Carlsbad, CA-based Cobra fills every hole in the bag with King Forged TEC
By Tony Dear
[easyazon_infoblock align=”right” identifier=”B01MF594Q2″ locale=”US” tag=”coloradoavidg-20″]Cobra’s King F8 irons, launched last November, ticked a lot of mid/high handicappers’ boxes. The forged face, 20% thinner than on previous models, provided tremendous flex, resulting in greater ball speed and distance. The carbon fiber medallion inserted into the back of the clubhead dampened vibration caused at impact creating better feel and sound. Tecflo Technology utilized different clubhead construction throughout the set to enhance trajectory and feel, milled grooves gave precise groove structure, optimizing spin, and Arccos-powered Cobra Connect gave users shot-tracking capabilities. They also came in a one-length version for golfers who have discovered same-length irons gives them greater consistency.
It was a pretty impressive package that promised more distance and forgiveness, its only conceivable deficiencies being a lack of feel, and the refined look, the low-handicapper appreciates.
The King Forged TEC Black fills that gap. The sequel to last year’s King Forged Tour iron, the Forged TEC Black has a remarkably thin face forged from 4140 carbon-steel. “We wanted to use our Dimonized Black Metal (DBM) finish and that requires a carbon-steel alloy (4140) as opposed to a stainless-steel alloy (431),” says Tom Olsavsky, Cobra’s Vice-President of R&D. “The DBM finish is proven to be extremely durable.”
The high-speed, 2mm-thick face delivers terrific ball speed, while the carbon-fiber/aluminum cavity medallion, resting in the 1025 Carbon-Steel body, provides the same vibration-dampening qualities it does in the F8. The head is compact and elegant, with tungsten weights in the heel and toe to increase the moment of inertia and lower the center of gravity, making the club not only fast but forgiving too.
Then there’s Cobra Connect, first launched in late 2016 in the KING LTD Black and KING F7 drivers.
“It was a driver-only app powered by Arccos,” says Olsavsky. “This year, we’re expanding Cobra Connect to the iron sets as well as for all clubs in the F8 and King offerings.”
Olsavsky adds that whenever a golfer purchases six or more irons in a set, Cobra will provide additional Arccos screw-in sensors to equip the rest of his bag.
“This is a $249 value provided at no extra charge,” he says. “It’s a great benefit to golfers looking to improve their game with the help of shot data.
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As with the F8, a One Length version will be available. Also part of the line are two utility irons each with an adjustable hosel. The 3U can be set from 18 to 21 degrees, the 4U from 21 to 24 degrees. And a single-length 5U (24-27 degrees) is also offered.
$220 utility irons (graphite)
Available April 6th
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