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Simply put, the Cobra King LTD fairway wood gave me the best and most consistent results I have ever experienced in a fairway wood.
While I’m no stranger to Cobra’s fairway woods from the last decade or so, hitting the Cobra King LTD was a very new and unexpected experience for me. Based on where my game has been this year, I fully anticipated the King LTD fairway wood to be a solid club that I’d hit anywhere from 255 to 265 yards on the monitor at best – my typical 3 wood distance. I expected a general feel similar to the two generation old BiO CELL fairway wood, based on similar head size and shape. My expectations could not have been more wrong and what I found was one of the best performing fairway woods I have ever hit in my life.
One of the pillars of the Cobra King LTD woods is definitely their stunning looks. As mentioned in the King LTD driver review, I had never seen anything like these clubs in my life. The Spaceport on the bottom of the club is the first thing to grab your attention, nevermind the bright orange paint on the black surface. The Spaceport definitely creates a curiosity around the club and creates strong opinions. When I was testing the King LTD, an onlooker asked me, “Have any Ninja Turtles come out of that port yet?” Yes.
All jokes aside, the headshape is a bit larger compared to the Fly-Z+ and BiO CELL+ fairway woods that were heralded for their compact size, but we aren’t approaching mini-driver size quite yet. I’d say my comparison to the BiO CELL fairway wood shape and size is fairly accurate. The crown has the same subtle checkberboard pattern as the driver that you only see with the perfect lighting, so it’s not distracting at address.
Sound & Feel
The Cobra King LTD fairway wood had a much different sound than I initially expected, especially after hitting the King LTD driver. The sound had a lot more of a metallic tone in it whereas I expected it to have more of a muted “woody” slap, similar to that of the driver. Of course, all this said, it still has that “pop/thwack” sound we’re all looking for and sounds like the ball is absolutely exploding off of the face.
The overall feel of the King LTD is extremely forgiving, maybe even to a fault, but explosive. If anything, I think this area is the most subjective and could be the most polarizing amongst players using the King LTD fairway wood. Personally, I like the feel because it feels like I hit every shot great and the 3 wood is somewhere I really need that confidence. Low handicappers may feel like they aren’t getting the response they’re looking for on their mishits. As I said, overall, I think the feel is very good and feels like the ball is easily flying off the face.
Far and away, the performance testing was what sealed the deal for me with the Cobra King LTD fairway. Candidly, I’ve flat out never had numbers like I had with the King LTD, and I’ve never seen my high-end, or best shots, look like this with a 3 wood. We’re talking driver-esque numbers for me in the standard 14.5º setting. Looking at my numbers though, I see an interesting data point in that I’m getting about 25 yards of roll. While this is great for shots from the tee, or trying to make up distance on long holes (or duffed tee shots barely past the tee boxes), I may experience issues holding greens I try to hit in two. To get dialed in to make the King LTD a fairway wood a multi-faceted weapon, I’ll have to do more testing to find a balance.
I alluded to a mini-driver comparison earlier with the King LTD fairway wood. If the King LTD is this easy to hit and players can produce these kinds of numbers, there’s no reason they couldn’t put this fairway wood in the bag rather than a driver. To that point, my “best” shot with the King LTD fairway wood carried almost 274 yards and finished at over 300 yards. I’d take this shot with a driver any day, let alone a 3 wood.
The added value is that unlike many “mini-drivers,” the King LTD still plays well off the deck and in the rough. There haven’t been many “game changers” for me in equipment over the past decade, but I genuinely think the King LTD could be a club that changes how I approach the longer portion of my game.
I feel like I am easily impressed by well-made, solid performing products, but it’s not often that new golf equipment fully stops me in my tracks. The Cobra King LTD has been unlike any other fairway wood I’ve hit before where I feel like I’m cheating because of how easy it is to hit and the kinds of distances I’ve seen. Cobra is going to have some tough shoes to fill with their future lines, but I look forward to seeing their efforts.