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The Cobra RADSPEED fairway wood looks outstanding and sounds great. Very stable, forgiving head. Consistent launch and spin. Great choice for a wide variety of players.
There aren’t too many “do-everything” fairway woods anymore. We have the mini drivers, the low-spin bombers, and the easy launchers, but the player that wants a little of everything may have a hard time choosing a club. The Cobra RADSPEED fairway wood is as good a candidate as I’ve tested lately for that “do everything” crown, as you’ll learn in this review.
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Cobra always turns heads with their colors and bold designs, but the RADSPEED fairway wood impressed me with the beauty of its size and shape. For me, the head hits that sweet spot of being big enough to inspire confidence and small enough that I know I can smoke it off the turf. I also love the round, symmetrical shape. My only complaint is that it sits a bit shut in the neutral position, but that’s easily fixed with the hosel adjustability.
While my focus was on the size and shape, don’t think that Cobra fumbled the bag on the other elements of design. At address, the matte blue crown has just a hint of carbon fiber visible, and it looks very slick. The sole is busy with weights, rails, and branding, but Cobra pulls it together into a sharp, cohesive look.
The Cobra RADSPEED fairway wood is available in blue/red, as seen here, or black/yellow, as seen on the RADSPEED XB driver HERE.
Sound & Feel
While Cobra prides itself on being unconventional, especially in looks, the sound and feel of the RADSPEED fairway wood plays it straight. Hitting a pure shot produces a prototypical fairway wood sound – a mid/high pitched, slightly metallic “tink” that’s fairly quiet. When you move off the center, the sound dulls to let you know that you missed one.
Despite the stability of the head, the feedback through the hands is quite good. It was easy for me to feel the difference between quality strikes and even small mishits.
Because of the myriad ways in which fairway woods can be used, designing one that fits a wide array of golfers can be very tough. While no club will fit every golfer, the Cobra RADSPEED fairway wood is as close to a one-size-fits-all FW as I’ve tested lately.
I’ll start with the things everyone wants: ball speed and forgiveness. The RADSPEED has plenty of both. Good strikes regularly registered smash factors of 1.5 or high 1.4s. And when the ball came off other parts of the face, the performance remained consistent. Speed, spin, and launch angle are all impressively robust whether you miss a little thin or toward the toe or heel.
One of the things that makes fairway woods tricky is finding the right face height. A more shallow face is appealing for hitting shots off the turf, but a taller face is usually preferred for tee shots. For me, the RADSPEED fairway wood strikes a perfect balance and inspires confidence in any lie.
As you can see in the picture above, the RADSPEED fairway wood allows for loft modifications at the hosel. Changing this setting not only adjusts the loft, it will also impact the face angle at address. Because I wanted a more open face angle, I ended up reducing the loft a degree. Even with less loft and in the hands of a low-launching player, the RADSPEED FW launched at a respectable angle with moderate spin. If I were going to bag the RADSPEED FW, I would likely opt for a higher lofted version so I could open the face and still have more loft.
Whether you use your fairway woods as driver replacements, rescue clubs, for long approaches, or a mix of all three, the Cobra RADSPEED is an impressive option. It looks as good in the bag as it does at address, and the strong, consistent performance can’t be argued with.