Cobra King Wedge

Cobra King wedge review
Golf Monthly Verdict

The Cobra King Wedges are a stunning addition to the family but instead making them ultra traditional, and sleek, they are a little more generous than that. We loved the look and the feeling of confidence it inspires. The three sole configurations mean that whatever your technique and the courses you play, you should be able to find a set up that works.

Reasons to buy
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    The Cobra King wedges have a large hitting surface which adds an elemnt of forgiveness without making it look too chunky. Plenty of spin from close range and good flight control when pitching

Reasons to avoid
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    Only available in Chrome, those after a more striking finish will need to go elsewhere

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Golf Monthly's Neil Tappin heads to West Hill Golf Club for his Cobra King Wedge review - how will the performance stack up against the previous generation Trusty Rusty?

Cobra King Wedge Review

The introduction of the Cobra King Wedges marks a move away from the popular previous generation Trusty Rusty. The key technological advancements revolve around the introduction of three different sole designs - classic, versatile and widelow - to offer different players, with different techniques the opportunity to find a set up that works for them. The different sole designs will help the club get through the ground and improve the quality of strike for different players. In addition, Cobra has followed Ping's lead in offering a progressive groove set up. This means that in the less lofted wedges the grooves are further apart to reduce backspin a fraction in preference of a stronger flight (ideal for pitching). In the higher lofted wedges the grooves are closer to maximise spin control on delicate chip shots.

Cobra King wedge grinds

The most important thing to report about these wedges is the success of the different sole designs. If you haven't thought about the importance of grind or sole design in your own choice of wedge, now is the time - it has a huge influence in the quality of your ball striking. My own preference was for the higher bounce Classic design and interestingly, as the strikes improved so did the level of spin.

Speaking of spin, it is, as you would expect, excellent. Most new wedges from top manufacturers will spin alot and this is no different. We like the concept of changing the groove configuration on the less lofted wedges as ultimately ball flight control translates to distance control - which, after all, is the most important thing from further out.

Finally, that brings me on to the 'muscleback' design. I loved the look - still very classic but with plenty of face to look down on. For anyone wanting to play different chip shots around the green, the size of the face will really help.

Neil Tappin
Digital Editor

In his current role, Neil is responsible for testing drivers and golf balls. Having been a part of the Golf Monthly team for over 15 years and playing off a handicap of 3, he has the experience to compare performance between models, brands and generations. For 2022 he thinks the main trend in drivers is: "In a word, consistency. Whilst all the brands are talking about ball speed (and the new drivers are certainly long), my biggest finding has been how much more consistent the ball flights are. Mishits don't seem to be causing the same level of drop-off or increase in the spin numbers. This means that more shots seem to be flying the way you want them to!" As far as golf balls are concerned the biggest development is in the, "three piece, non-Tour, urethane-covered section. For regular golfers, these models offer superb performance at both ends of the bag without denting your wallet quite as much as the premium Tour-played options."

Originally working with the best coaches in the UK to produce instruction content, he is now the brand's Digital Editor and covers everything from Tour player interviews to gear reviews. In his time at Golf Monthly, he has covered equipment launches that date back well over a decade. He clearly remembers the launch of the Callaway and Nike square drivers as well as the white TaylorMade driver families, such as the RocketBallz! If you take a look at the Golf Monthly YouTube channel, you'll see his equipment videos dating back over a decade! He has also conducted 'What's In The Bag' interviews with many of the game's best players like Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm. Over the years, Neil has tested a vast array of products in each category and at drastically different price-points. 

Neil is currently playing: Driver: TaylorMade Stealth Plus Fairway Wood: Titleist TSR2 Hybrid: Titleist TS3 Irons (4-9): Mizuno JPX 919 Forged Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 46˚, 50˚, 54˚, 60˚ Putter: Odyssey Triple Track Ten Ball: Titleist Pro V1X