Cobra KING Forged Tec Irons Review

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The Cobra KING Forged Tec irons are outstanding.  Great look and even better feel.  Loads of distance and forgiveness in a players-sized iron.

Introduction

Late fall is typically a slow part of the year for golf equipment.  Golfers in much of the country are hanging up their clubs, and everyone is turning their attention toward the PGA Show in January.  Cobra has taken advantage of this lull by grabbing up all the attention for their latest premium iron, the KING Forged Tec.  I tested it to find out how it fares in the competitive hollow body iron segment.

Looks

The reaction – both online and in person – to the KING Forged Tec irons has essentially been a string of fire emojis.  Cobra absolutely nailed the look.  The back of the iron has a subtle mix of finishes and a small triangular depression.  Being the boldest of the major OEMs, Cobra also went big on the “KING” branding, though they stuck to a black and silver color palette.

At address, the KING Forged Tec deftly balances the needs and wants of the good or improving player.  The top line is a little thinner than average but not scary.  There’s a noticeable amount of offset, but it’s well shaped.  Finally, the size of the blade hits that sweet spot between too big and “Will the ball even fit on there?”

Sound & Feel

My first swing with the Cobra KING Forged Tec irons elicited an audible, “Wow.”  I think that Cobra has created the best feeling hollow body iron in golf.  Impact creates a robust, deep-pitched “thwack” that feels anything but hollow.

It’s also noteworthy that this set feels the same from the pitching wedge to the long irons.  Every iron is hollow, so there’s no awkward transition from the scoring irons to the long irons.

Performance

The main draw of a hollow body iron is distance, so I’ll start there.  Cobra’s KING Forged Tec irons are second to none when it comes to ball speed.  Throughout the set, I was seeing higher ball speed and more distance than my gamers.

In looking closely at Cobra’s description of these irons, I noticed something important: “Controlled distance for maximum playability.”  This is a subtle dig at the OEMs who are chasing distance through incredibly low spin irons.  With the KING Forged Tec irons, I was getting as much as twelve yards more per club but the launch and spin were in my normal ranges.  That means those long shots will actually hold the green which is important if you care about your score.

Another impressive element of the Forged Tec irons is the forgiveness.  Every iron in this set has Cobra’s PWRShell design, and the long irons also have tungsten in the sole.  This combination creates a very fast, stable face that retains ball speed on mishits.  With the long irons, I made several ugly swings that still landed the ball within five yards of my best shots.

Finally, as has become standard for Cobra, the KING Forged Tec irons come with Cobra Connect/Arccos technology built into the grips.  For those unfamiliar with Arccos, you can find a full review HERE.  In short, this technology allows you to see exactly how far every iron shot actually went.  This information is invaluable in choosing the right club for each shot and improving your game.  To get this for free with your irons is a huge value add.

Conclusion

Despite being one of the later entrants into the hollow body iron segment, Cobra is now among the leaders.  The KING Forged Tec irons have a stunning look, high performance technology, and a price that’s meaningfully lower than many of its competitors.

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Matt is the Founder and Editor in Chief of Plugged In Golf. He's worked in nearly every job in the golf industry from club fitting to instruction to writing and speaking. Matt lives in the northwest suburbs of Chicago with his wife and two daughters.

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50 Comments

  1. How did you find these compared to the MP-20 HMB’s? Thinking launch, sound / feel, bag appeal, etc. I think you said the Mizuno’s were a little “half pregnant” between being a true hollow body vs a traditional iron, reading the above sounds like these are all in on the hollow side of things and the club has a clear purpose. Thanks.

    • Matt Saternus

      Tomas,

      You’re correct, I was not impressed with the HMB. If you want a forgiving club with distance, I would go with the Cobra all day. Also, I found the spin in the Cobra more playable.

      Best,

      Matt

  2. Any idea how they compare to the Forged Tec Black irons from 2017? Those were marketed to 5-15 handicappers (Doesn’t mean much to me) as my issue is off the tee and around the green, not the irons. I found the FTB to be long and very forgiving off the toe. I’ll hit shots and wonder how I landed on the green.

  3. With all the new hollow body irons available to golfers, this is a ringing endorsement!

  4. When I try to get fit for the first time I would like to look at these first.
    Great review Matt .

  5. Hi Matt thanks for the review. Are you able to please provide a comparison to the MP20 HMBs?

    • Matt Saternus

      David,

      I have a strong preference for the Cobra. I think it feels better, has better forgiveness, and has more playable spin.

      Best,

      Matt

  6. Seth Peterson

    Matt,

    Love your stuff and happy to see the forge tec show up here. I’m heading back to club champion Saturday for a full bag fitting (main focus on irons/wedges since we did driver last winter) and the forge tec are on my list to try.

  7. Awesome looking blade. Interesting how the loft gap progresses through the set from 3* gaps in the long irons to a 5* gap in the short.

    • Matt Saternus

      In my testing, I didn’t see any issues. This is pretty typical of modern irons with stronger lofts. As always, the cure to any concerns about gapping is a good fitting with a performance guarantee.

      Best,

      Matt

  8. Matt, the irons look beautiful. What handicap range do you think could handle this iron?

    • Matt Saternus

      Peter,

      I think anyone up to a 15 or so should handle them just fine. There’s a lot of forgiveness here. Higher handicaps could play them too, it just might not be my #1 recommendation for all high handicappers.

