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The Cobra King F6 driver is the dark horse for Cobra’s new King family with useful adjustability and good performance.
2015 leading into 2016 has been an extremely exciting time for Cobra golf equipment. On more than one occasion, I’ve gushed over the new gear and expressed just how amazed I’ve been by most of it. In a weird way, after reading a lot of hype, I kind of expected that result. Then I hit the latest club in the new Cobra lineup – the Cobra King F6 driver. Though packed with adjustability, I found the King F6 to have a certain level of simplicity that made it easy to hit good shots off the tee.
In an era of futuristic, attention grabbing looks, the Cobra King F6 is pretty modest while still looking cool. True to Cobra’s recent style, there are multiple color options but missing are the loud crown colors like lime green, orange, and red (orange and lime are still available as accent colors). The crown has an almost digital spot pattern that is actually a bit textured which gives you that multi-material look. It’s a nice little touch that can also be found on the sole of the driver with some basic branding and the adjustable weight.
The footprint of the F6 is every bit of 460cc and on the rounder side, so feeling confident behind the ball should not be an issue.
Sound & Feel
These two characteristics are major differentiators of the Cobra King F6 from its F6+ counterpart. I thought the King F6 driver’s sound had a nice pop to it and produces a much more reasonable decibel level than the F6+. When you hit your shot off the heel or toe, the sound had just a slight decrease in its “liveliness” so you know you missed your shot, but didn’t wince at the shock.
I even thought the Cobra King F6 felt better than the F6+ and a lot better than the Fly-Z+ driver which is the F6’s closest comparison in the recent Cobra range. A large reason is that Cobra ditched the slide track for the adjustable weight which took a lot of material out of the head. The face feels very solid at impact like the ball is safely jumping off and going wherever you tell it to. If you’re wondering if the weight placement makes a huge difference in feel, the answer is a resounding yes. To me, the driver not only performs differently, but honestly feels like two different clubs depending on where you placed the weight. My preference was in the back position for a higher flight and more forgiveness.
As far as the weight placement in the Cobra King F6 driver, the biggest impact for me was in the feel of the club, which ultimately impacted my consistency. With the weight forward, I had a little more roll and a little less carry, but the total distance differences were not that great on the launch monitor. Ultimately, with the weight in the back position, the club felt better to me so I tended to put a better swing on the ball and had more consistency and accuracy. As you can see, this isn’t the longest I’ve ever hit a driver, but that 269 yards carry resulting in 280 yards of distance is more than adequate for a driver, especially with a slightly low club head speed for me. The key to this driver was that it felt good, was reliable, and consistency, consistency, consistency. Hitting the ball on the intended line and setting up the second shot felt effortless.
I mentioned before that I still prefer the feel of the King LTD drivers, but the zero CG feeling may be tough for others to adjust to. Thankfully, Cobra has an extremely solid alternative in the Cobra King F6 driver. The King F6 driver has extremely reliable performance and a good feel that makes it easy to get off the tee and set yourself up in better positions to hit your second shot without a lot of complex adjustability to get properly dialed in for an optimal fit. It’s an added bonus that the King F6 is the most modestly priced driver of Cobra’s lineup at $349.