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ClubTest 2015: Cobra Fly-Z XL Irons

Photo: Michael Chini

Cobra Fly-Z XL Irons

Cobra Fly-Z XL Irons

 

Category: Max Game-Improvement Irons
Price: $500, steel; $700, graphite
WE TESTED:
4–GW with KBS CPI-1005 steel shaft, and 4-hybrid through 6-hybrid plus 7–GW with Fly-Z XL graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: Hollow stainless steel mid-irons and hybrid long irons help to produce higher shots.

PROS

 

PLAYABILITY: Best for hitting draws, although stronger players even find them adequate for shaping shots both ways; a high-flyer that gets the ball up in the air from just about any lie; if you like hitting the ball high and straight, these sticks get it done.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Directional control is this club’s stock-in-trade—not a lot of unwanted curvature; even slight misses remain relatively on target; dispersion and distance loss are minimized on typical mistakes.
DISTANCE CONTROL: Consistent length on solid hits from shot to shot; yardages are close to what testers are used to, so it’s easy to dial in from the fairway.
FEEL: The heavy clubhead is stable throughout the swing and is simple to track at all times; there’s decent pop through impact when you connect for solid contact; adequate feedback on shots struck away from the sweet spot.
LOOK: Slightly thicker topline and visible cavity give the impression that they’ll provide plenty of help; lots of technology, but the clubs still set up well behind the ball; gray area on the face makes alignment easy.

CONS

 

Carry distance on solid hits is on par with testers’ current sets, but they’d still like more length; some guys want more feedback as to how well they struck it; takes effort to produce the occasional lower-trajectory shot.

BOTTOM LINE: The Cobra Fly-Z XL is a high-flying club that’s perfectly reliable for higher-handicappers.

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

NEXT REVIEW: Mizuno JPX-850 Irons

MORE INFO ON COBRA FLY-Z XL IRONS

From the Decemebr 3, 2015 Issue of the SI Golf+ Digital Emag

Selling points: These oversized but traditional-looking irons are made for players seeking high-flying shots and plenty of distance. Featuring a dual hollow cavity design and a lower, deeper CG, the Fly-Z XL irons are built with thin clubfaces as well as a Speed Channel in the sole and cavity. This combination increases ball speed on off-center hits, enabling the irons to provide distance while maintaining forgiveness. A progressive offset helps straighten slices, while lightweight shafts enhance swing speed and distance. Buyer beware: These sticks are designed for players looking to launch it high, long and straight. However, the light shafts, offset, wide soles and oversized heads won’t fit everyone. If you’re a stronger player with a high swing speed and a natural draw, these might not be for you. Fine print: Available in right- and left-handed in 4-GW or with a combination of irons and Fly-Z XL Hybrids (4-6H, 7-GW). Matrix Graphite shafts or FST Steel shafts come standard with Lamkin REL EPDM grips. -- Rob Sauerhaft

Prepare for Liftoff With Cobra's New Irons
Golf Magazine's Rob Sauerhaft examines an oversized but traditional-looking set of sticks designed to help you launch it high, long and straight.

NEXT REVIEW: Mizuno JPX-850 Irons

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