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Golf Monthly Verdict

A serious alternative to your long irons, the Baffler will offer control and consistency ideal for mid handicappers. The ball zips nicely off the face and is definitely easier to drive through rough than a thin bladed long iron.

Reasons to buy
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    This ultility club plays particulalry well from the rough in comparison to a long iron.

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Cobra actually invented the Baffler 30 years ago, ahead of the game as far as rescue woods go. But, this little beauty combines old world charm with modern day technology. The Baffler has a thin face enlarging the sweetspot to offer the trajectory of a fairway wood with the control of an iron. And it's control that's key here – unless you can rely on a solid strike every time with your long irons, this provides all important forgiveness. Available in 18, 20, 23 and 26 degree options with a contoured sole plate to cope with good and bad lies it can also be used all over the course.

Neil Tappin

In July 2023, Neil became just the 9th editor in Golf Monthly's 112-year history. Originally working with the best coaches in the UK to produce instruction content, he has also presented many Golf Monthly videos looking at all areas of the game from Tour player interviews to the rules of golf. 

Throughout his time with the brand he has also 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 2 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