Cobra S2 Irons
From Golf Magazine (ClubTest, March 2010)
Category: Game-Improvement Irons
We tested: 4-GW with Aldila DVS-2 graphite shaft
Company line: "A polymer topline allows us to expand the urethane sole insert and carve out a mid-width stepped sole, which lowers the CG and provides a trailing edge groove for superior turf interaction and a sharper strike. The back plate and urethane sole insert are tuned to reduce harsh vibrations."
Our Testers say:
PROS: Game-improvement features program it for a straight, high ball flight, even with long irons; shots rarely waver—best to aim and shoot; S2 hits lots of greens or positions you within chipping distance on all but your worst swings; the set generates some extra carry length for one group of testers; very stable and a soft cushioned hit, little to no vibration; black elastomer strip reduces glare and hides some of the thick topline.
CONS: Dampened feel can be too subtle, too muted during swing, there's often not enough feedback to process; some panelists struggle around the green due to head size and/or impact sensation; bulkier profile and topline than many would prefer.
From Sports Illustrated Golf+ Equipment Issue (February 8, 2010)
This design combines a polymer top line and toe insert, a urethane sole insert and an aluminum, vibration-dampening back plate for a lower center of gravity. Its mid-width sole gives the S2 the playability of a game-improvement iron while offering the feel of a blade.
From Golf Magazine (November 2009)
This techie design saves weight in key areas (lightweight polymer topline, toe insert and urethane sole plug) and distributes mass where it's needed. For instance, S2 boasts more weight in the low heel and toe (to increase moment of inertia). An aluminum back plate dampens vibration and enhances overall feel. Lastly, the stepped sole delivers greater versatility.
$599, steel; $699, graphite cobragolf.com
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