New for 2024: Cobra DARKSPEED Fairways and Hybrids
11 Jan 2024
by AmateurGolf.com Staff

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Complementing the innovative line of DARKSPEED drivers introduced today, Cobra simultaneously announced a full lineup of fairway metals and hybrids.

Utilizing PWR-BRIDGE weighting, PWRSHELL with H.O.T. FACE, and the same carbon fiber crown technologies as the DARKSPEED drivers, the new fairway metals are also available in three models to fit the full spectrum of players. All three models feature MyFly8 Adjustable Loft Technology. Details follow:

Designed for players with faster swing speeds, the new LS features a space-grade Titanium body and Titanium PWRSHELL H.O.T. FACE insert. COBRA engineers utilized titanium to save more discretionary weight and reposition it lower and forward in the head. This combination of PWR-BRIDGE technology and 68g of tungsten weighting moves the CG lower and forward for maximum ball speed and distance. A lightweight carbon crown also saves weight in the upper portion of the clubhead, yielding a CG location that is 3.2mm lower to the ground than in the previous model.

Like the LS driver, the DARKSPEED LS fairway metal features an adjustable weighting system with two 15g weights in the front and a single 3g weight in the back for trajectory and spin tuning. The DARKSPEED LS fairway is offered with the UST Mamiya LIN-Q M40X White 70g shaft in S and X flex and a Lamkin Crossline grip. Loft offerings include a new stronger-lofted 3+ model with a nominal loft of 13 degrees (adjustable between 11.5 and 14.5), a 3W with a nominal loft of 14.5 degrees (adjustable between 13.0 and 16.0), and a 5W with a nominal loft of 17.5 degrees (adjustable between 16.0 and 19.0).

The DARKSPEED X model is designed for players looking for a balance of easy launch, forgiveness, and distance. An 8g fixed weight is positioned in the rear of the sole for added forgiveness and high launch, while PWR-BRIDGE and PWRSHELL H.O.T. FACE Technology provide faster ball speed through a low, forward CG location. A lightweight carbon crown further contributes to the low CG by removing weight from the upper portion of the clubhead. The DARKSPEED X fairway is offered with a choice of UST Mamiya LIN-Q M40X Blue shaft in R, S, and X flexes. Loft offerings include 15 o (3W), adjustable from 13.5 to 16.5, 18 degree (5W) adjustable from 16.5 to 19.0, and 21 degree (7W) adjustable from 19.5  to 22.5.

The most forgiving fairway metal in the lineup is designed for players who desire a high, draw-biased ball flight. Like the MAX driver, the fairway metal features an adjustable weight system with 12g and 3g weights positioned in the back and the heel of the sole to fine-tune forgiveness and flight. PWR-BRIDGE weighting and PWRSHELL H.O.T. FACE Technology deliver the fastest ball speed possible using low and forward weighting and an optimized variable thickness face design, while a carbon crown helps lower the CG for higher launch. Shaft choices include UST Mamiya LIN-Q M40X Red in A, R, and S flex. Loft offerings include 15.5 degree (3W) adjustable from 14 to 17, 18.5 degree (5W) adjustable from 17 to 20, and 21.5 degree (7W) adjustable from 20 to 23. 

The DARKSPEED MAX is also available in a women’s model in 18.5 degree (3W), adjustable between 17.0 to 20.0, 21.5 o (5W), adjustable between 20.0 to 23.0, and 24.5 degrees (7W), adjustable between 23.0 to 26.0. The women’s model comes in a special gloss black finish with cool blue color accents and is equipped with a UST Helium Nanocore shaft in Ladies flex.

Pricing is $429 for LS and $329 for X and MAX.

DARKSPEED hybrids ($279 each)
The new hybrids fill out COBRA’s collection of new metalwood offerings and feature PWR-BRIDGE weighting and PWRSHELL H.O.T. FACE Technology for added speed, launch, and forgiveness. The DARKSPEED ONE Length Hybrid is designed in a shorter length (37.25”) to complement the ONE Length irons in a combo set but is also popular with many conventional iron players for its ease of use, high launch, and forgiveness. Learn more at www.cobragolf.com.

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