Pros:These clubs get the ball up in the air easily, and distance is above average.
Cons:Balance is mediovre, as is feel.
The Bottom Line: These clubs could easily have been 4-5 star performers, and I suspect next year's models will be.
I really wanted to give these irons the same high rating that their corporate sibling S3 Irons earned. They do have lots of great ideas behind them, such as sole rails, and strong lofts, but these are all old ideas that need to be exceuted above and beyond the ordinary. To some extent, Cobra has accomplished this, but unfortunately, not to the extent necessary to get a full floedged 4 or 5 star rating. Yes they go above and beyond their S2 Predecessors, but a solid 3 1/2 stars, an above average rating, is all I am willing to give thme. Here's why.
Recommend this product?
Not bad at all, right? Well they really could have gotten a full bore 5 stars had they managed to tweak just a few little things. The flight trsajecory isd just a shade too high if you are really trying to get the maximum amount of distance out of these. I got the feeling time and again, that the designers were almost scared of the ultra-strong lofts that they went with, (Very close to my barbarically strong Di 9's) , that they over cooked the lower center of gravity in an overly zealous effort to compensate for these super strong lofts. Allowing the strong lofts (remember the old saying "Let the club do the work.") do their own thing with a slightly more natural and flatter trajectory would've paid dividends on these.
Forgiveness-- 3 Stars
Three stars for Cobra in the forgiveness department is a real insult to their heritage. That's because Cobra Clubs are "ALWAYS" known for Forgiveness and Distance. Not so this time. It's almost unfair to give them only an average score, biut there are some really subtle problems here where the design actually conflicts with itself. Rails on fairway woods are comon enough, but rails on Irons have rarely worked as advertised. Anyone here remember The La Jolla Knife Irons? It was a great idea on paper, but the reason rails work on Fairway Woods is because fairaway woods call for a sweeping stroke. Irons call for you to hit down on the ball. Theoretically, the rails should not even come into play if you are hitting down on the ball correctly, and pinching the ball against the turf with the face of the club. Because every shot feels the same, you never know how far you missed the sweet spot by. That wouldn't be bad if the miss hits didn't cost that much in distance. Sadly, similar to The Old LaJolla Knife Irons, the rails actually cost more in distance than they forgive. Because every shot feels the same, and the rails allow you to dig a trench that would make a World War I General Proud, these irons actually encourage you to hit fat, rather than help you correct it.
Feel--3 1/2 Stars
The feel on these irons is nice. The trouble is, as mentioned earlier, that all shots feel good. Even serious miss hits can feel good with these irons. You can dig a beaver pelt sizesd divot, hit one off the toe, and despite your 2-3 club loss in distance--the shot still feels good. I like a shot thaqt feels good, but on a Max Game Improvement Club, I want something that tells me what I did wrong while it forgives it. Cobras regular S3's do this, as do my Wilsdon Di 9's. SO they deserve an above average rating for good feel---Sadly--it isn't a very informative good feel.
Club head awareness isn't anywhere near a problem on these clubss. Still. they are real clunklmeisters throughout the swing. I think this has to do with the actual shafts. I didn't care for either the steel or the graphite version. The graphite may have been to whippy for the simple reason that you can only get The Graaphite in Regular or Lite Flex. The steel shaft is at best, competent, but otherwise not uch to write home about. At least the Nippon 1030, a shaft that many clubmakers, including Cobra use, leaves this lesser grade steel model wanting for performance as well as recognition.
Overall---3 1/2 Stars
Again, I'd love to give these clubs a higher rating, but there are just too many minor niggles that whittled away at what should have been 4-5 star clubs. The S3 Irons and the integrated hybrid version sets of these do tend to feel more complete as far as stand alone entities go. Not a bad set of Irons, but Cobra is capable of so much more as proven by both past and present offerings.
I'd like to thank my CL Abraham for providing the link that made this review possible.
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