Expert Review: Cobra King Radspeed IronPublished on 03/14/2023 · 5 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the club, which I purchased with my own money in May of 2021.
All photos by Roger Flores
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the club, which I purchased with my own money in May of 2021.
On first impression, I came to find amazing distance, as well as top-notch forgiveness and feel, with the Cobra King RadSpeed Irons. The innovative, 3D-printed nylon medallion insert very much did its job of providing dampening on mishits and improving feel.
About the club I own
- Model: 2020 Cobra RadSpeed Irons
- Loft setting: Strong
- Shaft type: Steel KBS Tour 90
- Shaft flex: Regular
- Average score: 77
- Handicap: 8
- Experience: 35 years of golf
- Right/Left-handed: Right-handed
- Typical ball flight: High
- Golf ball used: Callaway Chrome Soft
- Club swing speed: 85
- When I bought the club: May 2021
- Days tested: 40 days
- Where I’ve used it: Riverside Municipal Golf Course, range, and simulator
- Weather and wind conditions: Normal conditions, high heat, and wind
How it performs
What I was looking for
I was looking for a set with stronger lofts to add distance. I also wanted to be able to take out a metalwood and add a wedge to my set.
Why I chose this club
This set of clubs were the most forgiving, long, and best-feeling clubs that I’ve tried. I was highly impressed by the feel at impact.
What I love about it
- Distance: Distance on this club is unmatched for lower swing speeds. I attribute that to the design of the club: placing the weight at just the specific right spots in the club. Stronger lofts contribute as well.
- Forgiveness: The face of the club is a bit longer than most, but it is very forgiving on typical mishits low on the face or right. These clubs don't tend to slice.
- Feel: The feel at impact is very pleasing. Mishits are felt but not painful. The 3D-printed insert helps with dampening and with speed off the face.
- Sound: The sound was unique but not unpleasant. Center strikes sound amazing. The 3D printed tech behind the face likely is part of this sound.
- Workability: For game improvement irons, these clubs are very workable. Working the ball has always been thought of as needing a more solid forged style blade. It takes a while to learn how to make a golf ball move in the air from left to right at will or from left to right. I think the face is so responsive with a larger sweet spot that it allows the golfer to feel the comfort to do so if they know how.
- Shaft Feel: I tested these clubs with multiple shafts of graphite and steel. I chose the KBS Tour 90 shaft simply because it felt the best for me. The club as a whole felt more solid.
- Shaft Performance: The KBS Tour 90 shaft offered the most distance and consistency primarily because of its torque and weight.
- Aesthetic Appeal: I love the carbon top line. It gives the impression that it is a bit thinner than it actually is. Some folks, however, will not like the top line of this club due to the carbon insert (this club is one of the first ever to have this design). But for those golfers, you should look down at this club like a racecar!
Issues I’ve encountered
- Grip Feel: I’m not a big fan of the Arccos sensors at the end of the grips. They make it feel like the club is longer and so I have less control. They also feel like they have a bigger circumference at the end of the club than I'm used to.
- Launch Angle: The launch angle could be a bit higher, which could offer a better angle of descent for more spin.
- Spin: I found that there is a little less spin on the ball, as with other irons. This is nice to have on long irons, but definitely a drawback for short irons where I would want the ball to stick. If there is a need for spin on the ball with the long irons, then I have to strike the ball at a steeper angle.
Best shot with this club
These clubs are exceptionally long. On a long par 3, where I would usually use a hybrid, I found it very easy to take a 4 iron off the tee and hit the green. I birdied that hole for the first time.Talk about a feeling.
Value for the money vs. other options
For the price of these irons, I definitely got my bang for the buck. They cost significantly less than the APEX and Stealth and had just as much distance and forgiveness, if not more.
The Cobra King RadSpeed Irons have proven to perform amazingly for my game. They have just the right amount of forgiveness and workability, and not to mention I hit them a mile. For someone who is looking to improve their forgiveness, workability, and especially DISTANCE, the clubs are a great choice. Heck, these clubs might even let you throw another wedge in your bag like they did for me! Cheers.