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  • Steve Baker


Updated: Jul 22, 2021

The Most Beautiful Distance

A new category of irons was created a few years ago called players distance irons. While both categories have existed for years, it wasn’t until recently that they were combined into a hybrid category between the two. These clubs are known for their minimal offset, thinner lines, yet must be at least 1 club longer than the “standard” distance. While golf companies have been pushing this category, I can’t say I’ve really wanted or liked what was offered.

To me, they still felt more distance iron than players iron, until now. The new Cobra King Forged Tec iron is the most beautiful players iron that has some serious distance. I’m impressed with how Cobra finally makes a distance iron look, feel and play more like a players iron with that boost of distance. The copper finish on these is absolutely amazing.

The Cobra King Forged Tec Copper Irons have an almost “blade” look to them. They don’t have your typical visible cavity that is standard on most distance irons. They have minimal offset and a thin top line. While still not as compact as true blades, these are about as close as you will get to a blade looking iron with tec and distance. These really are the most beautiful set of irons in the bag. They look more “players” iron than they play and really ooze style with the copper finish.

​The Cobra King Forged Tec Copper irons rely on a hollow design infused with foam microspheres. This is key to creating distance because the face needs to flex without caving in, and the sound and feel need to be aided by the foam so that it doesn’t “ring” at impact. Cobra pulls it off most beautifully in these irons. While they aren’t as pure as a solid metal blade, their slightly higher pitch at impact is still within the acceptable range for a players irons. I find the sound more noticeable, not so much at impact but as the club clang around in the bag, their bumping together is higher pitched.

​Another technology in the Cobra King Forged Tec Copper irons is what they call PWRSHELL. Basically, it is a forged face that wraps around the sole of the club. This creates a huge sweet spot as well as a high launch and tons of forgiveness. When this tech is paired with the other design elements, it offers a high launch and long distance in a compact yet forgiving head. It really is part of what defines these irons as players distance irons.

​Cobra also utilizes Tungsten again in this iron head as they have been now for years to manipulate the CG to pull it towards the toe while also keeping it low and behind the sweet spot. Tungsten in the Cobra King Forged Tec Copper irons helps launch the ball high and straight. Because they have minimal offset, there is still some workability in these heads. While you aren’t going to hit massive hooks or slices with them, you can manipulate the flight to move right or left. You are still going to hit the ball high, and it is going to carry a full club longer or more; there is a level of control not common to distance irons.

Arccos really is a “free” bonus with these clubs that should be perfect for the golfer choosing these irons.

The Cobra King Forged Tec Copper irons are long; these are at least a club longer than my regular distances. This did take some getting used to. The most obvious one is not just bombing every shot over the green. Figuring out exactly what the yardage gains were and which irons worked best for “tweener” shots. Once I made a few adjustments, the distance was way long. I like how these came in a 4-iron through GW set because the added distance needs to get filled by an extra wedge.

​The Cobra King Forged Tec Copper irons have amazing looks, feel, distance and Arccos. This has been a staple of Cobra clubs for 3 years now. I love Arccos and have found it to be very beneficial to my game. I like that it is embedded in all the grips of Cobra clubs, so I only need a couple of screw-in sensors for the other clubs in my bag. While they used to include them in the box, now you have to order the extra ones. I can understand this change; why send out a bunch of sensors if people aren’t going to use them anyways. Arccos really is a “free” bonus with these clubs that should be perfect for the golfer choosing these irons.

The Cobra King Forged Tec Copper Irons have stock KBS $-Taper lite shafts. This has become one of my favourite shaft models with the combination of great feel, strong launch and controlled spin. The lite model of this shaft is used to create a little more speed in the swing. The overall combination of head and shaft work well. The Lamkin grips that top off the club are nice, especially with the embedded Arccos.

Flightscope Xi Tour Launch Monitor Cobra King Forged Tec Copper – 8-iron

  • Spin: 7058 RPMs

  • Launch Angle: 29.4*

  • Dispersion: 3.0 yds

  • Club Head Speed: 85.1 mph

  • Ball Speed: 115.2 mph

  • Total Distance: 165.1 yds

  • Carry Distance: 157.8 yds

Cobra took an excellent set of irons and gave them an amazing finish. They are the most beautiful irons in the bag or on the turf; plus, they offer extra distance. The Cobra King Forged Tec Copper irons fit a fairly wide range of golfers with the extra distance, ample forgiveness and incredible looks. Their relatively minimal offset will keep them out of a slicers hand, but there are plenty of those irons out there. Cobra made the most beautiful distance irons. For more information: Quick Hits: +Long +Compact +No visible cavity +Most stunning looks +Good forged feel +Forgiving +Minimal offset

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