Equipment

ClubTest 2014: Cobra Baffler XL Combo Irons

ClubTest 2014: Cobra Baffler XL Irons
ClubTester Jim Esther talks about one of his favorite irons from ClubTest 2014, the Cobra Baffler XL.

Cobra Baffler XL Combo Irons
Category: Max Game-Improvement Irons
Price: $599, steel; $699, graphite
WE TESTED:
4-GW with Baffler XL True Temper steel shaft; 4H-6H, 7-GW with Cobra Baffler graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: Hybrid long irons (not shown) are engineered to produce high-launch, low-spin shots. Low-profile short irons have wide soles, a low CG and flexible faces.

PROS
PLAYABILITY:
Equally at ease in the rough or from tight lies; heavy sole offers lift without much work; a high, repeatable flight.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: The club’s forte; smooth consistency; misses fly high and land soft; allergic to bananas— reduces unwanted sidespin and keeps curves on target.
DISTANCE CONTROL: In the ballpark of most testers’ own sets; squeezes good mileage out of heel and toe strikes; hybrid long irons are longer than some guys’ irons.
FEEL: Hefty head that cruises into the ball; very little twisting through the turf; produces a softer, more muted impact feel than most Max Game- Improvement irons.
LOOK: Typical Max GI head shape; the rear-cavity design and medallion make for a cool, space-age appearance; the hybrid long irons give a few guys fond flashbacks to the Bafflers of yesteryear.

CONS
Some testers prefer a lighter-feeling club; a few guys find it tough to calibrate short shots; high trajectory doesn’t fit everyone.

BOTTOM LINE: One of the better-performing models. It’s worth a try for players who want solid all-around performance without having to log too much time on the driving range.

RELATED LINKS
BUY THE CLUB: Get your own Cobra Baffler XL Combo Irons
CLUBTEST INDEX: List of past ClubTest Iron reviews

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