Expert Review: Cobra LTDx Iron SetPublished 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 2022.
All photos courtesy of Alex Rothery
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the club, which I purchased with my own money in May of 2022.
The Cobra LTDx Iron Set is tailored to golfers with a slightly more moderate swing speed, or golfers who are smooth-tempoed up and down through the ball. The added forgiveness makes this a perfect option for a player of any skill level.
About the club I own
- Model: 2022 Cobra LTDx Iron Set (5-PW, GW)
- Loft setting: Standard Loft
- Shaft type: KBS C-Taper Lite
- Shaft flex: Regular
- Average score: 80-84
- Handicap: 11
- Experience: 10+ years of golf
- Right/Left-Handed: Right
- Typical ball flight: High baby draw
- Golf ball used: TaylorMade Distance+, Callaway ERC Soft
- Club swing speed: 85 mph
- When I bought the club: May 2022
- Days tested: 20+ days
- Where I’ve used it: Multiple rounds at my local course (Adkins Golf Club, Hulman Links, Woodlawn Country Club), tons of practice greens, and a couple of simulator rounds
- Weather and wind conditions: Have not gotten to play in wet conditions yet, but there have been a lot of hard and dry conditions recently
How it performs
What I was looking for
I have been working towards more of a steady tempo swing, so a golf club that can help promote better ball speed with a slower swing is ideal. To go with that, workability and forgiveness were a top priority for me.
Why I chose this club
I have always been a firm believer in the design of Cobra clubs. Promoting as much swing speed as possible while maintaining tremendous forgiveness is a must-have in golf for any player. Everyone wants a club that just stands out in their bag: the chrome finish, 3D-design print, and orange with black finish is very appealing. Immediately, I could tell these irons were built for speed the second I gripped them. They felt very light, and the look they provide while addressing the ball gives me that confidence and feel of a tour pro club.
What I love about it
- Distance: These irons provide excellent distance. These have been designed with PWR-COR Technology, which maximizes the face speed and increases overall distances.
- Forgiveness: Forgiveness is one of the main design focuses of Cobra clubs. The PWRSHELL Technology that increases the face speed will also provide face flex in the mishits areas. When I toe or heel the ball, I lose some yardage, but I still maintain a relatively straight ball flight.
- Feel: The feel of these clubs resembles more of a forged iron, as the impact provides a very strong and solid feel. This same feel continues with the mishits as well. But while the feel and feedback I get from this club is strong and solid, it is hard to tell the difference between a ball that strikes the sweet spot or is a mishit.
- Sound: The sound at impact is a crisp clap. The PwerShell Face technology provides a bit higher-pitched and cleaner sound than some of the other game improvement irons out there (Callaway Rogue Max, TaylorMade Stealth).
- Aesthetic Appeal: There is a really nice look to these irons with their 3D-printed design, sleek blade look, and very slight offset at address.
- Grip Feel: The standard Golf Pride MCC grips that Cobra provides have a great feel; for being a stock shaft they have the feel and durability of more expensive grips, such as the Winn-Dri Tac or Golf Pride MCC+ Align. I have not been able to test them in wet conditions, but they should have no issues holding up in any conditions.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Workability: These irons are not going to provide the workability of the thin blade/forged irons, such as the Rogue Max Pros or the KingTech Irons. It provides shot-shaping abilities, but more advanced players who demand that precise control would not do well with these.
- Launch Angle: The launch angle with these is on the low side, so if more ball height is necessary, these may not be the best. These irons tend to be mid-low trajectory with a neutral flight bias.
- Spin: The club face was built with a milled, grooved face. This is for improving control and accuracy while optimizing spin. It is also for providing that green side spin to get the ball to sit down when necessary. However, with the lower launch angle from these irons, it is easier to get more distance. With that, one can have a harder time stopping ball power on the greens. The approach shots will have the check up someone would be looking for, but with longer irons, the lower trajectory will minimize the sit down of the golf ball on the green.
Best shot with this club
Just starting out with these irons I have had numerous beautiful approach shots — anywhere from 120 to 175 yards out and mid- to high-trajectory with a perfect 10–15 yard baby draw right onto the green. With the closer approach shots, my ball has checked up perfectly with little to no roll out, while my longer irons have settled on the green, but still will see 6–10 feet of roll out. I am very pleased with the shot shapes, feels, and spins.
Value for the money vs. other options
These clubs are a tremendous value for the money. They come in right at a lower price point for quality brand clubs, while also providing the same distance and forgiveness of some of the more expensive options out there, such as Callaway Rogue Max irons, Callaway Mavrik irons, or TaylorMade Stealth irons.
The technology behind these clubs promotes amazing forgiveness and increased distance. These irons are a great option for mid to high handicappers who are looking for an iron that performs just as well as it looks.