ClubTest First Look: Cobra’s King Tec hybrid is packed with technology
Cobra’s King Tec looks like a traditional hybrid, but it’s packed with the kind of technology and adjustability usually reserved for a driver or fairway wood.
Geared for the better player who wants another option off the tee — and from the fairway — King Tec ($279) is the only hybrid in Cobra’s lineup that boasts a responsive PWRShell face. The forged 455 stainless steel L-cup insert wraps under the leading edge and adds additional ball speed and a higher launch across the entire face structure. The face design has been utilized in the past with the company’s game-improvement irons (and more recently the King Forged Tec).
What separates King Tec from other hybrids on the market is an expanded level of adjustability via a weight and loft system. The three weights (two 12-grams weights and a 2-gram weight) can be situated in the toe, heel or a more neutral location to alter ball flight characteristics. For swing weight and/or a stronger draw or fade shape, additional weights (10 and 14 grams) are also available through custom order.
The additional weight ports in the sole are made possible with the help of a carbon fiber crown that netted 10 grams of discretionary weight that was repositioned low and back to induce a higher launch. The oversized profile and square leading edge add an extra layer of forgiveness and a pleasing look at address.
An 8-setting MyFly hosel affords golfers plus or minus 1.5 degrees of loft adjustability in either direction, as well as 3 draw settings to dial in launch and spin.
Cobra’s King Tec hybrid comes equipped with a Cobra Connect grip sensor to track shot data, and is available in right- and left-handed (custom only) in four lofts — 17 (adjustable from 15.5 to 18.5 degrees), 19 (17.5-20.5), 21 (19.5-22.5) and 24 degrees (22.5-25.5). The standard shaft offerings are Mitsubishi Chemical’s MMT 80 hybrid graphite (S, XS) and MMT 70 (R).