Cobra introduced its first Baffler 35 years ago, and the equipment maker continues to bring out new iterations of that popular club. The latest is the Baffler Rail Hybrid, a sleek-looking stick with a four-way rail sole designed to help move the head even more smoothly through turf and sand than previous versions.
It also features a high-strength face insert of 465 maraging steel that is intended to increase ball speed. Available in men’s and women’s models, from 2/H to 6/H for men and 3/H to 7H for women, each Baffler Rail Hybrid costs $175 and comes standard with a lightweight, 65-gram Fujikura Motore shaft.
“It was a challenge to improve upon the top-selling hybrid in golf, but we did it by utilizing several unique technologies,” says Tom Preece, vice president of research and development for Cobra Golf, which was recently acquired by Puma from the Acushnet Co. “The innovative rail sole is designed to optimize contact with the turf as the club comes into the ball, and that encourages more pure ball-striking from any lie.
The Nine Point Face Technology, which has been an important feature of Cobra drivers, fairways and hybrids in recent years, essentially allows most shots across the clubface to perform as if they were struck in the center. That leads to improved forgiveness, accuracy and ball speed.
And the thin, lightweight clubface allows Cobra to strategically reposition some 10 percent of the club’s weight deeper and lower in the clubhead, which improves launch conditions for optimal ball flight.
According to Preece, Cobra has also given each club in the new Baffler line 1 degree stronger loft in an effort to bolster distance while keeping the same high, more playable trajectory of previous versions. In addition, the company modified the top line by making it all black, so there is no glare, and created new score lines on the face to better “frame” the ball and make it easier for golfers to focus on the contact point.