By Shawn Zawodni, Club Fitter
Cobra has been on the leading edge of innovation, and pushing the envelope of what’s accepted
in the equipment industry for a while now. With Lexi Thompson, Ricky Fowler, and Bryson
Dechambeau leading their tour staff, you can tell they’re targeting a younger, edgier, more open
minded group of golfers. It’s no secret that they just have the balls to do things that other
companies in the industry aren’t willing to do.
The F8 lineup from Cobra which was released for the 2018 season was one of our best testing,
best selling lines of equipment this past year. But the F8 lineup of golf clubs is not without its
faults. The driver produces some of the fastest ball speeds in the industry, but creates excessive
backspin on shots impacted lower on the face. All clubs will launch lower and spin higher when
contacted low on the face but the F8 driver produces significantly higher spin numbers relative to
the industry. The F8 fairways were a home run, but we were constantly asked from customers
why Cobra didn’t mill the face of the fairway when they did it to the driver. The F8 irons, like
the driver, produced some of the fastest ball speeds in the industry, but lacked some forgiveness
relative to competing irons in the genre. Cobra has addressed these issues and fixed them for F9.