Expert Review: Cobra T-Rail 2023 Combo SetPublished on 05/20/2023 · 4 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the golf club set, which I tested for one day in May of 2023.
All photos courtesy of David L. Brown
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the golf club set, which I tested for one day in May of 2023.
The Cobra T-Rail Combo Set is a solid option for those looking to gain more distance in the mid-range game. These irons are geared for mid-tier handicappers who want to take their game to the next level while maximizing their feel and forgiveness.
About the club I tested
- Model: 2023 Cobra T-Rail Combo Irons
- Loft setting: 1mm offset
- Shaft type: Graphite - Cobra Ultralight
- Shaft flex: Regular
- Average score: 79
- Handicap: 7
- Experience: 22 years of playing 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: May 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 have been in the market for new irons, so I have been testing a variety of newer irons. I wanted to try the Cobra T-Rail Combo Set because of its hybrid look. I want something that offers more distance than I currently have but doesn’t give up forgiveness.
Why I didn’t purchase this club
I didn’t buy this club. Although they were long and forgiving, they were too bulky and didn’t allow me to work the ball how I wanted. I was hitting the ball consistently on target, but when I wanted to cut the ball, I struggled to do so.
What I love about it
- Distance: The distance was longer than most other irons I tried (Mizuno JPX 921s and the Callaway Rogue STs), as I was averaging around 5-7 yards further with each shot.
- Forgiveness: The forgiveness was solid as the ball stayed straight for a longer period of time, even on misses. It felt like I really had to try and hit the ball off-target to do so.
- Feel: The feel was solid as I knew where I contacted the ball and could tell if it was hit off the toe, heel, or center. The larger H.O.T. face design gives it a dampening sensation on contact, allowing the ball to jump off the face.
- Sound: The sound was a normal tinging that felt crisp to the ear.
- Shaft Feel: The regular graphite flex irons allowed me to move through the ball and create solid, consistent contact. In addition, they were especially light and allowed me to increase my swing speed by a few MPH, creating more distance with each swing.
- 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 7500RPMs (7 iron).
Issues I’ve encountered
- Workability: The irons were tough to work the ball left to right and right to left. If I wanted to hit anything but a 2-3 yard fade or draw, I had to feel like I was setting up for a big cut or draw.
- Adjustability: The irons were the stock irons off the shelf, so the clubs were not adjusted.
- Aesthetic Appeal: I enjoy the red and black combo, but the irons are too bulky. This is what comes with the club as someone who wants maximum forgiveness will get it; however, they won’t be able to drive their club into the ground as the backside of the club is too large.
- 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.
- Launch Angle: The launch angle was higher than I would have liked. I have a higher launch angle, to begin with, so the fact these irons went higher was a negative because if I ever were to play in windier conditions, I know that would be a struggle to combat.
Best shot with this club
I can’t say one shot was the highlight, but I found these clubs incredibly lightweight and easy to swing, so I was pleasantly surprised with how straight most of my balls flew.
Value for the money vs. other options
This combo is a solid buy at approximately $999. I think that is fair as they are solid, but I wouldn’t say they outperform the likes of the TaylorMade Stealth Combo or the Callaway Rogue ST Combo sets, but those are priced above the $1,000 mark.
The Cobra T-Rail Combo Set unlocks consistent, straightforward shots. These clubs give the user confidence they will hit the ball straight and be able to do so over and over again.