The trend in super game improvement clubs is appealing to players with moderate swing speeds with lighter equipment that helps them get the ball in the air and going farther with less spin.
That's the track Cobra Golf has taken with their new F-Max family of equipment, including what the company dubs their easiest-to-swing-ever woods. However, the F-Max line covers drivers, fairway woods, irons and hybrids, offering forgiveness for all of those clubs.
Cobra F-Max driver, fairway woods, hybrids
The driver uses a proprietary Cobra Superlite 50 shaft (45 for women’s model) making it lighter than the prior Cobra Max. The light swingweight quite simply delivers faster swing speeds with similar effort. A forged Ti-6- 4 titanium face insert offers forgiveness while a center of gravity back and toward the heel encourages a draw bias. Golfers can choose to have offset or not for more draw bias. A larger, Lamkin REL 360 midsize grip is a little larger than usual for more comfort and a black PVD finish completes the look.
The F-Max drivers, which retail for $300, are available in 9.5- , 10.5- and 11.5-degree men's heads and 15 degrees for women.
The F-Max fairway woods employ the same thinking as with the driver, using a stock Cobra Superlite 60 shafts (in women’s model) and the same mid-size Lamkin REL 360 midsize grips. A forged 455 Stainless Steel face insert works with the same center of gravity profile and some offset.
The F-Max fairways, which are $200 each, are available in both right- and left-hand models in 16-, 20- and 23-degree heads for men, and 19- , 23- and 27-degree heads for women.
The F-Max hybrids use the same shaft and setup as the fairway woods and are available in both right- and left-hand models in 19 o , 22 o , 25 o , 28 o and 31 o of loft for men, and 23.5 o , 26.5 o , 29.5 o and 32.5 o of loft for women.
Cobra F-Max irons
The F-Max iron family consists of two sets, consistent with the company's commitment to its One Length irons. So, there is a variable-length (traditional) set and a One Length set, both designed to be light-weight and easy to swing with the Lamkin REL 360 midsize grips.
The irons have a lower profile with a deep undercut to keep the center of gravity low and back for ideal launch conditions and forgiveness, while back-heel center of gravity position encourages a draw bias along with its offset design. Progressive head construction brings thinner 17-4 stainless steel construction in the 4-7 irons while softer 431 stainless steel is in the short irons for better feel.
The F-Max One Length option matches the 7-iron weighting through the set.
The F-Max iron family is available in five set types:
- $600 - Seven-piece steel irons with True Temper Superlite steel shafts; includes 5-PW and GW available in both right-hand and left-hand versions in stiff, regular and lite flexes
- $700 - Seven-piece combo set graphite set with Cobra Superlite 60 gram shafts; includes 4H, 5H, 6-PW available in both right-hand and left-hand versions in stiff, regular and lite flexes
- $500 - Five-piece One Length set using Cobra Superlite 60 gram shafts; includes 6-PW in regular or lite flexes
- $700 - Seven-piece women's graphite combo set with Cobra Superlite 55 shafts and includes two hybrids and five irons (5H, 6H, 7-PW and GW) available in both right-hand and left-hand versions
- $500 -Five-piece One Length set using Cobra Superlite 55 gram shafts; includes 7-PW and SW in ladies flex, right-hand only.
All F-Max clubs are available starting Aug. 18.