ClubTest 2022: 4 Cobra fairway woods tested and reviewed
This year’s ClubTest is bigger and better than ever. To help you make sense of the mountain of high-tech new clubs on the market, we put all of the latest offerings from the top golf club manufacturers to the ultimate test. Below you will find the test results and complete reviews of four new Cobra fairway wood models.
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COBRA FAIRWAY WOOD REVIEWS
We tested: 15°, 18.5°, 22.5°
Our take: It’s almost as if Cobra had some extra distance leftover in their drivers that they then sprinkled into the new LTDx fairway wood. It’s crazy long and according to some of our testers, “felt hot and extremely solid with big numbers on the launch monitor.” Which speaking of launch, we found shots hit with the LTDx to fly high with relatively low spin—making it a perfect driver alternative that won’t leave you further back in the fairway than you’d be with just about any other wood we’ve tried.
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Cobra LTDx fairway wood
The details: This is a fairway wood built for sheer distance and it delivers, thanks mainly to the internal PWR-COR weighting system that positions weight low and towards the front to produce that much-coveted low-spin/high-launch ballflight. Other power-generating features include AI-designed H.O.T. Face Tech for more distance across more points on the clubface; fixed weighting towards the back for more forgiveness and also to boost ballflight; a lightweight carbon crown and on the 5W and 7W models, rails on the sole for improved turf interaction. Also comes with an adjustable hosel for a customized ballflight.
Cobra LTD Max
We tested: 15.5°, 18.5°, 22.5°
Our take: There’s something reassuring about a wood that has draw bias—we feel like it’s easier to swing hard and hit bombs from the fairway. True to the case, the LTDx Max is in fact the easiest of the LTDx line to wield and produces long shots off the tee and fairway—without needing to launch the ball sky high into the air. Our favorite loft is the 18.5, which fills that goldilocks zone between the driver and hybrid, with a dependable launch and spin.
Cobra LTDx Max fairway wood
The details: It’s virtually identical to the standard LTDx fairway wood, but comes with draw weight added to the heel, making it easier to square the clubface at impact. Inside, the PWR-COR tech adds weight low and to the front for a low-spin/mid-launch trajectory, and H.O.T. (Highly Optimized Topology) Face Tech that utilizes an AI and machine learning design for increased ballspeed across more points on the clubface. Comes with sole rails in the 5W and 7W models and an adjustable hosel for ballflight customization.
Cobra LTDx LS
We tested: 14.5°, 18.5°
Our take: It’s our favorite Cobra fairway wood this year. We found it to be forgiving, easy to hit and workable—which for the better player is the holy trinity when it comes to a fairway wood. It’s long too, thanks to driver-like technologies that boost ballspeed for longer shots both off the tee and from the fairway. It’s not going to produce high launches off the rack, but with a few tweaks to the hosel configuration or with a higher-lofted model, it’s top notch.
Cobra LTDx LS fairway wood
The details: It’s akin to the LTDx in terms of forgiveness and distance, but with a slightly lower launch and a little less spin, it’s more workable. Comes with a lightweight carbon crown and a multi-material PWR-COR weighting system that places weight lower and closer to the face for lower spin while retaining a mid-high launch for maximum distance. An adjustable hosel enables for a customized ballflight.
We tested: 16°, 20°, 23°
Our take: True to their forgiving reputation, Cobra’s Air-X fairway woods impressed our testers with the ease in which they got balls airborne. The lightweight design helped slower swingers produce more speed while a forgiving face and offset hosel minimized banana balls.
Cobra Air-X fairway wood
The details: Building on prior weight-saving innovations, Cobra shaved additional ballast by shifting to a lighter shaft and grip, as well as lighter carbon fiber in the crown. Heel and back weighting are meant to promote stability and a draw bias, while an offset hosel is aimed at slice-reduction.