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The Cobra King F7 hybrid has a sturdy feel and plenty of forgiveness. One easy to play hybrid.
PluggedInGolf.com has covered the evolution of Cobra equipment fairly well since 2013. While not as exciting as innovative drivers and flashy irons, the hybrids have been a quiet success this whole time. Cobra brought back their familiar Baffler rail technology in the King F7 hybrid to create one of their best hybrids to date.
Cobra‘s hybrid footprint hasn’t really changed all that much since the Bio Cell days. At address the head is a moderate pear shape with a medium depth face. The F7 hybrid’s crown is a gloss black with minor matte black accents. I would have preferred the matte finish like the King F7+ driver, but it’s not a deal breaker here. On the sole you’ll find silver baffler rails, the orange weight, and orange accenting to give the F7 hybrid a dash of flair.
Sound & Feel
My favorite part about the King F7 hybrid is how it sounds and feels. As the Cobra hybrids have evolved, the sound and feel have been getting more muted and solid. In this new hybrid, the sound is a firm crack, and the feel is powerful and responsive. Cobra isn’t advertising any new technology that would create this effect, but it’s a great bonus. Any decent shot I struck sounded great and felt even better. If all future Cobra hybrids share these characteristics, I won’t be upset.
There are a lot of things to cover in regards to the Cobra King F7 hybrid. In the interest of consolidating the basics, I’ll say the King F7 is easy to hit with a nice high launch. The area of real interest is the Baffler system on the sole and how it impacts performance. Baffler rails are actually a very old concept from Cobra that has come and gone over the decades. The Bafflers are designed to create smoother turf interaction and keep a square face at impact.
I will tell you that I noticed a significant difference having the Baffler rails on the F7 sole. First, it was almost impossible to hit a truly fat shot. The Baffler rails would almost pop the club up and keep it tracking through the ground. Second, once the rails set into the turf, I could feel the head tracking on its path. There was noticeable resistance from the club if it tried to twist through impact. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying it’s impossible to hit a squirrelly shot, but the rails certainly make a difference in keeping the club face square.
Though not full of cool space ports and adjustable weight systems, the King F7 hybrid is still worth checking out. Cobra‘s combination of great feel with stability and reliability from the Baffler rails make the F7 a trustworthy hybrid to help with that tough, critical, spot in the bag. With such a simple and effective design, Cobra has succeeded in delivering what I believe to be their best hybrid ever.