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ClubTest 2015: Cobra Fly-Z XL Driver

On The Range: Cobra Fly-Z XL Driver
ClubTester Kevin Kehoe talks about one of his favorite drivers at ClubTest 2015, the Cobra Fly-Z XL.

Cobra Fly-Z XL Driver

 

Category: Max Game-Improvement Drivers
Price: $279
WE TESTED:
10.5° with Matrix Fly-Z XL graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The Speed Channel—an indentation around the perimeter of the face—saves weight that’s moved lower in the head.

PROS

 

DISTANCE: Pleasantly surprising length on mis-hits—for some testers, slight misses seem to look and fly the same distance as center strikes.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: An absolute slice buster through and through; the Fly-Z XL helps even tired swings to flight the ball higher than most drivers out there; shots come off the face with little sidespin.
FEEL: The club’s strongest attribute; effortless rebound off the clubface, along with a comfortable combination of shaft and head weight; shots rarely send a reverb into the hands.
PLAYABILITY: Possibly the easiest driver in the Max Game-Improvement category to consistently launch high; ideal for low-ball hitters with slower swing speeds.
LOOK: For some testers, the Speed Channel gives the face a confidence-boosting, trampoline-like appearance; others like the contrast between the steel-colored face insert and the shiny black crown.

CONS

 

Slightly closed face at address can be a turnoff; minimal roll and average overall distance can be a side effect of high-flying shots; nonadjustable hosel lacks the customization option that some players expect.

BOTTOM LINE: It’s not for everyone, but the Fly-Z XL fills the needs of its constituency very well. Best for players who could use additional height and draw bias without an offensive, in-your-face offset look at address.

HOT STIX'S TAKE: Suits slower swingers and those with too much fade/slice in their ball flight. The highest-launching driver, with the most offset in the test.Launch - High; Spin - High

BUY THE CLUB: Get your own Cobra Fly-Z XL

NEXT REVIEW: Nike Vapor Speed

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Cobra Fly-Z XL Driver

MORE INFO ON THE COBRA FLY-Z XL DRIVER

From Golf.com, November 4, 2014

The final model in Cobra's new driver lineup, the Fly-Z XL, is aimed at 15-40 handicappers (seniors, women, and beginners included) who can benefit from a higher, more draw-biased ball flight. A low-profile clubhead with moderate offset produces up to 17.5 yards of draw bias, which is great for those who struggle with the banana ball.

Other features of the Fly-Z XL include an all titanium clubhead with forged face weighting, a back CG position for added forgiveness on off center hits, and a high MOI sole shape that further enhances the club's slice busting qualities. The Fly-Z XL is available in 9.5, 10.5, and 11.5-degree lofts with a Matrix graphite shaft and also comes in a redesigned women's model. -- Rob Sauerhaft

NEXT REVIEW: Nike Vapor Speed

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