Cobra King F7 Fairway Wood Review

Did the sole rails impress our technical editor?

Cobra King F7 fairway wood review
Golf Monthly Verdict

You’ll struggle to find a more versatile fairway wood than the Cobra King F7. The adjustability lets you create the carry distance and ball flight you want while the sole rails improve the performance from the rough where other fairway woods will struggle. No question, this is one of the best fairway woods on the market.

Reasons to buy
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    Best-in-class shot-making versatility and ball-striking forgiveness.

Reasons to avoid
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    Better players may prefer a shape that offers more workability.

Golf Monthly's Cobra King F7 Fairway Wood Review by technical editor Joel Tadman using the Foresight Sports GC2 launch monitor at Red Tail Golf Club near Orlando

Cobra King F7 Fairway Wood Review

The King F7 fairway wood utilises Cobra’s iconic Baffler Rail System - progressive rail heights that are strategically engineered to be shallower in the 3-4 woods become thicker up into the 7-8 woods to assist launch and ball striking from every lie.

The front of the rails improve turf forgiveness while the back of the rails help the club glide out of the turf more smoothly. Our testing confirmed the positive effect the rails have on ball striking, especially when the ball is sitting down in the semi-rough.

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The fact the King F7 fairway comes equipped with 20-gram and 3-gram adjustable weights means that golfers can tailor the ball flight to the situation they will most likely use the club out on the course.

If you tend to use your fairway wood mostly off the tee, you’ll probably prefer having the heavier weight at the front to reduce spin and increase overall distance.

If you envisage you’ll use it mostly from the fairway, and thus take full advantage of the excellent rail technology, then you may want the heavier weight back to increase launch, spin and overall stopping power on the green.

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We tested a 14.5° model off the deck on the grass range at Red Tail Golf Club with new, two-piece range balls. The fact we were hitting from grass, using range balls and had the heavy weight in the back setting (the setting we’d opt for as this club really comes into its own hitting into greens) means the data isn’t directly comparable with other fairway wood reviews we’ve done recently, like the new TaylorMade M1 fairway and the Callaway Big Bertha Epic fairways, but in spite of the testing environment the King F7 performed admirably.

You can also dial in your ball flight and distance using the adjustable loft on the hosel, making it one of the most versatile fairway woods on the market.

The average carry was 230 yards – more than respectable – while launch and spin also provided a nice combination of distance, a strong trajectory and stopping power.

 

 

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 3.8.


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