Cobra King F6+ driver review

Golf Monthly's Cobra King F6+ driver review, a new model that features an ultra-low CG position and 18-gram sliding weight to help optimise launch and spin to maximise distance

Golf Monthly Verdict

This is a seriously impressive driver from Cobra. In the past, golfers may thought they were more about style than substance but the F6+ bucks that trend. The performance on well-struck drives will be up there with the best of the rest in 2016 and the intuitive adjustability will help different abilities of golfer find their maximum distance setting.

Reasons to buy
  • +

    Sliding weight affects launch and spin significantly to maximise distance. Boasts a confidence-inspiring look and powerful, stable feel at impact.

Reasons to avoid
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    The tinny sound won't please everyone. Some may also want more forgiveness.

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Golf Monthly's Cobra King F6+ driver review, a model that features an ultra-low CG and 18-gram sliding weight to help optimise launch and spin to maximise distance

Cobra King F6+ driver review

Cobra’s driver offerings in 2016 are both cutting edge and comprehensive, with three models boasting different technologies to help all abilities of players achieve maximum distance.

In addition to the premium King LTD model comes the King F6 and F6+ drivers. The King F6 features a titanium crown and a similar weighting system to the Flip Zone found on the previous Fly-Z+ driver.

However, the new King F6+ driver is Cobra’s most adjustable driver in the range and features a carbon fibre crown, saving enough weight for Cobra to implement a 'carbontrac' on the sole. This houses an 18-gram sliding weight which can be fixed in five (nine if you include the notches in between) positions to alter both launch and spin. The Smart Pad on the sole ensures the face stays square and flush, regardless of the loft setting you choose on the hosel, another redeeming feature.

Down by the ball, the F6+ driver has a confidence inspiring look with lots of loft on show and a round head shape that appears long from front to back. It comes in three colours – black, white and blue – and all create a premium and stylish aesthetic and all with a black face. This contrast with the blue and white crown highlights the face angle more prominently, while alignment with the black-crowned option is more tricky.

The Cobra F6+ driver instantly feels lightweight to swing, helped by the 65g stock Matrix Ozik Black Tie 65M4 shaft. The sound at impact is a touch tinny but isn’t too loud and contributes to a very solid, explosive feel at the point of contact.

The ball flight is mid-to-high, aided by the high launch and low spin created by the ultra low CG position within the clubhead. In spite of this, there was enough forgiveness on offer from slight mishits. Very bad swings lost significant yardage, but this was no more a problem than with most other drivers on the market.

Cobra F6+ driver, sliding weight forward

Cobra King F6+ driver, sliding weight forward

Testing on our SkyTrak launch monitor showed that the two extremes of the weight position changed backspin by around 300rpm, although Cobra say some golfers will experience up to 500rpm spin differentiation from front to back. The front position also achieved the longest carries and total distance.

Cobra F6+ driver, sliding weight back

Cobra King F6+ driver, sliding weight back

Due to the high launching and low spin nature of the head, faster swingers are likely to achive good numbers from all positions of the sliding weight. Moving the weight forward will not only reduce spin further but also increase the fade bias of the head, which many better players will appreciate.

Many will also favour the lower loft options of the F6+ pro model, which has the same clubhead design but with lower loft options and some additional fade settings instead of draw available on the MyFly hosel.

Joel Tadman
Technical Editor

Joel has worked in the golf industry for over 12 years covering both instruction and more recently equipment. He now oversees all product content here at Golf Monthly, managing a team of talented and passionate writers and presenters in delivering the most thorough and accurate reviews, buying advice, comparisons and deals to help the reader find exactly what they are looking for. So whether it's the latest driver, irons, putter or laser rangefinder, Joel has his finger on the pulse keeping up to date with the latest releases in golf. He is also responsible for all content on irons and golf tech, including distance measuring devices and launch monitors.

One of his career highlights came when covering the 2012 Masters he got to play the sacred Augusta National course on the Monday after the tournament concluded, shooting a respectable 87 with just one par and four birdies. To date, his best ever round of golf is a 5-under 67 back in 2011. He currently plays his golf at Burghley Park Golf Club in Stamford, Lincs, with a handicap index of 3.3.

Joel's current What's In The Bag? 

Driver: Titleist TSR3, 9° 

Fairway wood: Titleist TSR3, 15° 

Hybrid: Titleist TSi2, 18° 

Irons: TaylorMade P770, 4-7 iron, TaylorMade P7MC 8-PW 

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8, 50°, 54° and a Titleist Vokey SM9 60° lob wedge 

Putter: Evnroll ER2V 

Ball: 2021 Titleist Pro V1x