Cobra KING Forged CB MB Irons Review

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The Cobra KING Forged CB MB iron set is as close as you can get to Rickie Fowler’s gamers.  Precise muscle back short irons blend with forgiving cavity back long irons to create a better player’s dream set.

Introduction

Rickie Fowler is one of the most sought-after endorsers in all of golf.  Go to any course and you’ll see kids (and some adults) in orange hats and pants because they want to be like their idol.  Now, Cobra is letting golfers take things one step further by offering Rickie’s irons at retail.

Looks

Whether you’re a fan of Rickie or not, it’s hard to deny that the Cobra KING Forged irons are some of the slickest looking clubs on the market.  What most sets them apart is the Diamonized Black Metal Technology finish.  This finish looks cool, reduces glare, and Cobra claims that it’s much more wear-resistant than typical black finishes.

At address, these irons are compact and clean.  The top line is thin, though slightly thicker in the CBs.  The soles are thin, too, especially on the muscle backs.

Finally, the looks of this set are further elevated by the shafts.  The stock shaft is KBS $-Taper in black.  Black iron shafts are far from the norm, so these enhance the Tour look of this set.

Sound & Feel

One of the primary reasons to game a forged players iron is the feel, and the Cobra KING Forged irons don’t disappoint.  On center, these irons deliver a crisp sound and feeling.  If you’re searching for that almost-mushy softness, look elsewhere.  The feel here is more lively.  Interestingly, the CB feels slightly softer on pure shots, though the difference is miniscule.

Feedback is precise through the hands, particularly with the MBs.  Unlike some other blades, mishits don’t sting the hands, though the feeling is firmer.

Performance

It’s rare to talk about technology in a blade or players cavity back, but Cobra has incorporated a unique feature into the KING Forged irons.  As you can see above, there are two tungsten weights in each irons – 6 grams in the sole and 6 grams in the toe.  This lowers the CG, places it in the center of the face, and raises the MOI.

Both the lower CG and increased forgiveness were immediately noticeable in my testing.  The ball launched easily to a surprisingly high trajectory, even in the long irons.  More impressive, shots that slightly missed the center weren’t punished the way they normally are with blades.  These benefits are achieved without losing the typical advantages of a players iron: trajectory control and great turf interaction.  

One thing that surprised me was the small difference between the CB and MB irons.  Thanks to the tungsten weights in the MB, the forgiveness gap between the two iron types is not huge.  That said, I did find the extra size in the long irons to be comforting.

Finally, as always, I would encourage everyone to get fit for the right shaft.  This was my first significant encounter with the KBS $-Taper, and, at first, I was put off by the active feel.  When I got on the launch monitor, I found that the performance was outstanding – the easy launch was paired with low spin for long carries.  That said, many stronger players are used to stiffer shafts and may not want such a big change in feel.

Conclusion

For any skilled player – fan of Rickie Fowler or not – the Cobra KING Forged MB CB irons are a dream set.  They have looks to kill for, excellent feel, and performance that exceeds most similar irons.  Make sure yours are fitted with the right shaft, and you’ll be on your way to a Tour quality iron game.

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Matt Saternus

Co-Founder, Editor In Chief at PluggedInGolf.com
Matt is a golf instructor, club fitter, and writer living in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Matt's work has been published in Mulligan Magazine, Chicagoland Golf, South Florida Golf, and other golf media outlets. He's also been a featured speaker in the Online Golf Summit and is a member of Ultimate Golf Advantage's Faculty of Experts.

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17 Comments

  1. Rickie is cool, nothing against him, but I got these irons because of the look and the feel of the ball off the club head. Traj is low, ctaper lite Xflex is the shaft. I just point and go…

  2. These are on my short list, with Srixon z785 and Mizuno 919 tour. Hard to decide, as no one carries these Cobras irons locally for demo! Any thoughts for comparison?

  3. Hi, I play the Mp-18mmc 4-6, Mp-18sc 7-pw. How are they comparable? I love the look of these irons in all black and would switch because of that if their performance backs up the looks.

    • Matt Saternus

      Eric,

      They are quite comparable in terms of forgiveness, distance, etc. Given the choice, I would opt for the Cobras.

      Best,

      Matt

  4. How will you say the CB head are compared with the tec iron? I have my minde set on swapping the 7-PW in tec with some CB.

    • Matt Saternus

      Nikko,

      I haven’t hit the Tec, but a friend who is very into Cobra gear has told me that the Tec is noticeably easier to hit.

      Best,

      Matt

  5. Hi Matt,

    Did you notice any distinct difference in feel or forgiveness between the new King Forged vs the King Pro irons of 2016? I’m assuming main difference being the additional tungsten placed at the bottom of the iron. Just curious if it is really noticeable or not.

    • Matt Saternus

      Matt,

      I didn’t hit the 2016 King Pro much or at all, so I can’t speak to the comparison.

      Best,

      Matt

  6. Hi Matt,

    Just a question, it is easier to hit the king forged tec irons or this cb/mb irons? I am a mid to low handicaper

    • Matt Saternus

      Martin,

      I haven’t hit the Forged Tec, but they are billed as being more forgiving.

      Best,

      Matt

  7. The Cobra’s are awesome! I hit them quite a bit before my final decision. Ironically I didn’t like the CB’s at all. I am going with all MB’s as they are SWEET! Hit about 5 different blades and the Cobra’s were on top by a mile. Couldn’t mishit them. Its funny how advertisers are almost saying, if you are not a “Scratch” golfer, don’t buy these! I compared them to my AP2’s, which I have really liked and you get great feedback. The AP2 sweet spot is big in comparison but my control and feel is exceptional with the Cobra’s. They look amazing but the feel is what I kept coming back for. Buy these! You will not be disappointed.

    • I’ve gamed 919 Tour’s, P730’s, P770’s, MMC’s and hit the CB/MB’s at a recent demo day.. Prior to hitting them I have not seen either in person to determine if they looked too intimidating or not..after hitting the 7i MB that was clearly not a concern anymore. I loved the feel of the MB’s and for some reason I was not a fan of the CB’s.. they are a different feel than the MB’s. I’ll be placing an order for some full set of MB’s 5-PW, GW shortly..

  8. Matt,
    How do you feel the MB compared to the Titleist AP2 short irons? Distance discrepancy? Better or worse?

    Thanks!!
    Shane

    • Matt Saternus

      Shane,

      The big difference is going to be forgiveness. The AP2 will be substantially more forgiving on mishits.

      Best,

      Matt

  9. Matt,
    Which shaft flex did you play when hitting the $-Taper shaft?

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