Expert Review: Cobra LTDx Single IronPublished on 07/26/2023 · 6 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the iron, which I purchased with my own money in July of 2023.
All photos courtesy of Vincenzo Candela
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the iron, which I purchased with my own money in July of 2023.
The Cobra LTDx is the perfect iron for mid to high-handicapped golfers looking to gain swing speed, ball speed, and distance. The moment I gripped the 7-iron Cobra LTDx, the club felt natural in my hands, thanks to it feeling much lighter than other game improvement (GI) irons. The topline is on the thinner side for GI irons, and on top of that, the high MOI (Moment of Inertia) design surely makes it feel like one flushes every shot.
About the club I own
- Model: 2022 Cobra LTDx
- Loft setting: 7-iron (26.5°)
- Shaft type: Steel KBS PGI 65
- Shaft flex: Regular
- Average score: 80s
- Handicap: 9
- Experience: 10 years playing golf and fitting
- Right/Left-Handed: Right-Handed
- Typical ball flight: High ball flight with a little draw
- Golf ball used: Callaway Chrome Soft X
- Club swing speed: Average iron swing speed 80-85mph
- When I bought the club: July 2023
- Days tested: 2
- Where I’ve used it: Detroit Indoor Golf Simulator, Belle Isle Driving Range
- Weather and wind conditions: Sunny, 2-5mph wind, 80°F, and in an indoor simulator.
How it performs
What I was looking for
After playing with PING G30 for the last decade, I was looking for clubs that still had game improvement characteristics but better feel and added distance. Thanks to the PWRSHELL and PWR-COR technologies, I got what I was looking for, as I had a ball speed of 4-5mph higher than my previous clubs. My first 10 shots with the 7-iron LTDx all had a carry distance that was over 178 yards. With the PING G30, I was always around the 160-165 carry range. With the 7-iron Callaway Mavrik that I also swung, I hovered around the 165-170 range. It felt like I was puring every shot with the LTDx, which is a rare feeling to have, so I was very impressed by the feel of the club.
Why I chose this club
I decided to pick the Cobra LTDx iron over the Callaway Mavrik because it was the iron that felt the best to me at the moment of impact. The club feels light and lets me control the club more, and even lets me work it a bit which can be rare for some game improvement irons. The Cobra LTDx has lower spin than other clubs, which means straighter shots with less distance lost.
It has a very consistent ball flight, which I will credit to the CNC Milled Face and the high-MOI design. Compared to the Mavrik, my carry distance is 5-10 yards longer, and my ball speed is 5mph higher. The thin topline look gives more confidence when swinging the club. Cobra is known for their modern technologies, and they were spot on with this iron.
What I love about it
- Distance: I absolutely love the added distance thanks to the PWR-COR and PWRSHELL technologies that were added right behind the large sweet spot of the face of the club. The lightweight feeling of the club improves my swing speed while still controlling the face of the club.
- Forgiveness: The steel bar added to provide stability is always active with every shot I take. The CNC-milled face and grooves give me optimal spin and control on all iron shots. Warning: One will be consistent with the LTDx iron and can thank the high-MOI design for that.
- Feel: The LTDx is one of the softest feeling game improvement irons on the market, thanks to some added damping material behind the face of the club.
- Sound: Thanks to the forgiveness specs of the clubface, I get a solid, consistent sound no matter where the impact is made on the face of the club. Depending on the golfer, it can be a good or bad thing that they won’t get a lot of feedback from each whack.
- Shaft Feel: KBS shaft feels light and complements the face well.
- Aesthetic Appeal: Thinner topline, wicked designs behind the face, and a clean-looking groove-milled face have me wanting to show off these clubs to everyone I cross by on the course.
- Grip Feel: When I grip a club and it gives me confidence and security, I do not know what more I could ask for. This is my first time using the Lamkin Crossline grip, and I feel secure holding on with no slippage whatsoever.
- Launch Angle: Mid-high launch is active with this club. One has the power to stop the ball on the greens thanks to its high ball flight and spin control and the milled grooves on the face of the club.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Workability: Golfers might be able to work it a little more than other GI irons, but this club is known for its sweet consistency rather than its workability. If someone is in the 6-12 handicap range and wants a club where they can work a bit more, they might need to look elsewhere.
- Adjustability: This is a straightforward iron in the sense that even though it has a lot of technology, the goal of all that technology is to make sure the ball goes longer and somewhat straighter than with other irons. Players are set with stronger lofts, but the LTDx already has too many other specs added to the club, so they may not be able to adjust much if they are looking to do something else with their irons.
- Spin: Cobra talks highly about improving the spin, but that has not been the case for me. Sideways spin is reduced thanks to the forgiveness specs of the club. Still, I have lower back spin RPMs with other GI irons that I tested, which might make it a little confusing if someone is trying to get a ball to check on the green.
Best shot with this club
For someone whose swing speed hovers in the 80-85mph, getting 200 yards total distance with a 7-iron is weird and rare. Now, I did that back to back in my testing, which is what sold me on this distance adding club.
Value for the money vs. other options
The Cobra LTDx is a bang for one’s buck when it comes to game improvement irons. Now, not only do golfers get more distance and ball speed with the Cobra LTDx than the Callaway Mavrik and Callaway Rogue OS, which are two similar options, but they also might argue that the feel from the LTDx is better. The icing on the cake is that the LTDx is the least expensive club out of those three. It is at a wonderful price point for GI irons for those middle to high handicappers. If someone wants an iron with more feel, they would have to pay a little more but could look at the Callaway Paradym or the Titlest T100 lines.
I am head over heels for the LTDx iron because, for 10 straight shots, I had a carry distance of over 178 yards and got some to even roll out to 200 yards of total distance. What makes it even more impressive is that every one of those shots did not go more than 15 yards offline, which is very rare for us non-pro golfers. Accurate shots and hitting my distances is what I strive for in my game, and this club does that for me, and it might do that for others as well.