Cobra F7 iron review
I am definitely new to the game of golf. I have been playing for three seasons, and I have really been loving the game. My average score has been a one-twenty on eighteen holes. I have a Nike Vapor Pro driver that I have been hitting great. I have been out-driving some of my buddies, and that is a good feeling. My Nike has both stock grips and a stock shaft. Every now and again I have a bad shot, but generally I have been just crushing this club. This club feels great due to it being very light, and it also has a great swing speed. The downside of the driver is that there is no symbol on the club head to line my ball up with. I have been getting good at just eyeballing the middle of the club. I play with an Odyssey Versa putter, Cleveland 60 degree, Taylormade RBZ sand wedge, Taylormade 3 and 4 wood SLDR, then a Ping i25 3 hybrid. I have really been hitting the ping well compared to my RBZ hybrid (which I felt was junk).
On the range
I have been trying to stick to a certain order in which I hit my clubs when going to the range. I like to start with the smallest club, then work my way up to the largest. The first club that I like to start with is my pitching wedge. Making a light shot with a moderate swing, I got to about fifty yards. All full hit with this club was ninety-seven yards. My balls seem to be going straight, and it is decently forgiving. The pitching wedge is my favorite club overall. More often than not, I get the ball onto the green when using this club. If hit at the right angle, the pitching wedge has a great â€œhop & stop.â€
The second club that I like to use on the range is the gap wedge. The feel to the gap wedge is very soft, which helps me know when I make a nice connection with the ball. I can get to about fifty-one yards on a heavy shot, and about thirty-four years on a medium shot. The gap wedge feels light across the face. I am fairly new, so I still have some trouble with getting the ball to â€œhop & stop.â€ When you get a good pop, the ball will usually stop within a couple bounces after hitting the ground. I have been using this club twenty yards from the green. If I am any close to the green, I will use my Cleveland 60 degree wedge. The Cleveland has a great â€œhop & stop.â€ I am learning that it takes some time to master that technique.
The 9 iron is next up in my set. I can hit this iron about eighty yards on a good shot. This iron has a nice, crisp sound, is fairly light, and it feels really great when I make good contact with the ball. On a middle range shot with good contact, I can hit the ball to about eighty-five yards, and fifty-seven yards on a light shot. When I hit the ball on the heel of the iron, my ball shot low and a little to the right. When hitting the ball on the head of the iron with decent contact, I had great accuracy and got about eighty yards.
A crisp, perfect sound is what you get with the 8 iron when you make a thorough connection with the ball. It does not feel as good when the ball is topped, which is what happened to me when I hit the ball hard and on the heel. In this instance, the ball went low and to the right. My second shot is when I made great connection with the ball. A medium shot got me to about one-hundred and twenty-five yards.
I was able to make wonderful connection when using the 7 iron, feeling like I crushed the ball. I did notice that if you shoot under the ball, it sends a pain up the wrist. My medium hit got the ball to approximately one-hundred yards, and my hard shot went to one-hundred and thirty-five yards. When hit on the heel, the ball went low and to the left.
All around, I made satisfactory connection with the ball when using the 6 iron, especially on a hard hit. The hard hit got me to about one-hundred and fifty yards. My medium hit did pop up some, higher than my Taylormade. The irons have a deep cavity, and overall nice look.
On the course
Since I got the Cobra irons, I have been playing a decent bit of golf on the course over the last couple weeks. I am hitting the pitching wedge and gap wedge the best out of all the clubs. I am very impressed by the nine and eight iron as Well.
I am hitting the longer clubs (five through seven) very similar to one another. I have a lot of really good shots with irons five through seven, but I am not nearly as accurate with these clubs compared to the pitching, gap, and 9 iron. I am sure that this is due to taking more of a full swing with the larger clubs, which is throwing my accuracy off. When I connect with the longer clubs it is a thing of beauty! As long as my angle is correct, I have been able to get the short shots to stick on the green. Otherwise, I will accidentally do a punt shot and roll it over the green quickly. I am still averaging approximately a score of one-hundred and twenty for eighteen holes. I am however losing a lot less balls during the process. I have been going out on the course with a friend recently, and he is almost always an accurate shot. He hit a couple of my irons, and I had noticed that he was popping them up higher than his Callaway irons. I like the pop because they are not dying in midair, but seem to be dropping at the appropriate angle to stick on the green.
There was a Par three that was about one-hundred and eighty yard from the tee, and the green sat upon a large hill.
If you hit short the ball rolls down about thirty to forty yards. If you hit past the green, the ball rolls down a good fifty yards. I used my 5 iron, made a bad shot, hit the ball on the heel, and then shot it deep into the woods to the right. So, for the sake of making a good shot, I tried the shot again. I made a great connection with the ball, and hit it slightly to the right onto a small bank. The ball then took a good roll and landed on green. I had about fifteen yards from the hole, and I got it there in two putts. I would have made par on the hole if I did not make the poor first shot.
Looks and overall appearance
I felt that the clubs would be more offset than they were from the pictures online. They are actually about the same offset as my RBZ irons. The chrome looks great on the shaft, which I prefer it to a dull, brushed aluminum look. I have overheard some people complain about the sunlight bouncing off the chrome shafts, which is distracting to some. Personally, I do not find this to be an issue. I know that it is a concern to some, but I tried to make it bother me and I have not been able to. I am not seeing that badly of a glare from the chrome.
The club head itself looks great. The brushed aluminum power shell bottom makes me feel like it is going to be a lot harder to scratch up. The King F7 logo looks great with the black and orange. The tech flow cavity also looks and feels amazing. Overall, the clubs have a very nice look to them.
Sound and feel
The stock grips were as I expected. They have a nice feel but, overtime this will be something I will replace. Overall, the clubs have a nice, crisp sound when I get a good connection with the ball. If I hit under it and more into the ground, the clubs really put a jolting pain through my wrists. I try my best not to hit the ball like that, but on uneven surfaces that is not always the easiest feat. I love the sound I get when I make a connection, and there is no better feeling in the world (next to sex and of course winning the lottery). Weight wise, the clubs do not feel sluggish. I can swing the club at a decent rate without feeling like I am trying to kill the ball to get good distance.
Likelihood of purchase
I will be purchasing the F7 sand wedge to match the set. I plan on keeping these clubs in my Bag, and I will use them regularly. I would be crazy not too after the improvements they have made in my game. I have very few bad words to write about these clubs. The only bad thing I will say is I did not like how bad it threw my shot if I hit the club in the heel. I was happy with how accurate the toe shots stayed.
All around I really can say my game has improved. I am able to make better and more frequent contact with the ball. I do still have my occasional bad shot, which seem to fly low and to the right. It tends to do that when I hit the ball on the heel of my club. I am very happy with the irons, and would purchase them. I have great accuracy with these clubs and I am hitting every one of these clubs about five to ten yards on average, which is farther than my Rocketballz. The Cobra clubs will be staying in my bag. I am very glad I went with the stiff shaft on the Cobras, as my Rocketballs were regular flex. I only would do a half swing with the Rocketballs, because a full swing would cause my balls to slice. I have replaced every club in my bag with stiff shafts, and I am happy to say that I am able to use a full swing, and have playable balls that travel way farther than with my previous set.
Performance on course 30/40
(Only docking for the bad heel shots)
Sound and feel
Likelihood of purchase
Total score 85/100