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The Cobra LTDx driver is powerful and accurate. Convincing technology and reasonably attractive looks. Should be in the conversation for best drivers of 2022.
It’s interesting to me to think about what a company does by aligning itself with certain tour players. In the case of Cobra, Rickie Fowler and Bryson DeChambeau have become almost synonymous with the brand in the mind of the golfing public. Two unique and successful players, sure. But it’s not fair to equate the company’s equipment with their (very strong) identities. I took the new LTDx driver for a spin to see what it can do for average players.
I’ve found some Cobra products in the past to have an overcooked techno-futurist look to them. I think the company’s visual identity is maintained in the LTDx, but it’s dialed down enough to be totally approachable. There’s lots of carbon fiber on both the crown and sole as well as visible tech on the sole in the form of PWR-COR Technology near the face and a fixed 10g weight at the back.
I agree with Matt (in his review of the LTDx Max HERE) that Cobra drivers often appear to have an exaggerated triangular shape. With the LTDx, I don’t find it to be as dramatic. In fact, at address the slight triangular shape gives me the sense of all the power of the club being focused and directed through the ball and toward the target. In terms of size, the face is not as tall as some drivers on the market and is on the longer side from heel to toe.
Other visual elements include two raised lines on the crown that serve nicely as alignment aids and a small Cobra “C” as a central alignment aid. The matte finish on the crown eliminates all glare. This will be nice when the sun eventually decides to come out in the upper Midwest.
The Cobra LTDx driver is available in two colorways: Matte Black/Gold Fusion (shown here) and Gloss Peacoat/Red. While both colorways are nice, there aren’t many companies that offer a choice of colorways on a stock club, and I can understand why. It’s nice to have a choice but I think it also introduces some unnecessary confusion/indecision on the part of the consumer.
Sound & Feel
Most modern drivers sounds good but to my ear the LTDx sounds exceptional. In terms of tone it sounds more round than flat. In terms of pitch (high vs. low) it sounds right in the middle. Balls struck anywhere near the infinity symbol sound explosive. Volume is medium, not overwhelming or head-turning.
Stray from the center and things get progressively more dull, both in sound and feel. I could easily feel the location of misses in my hands. I think this head offers enough feedback to satisfy low handicap/high swing speed golfers.
As with most drivers today, Cobra made sure to save weight in the crown so they can position as much weight low and forward as possible. They call this PWR-COR Technology, and it helps achieve faster ball speeds and reduced spin. In terms of launch monitor numbers, I was impressed with what I was able to produce with this driver.
As happy as I was with the numbers, on the course is really where this driver earned my admiration. We got off to a great start together, hitting one long, straight drive after another. Cobra’s H.O.T. Face design has 15 different zones of variable thickness, based on data collected from thousands of impact simulations. The goal here is to keep ball speeds up across a larger portion of the face.
The LTDx saved my blushes more than once, most notably with a strike that was millimeters away from leaving an idiot mark on the crown and ended up carrying a fairway bunker about 220 yards out. The LTDx also rewarded good swings with great results. This driver flat out performs.
The LTDx occupies the middle ground, in terms of which head is best for which type of player. While the LTDx LS [review HERE] is typically going to be a fit for players with high swing speeds and the LTDx Max is the draw-biased, larger footprint version for higher handicappers, the LTDx will fit those of us who fall somewhere between.
The driver does not suck right now. In fact, I am very impressed with the LTDx on all fronts. It is right up there with the longest, straightest, and most forgiving drivers I have hit. I also think the stock HZRDUS Smoke iM10 shaft is a comfortable fit for my swing. It’s making a strong case to go into the bag for 2022. If you’re looking for a new driver this year, don’t automatically look past Cobra in favor of the more popular brands. Schedule a fitting and give it a chance.