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The Cobra KING Forged Tec Black irons offer a compelling combination of distance, forgiveness, and great looks. Wonderful feel and pleasant sound.
The Cobra KING Forged Tec irons have retained their name over successive models, so it’s worth clarifying what’s covered in this review. We last reviewed the 2020 edition, and you can find Matt Saternus’s full review HERE. Cobra updated the irons in 2022, and this Black version is merely a cosmetic iteration of that 2022 model. So if you are looking to learn more about either the 2023 Cobra Forged Tec Black irons or the 2022 Cobra Forged Tec irons, you’re in the right place.
In the bag, the Cobra KING Forged Tec Black irons have a wonderful presence. The moderate width sole blends cleanly with the back of the body. Splitting the backside, the gloss black strip offers visual interest as the head transitions to its narrower top half. A simple port harkens to the hollow body design.
At address the KING Forged Tec Black irons feature a modest topline and a bit of offset – both less than the 2020 model. I love the look of the naked grooves. Add the black graphite KBS TGI shafts, and the overall look of these irons is killer.
One question we always receive with black irons is “how does the finish hold up?” So far during my testing, I’ve been impressed. I can see the typical light scratches that evolve over time, but the face remains completely black. Turns out Cobra utilized a military grade finish that’s “implanted into the metal,” offering more durability and resistance to scratches. I can’t speak to how it will hold up long term, but it’s nice to learn Cobra is on top of the situation.
Sound & Feel
It took a moment for me to reconcile my field notes for this section. My first entry – “mellow ‘knock’” – was with the pitching wedge. Then I noted that centered strikes sounded brighter with the 7 iron. And my final sound notation was that the 5 iron was more crisp and snappier. While these descriptions may appear disjointed, they speak more to the subtle nuances that head size imparted to the acoustics. During further testing sessions when I wasn’t hyper focused on sound, the distinction between irons was subtle and overall harmonious. The more vibrant tone of good contact is easy to distinguish from the sound of mishits.
The feel across the set is wonderful. There’s not a lot of tactile feedback, but centered contact does feel more rewarding. Five times forged like the face of the Cobra KING Tour irons [full review HERE], the Forged Tec Black irons have a soft feel, which seems to be enhanced by the foam that fills the hollow body.
It only took a few swings to register that the Cobra KING Forged Tec Black irons were longer than my gamers. Trajectory was good – an attribute that is sometimes compromised for the sake of distance. I also appreciated the forgiveness I was seeing.
On the launch monitor, the data supported my observations. I was picking up about 10 yards. Ball speeds were excellent. Spin was on the lower end of my normal/preferred range, but still good enough to hold greens. Similarly, height was solid. Looking at my groupings, I was impressed by the consistency.
Much like the brand name, the technology in the Forged Tec Black irons may sound familiar, but it’s been modified to enhance performance. The PWRSHELL Face, five times forged as previously mentioned, has been made thinner to boost ball speeds. A new, lighter and softer foam called Expancel was selected for the hollow body fill to enhance face flex also to boost ball speeds. Behind both of those elements, Cobra placed a 20 gram tungsten weight for stability which yields better forgiveness.
With the KING Forged Tec Black irons Cobra continues to be one of the leaders in the hollow body iron category. The game improvement performance attributes should appeal to a wide range of golfers. The new sleeker shape will draw the eye of better players. And the black finish – it’s stellar.
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