Cobra has released a new driver for 2019 with its launch of the Cobra King F9 Speedback Driver.
The new driver, which will be added to the bag of PGA Tour stars Rickie Fowler and Bryson Dechambeau, is being branded by Cobra as “The King of Speed” and focuses on maximizing ball speed and gaining every yard of potential from the tee.
Cobra have gone further than before with technological advances from previous models and the end result is a driver that has the perfect combinations of aerodynamics and a low CG to help generate impressive speed through the air and ball striking in equal measure.
“Cobra is in the business of innovation. With SPEEDBACK, we’ve achieved a revolutionary advancement in driver technology, engineering the first driver to successfully combine an aerodynamic clubhead shape with a low centre of gravity, creating the ULTIMATE FORMULA FOR SPEED,” Cobra says.
“The KING F9 SPEEDBACK driver is the first of its kind to achieve true optimization of aerodynamics combined with a low centre of gravity, making it the fastest and longest Cobra driver ever.”
The Cobra F9 driver clubhead is lighter than before, and has a triangular look to it having been made thinner than predecessor the Cobra F8. The edges have been curved or softened in the F9 design process with the focus being on improving the aerodynamics. A raised skirt and slightly more rounded crown also help achieve it, while the bright yellow Speedback ultralite carbon wrap—a first in golf—also aids air flow around the club head.
On the same theme, Cobra have also added raised strips onto the crown of the clubhead to help reduce drag—underlining just how much aerodynamic improvement was the focal point for the F9.
To lower the CG, weights have been added to the sole, sticking out a little but still leaving the clubhead sitting nicely at address. These are what Cobra are called Baffler Rails. It may seem like such an addition would hamper the aerodynamics but the gains elsewhere more than make up for it. It all adds up to generating some impressive ball speeds.
The face is thinner than in previously models and features the same circular design surrounded by a CNCMilled pattern, which has been carried across from the F8, and is very forgiving on off-centre strikes.
The Cobra F9 is available at 9, 10.5 and 12 degree options and has a hosel with up to 1.5 degrees of adjustability up and down. The launch angle can also been adjusted by swapping the two 14g and 2g weights that are positioned in the sole.
The now familiar Cobra Connect, the unique shot tracking device which sits on the top of the grips, is also included in the F9. Data is sent to the free Cobra Connect app and Arccos Caddie service and can be used to analyse every aspect of your game.
Cobra have come up an impressive driver that stands up against the new additions from TaylorMade, Callaway and Titleist for 2019. The one distinct advantage the F9 has is the competitive price point at which it will be sold, and some golfers will love that.
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