The combination of a compact size, flawless aesthetics with forgiveness thrown in too will appeal to a wide range of golfers.
Superd to look down at, surprisingly forgiving on mishits with plenty of stopping power into greens
They weren’t as workable and didn’t feel as soft as we had expected.
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The Golf Monthly Test Team's Cobra Fly-Z+ Forged irons review, one of two new better player models added to the Fly-Z family in 2015 designed with help from Rickie Fowler
Key Technology Cobra’s Fly-Z+ Forged irons feature a multi-step forging process to construct a soft-feeling, forgiving better player iron. Tungsten inserts positioned in the heel and toe of the 3- to 7-irons position the centre of gravity behind the impact zone, creating consistent distance and accuracy.
They also aid forgiveness by increasing MOI. Additionally, weight-saving vibration-dampening Thermo Plastic rubber inserts help to soften the feel. CNC milled undercutting from 3- to 8-iron removes weight for improved forgiveness.
Will suit Competent players after a set that offers a blend of feel, forgiveness and distance control that looks great in the bag.
GM review It would be a challenge to find a better-looking iron at address than the Fly-Z+ Forged. Redeeming features include the very minimal offset, a subtle shine to the finish and a bevelled topline that makes them appear slimmer than they are.
The feel at impact is solid with a hint of softness thanks to the minimal vibration up the shaft into the hands and the flight is what many golfers will desire – mid-to-high without too much spin. Forgiveness is bolstered by the wide sole and the slightly longer blade length from heel-to-toe compared with other better player models on the market.
The sweetspot felt like it was generous in size, with mishits holding their line well. The KBS Tour shaft aided stability while the Lamkin Crossline grips genuinely enhance the feel in your hands.
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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 86 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 3.2.
Joel's current What's In The Bag?
Driver: Titleist TSR3, 9°
Fairway wood: Titleist TSR3, 15°
Hybrid: Titleist TSi2, 18°
Irons: Ping i230 4-UW
Putter: Evnroll ER2V
Ball: 2023 Titleist Pro V1x
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