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The Cobra KING F8 driver is a fine choice for players who want to see a large club head at address. Explosive sound and feel.
The face of Cobra’s F8 driver was one of the most eye-catching things at the 2018 PGA Show. The tech story behind it made me glad I stopped to listen. Where most driver faces are hand-ground to their final shape, the face of F8 driver is finished on a CNC mill. This means greater precision and more ball speed. I tested one to see if the differences showed up on the launch monitor.
The Cobra KING F8 driver has one of the largest footprints of any 2018 driver. If you prefer a smaller look at address, you’ll want to opt for the Cobra F8+ driver. Because of the large footprint, the face is not very tall.
The crown of the F8 driver has a lot going on. The bulk of the head is black carbon fiber, and near the ball there’s a dark grey stripe that incorporates “polymer crown trips.” These ridges are part of the “360º Aero Technology” that Cobra has put into all of their 2018 woods to make them more aerodynamic, faster, and longer. Overall, I find the crown a little busy, but the grey-on-black color scheme tones it down.
Sound & Feel
Impact with the Cobra KING F8 driver feels hot and explosive. A lot of that is due to the loud, metallic crack at impact. After every good swing, I looked up expecting to see massive ball speed numbers.
I was surprised to find that the F8 driver had the best feedback of any club in the F8 line. Based on the size of the club head, I expected every shot to feel the same, but I was able to easily feel where the ball met the face. The impact sound also changed noticeably from good shots to bad ones.
While it’s not a perfect fit for me, I was impressed with the forgiveness of the KING F8. I like to think that I can swing any club fairly effectively, but the size of the F8 driver gave me fits. I had a hard time putting a good swing on it, but the CNC milled face proved to be hot all over and gave me good ball speed.
The KING F8 driver gives you two ways to modify your ball flight. First, there are two weight ports. With the heavier weight in the back, you’ll see higher launch. Move the heavier weight to the heel, and you’ll have a draw-biased flight. Additionally, the MyFly8 hosel lets you tune the loft in half degree increments to get the exact launch and spin that you want.
Just like the KING F8+ driver and all the other F8 clubs, the F8 driver has Cobra Connect. This is an Arccos Golf sensor built into the grip that will allow you to track every drive that you hit on the course. I’m a big fan of shot tracking, and I believe it’s one of the best ways to learn about and improve your game.
The Cobra KING F8 driver gives you some of everything. It’s a forgiving club with simple but meaningful adjustability. The addition of Cobra Connect improves the value proposition, particularly for those already interested in shot tracking. If you like the oversized footprint that it has at address, it’s worth checking out.