their box/sleeve design. I would say it’s understated with just a pinch of slap you silly.  Black box and multi-hued paint splatter is great. The ODIN X1 just feels good, quality for sure.”
    Fredsharky: “I automatically love the feel and texture. It feels super soft to the touch and has the “it” factor when you pick up a ball and instantly it either feels like quality or it doesn’t and this one does.”
    Ball Performance

    The X1 checked all the boxes for our testers on initial inspection but looks and feel only get you so far. The ODIN X1 is marketed as a premium and durable three-piece urethane ball with a compression rating of 86 for maximum distance, spin and control. ODIN says this ball plays similarly to the Pro V1, Chrome Soft and TP5. Would this ball perform like a premium OEM golf ball?
    For tester Cecil Williams, the X1 delivered on its claims and then some: “This ball is hot off the face of my irons, hits high and I like the roll out I get from it.”
    Girldad18: “The ODIN X1 stands up to any other high-end ball out there.  It did exactly what I expected it to do.  I don’t know how else to put it.  Feel is good on all of the clubs.  Driver distance is as good or better than what I am used to.”
    For LinksGolfFever, the X1 really shone in the short game: “I think this was my favorite “most surprising” aspect with the ball. If I wanted to go steep on the ball and really force spin, It’d do it.  Clean shallow clip to make the spin on chips, DONE.  I got more consistent hold and ball action inside 130 yards than I have in a long time. I LOVE THIS BALL!!!!”
    Javs went head to head with the X1 (284.6 yards) against the Chrome Soft X LS (current gamer; 286.7) and Prov 1 (282.6) on driver distance. While noting the X1 landed squarely in the middle, he had this to add: “A caveat here is that with my gamer and the Pro V1 those averages included playing in the summer heat at over 100 degrees. The temperature was never higher than 51 here this week. While the distance was a couple yards shorter, the ODIN X1 had a better trajectory and much tighter dispersion.”

    Performance? Check. Chalk up another tally in the positive column for the X1. 
    The Good, The Bad and The In-Between
    To this point, the X1 has lived up to its claims of on-par performance with the big boys and then some. With no real flaws yet uncovered, did our testers find something, anything, they did not like about this ball?
    Fredsharky came into the review prepared to be critical of the ball, but quickly realized that he was fighting an uphill battle: “I cannot really say anything bad about this ball and I tried very hard to do so. I wanted to be super critical and work backwards, but I could never find anything that I did not like about it.”
    Similarly, Girldad18 had nothing but praise for this golf ball: “The ODIN X1 is legit.  Definitely worth a shot for anyone looking to try a new ball and save some $$ while you do it.”
    Javs was also unable to find anything negative: “The ball is long enough to match the big brand OEM balls. The ODIN X1 is extremely playable, forgivable and downright fun to play! I found the ball long off the tee and very easy to control. Iron play was predictable and I loved the mid-flight of the ball. Around the greens this ball will give any tour caliber ball a run for its money.”

    Does the ODIN X1 Make the Bag?
    Our testers left no stone unturned with their testing of the X1. Head to head, it competed and out performed some big players in the golf ball game. We saw unprecedented results with our final grading of this ball from our testers—an AVERAGE score of 99.4/100. Not only that but all five testers have put the X1 in play as their full-time gamer. 
    LinksGolfFever: “NEW GAMER, PERIOD!! I feel like I really put the X1 through the paces and it didn't disappoint.  Prior to the X1, I was playing the Z-Star and I liked it, but the idea of shelling out $45-50 a dozen just becomes a little maddening.  I would usually wait for a semi-annual sale and buy six dozen for the year (e.g., buy 2 get 1, etc.).  Not worrying about that anymore.  On top of the great product, the business model of having a cashback incentive toward your next purchase is FANTASTIC.”
    Consider tester Javs a part of the ODIN family as well: “Every little detail of this ball is designed to help you play better. This is a no brainer for me. I am officially declaring I am joining the ODIN family! This ball is in the bag!!!!”
    For Fredsharky, the numbers didn’t lie: “So I guess this is where the rubber meets the road as “they” say. For all the testing that I have done and all the numbers that I have tracked, I have come to this one conclusion, I am now playing the ODIN X1 as my full time ball of choice.”
    Bottom Line: The ODIN X1 is the Real Deal

    ODIN prides itself on being committed to the everyday golfer and that commitment is proven in the X1. With a ball that performs as well as any premium OEM offering for $34.99 per dozen, the value is unmatched. Do yourself a favor and sign up for their cash back program here to save money on future orders. And as ODIN says …
    Go Balls Out. Always!
    For an even deeper look into the ODIN X1, head to the MyGolfSpy Forum and check out our testers’ full reviews here!
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    OdinSnipes414 reacted to GolfSpy_KFT for an article, Forum Member Recap: Cobra 50th Anniversary   
    The Testing Opportunity

