CATEGORY: Better Player Drivers
WE TESTED: 10.5° (adjusts 9° to 12°) with King F6 Matrix Black Tie 65 M4 graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: An 18-gram sliding weight provides five different CG settings.
DISTANCE: Once dialed in, the King F6+ gives our testers what they need off the tee — it’s a pretty long hitter capable of producing the occasional bomb, too.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Negligible drop-off in distance on mis-hits; shots struck on the heel or toe want to go straight and fly nice and far.
FEEL: The ball jumps off the face with plenty of feedback to let you know how and where you hit it; for most guys, a satisfying sound and sensation at impact — not too loud or dull.
PLAYABILITY: Works the ball either way quite nicely and on a good trajectory; a few panelists find that their shots soar a little higher than they do with other drivers, but still a boring shot; no problem turning it over for a power draw; the sliding sole weight effectively finetunes your trajectory.
LOOK: The head shape looks good from above — the large footprint from front to back and the deep clubface instill confidence; most testers like the color options — gray with green accents (at right), black with bright orange accents, white and blue.
It doesn’t produce quite the sound and feel that a few guys look for; the color schemes don’t move the needle for everyone; even with adjustments, the flight is higher than one or two prefer.
BOTTOM LINE: The Cobra King F6+ driver is solid across the board. A sliding weight and adjustable hosel present lots of opportunities to lock in your best specs.
HOT STIX’S TAKE: The King F6+ is a relatively low-spinning, forgiving driver. A sliding front-to- back weight is very effective when dialing in launch and spin. Launch: Low-Mid; Spin: Low-Mid
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MORE INFO ON THE COBRA KING F6+ DRIVER
From GOLF.com, November 17, 2015:
The multi-material construction of the new Cobra KING F6+ driver features a titanium face and body along with a lightweight carbon fiber crown, an arrangement that positions the CG of the clubhead low and deep in the structure for improved forgiveness and launch characteristics. The weight saved through the use of carbon fiber allows for a lightweight track on which an 18g weight can be moved to produce five different CG settings from front to back. The sliding weight design allows players to custom tune CG position to produce the trajectory and spin characteristics that best fit their needs. Other features of the King F6+ include a thinner, lighter, and faster clubface and an adjustable hosel that provides eight different loft positions including three draw settings. Matrix Black Tie 65M4 shaft comes standard.
A KING F6+ Pro model driver with a lower range of lofts (7° – 10°), a flatter lie angle and three adjustable fade settings (instead of draw settings) will also be available for players who prefer slightly lower spin rates and a more penetrating trajectory. — Michael Chwasky