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Out Of This World Speed: COBRA Launches New DARKSPEED Metalwoods


COBRA GOLF® INTRODUCES NEW DARKSPEED METALWOODS
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Accompanying the release of their latest driver the DARKSPEED, COBRA has also announced it will be launching fairway metals in the same family. These will include the DARKSPEED LS Fairway, the DARKSPEED X Fairway, the DARKSPEED MAX Fairway, as well the DARKSPEED hybrid, DARKSPEED ONE Length Hybrid and the DARKSPEED Women’s Hybrid.


All will be available to buy on January 19th, 2024. Read on for everything you need to know about this latest line of clubs.


COBRA DARKSPEED: Fairways and Hybrids

The new lineup of fairway metals will set you back in the region of $429 for LS, $329 for X and MAX. The hybrids will be at retail for $279 each.


As for the tech behind these clubs, this is what COBRA had to say: "Utilising PWR-BRIDGE weighting, PWRSHELL with H.O.T. FACE, and carbon fiber crown technologies as the DARKSPEED drivers, the new fairway metals are also available in three models to fit the full spectrum of players. All three DARKSPEED fairway metals feature MyFly8 Adjustable Loft Technology."


DARKSPEED LS Fairway


Tailored for golfers wielding faster swing speeds, the latest LS incorporates a cutting-edge Titanium body and Titanium PWRSHELL H.O.T. FACE. COBRA engineers strategically employed Titanium to conserve discretionary weight, relocating it to a lower and more forward position within the clubhead.


The synergy of PWR-BRIDGE technology and 68g of tungsten weighting achieves a lower and forward centre of gravity, optimising ball speed and extending the distance of each shot. Additionally, the utilisation of a lightweight carbon crown further trims weight from the upper portion of the clubhead, resulting in a CG location 3.2mm closer to the ground compared to its predecessor.



Similar to the LS driver, the DARKSPEED LS fairway metal boasts an adjustable weighting system featuring two 15g weights in the front and a single 3g weight in the back, enabling precise tuning of trajectory and spin. The DARKSPEED LS fairway comes equipped with the UST Mamiya LIN-Q M40X White 70g shaft, available in S and X flex, along with a Lamkin Crossline grip.


Loft options encompass a newly introduced 3+ model with a nominal loft of 13 degrees (adjustable between 11.5 and 14.5 degrees), a 3W with a nominal loft of 14.5 degrees (adjustable between 13.0 and 16.0 degrees), and a 5W with a nominal loft of 17.5 degrees (adjustable between 16.0 and 19.0 degrees).


COBRA Darkspeed fairway and hybrids
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DARKSPEED X Fairway


Engineered for golfers seeking a blend of effortless launch, forgiveness, and impressive distance, the DARKSPEED X model introduces a host of features. An 8g fixed weight positioned at the rear of the sole enhances forgiveness and promotes a high launch. The synergy of PWR-BRIDGE and PWRSHELL H.O.T. FACE Technology ensures accelerated ball speed by establishing a low and forward centre of gravity (CG). Contributing to this advantageous CG placement, a lightweight carbon crown removes weight from the upper section of the clubhead The DARKSPEED X fairway comes with a versatile selection of UST Mamiya LIN-Q M40X Blue shafts, available in R, S, and X flexes. Loft options encompass 15 degrees (3W), with adjustability ranging from 13.5 to 16.5 degrees, 18 degrees (5W) with adjustability from 16.5 to 19.5 degrees, and 21 degrees (7W) with adjustability from 19.5 to 22.5 degrees.


DARKSPEED MAX Fairway


Crafted for players seeking a forgiving fairway metal with a pronounced high and draw-biased ball flight, this model stands out as the most forgiving in the lineup. Drawing inspiration from the MAX driver, this fairway metal boasts an adjustable weight system featuring 12g and 3g weights strategically placed in the back and the heel of the sole, allowing for precise adjustments to enhance forgiveness and optimise the ball's flight. The incorporation of PWR-BRIDGE weighting and PWRSHELL H.O.T. FACE Technology ensures maximum ball speed by utilising low and forward weighting along with an optimised variable thickness face design. To contribute to a higher launch, a carbon crown is integrated, effectively lowering the centre of gravity (CG) location. Shaft options include the UST Mamiya LIN-Q M40X Red available in A, R, and S flexes. Loft choices span 15.5 degrees (3W), with adjustability ranging from 14 to 17 degrees, 18.5 degrees (5W) adjustable from 17 to 20 degrees, and 21.5 degrees (7W) adjustable from 20 to 23 degrees.

For women golfers, the DARKSPEED MAX is offered in an 18.5-degree (3W) model, adjustable between 17.0 to 20.0 degrees, a 21.5-degree (5W) model, adjustable between 20.0 to 23.0 degrees, and a 24.5-degree (7W) model, adjustable between 23.0 to 26.0 degrees. The women's version boasts a distinctive gloss black finish with cool blue color accents and is equipped with a UST Helium Nanocore shaft in Ladies flex.


DARKSPEED HYBRIDS


Completing COBRA's array of new metalwood options, DARKSPEED hybrids showcase PWR-BRIDGE weighting and PWRSHELL H.O.T. FACE Technology, providing enhanced speed, launch, and forgiveness. Specifically, the DARKSPEED ONE Length Hybrid is crafted with a shorter length (37.25"), designed to harmonize with the ONE Length irons in a combo set. Nevertheless, it has garnered popularity among traditional iron players for its user-friendly attributes, high launch capability, and forgiveness.