Cobra King F6 Driver Review

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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.

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Introduction

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.

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Looks

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.

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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.

For the record, as much as I’m a big fan of the Cobra F6, I still feel the King LTD and LTD Pro are superior for feel.

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Performance

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.

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Conclusion

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.

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8 Comments

  1. Mike Payne

    I’m comparing to the G30 tour reg shaft 10.5. The f6 reg 10.5 seemed just as forgiving and 10 yds longer on my course, that I’ve played fo 25 yrs. I know that’s not a lot but it is longer, is there a reason for this? If I fit a driver very seldom is there much difference in distance. Thanks

    • Mike,

      I remembered your name from a few previous comments, and I’m noticing a few common trends that I’m hoping I can help you with. First, you have to keep in mind that you’re not comparing apples to apples in any gear test unless it’s literally the same head with the same shaft side by side. As such, your specific swing is going to interact with equipment differently than someone else. For example, you may hit the F6 10 yards longer than the G30 both in 10.5, but I could step up and use the same exact two clubs only to hit the G30 10-20 yards longer because I swing the club differently. This is exactly why we stress fitting and testing because everyone is going to have personal differences. Simply put, there’s nothing too revolutionary being done with driver heads right now, the combination of components with the F6 likely just works better for you if the data you’re stating is accurate.

      Also, it seems like you question the times you get better results with your own testing. I’d recommend hitting the clubs you’re looking at multiple times on different days to see if results repeat themselves. Naturally, your swing could be slightly different on any given day. If you’re experiencing consistent results, trust in the numbers and go with it. That’s generally what we do with our own gear.

      You said, “If I fit a driver very seldom is there much difference in distance.” I’m thinking what you’re saying here is that you usually don’t see differences in distances between drivers if you’re comparing two? Based on your questions and your statement about playing on the same course you’ve played for 25 years, I’m curious what your testing process is looking like for these clubs? Are you using a launch monitor or anything to get data or how are you collecting your data points?

      Thanks for your continued support and viewing of our site. We love to see that!

      Bill

  2. Mike Payne

    Thanks, have not been on L.M. yet with driver, was just surprised I finally hit a driver slightly longer. I did test forged tec irons on l.m. Against my apex and new cf16 in Wichita. Went to Hot Stix in Phoenix and tested cf16 against forged tec. with several shafts. Ended up with forged tec and Paderson 80 gram reg shaft. This was consistently the best club for me, the cf16 with recoil was not far behind. I’m no stranger to launch monitors and testing but I really enjoy your expert reviews and insite into my future equipment interests. Thank you!

  3. Dave Petrini

    I’ve been playing Cobra drivers for about 10 years, recently the ZL Encore
    I bought my F6 directly from Cobra, this time shortening the shaft a 1/2″.
    Awesome club, very forgiving and accurate: I’ve added on an average of 30 -35 yards to my drives with this club.

  4. Cliff Henry

    Was wondering if you had experimented with removing the 10 gram weight and hit with only the 3 gram from front and back positions, or vice versa with only the 10 gram weight? Any difference in the feel or LM numbers? Thanks

  5. Lawrence Hill

    Hi Bill….I’m 82 years young and have been using a Ping K15 off of the tee. Have just bought a Cobra F6. Have been hitting about 200 yards off tee with Ping and now with Cobra another 10+ yards. Ain’t life good???

  6. Incredible story there. What happened after? Good luck!

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