Cobra King Forged Tec Irons Review


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The Cobra King Forged Tec irons are a great compromise between a player and game improvement iron making it one of Cobra’s most appealing clubs to date.



Getting the right balance between forgiveness and precision seems to always be a struggle in the golf industry.  Many of us want to believe we need to play forged irons with minimal offset, but the truth is we need the forgiveness and playability of a game improvement iron.  Though many brands have tried to find the perfect compromise, Cobra Golf has actually succeeded with the King Forged Tec irons.  With a forged body and strategically placed tungsten weights, Cobra has created an iron that is easy to hit, responsive, and looks cool as hell.



When we had our first look at the relaunch of the “King” name in August, it was quite obvious that Cobra stepped it up about a million notches in the looks department to make some of the coolest looking equipment not only in their history, but of all time.  (Yep, I said it and mean it)  Simply put, the King Forged Tec irons look amazing.  The overall vibe is on par with many other crossover irons as opposed to the Robo Cop looking irons we saw in the BiO CELL lineup a couple of years ago.  The subtle checkered pattern that is found across the King lineup is on the TPU insert in the cavity, and it adds just the right amount of character.

The head size is about the same as a Titleist AP2, but it has a thicker topline, sole, and a little bit more offset.  For comparative purposes, I would say it falls right between the AP2 and AP1, which is perfect to appeal to a wider range of players.  Most importantly, the King Forged Tec irons look easy to hit when you’re standing over them.


Sound & Feel

True to their word, the Cobra King Forged Tec irons have a very responsive feel that is desired by players who demand precision.  The bonus is that the Forged Tecs are easy to play and forgiving.  I find a lot of comparable irons to lack feel no matter where you hit the ball, but the Forged Tech lets you know exactly where you hit it on every shot.  Shots off the sweet spot feel just as smooth and perfect as they do off of any forged blade.  Cobra went to great lengths to dial in the perfect feel by strategically placing tungsten weights in the heel and sole as well as placing a TPU insert directly behind the hitting area to dampen the impact.

The sound is a little “fuller” than you would get out of a small forged blade, which is to be expected, but you don’t get that generic thump you usually get out of a larger iron head.  The Forged Tec has a very pleasant “whack” off the face when you make perfect contact, and mishits will sound a little rockier.



Whether or not it’s been the right fit for me, I’ve been playing forged blades for the past four or five years.  The Cobra King Forged Tec is the first iron in a long time that seriously has me questioning whether or not it may be time to make a change.  What I like about the Forged Tecs more than anything was that it didn’t come with a boatload of promises about two club distance increases or mishits going just as far as a shot off the sweet spot.  What I got was an iron that was versatile and easy to hit well.  I will say that I felt I tended to hit the ball a bit higher than I normally would, but the KBS C-Taper Lite shaft helped combat that a little bit.  I think if I went with the standard C-Taper, I would have seen a little bit more distance and a better flight for my game.

Long story short, the Cobra King Forged Tec is easy to launch and hit consistent distances with.  As with any golf club, I would definitely focus on making sure you get properly fit for these irons to maximize their potential.



The revival of the King name in the Cobra product lineup has brought some interesting equipment along with it and the King Forged Tec irons are no exception.  Between the Forged Tec and the new King Pro irons, Cobra has put together a great 1-2 punch that’s better than combinations they’ve had before.  If you’re looking for a premiere crossover iron that’s going to help your game as well as look cool in the bag, then the Cobra King Forged Tec is certainly worth your time.

Bill Bush
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  1. would help to have the specs and pricing

  2. For most golfers getting the ball in the hole in the least stroke is the objective. Cool is a good second objective if you are into that. Golf companies trying to sell more player type clubs to a decreasing player base doesn’t seem like a good business strategy.

    • I’d love to see your data to support the decreasing player base claim, but that’s another conversation.

      Your criticism is actually probably the biggest “plus” for these clubs. They aren’t super player’s irons, but they aren’t super game improvement. They are a solid compromise that should be appealing to a wider range of golfers. While you may not be willing to admit, many players that should play GI irons simply don’t want to and won’t, so an iron like the Forged Tec makes perfect sense.

  3. I love all that cobra has to offer including these FORGED TEC!!!

  4. Currently have 2014 apex/recoil 670 reg shaft, 8.1 index. I have tested a lot even at Hot Stix and my best combination has been forged tec with Paderson reg. 80 gram shaft. cf 16 close 2nd, the forged tec had better dispersion/forgivness which is most important to me. Distance was the same.
    I really thought I wanted the cf 16, it is good and has such strong reviews everywhere I look, not much of anything about the forged tec. So head to head what do you guys think?

    • At the risk of sounding a little snide, I think you’ve answered your own question. Everything you said leans toward one set of clubs, who cares what anyone else says on the internet? If you’re questioning it that much and they’re as close as you’re saying, go with your gut.

      If that’s not much help, I apologize. Unfortunately with unique swings and equipment interactions, the best answer for your question will come directly from your experience.

  5. I guess a better way to ask this question might be, in the design of the heads is there any inherent reason one might perform better than the other in a controlled environment. I know my swing will change but the cf16 and forged tec are slightly different, does one or the other lend itself to different performance attributes compared to each other? Your expert insight is appreciated and I understand it is your opinion and won’t replace my testing. I just found this site and appreciate what you’re doing for the golf community. Thank You

    • I appreciate the kind words.

      Put it this way, the Forged Tec is a more forgiving crossover iron (between player and game improvement) that will allow for a little more playability and response. The Apex CF16 is more game improvement iron that’s going to be better for easy “point A to point B” golf.

      As always, that’s how I view them. Regardless of design, they could play totally different to you. I personally don’t think they call into the same category. The Forged Tec is more in line with the Apex Pro.

  6. I was fitted for clubs and it boiled down to the AP2/Apex CF16/Cobra TEC. All tested with both KBS c taper lites and project X 6.0PXi. I wanted to fit into the AP2’s but data boiled it down to the Apex and Cobra. 4 irons broke the tie, Cobra was higher, longer, landed softer and straighter by 7 yards. Went with the C taper and couldn’t be happier. Get fit to dial these in and you’ll be a happy camper.

  7. Great Irons:
    I have played Ping i20’s, Mizuno JPX 850, Titleist AP2 and tried a whole bunch of others. These irons are hands down the BEST I have ever played. They are long, forgiving and precise. I am hitting pins on the fly and have chipped in twice with the PW in 5 rounds played. The fact they look very nice is a real plus too. They are going real cheap right now and frankly outperform (for me) all the newest irons out there.

  8. I have been playing these clubs since they released and love them I am now consistent 3-5 handicap and considering moving to the new srixon zx7. Will the srixon be more consistent on carry distances. Or maybe I ask is there much technology differences between the two irons that are 10 years apart.

    • Matt Saternus


      The author of this review no longer writes for Plugged In Golf.
      Though I did not review these irons, I can tell you that the ZX7 is not a particularly “high tech” iron, so I don’t think that most golfers would see a dramatic consistency difference between that and the Forged Tec.



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