Expert Review: Cobra RadSpeed HybridPublished on 03/14/2023 · 4 min read This review is my honest opinion of the golf club, which I purchased with my own money in September of 2022.
All photos courtesy of Grant Ellison
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the golf club, which I purchased with my own money in September of 2022.
The Cobra RadSpeed is a great hybrid. It looks incredible and performs great. It hits great off a tee, off the fairway, and even out of the rough. It's consistent and reliable. It gets me out of many sticky situations on the golf course since it hits so well out of the rough. The RadSpeed is a great option for higher handicap golfers who struggle to hit longer irons, but it's also great for lower handicap golfers who prefer a hybrid over long irons, like myself.
About the club I own
- Model: 2021 Cobra RadSpeed Hybrid
- Loft setting: 4-hybrid 21°
- Shaft type: Graphite
- Shaft flex: Stiff
- Average score: 77
- Handicap: 6
- Experience: ≈ 20 years of golf
- Right/Left-Handed: Right-handed
- Typical ball flight: Both draws and fades
- Golf ball used: Any tour level ball
- When I bought the club: September 2022
- Days tested: 60
- Where I’ve used it: Multiple golf courses and simulator
- Weather and wind conditions: Indoors and outside in normal golf conditions
How it performs
What I was looking for
I was looking for a new 4-hybrid club that looked good standing over it and performed well. I struggle to hit anything above a 5-iron, so I prefer hybrids. I had a Nike Sumo hybrid that I really enjoyed, but it was time for an upgrade.
Why I chose this club
I chose this hybrid for many reasons. First, I love Cobra products because I've always been able to hit their clubs well and enjoyed how they performed. So I was naturally drawn to this hybrid when it was released. Second, I love how it looks and performs just as much. The all-black looks clean, and I can hit this club straight consistently. I didn’t really consider any other options because I tried this club first and was very pleased with it.
What I love about it
- Distance: The distance is solid. It has a forged face insert and front weighting to aid with distance. It isn't much longer than my Nike Sumo hybrid, but I already hit the Nike hybrid far, so I didn’t need it to be any longer. The Cobra Radspeed is definitely not shorter, though.
- Forgiveness: It has nice forgiveness because I hit it much straighter than my other hybrid. When I hit it solid, it goes very straight, and this is because of the hollow split rails. Mishits still do affect it, though. If I toe it, heel it, or hit it thin, I will lose some distance, but that's pretty hard to avoid with any club.
- Feel: It has a great feel. The ball feels very soft when I hit it, no matter what. The forged face insert plays a major role in this.
- Sound: I love the sound this club makes when I hit it. It's a higher-pitched ping noise which I really enjoy.
- Aesthetic Appeal: This is one of the best-looking hybrids around. The all-black with the lime green accent looks great. It also has a great look standing over. The clubhead is a perfect size, not too big or too small. It gives me confidence before each shot.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Workability: I can't work the ball well because it has a larger clubhead than a 4 or 3 iron. However, it has good workability for a hybrid, so it’s not a significant issue.
- Adjustability: The RadSpeed can’t adjust the loft in any way, which some people might want. This would be helpful for someone who might want to try using a variety of bag setups with their irons and hybrids. For example, if they want to put a 4 iron back in the bag and switch the loft to a 3 hybrid. Many of Cobra’s other clubs are adjustable, so I’m surprised this one isn’t.
Best shot with this club
I was at my local golf course on a reachable par 5. I had hit a great drive down the fairway and had about 225 left into the hole that was a dogleg left. I hit a draw and followed the curve of the hole perfectly and rolled up onto the green within about 15 feet of the hole, and I was able to make an eagle.
Value for the money vs. other options
This hybrid is a great value. That's one of the other reasons I was drawn to it. Its performance can’t be beaten, and it's less expensive than other options, such as the TaylorMade SIM hybrid or the Callaway Apex hybrid.
If one needs a great club to take the place of their 3 or 4 iron, the Cobra RadSpeed is a great choice. I love the way it looks and performs. It's one of my favorite clubs in my bag to hit.