The Cobra King Tec 2023 hybrid impressed us with both its performance and appearance. A classy looking hybrid that provided exceptional distance without sacrificing much forgiveness. At a marginally lower price point than some of its competitors, this hybrid should be considered if you’re in the market for a reliable long iron replacement.
Produced extremely fast ball speeds
Very forgiving on off-centre shots
Moveable weights provide easy customization
Fairly large footprint may not appeal to better golfers
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Cobra King Tec 2023 Hybrid Review
Alongside the Aerojet hybrid, Cobra has also released the new King Tec hybrid for 2023. This is the second generation that will come in to replace last year's King Tec model with a refined shape, H.O.T Face Technology, and a moveable weight system which really helps this hybrid stand out against its competitors.
One of the first things we noticed when looking at the new King Tec hybrid next to its predecessor was how Cobra has done an excellent job in cleaning up the aesthetics. The contrasting grey topline on the previous model has been removed and, while it provided a good alignment aid, the new model with a one-tone matte black finish makes the head look much more compact and will make the new model more appealing to a wider variety of golfers. The carbon crown is lighter and has allowed for weight to be redistributed throughout the head to aid speed and forgiveness and made this one of the most forgiving hybrids we have tested.
The sole looks fairly similar too, with the three interchangeable weights that allow golfers to set the club up to produce a certain ball flight. As standard, the club comes with two 12g weights, although 14g and 10g weights are available through custom orders, and a lighter 3g weight. This was particularly fun to play around with and as someone who tends to miss to the left, I swapped the weights around and found my ball flight straightened out dramatically with the lighter weight in the heel, even on off-center strikes, and was particularly helpful when it came to attacking pins on the right side of greens.
We were honestly blown away with how hot the King Tec hybrid felt off the face and the data gathered by a GCQuad Launch Monitor while using Titleist Pro V1x golf balls backed up our suspicions. With average ball speeds of 149mph and an average carry distance of 244 yards it not only outperformed the King Tec 2022 model but also was longer than any other hybrid we tested this year. My only criticism of the club was that It actually went too far for the gapping of my clubs at the top end of the bag, however thanks to the adjustable hosel there is the option to loft up/down 1.5° meaning fitting the King Tec hybrid into your bag should not be an issue.
The Cobra King Tec hybrid was one of the more versatile hybrids we have tested due to its superb length but also able to perform out of the rough. It made light work of hitting out of first and second cut with the ball still launching and spinning enough to stop on greens. Dirt tended to gather in the weights on the sole, which often left the club looking untidy, but it's a sacrifice worth making for the performance. Overall, we think one of the best hybrids we have tested in recent times. The King Tec hybrid will be available to purchase from the 3rd February 2023 and will have an RRP of £249.
Sam has worked in the golf industry for 12 years, offering advice on equipment to all levels of golfers and as Staff Writer, he tests and reviews equipment throughout the bag. Sam graduated from Webber International University in 2017 with a BSc Marketing Management degree while playing collegiate golf. His experience of playing professionally on both the EuroPro Tour and Clutch Pro Tour, alongside his golf retail history, means Sam has extensive knowledge of golf equipment and what works for different types of golfer.
Sam is a member of North Hants Golf Club in Fleet, Hampshire, where he won the club championship 3 times in succession from 2015-2017. His golfing highlight to date is shooting a round of 10-under 60 at his home club, narrowly missing a wedge shot for a magical 59.
Sam’s current What’s In The Bag?
Driver: Titleist TSi3, 9°
Fairway Wood: Titleist TSi2, 15°
Utility Iron: Titleist U510 3 Iron
Irons: Titleist T-100 4 iron, Titleist 620MB, 5-PW
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8, 50°, 54°, 62°
Putter: Scotty Cameron Select GoLo
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x 2021
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