Cobra King Utility Iron vs TaylorMade SIM UDI Utility Iron

In this head-to-head we put two utility irons from Cobra and TaylorMade up against one another.

Cobra King Utility Iron vs TaylorMade SIM UDI Utility Iron
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In this head-to-head we put two utility irons from Cobra and TaylorMade up against one another.

Cobra King Utility Iron vs TaylorMade SIM UDI Utility Iron

In this head-to-head match up, Joel Tadman puts two of the best utility irons golf clubs on the market through some thorough tests to find out which is best.

Cobra King Utility Iron

Specifications

RRP: : £179
Loft: 19.5°
Shaft: KBS $ Taper Lite

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  •  Read our full Cobra King Utility Iron review  

TaylorMade SIM UDI Utility Iron

Specifications

RRP: : £229
Loft: : 20°
Shaft: Diamana Thump Hybrid 90

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Cobra King Utility Iron vs TaylorMade SIM UDI Utility Iron

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  • Looks
  • The Cobra has a touch more offset at address, a darker finish and a shorter, fatter hosel than the SIM. As you can see below more of the rear of the clubhead is visible behind the flatter, thicker topline, so it looks inviting to hit.
  • We however did think the SIM was a little more pleasing on the eye thanks to the more traditional appearance and bags of shelf appeal from all angles. The more rounded topline makes it look slimmer than it actually is.
  •  Read our full Cobra King Utility Iron vs TaylorMade SIM UDI Utility Iron review  

Cobra King Utility - 8/10 TaylorMade SIM UDI - 9/10

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  • Both clubs performed well here. The Cobra produced perhaps a little more high-pitched sound than the TaylorMade but it is no less powerful. The feel seems to be more consistent across the face from different strike points too.
  • In terms of the SIM, it certainly feels hotter and more springy out of the middle, but this drops off a little more on off-centre hits. Has a short, metallic ‘thud’ sound at impact that we really enjoyed.
  •  Read our full Cobra King Utility  - 8/10 TaylorMade SIM UDI - 9/10 review  

TaylorMade SIM UDI Utility Iron

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  • Ball speed (mph): 140.2
  • Launch (degrees): 13.5
  • Spin (rpm): 3,655
  • Peak height (yards): 33
  • Carry (yards): 222
  •  Read our full Cobra King Utility review  

TaylorMade SIM UDI

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  • Ball speed (mph): 139.8
  • Launch (degrees): 12.8
  • Spin (rpm): 3,564
  • Peak height (yards): 31
  • Carry (yards): 220

Versatility

The wider sole of the Cobra helped increase the margin for error on strike and performance from the rough. The adjustable loft means the club can be tweaked depending on course or conditions.

The flatter ball flight of the SIM UDI is a little more one-dimensional and better suited to shots off the tee, but the club can be bent to adjust both loft and lie angle if a different flight is preferred.

Cobra King Utility  - 9/10 TaylorMade SIM UDI - 8/10

Despite the marginally lower static loft, the Cobra produced a higher ball flight, which helps when hitting into greens. It also offered competitive carries for shots off the tee.

Whilst the SIM UDI produced more distance overall, it came in a little too hot at times when hitting into greens. The centred hits seemed to offer a little more ball speed on a mid-flight with decent carry and roll out. 

Despite the marginally lower static loft, the Cobra produced a higher ball flight, which helps when hitting into greens. It also offered competitive carries for shots off the tee.

In terms of overall appeal we think the Cobra is an ideal model for golfers seeking an easy-to-hit alternative to hybrids. It has adjustable loft, in-built Cobra Connect, a One-length option and it produced excellent performance for a modest price. 

The SIM arguably doesn't have as much of a broad appeal because it is geared towards the lower handicapper. That being said it still offers ample forgiveness and playability from different lies. Those seeking a touch more forgiveness and a higher flight may prefer the TaylorMade SIM DHY model instead though.

Cobra King Utility  - 9/10 TaylorMade SIM UDI - 8/10

Cobra King Utility Iron

Total - 44/50

TaylorMade SIM UDI Utility Iron

Total - 43/50

Sam Tremlett
Sam Tremlett

A golfer for most of his life, Sam started playing the game to prove he was the best player out of his father and two brothers.
He quickly became a golf equipment expert and has always been the one family and friends come to for buying advice, and spends a lot of his time putting golf gear, apparel and shoes to the test.  
He is a graduate of Swansea University where he studied History and American Studies, and he has been a part of the Golf Monthly team since February 2018. He also previously worked for World Soccer and Rugby World magazines.

A jack of all trades across print and digital formats, Sam now spends most of his time testing and looking after golf gear content for the website. He also oversees all Tour player content as well. 

Unfortunately, Sam is not a member of any club at the moment but regularly gets out on the golf course to keep up the facade of having a handicap of five. 


Sam is currently playing:
Driver: Titleist TS3
Fairway Wood: TaylorMade M5 (15 degrees), Nike Covert Tour 2.0 (19 degrees)
Irons (4-PW): Titleist AP2
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 54˚, 58˚
Putter: Scotty Cameron Circa 62 #6