Cobra ZL Driver
From Golf Magazine (ClubTest, February 2010)
Category: Game Improvement Drivers
We tested: 8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5°, 11.5° with Aldila VooDoo graphite shaft
Company line: "The ZL has an adjustable hosel that can change the face angle up to 3 degrees. This allows the club to be customized to promote a draw, fade, or even a straight bias."
OUR TESTERS SAY:
PROS: The adjustable hosel is easy to use and can be set to make the ZL (Zero Limits) impossible to hook; a quality impact sound—it's much quieter, and the trademark loud "ting" of prior Cobra drivers is gone; overall, a satisfying option; solid and stable at impact, even on misses; handsome black-on-black color scheme is a big improvement; possibly the highest average ball flight of the "Tour" driver category.
CONS: The 46-inch shaft is a bit too soft for some and creates a trajectory that's too high; bending shots in both directions can be difficult; not your best option hitting into the breeze.
From Sports Illustrated Golf+ Equipment Issue (February 8, 2010)
The ZL (Zero Limits) has a multimaterial construction with a milled, rhombus face insert and three faceangle settings (open, neutral and closed).
$349, graphite cobragolf.com
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From Golf Magazine (January 2010)
The multi-material ZL ('zero limits') features three clubface settings (open, neutral, closed) that vary by 3 degrees and have a profound effect on shot shape. This big stick also boasts a new-and-improved impact sound—previous Cobra drivers tended to be quite loud, but the ZL is significantly quieter. The audible change is due to more sole curvature (which increases stiffness), a lack of dimples on the crown (formerly a Cobra hallmark) and a support bar along the sole that extends from the rear to the middle of the head.
Cobra engineers also thinned the perimeter of the face to broaden the club's effective hitting area. The ZL generates 3.5- to 4.5-mph faster ball speed than the firm's L5V driver.
Fitters use the removable swingweight screw (available in 2, 6 or 10 grams) to customize clubhead weight to specific shafts. The ZL has a titanium body and clubface, plus carbon fiber in the crown and sole.
From The Shop Blog (August 2009)
Several top Cobra Golf staff players are currently testing the company's new adjustable-face ZL driver here at Liberty National. Among them are Geoff Ogilvy, Ian Poulter, Camilo Villegas and J.B. Holmes. In fact, Ogilvy and Villegas have both Tweeted about trying the club.
According to Brian Parker, Cobra's manager of tour promotions, Ogilvy saw the club as a prototype, but Tuesday was given the final product for the first time. The Aussie had been using a Cobra S9-1 Pro D (10.5°), but after just one afternoon's practice with a ZL (9.5°) set 1° open with an Aldila RIP 80X shaft, he is planning to use the club this week in the Barclays Championship.