Expert Review: Cobra King F9 Fairway WoodPublished on 05/22/2023 · 6 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the golf club, which I purchased with my own money in May of 2020.
All photos courtesy of Andrew Abbott
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the golf club, which I purchased with my own money in May of 2020.
The Cobra King F9 Fairway Wood is perfect for golfers of all skill levels looking for a great value fairway wood. This wood is great for increasing
About the club I own
- Model: 2019 Cobra King F9 Fairway
- Loft setting: 14.5
- Shaft type: Hzrdus Black 6.5
- Shaft flex: X-Stiff
- Average score: 70
- Handicap: +2
- Experience: 5 years of playing golf
- Right/Left-Handed: Right-Handed
- Typical ball flight: Mid-High
- Golf ball used: TaylorMade TP5x
- Club swing speed: 110mph
- When I bought the club: May 2020
- Days tested: 100+
- Where I’ve used it: Various golf courses and trackman simulator
- Weather and wind conditions: Wind, rain, and warm and cold temperatures
How it performs
What I was looking for
I was looking for a 3 wood that would launch higher and easier to help the ball land softer into greens on a par 5. I also wanted to be able to hit the ball with a lower ball flight when needed off the tee.
Why I chose this club
I bought the Cobra King F9 because of the rail system on the sole of the golf club. This rail system helps with forgiveness and hitting the ball out of the rough. Additionally, the rail system helps launch the ball higher for a better 3 wood trajectory.
What I love about it
- Distance: This fairway wood was extremely long when I first purchased it in 2020. I bought the club because I picked up eight yards on average when testing it. However, this club has a slightly shorter distance than newer fairway woods like the Stealth models and Paradym. This golf club's carbon crown and aerodynamic build help increase clubhead and ball speed to maximize distance.
- Forgiveness: This club is extremely forgiving due to the baffler rail system on the sole of the golf club. These rails are the two silver strips one sees on the image of the bottom of the golf club. The rails help the club glide through the rough extremely easily. I never used to hit a fairway wood if I was in the rough, but this rail system helps make that easy. Additionally, the rails help stabilize the clubface to minimize rotation, increasing forgiveness.
- Feel: The Cobra F9 3 wood feels amazing. Strikes out of the center and even heel of the club feel so smooth yet explosive. The ball feels like it jumps off the face while having the soft, controlled feel one gets from a forged iron. The only problem with the feel is toe strikes that feel very clunky and hard, but that is due to the decrease in spin.
- Sound: This club sounds just fine, in my opinion. This will not make one sound like a professional golfer like the new TaylorMade Stealth fairway woods do; however, it does not have a loud ping or clanky sound as the Callaway and Ping woods have. As a result, I have no complaints about the sound but also nothing to rave about.
- Adjustability: The F9 fairway wood has the MyFly8 adjustable loft system, which allows players to add or remove some loft from the standard loft. Additionally, this loft system allows players to easily swap or change shafts if needed.
- Shaft Feel: The Hzrdus shaft line feels very sturdy and strong. These shafts are designed to feel very strong and have a stiff tip section to eliminate the clubhead from flexing.
- Shaft Performance: This shaft is a low spin, low launch model to help increase distance and optimize spin numbers. This shaft has been amazing when paired with this head because it allows me to find the perfect spin and launch numbers to maximize distance and control.
- Aesthetic Appeal: This fairway wood has a two-tone crown on the clubhead. The portion closer to the face of the club has a matte black finish, while the back side has a glossy carbon material. At first, I was not in love with the crown of the clubhead; however, I realized I never look at the club when hitting a shot but rather look at the ball, so I am not bothered by the look. The club also sits very shallowly, giving added confidence to hit the ball off any lie.
- Launch Angle: The best part about this club is the launch angle. Due to the rail system on the club's sole, this fairway wood launches the ball very high with very little effort required. As a result, I am always very confident hitting this club from the fairway on par 5s, trusting that the ball will land softly and stop on the green rather than skip through.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Workability: As mentioned above, with the forgiveness and launch angle, this club has the rail system, which is great for most shots. However, this makes it harder to shape shots to hit large fades or draws when trying to avoid a tree or turn around the corner of a dogleg hole. Additionally, since the ball launches so well and high, I find the only way to hit a lower trajectory shot is to hit the club a little thin so it does not jump up as high and has a lower spin to stay flighted.
- Grip Feel: I had the Golf Pride Tour Velvet as the stock grip on this club and very quickly elected to change it. The Tour Velvet is a great grip for the first month of use; however, I have found that it wears out quickly, loses its grip, and becomes very slick. The MCC and Z grip are much better, long-lasting options from Golf Pride.
Best shot with this club
The best shot I hit with this club was on a short par 4 that was only 280 yards long. When I was playing this hole, there was a helping wind, so I hit this fairway wood with a little cut of the left side of the green. The ball landed just short of the green and rolled onto it, leaving me with a 15-foot putt. Unfortunately, I lipped out the putt but made the tap in for birdie.
Value for the money vs. other options
The King F9 is the best value fairway wood on the market. There are no comparable models in terms of performance at this price. As a result, if someone is looking for an affordable, top-performance fairway wood, the Cobra King F9 is the way to go. However, if maximum performance is all they want with no budget, then the Paradym and Stealth 2 fairway woods are the best.
The Cobra King F9 Fairway Wood is perfect for golfers looking to increase ball speed without sacrificing forgiveness and control. This club will help players hit the ball from any lie on the golf course and increase launch numbers.