COBRA F-Max Superlite Driver Review

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The COBRA Golf F-Max Superlite Driver delivers consistent results and increased club speed.  Great looks plus an attractive price.

Introduction

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.

Looks

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.

Performance

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.

Conclusion

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.

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10 Comments

  1. What about the rest of the f-max superlite clubs? I’m looking at buying the complete set including bag and putter. Reviewing just the driver helps but not enough.

    • Matt Meeker

      Our Cobra F-Max Superlite Fairway review will be published any day now. Cobra doesn’t offer a complete set as you list, but you can get everything but a putter from them.

      -Meeks

  2. Robert Dicks

    Got the Superlite driver from Cobra. It is a sweet driver, very consistent, perfect for my 80MPH clubbed speed. Very happy hitting 11 of 14 fairways.

  3. Just tested the New F mas sl and love it. Compared to the f max I bought last year it has a better feel and in the test range I gained 3mph on the driver.
    They only had a sl max that was 11.5 with the straight head and reg shaft. Waiting for the 10.5 straight neck and reg shaft for a true compare. If it is anything like the feel and maybe better results for me, it’s my new club.

  4. I bought the f max Superlite irons. They launch easy for a slower swing speed. They have good feel in the short game. Great distance. These irons have made the game fun again.

  5. I would like information on the F-max Fairway wood after just buying the F-max Offset Driver.
    Can you please email me the link when the information becomes available?
    Cheers Nev.

    • Matt Meeker

      Click the Cobra link in this review Nev. Fairway shows as available – and on sale – at the moment.

      – Meeks

  6. Acey Zimmerman

    I am 60 yrs old and my club head speed is around 95 MPH. I bought the Cobra Superlite F-Max Draw offset driver 10.5 degrees, 45 R Flex. I bought it because I was hoping to help my slice. I really didn’t see much difference with my other driver and I lost about 15 yards in distance. Looking for some suggestions or this driver gets traded in for another brand.

    • Matt Meeker

      Doesn’t sound like you tested the F-Max before purchase or you would have discovered the issues Acey. My suggestion would be to get with a qualified fitter and find a driver and shaft combination that suits you best.

      – Meeks

    • Sam Schnieders

      Look at Jim Venetos videos. They will keep you from coming “over the top.” Cheers.

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