Expert Review: Cobra King Vintage WidesportPublished on 03/30/2023 · 4 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the putter, which I purchased with my own money in June of 2022.
All photos courtesy of Nick Johnson
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the putter, which I purchased with my own money in June of 2022.
Although Cobra is not known for their putters, the Cobra King Vintage Widesport definitely changed my opinion. It feels great, sets up very square and clean at address, and the insert really performs. My speed control with this club is what surprises me the most.
About the club I own
- Model: Cobra King Vintage Widesport
- Shape: Wide blade
- Hosel Neck: Single bend
- Balance Point: Face balanced
- Shaft Length: 34 inches
- Grip Type: Pistol
- Finish: Black
- Average Score: 70
- Handicap: +2
- Experience: 24 years of golf
- Right/Left-Handed: Right-handed
- Stroke Type: Slight arc
- Golf Ball Used: Titleist ProV1x Left Dash
- Height: 5’7”
- When I bought the putter: June 2022
- Days tested: 180
- Where I’ve used it: Practice green and on course
- Weather and Wind Conditions: All kinds of conditions
- Green Speed: Fast and slow greens: -9–12 stimp
- Grass Type: Bent and Poa Annua
How it performs
What I was looking for
When trying a new putter, I obviously want it to perform well, but I am always very aware of how the face looks at address. If it feels good and rolls well, it needs to look really square for me to put it in play—which this putter achieves easily.
Why I chose this club
I wanted to find a putter that looked clean, performed well, had adjustability weighting-wise, and had a good sound and feel. So many putters look left to my eye, and this one is very square. Plus, the price point is fairly similar to comparable models from brands such as Odyssey, Ping, and TaylorMade.
What I love about it
- Face Feel: The face feels very nice. The aluminum insert has just the right amount of softness and click I look for in a putter. It allows me to feel how my contact is with the ball and get a better idea of my speed.
- Forgiveness: Very forgiving due to the face-balanced nature and a bit of a larger footprint than the typical blade putter. With a bigger sweet spot, it is easier to keep the ball on line even if my stroke isn’t great.
- Weight: Weight was key for me when choosing this putter. The interchangeable weight ports allow me to adjust it to my liking whenever I need to between rounds. It has two circle weights in the sole, and one can order different gram weights from Cobra.
- Alignment: This is a very easy putter to line up with how square it sits. The black finish reduces glares, and the simplistic look makes it very appealing.
- Length: I had to order the putter customized for my length, which is 33 inches. I am a shorter guy and have always played this length. I recommend getting fitted to make sure the length is right. I use length to get my eyes over the ball. Some use it to feel more comfortable.
- Customization: I did add a black shaft just to be fancy and reduce some glare. It doesn’t really do anything performance-wise, but just looks cool to me.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Grip Feel: The stock grip was something I needed to change immediately. I just didn’t like the way it felt and looked. Cobra puts on an oversize grip to appeal to the masses, which is understandable. I have smaller hands, however, which usually means I can’t use anything bigger than the standard-size grip.
Best Putt or Round with this Putter
The one thing I love about this putter is how consistent I am with it—regardless of how much I am practicing. It tends to bail me out more often than not. One story comes to mind when I was playing a match against my buddy on a course I had never seen. It was one of the weirdest matches because he hit every green I missed. But he would miss his birdie putt, and I’d make every par putt. The best moment being on the 16th hole, where I totally chunked my third shot to about 30 feet, then made the putt for par. I could see my opponent’s shoulders slouch immediately. The putter hasn’t left my bag since.
Value for the money vs. other options
This club’s price point is right there with the Odyssey 2Ball and TaylorMade Spider, two staples in the industry. So, the Vintage Widesport’s performance is definitely worth the price. However, I think Cobra might have done well to reduce its price since it’s still new to the putter industry. In turn, Odyssey has done a good job diversifying its options price-wise.
The King Vintage Widesport checks a lot of boxes for what I think most people look for. It looks clean, it feels and sounds great, and the insert really performs. Ask any putter coach out there, and they will say, “speed is king,” which is what really surprised me with this putter. The Descending Loft Tech allows the ball to launch at optimal conditions no matter where I hit it on the face.