Expert Review: Cobra King Vintage Stingray-20Published on 03/14/2023 · 4 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the putter, which I tested for two days in November of 2022.
All photos courtesy of David L. Brown
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the putter, which I tested for two days in November of 2022.
The Cobra King Vintage Stingray-20 is a tremendous putter with great feel and consistency. This putter would be ideal for that golfer who is looking to take that next step in their game, whether that be breaking 90 or winning their club championship.
About the club I tested
- Model: 2022 Cobra King Vintage Stingray-20
- Shape: Mallet
- Hosel Neck: Single bend
- Balance Point: 12in
- Shaft Length: 35in
- Grip Type: Pistol
- Finish: Black
- Average Score: 79
- Handicap: 7
- Experience: 22 years of playing golf
- Right/Left-Handed: Left-handed
- Stroke Type: Straight back and through, traditional grip
- Golf Ball Used: Titleist ProV1
- Height: 5’9’’
- When I tested the putter: Demoed it on two different occasions
- Days tested: 2
- Where I’ve used it Indoor and outdoor practice greens
- Weather and Wind Conditions Outside damp
- Green Speed: Medium
- Grass Type Bent grass, turf
How it performs
What I was looking for
I prefer mallet putters over any other type of putter, so I wanted to give the Stingray Cobra a try because it is very aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Secondly, I am a feel putter and wanted something with a soft face that would allow me to feel the putt through contact more consistently.
Why I chose to test this club
The Stingray is top of the line from its appearance down to its performance. The soft feel in the face, paired with its balance, allows the ball to roll off the face consistently. Putting is all about feel, and this putter checks all the boxes, but I did not make the purchase as I was demoing various putters.
What I love about it
- Face Feel: The SIK face technology has a balancing feature that really allowed me to feel the club striking the ball, which is what I want in a putter.
- Forgiveness: It’s very forgiving due to its SIK face technology that helps deaden the ball. Even when the putt isn’t stuck perfectly, it still rolls pure.
- Alignment: It has sharp alignment features with the all-black head and a single white line giving a clear visual to line the head up with the putter.
- Length: I prefer a 35-inch putter being 5’10’’, as it allows me to swing my arms back and through easily.
- Aesthetic Appeal: Amazing. Pulling this out of the bag is a nice feeling. The steel shaft down to the all-black mallet head really makes the putter stand out.
- Grip Feel: Grip feel was solid. It has a pistol oversized grip which is comfortable regardless of hand placement
- Balance: The weight in the putter head and ergonomic design allows the putter head to feel consistent throughout the entire arc of the swing.
- Customization: The adjustability of weight within the head is a plus, as I can have up to 10g of weight adjusted to match my ideal weight.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Weight: The base head weight is 350g which is lighter than I would prefer, but the adjustability would be nice to try so I could make the putter heavier.
Best Putt or Round with this Putter
I demoed this putter on two occasions to get a feel for how it would perform. Consistency was the name of the game. I made 10 5-footers in a row and eight out of 10 10-footers. I will take those numbers all day for a guy who doesn’t play as much as he used to.
Value for the money vs. other options
The Stingray runs around $249. If someone is looking for a higher-end mallet putter, I would recommend the Stingray. I think other cheaper options, like the Odyssey DFX 2 Ball putter, will perform well, but the Stingray gives consistent and overall confidence that other putters won’t.
Overall, the Cobra King Vintage Stringray putter unlocks potential. The potential to make more long putts and be even more consistent knocking down those 5-10 foot pressure putts without breaking a sweat.