Expert Review: Cobra Speedzone Xtreme Pars and Stripes EditionPublished on 03/14/2023 · 5 min readThis review is my own honest opinion of the driver, which I bought with my own money in September 2020.
Photo courtesy of Michael C.
About this review This review is my own honest opinion of the driver, which I bought with my own money in September 2020.
The Speedzone Xtreme Driver is for anyone wanting to find the fairway more off the tee. It is lightweight and forgiving on off-center hits. The loft can be adjusted to help golfers get their desired ball flight, and a removable weight allows each golfer to dial into the right feel for them.
- Average score: 78
- Handicap: 6
- Experience: 23 years
- Right/Left-Handed: Right-handed
- Typical ball flight: Mid ball flight
- Golf ball used: TaylorMade Project S and Vice Pro Soft
- Club swing speed: 90 mph
About the club I own
- Model: 2020 Cobra Speedzone Xtreme Pars and Stripes Edition
- Loft setting: 10.5
- Shaft type: Fujikura Ventus Blue
- Shaft flex: Regular
- When I bought the club: September 2020
- Days tested: 60+
- Where I’ve used it: Driving range; Oakwing Golf Club and Oakland Plantation Golf Course in Alexandria, LA.
- Weather and wind conditions: Sunny and dry, wet and overcast, no wind, 10+ mph wind.
How it performs
What I was looking for
I was looking for more consistency in the driver. I’ve always struggled off the tee with a driver and more often than not played a 3 wood instead of a driver.
Why I chose this club
I tested the SpeedZone Xtreme and found it was the top performer for consistency and added distance vs my current driver. Even hits off the toe and heel were following similar ball flights to the more centered hits. While the distance wasn’t the same on the off-centered hits, I would rather be on the fairway than in the woods/water/never never land.
I considered several other options, mostly focusing on Taylormade Sim and Ping G410. I had more distance with the Sim, but the shots were not as consistent. The Ping was a close second for what I was looking for, but the Speedzone was the best for distance and consistency.
What I love about it
- Distance: I gained about 10 yards over my 2019 Taylormade Original One Mini driver.
- Forgiveness: This club is straight about 90% of the time no matter where I hit it. Most of my misses have been operator error.
- Adjustability: The different lofts have been fantastic to fine-tune the desired ball flight. I also switched the weight out a couple of times to find the right feel and forgiveness.
- Aesthetic Appeal: The Pars and Stripes edition is one of the cleanest and most beautiful clubs that I’ve seen and the paint holds up well.
- Launch Angle: The ball is hitting the spots that I want to get too.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Feel: The lightweight feeling is an adjustment from a heavier driver. The lighter weight required me to spend a little more time at the driving range to find my rhythm with it.
- Sound: The sound has more of a ting than I personally like, but it isn’t a bad sound and is still satisfying.
- Workability: The Xtreme is designed for forgiveness and not as focused on shot shaping.
- Shaft performance & feel: The Ventus shafts tend to play stiffer than the flex would indicate. Not a huge issue for me but I strongly recommend testing one.
- Grip Feel: I no longer use the Arccos/Cobra Connect sensors, so I changed the grip before I ever played with the stock Lamkin grip.
- Spin: The milled face can get a little more spinny than a non-milled face, but those are few and far between.
Best shot with this club
The best shot was during my first full round with it. I had played amazingly well off the tee the whole round. However, this was also a course that I had never played before so I wasn’t as familiar with where to try and hit it other than the middle of the fairway. I was a little worried about water to the left because I wanted to play the left side to have a better shot at the green and stay clear of the bunker on the right. I tried to calm myself and not overthink it. I tried to visualize a little draw to pull me down the fairway toward the green.
I stepped up, deep breath, and swung. It felt fantastic off the face like a rocket just shot off the club. It was heading right at the bunker though, but then the draw pulled it to the left. When the ball hit, I caught a slope toward the green for the best tee shot I could have asked.
Value for the money vs. other options
There are a lot of options out there and every single one is going to promise more yards, forgiveness, etc than other clubs. I tested the Callaway Mavrik, TaylorMade Sim, and the Ping G410 along with the Speedzone Xtreme. The SpeedZone Xtreme was a lower cost than most of the other big brands which is more impressive when you realize it tends to be the most consistent driver in the distance, ball flight, and forgiveness categories.
The Speedzone Xtreme driver will help any golfer find more fairways off tee. It is the most consistent driver I’ve played and it is, in my opinion, the best value vs. performance out there.