Expert Review: Cobra King Forged Tec One Length IronsPublished on 05/04/2023 · 4 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the golf clubs, which I tested for one day in April of 2023.
All photos courtesy of David L. Brown
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the golf clubs, which I tested for one day in April of 2023.
The Cobra King Forged Tec One Length irons are a solid option for those looking to gain more distance in their mid-range game. These irons are geared for someone who wants to take their game to the next level but wants to be more mechanical within their swing, with each iron being the same length.
About the clubs I tested
- Model: 2022 Cobra King Forged Tec One Length Iron
- Loft setting: 1.4-4.4mm offset
- Shaft type: Steel
- Shaft flex: Regular
- Average score: 79
- Handicap: 7
- Experience: 22 years of golf
- Right/Left-Handed: Right-Handed
- Typical ball flight: High
- Golf ball used: Callaway Chrome Soft Triple Track
- Club swing speed: 97mph
- When I tested the club: April 2023
- Days tested: 1
- Where I’ve used it: Simulator
- Weather and wind conditions: Indoor simulator
How it performs
What I was looking for
I was looking for new irons as my TaylorMade Racs are from 2008. I wanted to find a club that created more distance and feel within my mid-range game. I had heard about these as they are newer and all one length, so I wanted to try them as I have only ever tried one other set with the same length of irons.
Why I didn’t purchase these clubs
I didn’t buy these clubs because they don’t suit my game. I wanted a club that offered more feel and workability. These clubs are geared for a newer beginning golfer who is trying to settle into the game.
What I love about it
- Distance: The distance was solid overall. I found consistency in my iron shots once I started dialing in the feel. I was hitting my 7 Iron 165 yards on average, which is within five yards of my current 7 iron distance.
- Forgiveness: The forgiveness was decent, as it has a PWRShell face that creates a softer head giving the maximum room for error regardless of where the ball is struck on the face.
- Sound: The sound was a normal tinging that felt crisp to the ear. I appreciate that about the sound, as some other irons I have tested recently have either a loud ting or a lower thud sound that isn’t appealing to the ear.
- Shaft Feel: The regular steel flex irons allowed me to move through the ball and create solid, consistent contact.
- Shaft Performance: The shaft performance was good overall as they allowed me to consistently strike the ball and have the same spin rate over and over at around 7500 RPMs.
- Launch Angle: The launch angle came off the clubface like normal, with a higher flight that allowed for softer landings on approach shots.
- Aesthetic appeal: The forged irons are simple and sleek with the all-silver backing and the distinct hard lines on the backside of the clubhead.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Feel: The face was soft, but when the ball was struck off-center, it didn’t have a deadening feel to it like other higher-end irons.
- Workability: The workability wasn’t great. I tried moving the ball with my natural high fade and wasn’t constantly moving the ball like I wanted with a 5-10 yard right to left curve. The clubs offer distance and forgiveness but lack that movement that higher-skilled golfers might be looking for.
- Adjustability: The irons I tested used the stock irons off the shelf, so they were not adjusted. But I know there are graphite shafts that could suit someone else's game if that is their default preference.
- Grip Feel: The default grips were Lamkin grips that were slippery to me. I prefer Golf Pride grips on my irons and would customize the grips if I purchased these myself.
Best shot with this club
My best shot with this club was averaging a 10-yard proximity to the hole with both my 4 and 6 irons. My distance wasn’t quite there with the short club length, but the accuracy felt like it was.
Value for the money vs. other options
These irons are a good option for someone looking to take their game more seriously but wanting a simpler mechanic to their swing. However, I would lean more toward the Srixon ZX7s or TaylorMade P790s as they are a better option for the same or similar price point because of their feel and overall workability with shot shaping.
These clubs take some getting used to. The one-length option is best for someone starting out or looking to be more mechanical within their game but is a solid option nonetheless.