CATEGORY: Max Game Improvement Drivers
WE TESTED: 9.5°, 10.5°, 11.5° with Matrix White Tie 55X4 graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: A channel around the perimeter of the clubface helps to increase ball speed on misses.
DISTANCE: Its high-launch, high-spin profile gives our slower swingers a solid boost in carry distance over the bunts they’re accustomed to.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: The club’s best attribute — consistently churns out high, straight drives with little sidespin; an absolute slice killer — have no fear of losing shots to the right with this one.
FEEL: Clubhead is heavy enough to know where it is throughout the swing and stable enough to hold firm through impact; the Max delivers an explosive sensation on shots across the face.
PLAYABILITY: Repeatable, with a higher flight than many others tested; not adjustable — what you see is what you get.
LOOK: The prominent Cobra logo on the crown and white lines on the face aid alignment; chronic slicers will find solace in the offset head.
Some testers want greater feedback on misses; like the majority of drivers in this category, there’s no adjustability so one size fits all; offset head can be off-putting.
BOTTOM LINE: The Cobra Max driver is one of the better models. It’s ideal for slowswinging high-handicappers who need additional lift to maximize carry, as well as help eliminating card-killing banana balls.
HOT STIX’S TAKE: This lightweight stick has more offset than other draw-bias clubs. It’s the ultimate anti-slice driver — super-forgiving and easy to launch high. Launch: High; Spin: Mid-High
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MORE INFO ON THE COBRA MAX DRIVER
From GOLF.com, December 1, 2015:
The Cobra MAX driver ($279) features an offset hosel and unique head weighting that combine to promote a right-to-left shot shape as well as a shallow face and low and deep CG location for easier launch and improved carry distance. A channel around the perimeter of the clubface creates increased rebound at impact and faster ballspeeds and distance. Loft options include 9.5, 10.5 O and 11.5O. — Michael Chwasky