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The Cobra King F7 fairway woods introduce the Baffler rail technology to the whole fairway lineup.
Cobra gave the world a sneak peak of the F7 fairway wood lineup last year with the F6 Baffler fairway. Previously, the F6 Baffler was only offered in a 4-5 wood and had two changeable weights and Baffler rails. This season, Cobra added the Baffler rails to its entire F7 fairway wood lineup to help golfers of all abilities.
From address, the Cobra King F7 fairway wood looks similar to the F6 fairway wood. The King F7 is a medium size that falls in between pear and round with a medium depth face. You could classify the footprint as “traditional standard.” I prefer the matte finish found on the F7+ drivers, but the glossy black of the F7 fairway wood also looks good. The sole is consistent with the rest of the F7 lineup with silver Baffler rails, circle weights, and orange accenting.
Sound & Feel
Players familiar with the Cobra F6 Baffler from last season will find the F7 to feel similar. I find the King F7’s sound to be a bit more solid and of higher quality. Cobra has done a good job getting away from the “tingy” metallic sounds in their woods and replaced it with a very definitive “crack.”
If you’re looking for a solid and responsive feel with the tones to match, the King F7 fairway delivers.
It’s safe to say that weight placement had a significant impact on my results with the King F7 fairway wood. With the weight forward, I had lower spin and higher launch. In spite of that, I had 20 yards more with the weight back because I found the center of the face much more consistently. If the added distance wasn’t enough, my accuracy was much better with the weight back, too. My numbers with the King F7 were some of the best fairway wood numbers I’ve had this review season.
The Baffler rails are designed to reduce digging into the turf and create cleaner contact with the ball. These rails will be most noticeable on the higher lofts because of Cobra’s “progressive rail system.” Simply put, the higher the loft, the taller the rails. There is a noticeable impact from the rails helping the club track through impact, but they will not correct a poor swing. The shallower rails of the 3 wood do help, but are less noticeable than the 5 wood. Based on my testing, I would say Cobra has accomplished their goal of making better contact a reality.
I don’t care what anyone says, the fairway wood is the hardest club to hit. However, being able to hit a fairway wood unlocks a whole new level for golfers’ scoring. Cobra is clearly aware of both of these facts and made the King F7 fairway woods to help the cause. If you’re looking for a fairway wood with simple adjustability that’s easier to hit, the King F7 should be on your radar.