CATEGORY: Max Game Improvement Irons
PRICE: $600, steel; $650, graphite
WE TESTED: 4–GW with Max/FST steel shafts
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: Mid- and long irons have a dual-cavity design for easier launch and added forgiveness.
PLAYABILITY: Long irons launch high without losing control, and short irons can be directed at the flag; our stronger players can manufacture subtle movement.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Plenty of help when you don't hit it just right; scoring shots consistently fly at the target; retains the yards you need and straightens out most mistakes.
DISTANCE CONTROL: No problems hitting greens on shots from 150 yards and in; more than enough carry distance to get the job done -- you know what to expect every time.
FEEL: On the heavy side, makes it stable with plenty of thump through the ball; solid click at impact delivers enough feedback to know if you've struck it well or not; never harsh, even on shots that miss the sweet spot.
LOOK: One of the favorites -- traditional appearance in a nicely sized package; not too big or bulky at address.
The Max isn't the strongest from the rough or trouble lies; not quite as high a trajectory as some expect; a few guys don't want such a heavy feel.
BOTTOM LINE: A solid all around performer, the Cobra Max is one of the topranked models in the test. It's a good-looking stick that provides dependable distance control.
MORE INFO ON THE COBRA MAX IRONS
From GOLF.com, December 1, 2015:
Cobra MAX irons ($649 steel, $699 graphite) are available in an eight-piece set with five irons and three hybrids as well as in a women's combo option ($699). The 4-8 irons feature a half hollow design for maximum launch and distance while the short irons (9-PW) feature a cavity-back design for a combination of forgiveness and control. The gap wedge features a wide sole design for optimum performance from sand and trouble lies.
The full line of Cobra MAX clubs will be available on December 4th. -- Michael Chwasky