    COBRA celebrated their 50th anniversary in the golf industry with the launch of their AEROJET line. With the tagline “Faster by Design,” COBRA says it engineered Aerojet to enable new levels of speed through an aerodynamic and bold design. 
    Six Forum members were given the opportunity to test and keep a full bag of COBRA products. All of them tested the woods while two were selected for the KING TOUR muscle-back/cavity-back, Forged Tec/Tec X and AEROJET iron lines, wedges and their choice of putter. Testers were also able to select the Ultralight Pro cart or stand bag. 
    As three-man teams, the testers competed in weekly challenges. Each challenge focused on a particular part of the bag: Woods and Wedges, Putt-Putt King, Irons Only and a Four-Club Challenge. Check out the thread HERE to find out who ended up as the COBRA Challenge Champions!

    Initial Impressions: Club Fittings
    All six testers were able to experience a complete fitting in various ways including Golf Galaxy, True Spec, PGA Superstore, a privately owned golf center and directly with a COBRA rep. The consensus was that the importance of a proper fitting cannot be overstated.

    Said sirchunksalot of his fitting experience: “I can't properly describe how much fun I had today and how good of a fitter David was. He helped me find the right ball position and was extremely encouraging throughout the fitting. I appreciated his expertise and ability to make me feel comfortable throughout the whole process.”
    Jnoble89 had his fitting with a COBRA rep. “Steve handed me my first club, which was a 7-iron. Right away I could tell it was standard length (I play +1”), so I was kind of confused but went with it. Expectedly couldn’t hit it to save my life and was wondering what the heck I got myself into. After maybe 3 swings, Steve hands me another one and says “ok, now let’s go with this.” First swing was LASERED to a roughly 160 carry into the wind. He then told me he had me hit one that would have been “off the shelf” and one fitted to me so I could feel the difference as to why fittings are so impactful.”

    COBRA AEROJET Drivers
    All of our testers were fitted into the AEROJET Max driver which was somewhat of a surprise considering the wide range of handicaps. COBRA reshaped the head through a raised skirt, symmetrical shaping and streamlined edges to help players achieve maximum swing speeds.

    Tester JerryB had this to say about the AEROJET Max Driver: “When you hit it square, you know it.  When you don’t hit it well…you actually aren’t that aware.  Mishits travel nearly as long as solid hits.  I’ve been averaging roughly 5 yards more than my current gamer with a lot of consistent distance.  I even hit a new personal longest drive.”
    While the Max didn’t make the final bag for tester Chisag, he had this to say about it: “There is just so much to like about this driver. The stock Kai’Li Blue shaft is about as good as it gets for a no upcharge shaft. Those that prefer a longer face to rear look, should have the AEROJET Max at the top of their demo list. And the moveable weights along with the adjustable loft sleeve provide an excellent ability to fine tune your performance.”
    COBRA AEROJET Fairway Woods
    There was a mix of  the standard and max versions of the AEROJET fairway woods tested. Featuring PWR-Bridge and H.O.T. Face technology, testers raved about their performance. 
    Tom the Golf Nut stated: “I had TaylorMade SLDR 3 and 5 woods in the bag for years and the 3 wood was the high launch version. The AEROJET 3 wood is easier to hit and launches higher. The surprise out of the bunch was the 5 and 7 wood. Although I had a COBRA 7 wood (F6) in the bag this one is sneaky long with a higher ball flight. The five wood is a rocket ship. So much that I might not need a 3 wood.”

    However, there may not be a tester who saw a bigger impact to his game from these clubs than CFreddie: “The 3W is an absolute rocket off the tee (where I’ve typically hit it), besting my current gamer by >20 yards.  Even more important, one of the weakest parts of my game has drastically improved with properly fitted fairway woods (who would have thought?).  And on the 7W, I get excited just thinking about the next shot I’ll hit with it - it's truly effortless to launch high and stick soft, and has become my 2nd shot club on par 5s.”
    COBRA Hybrids
    Our testers gamed a mix of hybrids between the AEROJET and KING Tec. COBRA touts “Versatility by Design” with the AEROJET hybrid, blending distance and high launch to provide greater forgiveness on long approach shots out of different lies. The KING Tec hybrid offers custom tuning via three weight ports and a loft sleeve, giving players the option to optimize their ball flight.

