Cobra LTDx MAX Driver Review

In this Cobra LTDx MAX driver review, we test out the brand's draw-biased option for 2022

Cobra LTDx MAX Driver Review
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Golf Monthly Verdict

For a driver that delivers on its promise of forgiveness, this also has an aspirational, premium look and feel. It is a worthy contender for anyone in the market for a new driver in 2022

Reasons to buy
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    More refined aesthetics versus the last generation

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    Improved sound

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    Impressive forgiveness and consistency

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Reasons to avoid
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    Not as long as the other two drivers in the range

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If you are looking for a forgiving, draw-biased driver in 2022 then Cobra’s LTDx MAX is likely to come across your radar. We tested it on a Trackman launch monitor at Kings Golf Studio, up against last year’s Radspeed XB, using Titleist Pro V1x balls to see whether it is worth considering. Take a look at our video review below.

Whilst the shape of the driver is very similar to what we saw last year, the address view is quite different. The new matt black finish looks far more refined and creates a modern aesthetic that works really well. Last year’s Radspeed XB had a glossy finish, as did the equivalent SpeedZone Xtreme driver from 2020 - pictured below. Alongside the launch of the LTDx Max, Cobra has released a standard LTDx and a low-spinning LTDx LS head. 

It is possible that this sleeker, duller finish makes the driver look more compact at address but this wasn’t something we picked up on. The end result is that whilst it might not have the eye-catching appeal of the TaylorMade Stealth driver, the new Cobra has a premium, aspirational look that any golfer, no matter what their handicap, will enjoy putting in the bag.

LTDx MAX v SZ address

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The data chart below shows how the performance of the Cobra LTDx MAX stacked up versus last year’s XB model (both drivers had the same Mitsubishi Tensei shaft, the heads were set to 9.5˚ and we used Titleist Pro V1x golf balls). 

Radspeed XB v LTDx Max

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Interestingly, at 162.4mph the ball speeds were identical and even though our smash factor with the Radspeed was slightly higher, the overall performance of the new model was better. This would suggest the new variable thickness ‘H.O.T Face’ design is perhaps helping to add more forgiveness to the performance. Also, the LTDx MAX delivered slightly more spin which was a good thing and helped increase the carry distance (the difference in total distance was +3 yards).

Cobra LTDx face

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The other factor we noticed during our testing was the draw-biased performance (we had the lighter 3g weight in the heel). The LTDx MAX sits less closed behind the ball than some other draw-biased drivers you’ll find this year. For us, that meant we were able to swing confidently at the ball without worrying about hitting a hook and ultimately, we were pleased by how consistent the Cobra LTDx MAX was - we didn’t lose any shots to the right and most of them finished just left of the centre line. 

Cobra LTDx drivers address

The MAX version sits square at address and is similar in size to the others in the range

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For the final part of our testing, we went back to Kings Golf Studio and tested the LTDx MAX again but this time up against the popular SpeedZone Xtreme model from 2020. The data graphic below shows how they performed:

LTDx MAX v SZ driver

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As you can see, both drivers offered high launch and mid spin performance with the LTDx MAX offering an extra 6 yards through the air. The numbers don't reveal a ground-breaking leap forward. However, what struck us as we hit both drivers was how the LTDx MAX was more consistent. Variations in spin and flight were minimal and we felt as if we were much more in control of the new model.

Cobra LTDx driver testing

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The Cobra LTDx models are certainly set to be among the best golf drivers of 2022. The MAX option certainly delivers on its promise of forgiveness and consistency while also retaining the sleek aesthetics that will appeal to players of all abilities.

Neil Tappin
Digital Editor

In his current role, Neil is responsible for testing drivers and golf balls. Having been a part of the Golf Monthly team for over 15 years and playing off a handicap of 3, he has the experience to compare performance between models, brands and generations. For 2022 he thinks the main trend in drivers is: "In a word, consistency. Whilst all the brands are talking about ball speed (and the new drivers are certainly long), my biggest finding has been how much more consistent the ball flights are. Mishits don't seem to be causing the same level of drop-off or increase in the spin numbers. This means that more shots seem to be flying the way you want them to!" As far as golf balls are concerned the biggest development is in the, "three piece, non-Tour, urethane-covered section. For regular golfers, these models offer superb performance at both ends of the bag without denting your wallet quite as much as the premium Tour-played options."

Originally working with the best coaches in the UK to produce instruction content, he is now the brand's Digital Editor and covers everything from Tour player interviews to gear reviews. In his time at Golf Monthly, he has covered equipment launches that date back well over a decade. He clearly remembers the launch of the Callaway and Nike square drivers as well as the white TaylorMade driver families, such as the RocketBallz! If you take a look at the Golf Monthly YouTube channel, you'll see his equipment videos dating back over a decade! He has also conducted 'What's In The Bag' interviews with many of the game's best players like Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm. Over the years, Neil has tested a vast array of products in each category and at drastically different price-points. 

Neil is currently playing: Driver: TaylorMade Stealth Plus Fairway Wood: Titleist TSR2 Hybrid: Titleist TS3 Irons (4-9): Mizuno JPX 919 Forged Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 46˚, 50˚, 54˚, 60˚ Putter: Odyssey Triple Track Ten Ball: Titleist Pro V1X