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Definitely The S2…But On The Other Hand, The ZL

Golfers may have a hard time choosing between the latest drivers from Cobra.

The ZL is getting rave reviews for its prodigious power and its superior sound. Available in four lofts (8.5, 9.5, 10.5 and 11.5) and carrying a street price of $350, it utilizes a multi-material construction, with a lightweight, high-strength, carbon-fiber crown and sole insert integrated into a titanium clubhead body and face. This driver also boasts a single-weight screw that helps shift the all-important center of gravity low, back and slightly toward the heel.

“The ZL stands for Zero Limits, and we asked our engineers to produce a driver that had no limits on performance,” says Tom Preece, head of R&D at Cobra. “We also used something called ‘finite element modeling’ to enhance its acoustics. It’s a way of designing sound into a golf club, and sound is very important to golfers.”

So is adjustability, which is why Cobra also employs an adjustable hosel with the ZL, so golfers can set the club to one of three face angles – open, neutral and closed – and more ably produce their desired ball flights. “We wanted to keep things simple by giving our consumers three basic hosel positions to choose from,” says Brian Zender, general manager at Cobra Golf. “It’s like they’re buying three drivers in one.”

Zender and Preece say the ZL is the longest driver Cobra has ever made. Geoff Ogilvy is currently playing the club, which comes standard with an Aldila VooDoo shaft, and Ian Poulter has won with it twice.

As for the stylish S2, it is turning heads with a black titanium clubhead that has what Preece calls a “Physical Vapor Deposition” finish. That sounds like something you’d find on a stealth bomber, which may be the point, as reviewers are lauding its “Top Gun” performance. They are also lauding its sleek looks. The S2 is geared for golfers of all abilities and employs Cobra’s 9 Point Face Technology for greater forgiveness as well as the adjustable flight technology that enables players to set the face angle of their driver. Preece says that J.B. Holmes, another Cobra staffer, has put the S2 in play, and he expects Camilo Villegas to follow suit shortly.

“It has a little lower launch and a little higher spin than the ZL and not as much draw bias,” Preece adds.

The street price for this driver is $300, and it comes in lofts of 8.5, 9.5, 10.5 and 11.5 with the new Fujikura Fit-on Max graphite shaft. Cobra has also rolled out an offset version of the S9 with a maximum draw bias. Geared toward mid- and higher-handicap golfers, it is equipped with the same Fujikura shaft but available in only three lofts – 9.5, 10.5 and 11.5.


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