Cobra Golf should get a nice public relations bump after signing 15-year-old Alexis Thompson to an endorsement deal after her stellar Curtis Cup appearance, and just before her professional golf debut at the LPGA ShopRite Classic in New Jersey. And, in Thompson, the company that counts Ian Poulter and Camilo Villegas among its rather flashy roster of touring pros has acquired yet another very visible platform from which it can tout its product lines.
One of the newest and most notable of those is the Cobra S2 iron. Thompson is playing a forged version that utilizes 1025 carbon steel to provide a soft yet powerful feel as well as a cavity back with optimized perimeter weighting for greater forgiveness and accuracy. The stock shaft is a Nippon NS Pro 1130, and the S2 forged comes in a set composition of 3-PW.
Perhaps a more sensible option for players who do not hit the ball as far or as well as Thompson is the cast S2. The club heads for that line are made of 431 stainless steel, and they use stronger lofts as well as a new multi-material cavity design that enables Cobra to move the center of gravity lower and back for greater distance. In addition, the company has improved forgiveness by redistributing more weight to the heel and toe and employing a new mid-width, steeped sole. Sets of the standard S2 run from 4-GW and are available in steel (Nippon NS Pro 1030H) and graphite (Aldila DVS-2).
Golfers looking for even more help might want to consider yet another version of the S2 – the wide sole, low profile S2 Max. These are offered as straight iron sets in steel or graphite. The low center of gravity and large face of those enhance forgiveness, and the sole design reduces turf drag. Or, players can buy integrated S2 Max hybrid-iron sets that feature the Baffler-style clubs Cobra has done so well with in the past, but with even more forgiveness as well as consistent gapping throughout. A men’s graphite set includes three hybrids – 3/H, 4/H and 5/H – plus 6-iron through PW, while one incorporating steel shafts has only a 3/H and 4/H. Cobra also has sets available for Women and Seniors that are made up of 4/H, 5/H and 6/H hybrids and irons 7-SW.
Thompson will be going out on tour with a Cobra S2 fairway metal in her bag, a club the company introduced in February. But she may eventually consider switching to Cobra’s latest fairway model, the Baffler Rail Fairway, which utilizes the same four-rail sole that make the Baffler hybrid so good. It helps the metal go through the turf with even less effort as it provides more consistent ball contact and control, especially from the rough. In addition, the new fairways boast a higher Moment of Inertia and lower Center of Gravity, both of which make them easier to launch.
Says Brian Zender, general manager and senior vice president of Cobra-PUMA Golf: “Our R&D team applied technology from our hybrid series to create the high performance Baffler Rail Fairway. This entirely new line will appeal to golfers looking for more forgiveness and control in their long approach shots, as the Baffler Rail Fairway is the highest launching, easiest-to-hit fairway club we have ever produced.”
Available in 3-, 5- and 7-wood models, the club features an elongated, shallow face design, and comes with a 60-gram Fujikura Motore graphite shaft stock.