Cobra LIMIT3D Iron Review

Joe Ferguson investigates what could be a very significant moment in golf club design…

Photo of the Cobra LIMIT3D Iron
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Golf Monthly Verdict

Simply put, the Cobra LIMIT3D irons are fantastic. The aesthetic speaks for itself, while the feel and forgiveness combination is extraordinary. The impact sensation is comparable to any high-end forged blade, while the playability across the face is as good as any game-improvement iron on the market. The price and limited availability will be an issue, but if this is a glimpse into the future of the iron market, there is an awful lot to look forward to.

Reasons to buy
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    Stunning aesthetic

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    Beautifully soft feel

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    Exceptional forgiveness

Reasons to avoid
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    Hefty price tag and limited availability

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Sometimes equipment releases come a little out of the blue and really take you by surprise, and that was definitely the case for me with the new LIMIT3D iron from Cobra. Essentially what we have here is the world’s first set of commercially available 3D-printed steel irons that are looking to disrupt some of the best irons in golf. There has been a lot of early hype around this set, so here is my take…

From a technology standpoint, we are entering new territory. The goal of this project was to create an iron that looked and felt like a forged blade but offered the playability of one of the best game improvement irons. This seems like a very tall order as a lot of those characteristics are normally mutually exclusive, but Cobra has partnered with nTop, one of the industry leaders in computational design software, and has created a fully 3D printed 318L stainless steel body with a striking lattice structure in the center. 

Close up photo of the lattice structure on the Cobra LIMIT3D Iron

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This lattice structure is really the key as it allows the 33% of the club's overall weight to be repositioned wider within the head to essentially create internal perimeter weighting and an exceptionally high MOI. 100 grams of tungsten has also been placed in the heel and toe area to lower CG and further enhance the forgiveness of the club. 

With regards to the looks, it is difficult to imagine a better-looking iron from a shelf appeal perspective. The head shaping is exceptional and the finish is about as premium as it gets, with the aforementioned lattice structure providing a really interesting and futuristic aesthetic. Down behind the ball once again Cobra has done a great job. The overall profile is excellent with a nicely rounded toe and a flawless transition from hosel to top line. 

Photo of the Cobra LIMIT3D Iron at address

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I would dispute that the LIMIT3D iron looks like a traditional forged blade at address however, as a fairly long blade length and healthy topline make it look more like a TaylorMade P770 or a Titleist T150 to my eye. It is difficult to categorize this iron as it is so unique, but from a looks point of view, I would say it is most comparable to some of the best compact distance irons.

To establish performance, I tested the Cobra LIMIT3D iron at Saunton Golf Club on my FullSwing KIT launch monitor with TaylorMade TP5 golf balls, and the results were intriguing.

Photo of the Cobra LIMIT3D Iron

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I had no real idea what I was expecting to see or feel from the LIMIT3D iron, so I went into testing with a very open mind. That said, knowing the 7 iron base loft was 31˚ I had a hunch that it would produce some strong distance numbers and I wasn’t disappointed. An average carry of 186 yards is well above my average and the work that Cobra has done on the CG is clearly effective as I did not struggle to get these irons airborne with an average launch angle of 18.3˚. This facilitated a pleasing peak height number of 111 feet and a perfectly manageable spin of just under 6400 rpm. Impressive stuff, however, the standout feature for me was still to come and it was a genuine surprise.

Data from the Cobra LIMIT3D

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While I mentioned earlier that these irons didn’t totally give me forged blade vibes in terms of their visuals, I have to concede that the feel is nothing short of remarkable, and when combined with exceptional levels of forgiveness, this iron provides a performance cocktail that I haven’t experienced before.

Impact melts into the face with the buttery softness of any of the best blade irons but also with an added liveliness that is not normally associated with that category. I have never felt an iron that provides so much ball speed with such a tender impact sensation and I was wholly impressed. Furthermore, the levels of forgiveness on offer here are almost unparalleled, standing up to anything I have tested in the best game improvement iron category. Even some of my more severe heel and toe mishits barely interrupted my ball speed averages, aside from a couple of fat shots that the LIMIT3D iron can hardly be held responsible for! 

Photo of the Cobra LIMIT3D Iron

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Due to the minimal offset, I found them relatively workable and thoroughly enjoyed a good few range sessions manipulating ball flights with the LIMIT3D irons.

The elephant in the room however is the price and availability. Coming in at an eye-watering $3000 or £2499 for 4-PW, they won't be for everyone, which is probably no bad thing, as with only 500 sets available worldwide, they will be very hard to come by. 

Photo of the Cobra LIMIT3D Iron

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Those fortunate enough to get their hands on some will find a wide selection of aftermarket shafts and grips available to fine-tune specs.

This feels like a genuine moment in golf club manufacturing. Something has been achieved here that I didn’t know was doable, and let’s not forget, this is the first attempt. If this is a sign of things to come, then I am one very excited equipment tester.

Joe Ferguson
Staff Writer


Joe has worked in the golf industry for nearly 20 years in a variety of roles. After a successful amateur career being involved in England squads at every age group, Joe completed his PGA degree qualification in 2014 as one of the top ten graduates in his training year and subsequently went on to become Head PGA Professional at Ryder Cup venue The Celtic Manor Resort. Equipment has always been a huge passion of Joe’s, and during his time at Celtic Manor, he headed up the National Fitting Centres for both Titleist and Taylormade.  He’s excited to bring his knowledge of hardware to Golf Monthly in the form of equipment reviews and buying advice. 

Joe lives in North Devon and still plays sporadically on the PGA West region circuit. His best round in recent years came earlier in 2023 where he managed a 9 under par 63 at Trevose GC in a Devon & Cornwall PGA Tournament.

Joe's current What's In The Bag? 

Driver: Ping G430 Max 10K 9 degree - Fujikura Ventus Red 6X 45.75"

Fairway wood: TaylorMade Qi10 Tour - Mitsubishi Tensei 1K Pro White shaft 70TX 43.25"

Irons: Callaway Apex CB 24'  3-11 - Project X LS 6.5 shafts

Wedges: PXG Sugar Daddy 54 and 60 degree - Project X LS 6.0 shafts

Putter: Odyssey Toe Up #9

Ball: TaylorMade 2024 TP5x