Expert Review: Cobra King Radspeed XB DriverPublished on 04/24/2023 · 4 min readThis is an honest review of the driver which I purchased in June of 2021 with my own money.
All photos courtesy of Kevin Belza
About this Review This is an honest review of the driver which I purchased in June of 2021 with my own money.
The Cobra King RadSpeed XB Driver is a great choice for the low to mid handicapper who is looking for long, straight drives.
About the club I own
- Model: 2021 Cobra King RadSpeed XB Driver
- Loft setting: 9 degrees
- Shaft type: Project X HZRDUS RDX Blue
- Shaft flex: Stiff
- Average score: 75
- Handicap: 0
- Experience: 33 years
- Right/Left-Handed: Right
- Typical ball flight: Straight
- Golf ball used: Vice Pro
- Club swing speed: 110
- When I bought the club: June 2021
- Days tested: 50
- Where I’ve used it: Sand Valley, Home Simulator
- Weather and wind conditions: Both warm and cold days, and both windy and calm days.
How it performs
What I was looking for:
I typically get a new driver every 2-3 years. The F9 performed well for me but I was hoping to find something a little easier to hit on days that I wasn’t swinging the driver well.
Why I chose this club
I’ve been a fan of Cobra drivers since owning the F6 model. I owned the F9 as well before the RadSpeed XB. I like that it’s priced a little lower than other big brands, but still performs as well, if not better.
I also bought the lower spinning and less forgiving RadSpeed. Both are awesome drivers but I ultimately decided to make the RadSpeed XB my gamer.
What I love about it
- Distance: This club produces high ball speed, thanks to its RAD Technology…no complaints in the distance department for me.
- Forgiveness: The extreme weight in the back gives it lots of stability and forgiveness. My misses were very playable and led me to put this driver in my bag.
- Feel: This driver has a solid feel…feels like the balls explode off the clubface
- Sound: For me, it has a nice mid-pitch; not super loud, and not muted like the F9 I owned previously.
- Adjustability: There’s enough adjustability to dial in the performance. The hosel allows me to add or subtract up to 1.5 degrees of loft. There’s also a draw setting. It does however lack movable head weights, but I was still able to optimize the driver for my needs.
- Shaft Feel: I like the feel of the shaft. It’s strong but doesn’t feel overly stout.
- Shaft Performance: I think the shaft performs well. It’s a premium shaft that produces consistent results.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Workability: This driver was designed for straight bombs…I could work the ball but it took some effort!
- Aesthetic Appeal: I like the graphics and color scheme, however, I don’t care for the driver’s large footprint.
- Grip Feel: It came with a pretty basic Lamkin Crossline. Nothing wrong with it, but I prefer something softer and tackier.
- Launch Angle: The launch angle was a little low. When I adjusted the loft to increase the launch, the spin numbers would get too high. I prefer a lower ball flight, so this didn’t bother me, but it might be an issue for others.
- Spin: The spin I was getting with this driver was good, but not great. A little on the high side.
Best shot with this club
On a short par 4 in a four-man scramble, with a teammate’s ball already safely in play, I decided to get aggressive and take on a fairway bunker guarding the green that required 275 yards to carry. I hit it on the screws and carried the bunker. It would have been great if we could have chipped in for eagle from the fringe but we had to settle for a tap-in birdie after our best chip lipped out. Still, an easy birdie set up by a great drive!
Value for the money vs. other options
As I stated before, I’m a fan of Cobra drivers because of their value. They stack up to the more popular brands like TaylorMade, Callaway, Titleist, and Ping while costing less. This model is no different. When it was released it was going for $449, while the comparable models from the other brands were going for $529+.
The Cobra King Radspeed XB is an excellent driver that will fit the needs of a wide range of golfers. It produces long, straight drives, even on days when my swing is off.
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