Cobra Baffler DWS
$129, steel; $149, graphite
We tested: 2/R (18°), 3/R (20°), 4/R (23°) and 5/R (26°) in Aldila VS Proto-HL 65 graphite shaft. Shaft length (3-hybrid): 40.5", graphite
Company line: "We enhanced the 'dual weighting system,' which increases MOI for more forgiveness, and incorporated our 'fastback' crown design, which shifts the center of gravity lower and deeper, for higher launch and greater carry distance."
Our Test Panel Says:
PROS: High and straight is its shot du jour; a wide, forgiving sweet spot; glides through rough; silly-easy to get up in the air and head down the fairway; acceptable distance off the tee with super-high launch; goes down and gets it from nasty lies; nice head stability through impact.
CONS: Dependable, but it grades out middle-of-the-road versus others tested; impact feels too soft and muted on positive shots; difficult to keep the ball low.
"Escape artists that spring the ball out of the long grass." Jon Kotraba (11)