    sirchunksalot was blown away by the KING tec hybrid. You could say it was love at first swing: “These clubs have transformed my long game. They are easy to get in the air and fly straight…They are the main reason I shot one of the lowest rounds I’ve had in a while…If I were to write a love letter to golf clubs, I would wax poetic to these hybrids. They are firmly in my bag.”
    Tester JerryB elected to play a 4-, 5-and 6-hybrid from the AEROJET line as he mentioned some struggles with longer irons. “ The 4 hybrid is most like what I already use, so the adjustment was easier.  It launches well and can go a mile when I get hold of one.The 6 hybrid is interesting, and I’ve used it as a bit of a utility club.  I’ve used it to punch out of trees, as a long bump-and-run club, and as a bit of a chipper just off the green.  As with the other hybrids, the ball rockets off the face.”
    COBRA Irons

    Our testers were selected to test specific iron sets based on their handicap level. Chisag and Tom the Golf Nut tested the KING Tour CB/MB category, sirchunksalot and CFreddie tested the Forged Tec/X, and Jnoble89 and JerryB tested the AEROJET line.

    Said Jnoble89, regarding the AEROJET irons: “ For a GI (game improvement) iron, the top line isn’t overly thick, and you cannot see any of the back of the iron when setting up to the ball. Feel on well struck shots is crisp, and produces a nice “thwack” sound. You can also feel when you don’t strike the ball well on mishits, which I think is good for feedback. I think sometimes GI irons are TOO forgiving on feel, so I appreciate this aspect.”
    Chisag raved about the KING Tour’s performance on-course: “The KT’s simply do everything you have the skill to demand from them. They are very accurate, produce a pleasing trajectory with plenty of spin to hold hard, fast desert greens. I don’t normally play fades or big draws with my irons, but when needed after a poor tee shot the KT’s performed flawlessly. Hitting them high or low is easily produced on command.”

    Mid-handicapper CFreddie went with the Forged Tec irons: “COBRA has built an incredible club - I’d categorize the FT as a middle of the road iron (perfect for my current handicap), bridging the gap between a true players iron and game improvement…I’ve never considered Cobras in the past, but I’m now a converted fan of the brand & clubs.”
    COBRA Wedges
    All of our testers opted for the SNAKEBITE wedges. These boast COBRA's most aggressive grooves to date, designed to maximize spin while utilizing a notch design to deliver precise shot-making around the green.

    Tester Tom the Golf Nut said this about his 54-degree Snakebite: “The 54* did everything I asked of it and helped me to shoot a personal best. The club put enough spin on the ball that it just sat where it landed, and I could attack the pin more. Stopping and proximity to the pin were outstanding.”
    Jnoble89 also saw positive results with his set of wedges: “These are a no-brainer play for me. I have never owned a true wedge set, and so far I am really enjoying these clubs. The 60° has been a revelation out of bunkers, and the first shot I ever hit with it was getting up and over a towering pine after missing the green on a Par 3. I was sold at that moment.”
    COBRA Putters
    The full line of COBRA’s putters were made available to testers with mixed feedback. 

    Chisag was very surprised, in a good way, on the performance of the Vintage Sport 60: “I don’t change putters often so I was not looking for a new putter and I was certainly not looking to change putters. But the overall feel, look and the excellent roll from the SIK face has earned the right to be my gamer.”
    JerryB selected the KING Stingray 20 and was thrilled with its performance: “Putting has long been my weakness and this putter didn’t magically make me a better putter.  What it did do was make me feel more poised while standing over a putt. The SIK face technology means the ball rolls smoothly almost instantly off the club face…I’m getting my speed dialed in much better than with my old putters…my lag putting is miles ahead of where it was previously which is leaving me with fewer three-putts.”

    Final Verdict
    Overall, our testers came away impressed with COBRA’s 2023 lineup. They found that regardless of a golfer's ability or skill level COBRA has a golf club that can perform well for that type of golfer. 
    Not all of the testers are keeping all their COBRA clubs in play permanently, with some choosing to go back to their previous driver, wedges or putters. That being said, all of them found areas in which the COBRA golf clubs excelled. This was reflected in the grades which were given at the end of the test. 
    Testers were asked to grade each area (driver, fairway, woods, hybrids, irons, wedges, putter and bag) out of 15 for a possible total of 105 points. 

    When the results were tallied scores ranged from 85.5 to 99.5. Respectable scores without question and scores that show the overall value and performance of the 2023 COBRA lineup of golf clubs.
    Want to read more about the full experience and reviews? You can find the full reviews from all the testers here: 
    MyGolfSpy Forum Cobra 50th Anniversary Challenge
     
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