Expert Review: Cobra Aerojet LS DriverPublished on 09/20/2023 · 6 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the driver, which I purchased with my own money in August of 2023.
All photos courtesy of Cayman Durost
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the driver, which I purchased with my own money in August of 2023.
The Cobra Aerojet LS Driver is great for high-swing speed players looking to lower trajectory and spin on tee shots while retaining a level of forgiveness for slightly off-center strikes.
About the club I tested
- Model: Cobra Aerojet LS Driver (9°)
- Loft setting: -1.5
- Shaft type: Project X Hzrdus RDX Black 60g 6.5
- Shaft flex: X
- Average score: 75-79
- Handicap: 4.8
- Experience: 3 years fitting and 6 years playing golf
- Right/Left-Handed: Right-Handed
- Typical ball flight: Draw
- Golf ball used: Titleist Pro V1X Yellow
- Club swing speed: 119-121mph
- When I tested the club: August 2023
- Days tested: 3
- Where I’ve used it: TrackMan Launch Monitor
- Weather and wind conditions: N/A (indoor)
How it performs
What I was looking for
As a higher swing speed player, finding a low spin and moderately forgiving driver isn’t always the easiest task. So, a driver engineered for low spin performance typically works best for my game. I have had success with Cobra woods and drivers in the past, so I wanted to see what improvements were made to this model year.
Why I chose to test this club
I use the Cobra F9 Speedback (9° at 7.5 with a Project X EvenFlow 6.5 TX shaft). I always use the F9 as a baseline when looking for a new driver. I have used the Taylormade Stealth, SIM, and the Ping G410 and G425 in recent years. Still, seeing the aesthetic and performance updates to the Cobra driver this year, I was inclined to give the Aerojet a fair chance at taking the spot in the bag as my gamer driver. The Aerojet LS reviews online have been positive, and the color scheme and stock shaft offerings definitely made me consider this driver strongly. I am not currently looking to upgrade my driver as it is near the end of the season. Still, I would strongly consider purchasing the Aerojet LS and get comfortable with it before 2024.
What I love about it
- Distance: When hit from the sweet spot, this driver is a low-spin rocket launcher. I produced drives in the low 320s total distance when I made solid contact, and off-center hits retained a reasonable amount of ball speed.
- Feel: Feel and sound are certainly hand-in-hand with golf clubs, and the feel of this club is one of its strongest features. The face feels responsive, and center contact results in a soft springboard effect. In contrast, less-than-perfect contact gives a clicky, audible change in sound and feel.
- Sound: Similar to Cobra drivers in recent years, this driver has a muted but powerful sound due to the carbon construction of the chassis.
- Workability: With dual forward weights that can be adjusted to fit a draw or fade bias, this driver allows for the ability to shape shots as the CG (center of gravity) is found more towards the face of the club. Lower MOI (moment of inertia) driver models typically benefit players who can hit draws and fades and alter the driver's launch in different scenarios, which I found the Aerojet LS to be very successful at.
- Aesthetic Appeal: In my personal opinion, the Cobra Aerojet LS is one of the best-looking golf clubs available in 2023, due to the satin finish Carbon Fiber on the crown and a matte black top line that frames the ball well at address. I like to see the clubface neutral or slightly open at address, and this driver suited my eye.
- Spin: I am typically a high spin player with the driver, and this Cobra Aerojet LS mitigated some issues I see with other models and brands when my attack angle gets above 6°. The spin stayed in the perfect window for me, 2,200-2,600rpm and 172 ball speed with an average of 119.5 clubhead speed.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Shaft Feel/Shaft Performance: The shaft I chose to test with this club was not a good fit for me. On paper, the Hzrdus black should work for my swing speed and tempo, but it felt like a board—very demanding and harsh on less-than-perfect strikes. I would love to test this club again with my current shaft or an upcharge option like the Tour-AD IZ or Aldila Rogue 125 MSI.
- Grip Feel: I tested the Aerojet with a fitting cart standard grip, the Cobra Arccos. I recommend picking the same grip as the rest of one’s set; for me, that would be the Golf Pride Z-Cord Midsize. This grip felt less solid and more prone to rotating during my swing than the grip I would choose.
- Forgiveness: “Low Spin” model drivers are typically not the most forgiving. However, Cobra’s H.O.T. Face and PowerShell retain ball speed and spin on off-center contact well for this type of driver. In testing, I did not see a huge disparity in ball speed retention from low strikes. Still, if forgiveness is a priority, golfers should look into the Standard Aerojet or Aerojet Max models. Low heel and toe strikes were punished more with the Cobra Aerojet LS than the Aerojet and Aerojet Max, with higher MOI and a CG location that shifted lower and further back from the face. This driver is not engineered for higher handicap or beginner golfers, so be sure to fit properly into this family's best model.
Best shot with this club
I played a virtual round of golf with the Aerojet LS on TrackMan and, overall, was very pleased with the driver's performance. I played the round at Innisbrook Resort, the Copperhead course (home of the PGA Tour Valspar Championship). The first tee shot was very demanding — a dogleg right par 5 with a narrow landing area for the driver with bunkers on the left starting at 267 yards. I hit a high fade that started at the bunkers and landed in the fairway to the right, leaving a clear shot to the (virtual) green. I felt very confident that if I swung the ball well, the Aerojet LS would perform well.
Launch Monitor Data from this shot:
- 119.6 Clubhead Speed
- 169.4 Ball Speed
- Swing Path: 1.3° out-to-in
- Face Angle: 0.6° closed
- Distance Carry: 285
- Distance Total: 292
- Spin: 2880
Value for the money vs. other options
Driver technology has progressed immensely over the past decade. With that being said, Cobra has changed their pricing structure to mirror more high-tier options from other manufacturers. Cobra sits comfortably in the middle of the pack of Titleist, TaylorMade, Callaway, and Srixon. The Cobra AeroJet LS is comparable to the Titleist TSR4, Callaway Paradym Triple Diamond, Srixon ZX5 MK2, and TaylorMade Stealth 2 Plus.
The Cobra Aerojet LS is ideal for high clubhead speed and more advanced players overall. With adjustability in loft and heel-toe weighting and several high-end stock shaft options for no upcharge, the Cobra Aerojet LS is great for low-spin, long-distance drivers.