      Best,

      Matt

  9. Mark Orchard

    Hi Matt, Yesterday I was fitted by one of my mates whom owns a golf shop, I am 65 years old and I normally play with Titleist 714 mb blades, and I play of 2. I still hit them ok but I know that I am losing distance compared to my friends’. So yesterday I tried the Cobra King Irons and I was impressed how far I was hitting them a 7 iron 185 Yards = 153 Metres. I have been missing out on these sort of distances or lengths for too long so I will be buying a set of Kings’ as soon as possible. Also that is not the only thing they feel great I used the KBS shaft. I find that shaft suits me. Regards’

  10. And best of all, they are available in OneLength! Been playing OL’s since ’17 and will never go back to multi-length irons-the difference in relying on one swing vs. 6, or maybe 9 slightly different swings is huge. Me? Am 72, been playing since I was 7 (parents owned a golf course) and am still a single digit, although now from senior tees, with YEARS in the golf equipment business-and am truly glad I took the OneLength plunge in ’17-so I have a much better than average understanding of OL vs multi length irons.
    Now remember the rules-no negative comments allowed if YOU haven’t actually played OL’s for a month or more to have a valid opinion.

  11. Great review! I have to say these look really nice and so far there is a lot of praise for these irons. The lofts are getting so strong that I really probably can play only 6-PW now.

  12. Mark Orchard

    I normally use 714 Titleist Blades I am now 65 years old I still hit them well . however I am losing distance with them as I have had Spinal surgery and I have lost power , so I tried the Cobra King with the KBS shaft and I was impressed with the length that I got in return without having to bash it. I actually I got another shock when nearly all my distances were nearly all the same. I am very happy. Can’t wait to use them. Regards’

  13. Hi Matt! My current gamers are TM P-790’s. How would these Cobra’s compare? Are the Cobra’s foam filled?

    • Matt Saternus

      Doug,

      Yes, there is a filling in the Cobra irons. Compared to the P-790, the Cobra irons are much more playable in terms of spin and they feel substantially better, in my opinion.

      Best,

      Matt

  14. Can confirm this review. I got fit into a set of these at Club Champion a month ago. The feel compared to P790, HMB, i500 isn’t even close. Forgiveness is great. Ended up going 3-GW as the 3 iron is plenty forgiving as a “driving iron” or long par 3 weapon. Also was seeing much better (higher) spin from Cobra. My set came in a couple weeks ago and I couldn’t be happier. Don’t skip these!

  15. Matt, thanks for the insightful review. Can you compare these to the new Wilson D7 forged? I am considering those and found the Cobra review intriguing. Thanks in advance for your reply!

  16. Hi Matt,

    How much am I giving up in terms of performance going with these over Gen 3 0311Ts? 1.7 handi due for an upgrade and strongly considering these two, specifically. Your reviews are superb and I’m having a hard time finding comparison.

    • Matt Saternus

      Justin,

      Thank you.
      With my standard caveat that it will depend on the player and the fit, I would say that the difference is definitely measurable but unlikely to be noticeable. If money is a factor at all, I think you’ll be very happy with the Cobras. If cost is not part of the equation for you, go for the GEN3.

      Best,

      Matt

  17. Steve Seidel

    Great review. How do these compare in size to the Callaway Apex 19s?

    • Matt Saternus

      Steve,

      I don’t have the side by side to compare, but I’m inclined to say that the Cobra is a little slimmer.

      Best,

      Matt

  18. Just picked up a set of the KING forged tech 2020 4-PW, waiting to get out and hit them but I wanted to know if you see any difference between these and the AP3s in forgiveness and overall club performance. Sitting around 10 handicap.

  19. Great review. How would you compare these to the Callaway Apex 19.

  20. Jonathan

    Do you prefer these over the PXG 0211? You had a pretty positive review of the PXG. Thanks!

    • Matt Saternus

      If I were buying new irons, I would test them head to head with a fitter and buy the ones that performed better for me.

      Best,

      Matt

  21. CAMPBELL RODDEN

    Do you prefer the cobra king Forged Tec Irons to the wilson D7 Forged Irons ? Thanks

  22. Hi. If I’m unable to get fit during this pandemic, how would these compare to an older JPX 900 Forged?

  23. Matt, Great review on the Cobra’s and the Callaway Apex 19. As a mid handicapper, I still want forgiveness and distance (like most do). Do you find either the Cobra Forged Tec or Callaway Apex 19 more forgiving?

  24. Nick O’Brien

    What range handicap would these ideally suit?

  25. Hi Matt, my 7 iron SS is in the low 80s, would the PX Catalyst graphite 80 gram stiff be a consideration versus the $ Taper lite steel offering? I have read they like a smooth swing, and that is what I am aiming for. Thanks!

    • Matt Saternus

      Brian,

      It’s certainly worth considering, but I wouldn’t recommend making a purchase until you’ve tried them or been fit.

      Best,

      Matt

  26. Matt, with these irons having strong lofts and the PW at 44 degrees, I currently have Vokey sm7’s — 50,54 and 58 degrees. Would these gaps be suitable? Mainly concerned about the 50 degree wedge. I could swap into 48, 52 and 56. Thoughts?

    • Matt Saternus

      Dan,

      I think a move to a 48 degree gap wedge makes a lot of sense with this set.

      Best,

      Matt

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