CATEGORY: Better Player Drivers
WE TESTED: 10.5° (adjusts 9° to 12°) with King LTD Aldila Rogue Black 60 graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: A lightweight carbon-fiber crown saves weight that’s used to increase the club’s MOI.
DISTANCE: It can really knock your ball a country mile—longer than some guys’ own clubs and many of the test models; booms the ball, with lots of roll.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: The King LTD is one of the stronger performers in this category—consistent with minimal distance loss on heel and toe shots; dependably straight, even when you miss a bit; in terms of distance and direction, does a solid job correcting shots that fail to find the sweet spot.
FEEL: Nice, balanced weight makes it easy to swing through; minimal twisting and vibration on all shots, even those struck away from the center of the face; a good loud crack at impact lets you know how well you hit it.
PLAYABILITY: Testers are confident that they can manipulate the ball in either direction for a gentle draw or fade; a medium-low trajectory with a nice boring flight.
LOOK: Strong and muscular at address, with a simple alignment aid; clean, understated black crown; there’s nothing quite like the window built into the sole.
Some find that it favors faster swingers who generate lots of spin; others consider the “Space Port” gimmicky; overall feel doesn’t agree with a couple of guys.
BOTTOM LINE: The Cobra King LTD driver provides plenty of high-end performance, especially for our high-spin players. The club also offers a "window" into possible future designs.
HOT STIX'S TAKE: An extremely low-launching, low-spinning head for players who generate too much spin. Offers ample forgiveness, too. Launch: Low; Spin: Low
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MORE INFO ON THE COBRA KING LTD DRIVER
From GOLF.com, August 18, 2015:
Cobra Golf is bringing back the King name with the introduction of the King LTD driver ($450, standard and Pro).
Featuring a new SpacePort design that allows a clear look into the internal design of the clubhead, the new King LTD was designed with the help of The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) and a materials science research study that took place on the International Space Station.
In fact, the SpacePort design in the sole of the King LTD was inspired by the Space Station’s observation platform. The SpacePort, which consists of a 16g Aerospace grade aluminum dual-purpose translucent weight, is held in place by a unique Spiralock thread technology that can hold up to the abuse of any golf swing without ever loosening. When the port is removed players can see into the interior of the clubhead and view a variety of technologies including the 811 Titianium E9 face, the low CG hosel, and carbon fiber crown.
The combination of a lightweight crown and 28g of total weight in and around the SpacePort allowed Cobra engineers to position the CG in an ultra-low and deep part of the clubhead for improved launch and spin conditions. The Port also makes exact swing-weight tuning possible through the use of a 0-12g Tungsten weight.
The King LTD is available in 9°, 9.5°, 10.5°, 11.5°, and 12° lofts and three draw settings that include 9.5°D, 10.5°D and 11.5°D lofts. The King LTD PRO is also available in five lofts -- 7.0°, 7.5°, 8.5°, 9.5°, and 10° and three fade settings: 7.5°F, 8.5°F, 9.5°F. Aldila Rogue Black 60g shaft and Lamkin UTX grips come standard. -- Michael Chwasky