ClubTest 2014: Cobra Bio Cell+ Irons
Cobra Bio Cell+ Irons
Category: Better-Player Irons
Price: $799, steel
WE TESTED: 4-GW with True Temper Dynamic Gold steel shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The multi-material head has tungsten in the heel and toe of the long irons to buoy MOI, and in the center of short irons for added control and feel. The medallion comes in black, orange, red or blue.
PLAYABILITY: Brings a game-improvement mentality to the better-player category -- some workability, but more point-and-shoot than flight-and-bend; high and straight is typical; resists digging and blows through thick lies.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Plenty of forgiveness for most testers; these go where you aim, with directional correction and little movement mid-air.
DISTANCE CONTROL: As good as testers’ current sets; a few guys get up to one club more on good swings; misses get a good measure of distance.
FEEL: Forceful yet cushioned -- the club seems to engulf the ball; no harsh surprises, minimal feedback into hands on hits across the clubface.
LOOK: Appears powerful -- larger, thicker topline and sole than most better-player irons, without the offset of a GI club.
Lacks the subtlety and precision of many better-player irons; not a shotmaker’s club -- blade enthusiasts are better off with last year’s AMP Cell Pro; a few testers prefer more feedback (and less cushion) at impact; relatively large head is clunky to some guys.
BOTTOM LINE: A better-player iron with training wheels, worth a look for mid-handicappers looking to transition toward blades or low-handicappers who could use help getting the ball airborne.
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