A thoughtful set that incorporates design improvements that will offer quick and tangible benefits in performance to the average golfer. Long and consistently so with a solid feel and high levels of off-centre forgiveness. Factor in the built-in Cobra Connect and additional tags for the extra clubs and the value for money on offer is staggering.
Exceptional distance, explosive feel and surprisingly uniform carry distances. Option of improved One Length set for extra ball striking consistency
Lacks the shelf appeal of previous Cobra irons.
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Cobra King F8 Irons Review - Thinner faces and new CG positioning should contribute to improved all-round performance but did the King F8 irons deliver?
Cobra King F8 Irons Review
A modern but simple looking club, the King F8 iron is built primarily for distance. Now, the 4-7 iron within the set is hollow like a hybrid, providing faster ball speeds and we certainly experienced that in our testing.
It’s large down by the ball without looking especially game improver. The thick topline and offset inspire confidence for inconsistent ball strikers that help is at hand and clip a few balls away you certainly feel that you haven’t got to strike the sweetspot to achieve good distance.
Much of the distance will come from the lofting, construction and the tweak in CG positioning. The 7-iron has a loft of 29.5˚, which is still strong by modern standards, and the CG has been lowered through a shortening of the hosel.
Out of the middle, the ball flies off like a rocket. The face feels hot like a hybrid, which is great for distance, but sounds more like an iron and it was surprisingly consistent. Our average carry distance on the GC2 was in excess of 183 yards with shots ranging from 181 to 187 yards. The impressive yardage is great for golfers who always seem to come up short of the green on approach shots.
The spin was a touch low at 4800 rpm but not surprising given the low loft and the iron had no trouble in launching the ball, getting it up at nearly 19˚ and peaking at 37 yards. You’ll notice how we also didn’t hit many shots offline, such was the forgiveness of the face on a wide area.
The short irons feel softer and less explosive than the longer irons and the addition of the Versatile Grind on the speciality wedges should appeal to lower handicaps who like to be more creative around the green.
Improvements have also been made in the One Length set through adjustment of the hosel lengths and use of flighted shafts, which means golfers should see more consistent trajectories. The One Length hybrid is a curious addition and while the benefits of a hybrid over a long iron should be obvious, we didn’t get on with it as well as expected as you can see in our King F8 hybrid review.
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.
During these enjoyable years he has had some money-can't-buy experiences, like interviewing Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy one-on-one and covering the 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor.
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 4.7.
Joel's current What's In The Bag?
Driver: TaylorMade SIM2, 9°
Fairway wood: Titleist TSi3, 15°
Hybrid: Titleist TSi2, 18°
Irons: TaylorMade P770, 4-PW
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8, 50°, 54° and 58°
Putter: Evnroll ER2V
Ball: 2021 Titleist Pro V1x
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