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The 2023 Cobra KING Tour irons feature five step forging that delivers a wonderfully soft feel. Sleek cavity back technology enhances performance while offering forgiveness. Don’t let the Tour designation dissuade you, these irons are playable by a wide spectrum of better players.
“KING Tour” isn’t a new brand for Cobra, but the 2023 version of the irons is clearly a full remake. Besides the aesthetics, the big storyline is the forged construction. Forging is nothing new for irons, but Cobra added a fifth forging to the normal four step process to “deliver unmatched soft feel and precision shaping.” Curious as to what that final step entailed, I discovered that “each iron head is subjected to 2000 tons of pressure at 700-degrees Celsius, forming an extremely uniform and isotropic internal grain structure.” I don’t know about you, but to me that sounds pretty impressive.
For in the bag appeal, the 2023 KING Tour irons certainly display upgraded looks compared to the prior release [full review HERE]. The toned down text size and streamlined cavity medallion offer a look more in harmony with the “players iron” moniker.
At address the narrow topline and slight offset will appeal to the better player. Cobra states that the 2023 version is slightly shorter in length than its predecessor, but I still wouldn’t categorize the head as compact. For me, that’s what makes the 2023 KING Tour irons so intriguing – they check a lot of “players” boxes without being intimidating.
Sound & Feel
I’ll jump straight to feel as it’s so soft and satisfying that it will surely be the first thing you’ll notice. The five step forging certainly is a major factor in the soft feel, but Cobra added two other influencers: a TPU insert and an aluminum medallion. Both do a wonderful job at dampening vibration. If you prefer some punishment to your hands with a slight mishit, the KING Tour irons might not be for you. For me, having subtle feedback on strike location without ever feeling harsh is a plus.
In a similar fashion, sound was also fairly consistent across the face. I wrote “solid ‘thwack’” in my first test session field notes. As I worked through the irons, I began to appreciate how well the sound and feel aligned.
First, I want to circle back to that TPU insert. You can see in the above photo the black TPU (Thermoplastic Polyurethane) in the cavity of this 2023 KING Tour iron. By milling the back of the clubhead for the insert, Cobra was able to reposition weight towards the heel, sole, and toe. Think perimeter weighting for stability and forgiveness. I enjoyed the fact that I didn’t have to be dead center on my strikes to get consistent distances.
At the same time, the depth of the milling varied allowing designers to position the CoG for playability. Deeper cavities for lower CoG in the long irons assist with launch. Shallower cavities in the shorter irons add to control and precision. I appreciate that Cobra understands that many of us mortal golfers need help as we move up the bag.
Trajectories were optimal and very consistent with the 2023 KING Tour irons. The 5 and 6 irons had playable rollout while the 7 and 8 maintained ample stopping power. I loved the towering flight of the 9 and PW. I play on a course with a few large oak trees that often impede my direct route to the green. Trusting my ability to clear the tree, flight a ball low under the canopy, or work the ball around the branches is crucial, and the KING Tour irons really delivered.
The 2023 KING Tour irons come stock with KBS $-Taper shafts, which are just too heavy for me. Fortunately Cobra offers a great array of shaft options including my preferred Mitsubishi MMT graphite shafts [full review HERE]. With the simplified online customization, I also opted for my gamer Golf Pride MCC+4 grips [review HERE]. I didn’t need to adjust length, loft, or lie but it’s worth noting that those options are also readily available – the tour van experience without leaving your house. As always, if you haven’t been fit properly, take that first step to enjoyment.
Cobra lists the Tour irons for the handicap range of “TOUR – 7.” As a current 12, I contend the irons are more approachable. I understand the “Tour Cavity Back” descriptor Cobra assigned for differentiation, but I would designate the irons more in the Players Distance sector. The bottom line is to not get hung-up on lanes – find clubs that perform well for you and are appealing to your eye. For me, the 2023 KING Tour irons are those clubs, with the added bonus of wonderfully soft feel.
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