Expert Review: Cobra King RadSpeed Fairway WoodPublished on 03/14/2023 · 4 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the wood which I purchased with my own money in May 2021.
Cobra RadSpeed Fairway Wood. All photos courtesy of Michael C.
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the wood which I purchased with my own money in May 2021.
The RadSpeed fairway wood is the perfect balance club. It’s long, forgiving, accurate, and easy to hit. It is geared to the majority of golfers (not elite players), and it plays like it.
About the club I own/tested
- Model: 2021 Cobra RadSpeed Fairway Wood
- Loft setting: 13 - 16.
- Shaft type: Fujikura Motore XF3
- Shaft flex: Regular
- Average score: 79
- Handicap: 9
- Experience: 20 years
- Right/Left-Handed: Right-handed
- Typical ball flight: Mid-high with a slight draw
- Golf ball used: Titleist Pro-V1X
- Club swing speed: 95mph
- When I bought the club: May 2021
- Days tested: June 2021 to present
- Where I’ve used it: Range, courses, simulators
- Weather and wind conditions: Typically sunny and dry, but some wet conditions
How it performs
What I was looking for
I was looking to update my 3 wood from a 2016 model. My top goal was distance, but without sacrificing accuracy. I wanted to gain a little more distance out of my 3 wood, and make sure that it is something that I can use on tight fairways as well as off the tee.
Why I chose this club
The reason that this club became the one was when I was hitting all of the 3 wood options, the Cobra RadSpeed was never more than 40 yards offline to either direction. This was on a GC Quad launch monitor. I looked at all of the big brands for 3 woods, including the Taylormade Sim2, Callaway Epic Speed, and Titleist TSi 2. The Titleist TSi2 was the next best option, but it was a little less accurate. The Callaway Epic Speed was the longest club, but that was only on one shot, and it was only four yards longer.
What I love about it
- Distance: Great distance. It offered about a 15-yard improvement over my 2016 3 wood.
- Forgiveness: Almost impossible for me to miss-hit it. Even when the strike isn’t clean or perfect, it still sends the ball well.
- Feel: The feel is solid, and as if the ball just explodes off the face.
- Aesthetic Appeal: I got the Peacoat, red, and white colors, and it is absolutely killer! The matte finish on the top is great for reducing glare.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Workability: The forgiveness of this model limits the ability to work the ball, but there are other RadSpeed models that would help with that. The other RadSpeed models are the RadSpeed Tour which is designed to shape shots with less forgiveness. The RadSpeed Draw is the ost forgiving version and designed to fight a slice.
Best shot with this club
The best shot I’ve had with the RadSpeed fairway on the 18th hole of a tournament. I was playing really well on the back nine of the last round. I was tied for the lead on the 18th tee box; I felt good about the last few holes and just knew I was going to win. I hit my driver off the tee a little too far right, and the ball hit a tree branch and just dropped. While just dropping straight down wasn’t the worst outcome, my drive of only 120 yards was. I was in some light rough, but I pulled the 3 wood knowing that I needed to make up some distance and stay straight. I hit it 256 yards to put me about 40 yards from the hole. With a chip close and short putt, I saved par.
Value for the money vs. other options
The Cobra RadSpeed fairway is a great value, simply because it is so reliable. The RadSpeed is $199 compared to the new 2022 lines which are around $300 depending on brand. When I pull it out of the bag, I know my shot will be on target, long, and any miss-hits will be minimal. While other brands like Callaway, Taylormade, and Titleiest, all make great fairway woods, the consistency in the Cobra RadSpeed is top notch.
The single most consistent performance of any fairway wood I’ve ever played. The rails on the bottom make it perfect for any turf condition, which only increases the usefulness in the bag. It is a “must buy” fairway wood.