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The Cobra Fly-Z Pro irons are an exceptional iron that improve on the success of the previous Amp Cell Pro irons.
I was a massive fan of the Cobra Amp Cell Pro irons, and they were my stalwart gamers for the better part of two seasons. As far as I was concerned, Cobra nailed it, and I’d be happy if this was the only blade iron offering they had for years to come, but obviously that’ was not going to be an option. In 2015 Cobra introduced the new Fly-Z Pro irons to a golf community that was left somewhat confused because these new irons looked identical to the previous Amp Cell Pro irons except for a slight change in badging and a little different finish. From a technical side, the only notable difference is the little slug found at the end of toe. It turns out that this little slug was the only change they needed.
At address, the Fly-Z Pro irons don’t look much different than the Amp Cell Pro irons. The head is very compact with a thin topline, thin sole, and zero offset. Sticking with the design previously found in the Amp Cell Pro, the Fly-Z Pro utilizes the “flow set” concept by making the 3-6 irons a dual-cavity iron, the 7-8 irons a single-cavity iron, and the 9-PW a full muscle back. For the golfer looking for a true “players” iron appearance, the Fly-Z Pro has exactly that.
For all of you Amp Cell Pro color critics, please take note of Cobra’s removal of the four different colored paint boxes on the Fly-Z Pro.
Sound & Feel
Crisp, firm, and sweet are the words I would use to describe the sound of the Cobra Fly-Z Pro irons. The Amp Cell Pro irons had a softer sound to them, but it was still more of a “crack” at impact whereas the Fly-Z Pro has a quiet “pop” to it with the added crisp sound of the club flicking through the grass. As you get closer to the heel and toe, you find more of that common crack.
In the player’s irons category, I think you will be hard-pressed to find a more forgiving and softer-feeling blade. That little slug in the toe I mentioned earlier is actually a tungsten weight used to move the center of gravity lower and directly behind the impact zone. Some may argue this “made the sweet spot bigger” or “just improved feel on the face,” but all I know is that the Fly-Z Pro iron feels impeccable. Shots off the sweet spot are responsive but still somehow feel like you’re hitting nothing at all. Toe hits have better feel than I’m typically used to, but the old heel strike and hosel rocket still feel as terrible as ever.
Interestingly enough, I found a few more yards in the Cobra Fly-Z Pro irons from my Amp Cell Pro’s and other comparable blades. To be honest though, I don’t think it’s due to anything other than confidence in the club and being able to groove shots on a consistent basis. Confidence gives you a certain “sense of adventure” to try different things and feel like you can execute different shots when called upon. For instance, I was able to easily change my trajectory, and not just shape shots, but control how much shape I had in the shot. Now generally, I can either hit a small draw or fade, or a big hook or slice, but with the Fly-Z Pro, I was able to hit draws or fades to varying degrees when necessary. Again, I don’t think this is directly related to a characteristic of the club, but the confidence the Fly-Z Pros gave me allowed me to hit a wider array of shots. Of course, Cobra claims the tungsten toe weight allows for more precision, so who knows, maybe that little change is just what I needed.
If there’s one message I can leave you with regarding the Cobra Fly-Z Pro irons, it’s that I really like these clubs. Shortly after they were released to the market, Rickie Fowler went on to win The Players at TPC Sawgrass using the Fly-Z Pro irons. Cobra and Rickie did a great job working together to make a quality iron in the Fly-Z Pro, and they obviously got the job done for Rickie at Sawgrass.