Expert Review: Cobra LTDx Fairway WoodPublished on 08/12/2023 · 5 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the golf club, which I purchased with my own money in June of 2023.
Diamond Links Golf Course. Hole #2, par 5. All photos by Zack C.
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the golf club, which I purchased with my own money in June of 2023.
The Cobra LTDx Fairway Wood is an absolute show-stopper in terms of raw distance numbers. Although it's not the most forgiving fairway wood I've tested over the last year, it is, without a doubt, the longest. While the Cobra LTDx Max may be the safer choice for high-handicap players, the Cobra LTDx is ideal for low to mid-handicap golfers looking for more distance, workability, and accuracy in a fairway wood.
About the club I own
- Model: Cobra King LTDx
- Loft setting: Standard 15° loft
- Shaft type: Aldila NV 75s NexGen MLT
- Shaft flex: Stiff
- Average score: 80
- Handicap: 5
- Experience: 25 years of playing golf
- Right/Left-Handed: Left-Handed
- Typical ball flight: Mid to low
- Golf ball used: TaylorMade Tour Response, Wilson Triad, Callaway Chrome Soft Triple Track
- Club swing speed: 107mph
- When I bought the club: June 2023
- Days tested: 5 (18-hole rounds of golf)
- Where I’ve used it: Diamond Links Golf Course
- Weather and wind conditions: Mostly calm sunny days with temperatures in the 80s and one round in wet, rainy conditions.
How it performs
What I was looking for
My primary goal in searching for a new 3-wood was to gain ball speed and total distance from the fairway finder I was gaming at the time. While my G425 3-wood was extremely reliable, like most offerings from this line of clubs, the distance totals left a lot to be desired.
Why I chose this club
The Cobra LTDx consistently rolled out 15 to 20+ yards longer than my best swings from my old fairway wood. After testing a handful of other fairway woods at my local pro shop, the total distance numbers that the Cobra LTDx unlocked in my game made committing to this club an easy decision.
What I love about it
- Distance: The H.O.T. (Highly Optimized Topology) face technology that Cobra has built into this clubface, paired with the PWR-COR weighting system, creates amazing ball speed at impact and outstanding total distance numbers. The boost in distance from my Ping G425 3-wood has been substantial. I clock it at a solid 235-yard average with the LTDx, up from 215 yards with my old gamer.
- Feel: It has excellent feel and feedback from basically every strike thanks to the H.O.T. face technology and the weight distribution throughout this mostly carbon head. The 12g weight in the back of the club really helps control my clubhead position throughout the swing.
- Workability: The Cobra LTDx performs almost as well from the medium rough as the tee box because the launch angle and carry distance can be easily manipulated.
- Adjustability: The standard 15° of the 3-wood is great for my gapping in the bag at the moment, but I love that I can adjust from 13.5° to 16.5°.
- Launch Angle: The Cobra LTDx has a mid to high launch angle pattern due to the 12g backweight and lightweight carbon crown design. Changing to a low launch/low spin shaft fine-tunes my launch angle to a mid to low trajectory that provides the distance I am after and increases accuracy.
- Spin: The weight distribution from the PWR-COR technology gives this club a ton of speed at impact and greatly reduces the spin off the face. This is exactly what a golfer like myself (who can fall victim to a ballooning slice when my spin rate increases) is looking for in a fairway wood.
- Sound: Coming from the Ping G425 line of fairway woods known for their (not so) pleasant sound, the Cobra LTDx 3-wood is a huge improvement. Rather than the high-pitched "little league baseball bat" sound that I'd been accustomed to, the LTDx has a powerful, low "thud" tone that feels way more confidence-boosting.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Forgiveness: One of the only issues I’ve encountered from switching to the Cobra LTDx is the overall forgiveness. Mishits with this club can produce inconsistent results both in total yards and accuracy, making the dispersion area much larger than some of the more forgiving options available.
Best shot with this club
My first swing with the Cobra LTDx was from the rough, but I found myself drenched on a rainy day standing over the ball on a downhill side stance with the ball just above waist high. Normally, I'd reach for an iron in that position, but it was a par 5. I was 250 yards out and had a brand new 3-wood in my bag. Of course, I'm going for it. I'd like to say I landed pin-high on the green but did not. The outcome on that par 5 was a short chip on and one putt in for a birdie. That shot, a low penetrating 220 yards that rolled forever, was the "this is the one" moment for me and the LTDx 3-wood.
Value for the money vs. other options
The extremely sharp and lightweight carbon body, H.O.T. face technology, and exceptional performance on the course make the LTDx one of the very best in its class of fairway woods. While TaylorMade Stealth and Callaway Paradym woods are excellent golf clubs, the overall performance and quality match those other brands while far exceeding its mid-level price tag. From my perspective, this makes the Cobra LTDx series the best value pick on the shelves today.
The Cobra LTDx Fairway Wood is a game changer in the right hands (or left, in my case). Adding this rocket launcher to my bag has enhanced my overall golf course experience. It's amazing how 20 extra yards from one’s fairway wood can completely change 18 holes of golf.