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Cobra ZL Driver Review

The new Cobra ZL driver is the latest from the golf juggernaut, and it is one of the few clubs refusing to turn its back on carbon-fiber technology. It’s still early in the shelf life of this club to know whether Cobra has overcome the reputation carbon-fiber has for being brittle, but they have addressed the other knock the material carries, and that is the high pitched “ting” it is noted for at impact. Frequency tuning has brought the sound down an octave or so. Frequency tuning has also pointed out how superficial the concerns are of the club buying public. Would I be willing to pick up 10 extra yards if my club suddenly intoned Culture Clubs greatest hits on impact? Alright, that might be too big a penalty to pay, but you get the idea. Cobra has also gotten rid of its characteristic dimples, a fad that had run its course along with the mullet and shoulder pads for women’s dresses.

The ZL hosel is adjustable to three different settings; open, closed or neutral. Unlike some competitors that have made such adjustments nearly unlimited, the simple three position option is a welcome one, leaving the golfer freed from endless fiddling and with more time to hit balls off the mat. There is also a weight screw in the back of the sole plate that helps to dial in more or less loft, maybe impacting trajectory by the factor of a half degree of loft.

The head blends a carbon-fiber crown and sole with a titanium body and 6-4 titanium face, making for a light head that has plenty of COR and MOI and probably lots of other acronyms that I’m forgetting.

Top it off with a too long 46 inch Adila shaft and you have a very expensive, high-tech club that looks great in the bag and on the tee, but probably not so much on the scorecard. Distance claims which accompany every new driver introduction are dubious and the bulk of golfers will find the shaft too long to control while the hosel mechanism will make the choices of changing out the shaft very limited.

Guess I’ll keep looking for Boy George to get me 10 more yards.  Great deals are often found on Cobra Drivers when looking online, take advantage.

1 comment to Cobra ZL Driver Review

  • Scott Anderson

    Say what you want about the lousy sound of the Cobra Speed Line Drivers, they were the absolute solution to my inconsistent swing. The first time I played these my playing partner said…It looks like you have found the perfect driver. I crush the ball and I crush it straight.

    I don’t giver a rat’s fanny wat it sounds like. If it bugs my playing partner..that’s probably a good thing.

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