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The COBRA Golf F-Max Superlite Driver delivers consistent results and increased club speed. Great looks plus an attractive price.
Targeted for players with moderate swing speeds, the COBRA Golf F-Max Superlite Driver is the new version of the F-Max Driver we reviewed last year – LINK. Offering more than just cosmetic changes, the F-Max Superlite has been re-engineered for increased club head speed by reducing the weight in the grip, shaft and head. The F-Max Superlite Driver comes in two versions – the Straight Neck, reviewed here, and the Offset.
The gold color scheme of the original F-Max has been replaced with a very pleasing red and silver for the Superlite. The sole of the driver is sleek with two zones of distinctive straight lines along with a subtle channel graphic running through the center. The crown utilizes those straight lines as alignment aids, but keeps the tone muted, while “cobra” denotes the center of the clubface.
At address the driver sets up slightly closed. The gloss black head is deep and symmetrically round. The face is tall and generous.
Sound & Feel
The COBRA Golf F-Max Superlite lives up to its name in initial feel. The club is light, well balanced, and easy to swing. Centered strikes on the forged titanium face have a common, medium pitched metallic tone. Miss the center and the sound is very distinctive – piercing and tinny. The oversized head’s stability keeps feedback in the hands minimal with varying strike locations.
The tremendous amount of audible feedback revealed a smallish sweet spot. Off-center strikes retained solid performance results and must be what COBRA designates as the “sweet zone”. The variable thickness face produced consistent and forgiving results as might be expected in a max-game improvement driver.
With weight reduction in each part of the club, the F-Max Superlite comes in 18 grams lighter than the original, which translated to a couple mph faster club speed for myself and other testers. Smash factors remained remarkably consistent even with swing speeds of 88, 98, and 110 mph – a testament to a well designed club and quality materials.
Slight heel-oriented weighting promoted ball flight tendencies between straight and a slight draw. Low CG helped with the generous launch height. This straight neck model is ideal for a golfer trying to straighten out a fade and get the ball consistently down the fairway. If you fight a slice, check out the offset model.
The first reaction of everyone who saw the COBRA Golf F-Max Superlite Driver was about how good the club looked. Having a smooth tempo, the club seemed effortless to swing. Although I appreciated the audible feedback on strike quality, it seemed like a disconnect for the targeted golfer. But for a solid player who may have lost some club head speed due to age or physical limitations, the F-Max Superlite may be a great fit. The $299 price should be a beacon to all golfers with budget constraints.