Cobra King Utility Iron 2016 Review

The world's first adjustable iron has come from Cobra but how does it perform?

Cobra King Utility iron
Cobra King Utility iron
Golf Monthly Verdict

Game improvers may struggle to strike the ball consistently enough to get on with the Cobra Utility iron, but anyone with a handicap in single figures could certainly benefit from the versatility and flight control this club has to offer.

Reasons to buy
  • +

    An innovative, versatile product whereby the adjustability allows you to select the desired ball flight and carry distance to fit the gap between your long iron and fairway wood.

Reasons to avoid
  • -

    As with most utility irons, it’s a daunting prospect striking it solidly off the deck consistently.

Why you can trust Golf Monthly Our expert reviewers spend hours testing and comparing products and services so you can choose the best for you. Find out more about how we test.

Golf Monthly's Cobra King Utility iron review, the world's first adjustable iron designed to offer competent golfers distance and versatility

The Cobra King Utility iron is the world’s first adjustable iron and Cobra has executed it very well indeed.

Down by the ball, it looks superb. The thick topline and wide sole will boost your confidence and yet it doesn’t look significantly oversized thanks to the length of the blade from heel to toe being more in line with a long iron in a mid-to-low handicap iron set.

Cobra King Utility Iron

A tungsten weight low and back aids a higher launch

This club has the ability to be a 2 or 3-iron depending on your preference. Opt for the lower-lofted 2-iron and you’ll experience a low, penetrating flight ideal if you want to keep the ball under the wind and get the ball running off the tee.

In the mid loft of 19.5°, I averaged around the 210 yard carry distance with another 20 yards of run, making it ideal on tight holes where I need to find the fairway without losing out on distance.

Cobra King Utility iron data

It feels great out of the middle, combining the hot, hollow feeling of a hybrid with a hint of softness similar to that of an iron. It also felt like there was a decent amount of help at hand thanks to the Tungsten weight in the back of the club improving both the feel and off-centre hit performance.

Off the fairway, the ball flew even lower, so if you plan on using it mostly into long par fours and par fives rather than off the tee, adjusting to a higher loft will provide additional stopping power, while also giving you a few more yards than a standard 3-iron.

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 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

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8, 54°. Titleist Vokey SM9 60° lob wedge, K Grind

Putter: Evnroll ER2V 

Ball: 2023 Titleist Pro V1x