Cobra ZL Encore Driver

From Golf Magazine ClubTest 2012 (March, 2012)

Category: Tour Drivers
Price: $399

WE TESTED: 8.5°, 9.5° with Fujikura Motore F1 graphite shaft and 10.5°, 11.5° with Fujikura Motore F3 graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: More roll above the centerline of the face and less roll below the center boosts launch without increasing spin. The bulge and roll is tilted 7° clockwise (toward the low heel and high toe) to expand the sweet zone, where players miss most often.

OUR TESTERS SAY: Strong, lightweight driver provides plenty of distance.

PROS
DISTANCE: As long or longer than many of the drivers tested.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Club does an adequate job of keeping the ball in play; toe mis-hits don’t seem to lose significant distance.
FEEL: Lightweight club feels “fast” through the hitting zone; springy sensation at impact.
PLAYABILITY: The ZL Encore produces a high, relatively straight ball flight; easier than some drivers to move right to left.
LOOK: Striking white head and shaft combination definitely stands out from the pack; a no-nonsense shape.

CONS
Bright white head and white shaft combo has many detractors; overall weight is too light for some testers; not tons of feedback at impact.

From Golf Magazine (November, 2011)
Available in both black and all-white models, the latest multi-material ZL (titanium body and carbon crown) features three adjustable face settings (2 degrees open, neutral or 2 degrees closed). A taller, more elliptical face design than the original ZL boosts ball speed on shots hit low-heel to high-toe. The elliptical pattern also enlarges the sweet zone by 30 percent for improved accuracy. "Dual roll" face curvature—more roll (radius) high on the face to increase launch angle; flatter roll low on the face to essentially increase launch without increasing spin—should produce more consistent performance and longer drives.

 

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