Equipment & Product Reviews


Cobra King F6 Driver PDF Print E-mail

 

By Jason Bruno

COBRA KING F6 Driver

Over the last few years companies like Cobra, Nike, Callaway and Titleist have taken steps toward

the market leader in the big stick category. In 2016, Cobra continues to climb that ladder with their

King F6 line. The F6 driver comes in two models, standard (shown above) and F6+ which features a

carbonTrac system that allows you to dial in your spin and trajectory via five different position from

front (low spin - penetrating flight) to back (higher spin - high launch). In the standard F6 that we

tested, you're offered a more basic choice - either front or back based on your desired launch/spin.


 

 


 

According to Cobra, the F6 is their most forgiving driver offering and comes at a price tag

of $349 which is extremely reasonable in today's premium driver market (F6+ retails at $399).

Cobra drivers don't have speed pockets engineered into their sole plates for faster ball speeds,

they utilize their Speed Channel for off center hits and incredible distance. The Forged 8-1-1

titanium E9 face has variable thickness that creates sweet spot like distance from virtually

any impact on the face. The MyFly loft sleeve allows settings from 9 to 12 degrees.

 


 

 

 

Appearance: Love the classic and simple style of the KING F6 crown. I'm still a big fan of the gloss look

over the matte black some other companies are going with. The texturized rear portion of the crown with

the thin perimeter pinstripe is a great look. Their aren't many better looking drivers on the market today.

F6 comes in White, Black, Blue and Turbulence Gray w/lime accents.

 

 

 

 

 

Feel/Sound: Sweet spot hits are as you'd want them - euphoric. Impact anywhere on the face

provided a good response from our testers. Just a good solid thwack. Nothing super loud like a

"cowbell" or totally muted either. From a feel perspective a total thumbs up.

 

 

 

 

Our test model came with the Matrix Red Tie, which is standard on the F6. The F6+ offers the Matrix

Black Tie (which is low launch/low spin), Matrix White Tie (High launch/low spin), Aldila Rogue Black,

and Aldila ATX Tour Blue & Green models.

 

 

 

Performance: Launching the F6 was a piece of cake. Distance was adequate - not short by any

means, but not the longest driver we've tested recently. (my test #'s: SS-102 Ball Speed-150

Launch-16.1 BackSpin-2910 Carry-249 yds Total-261 yds). I'm normally a low spin player off the

tee, so the spin rates were quite high for me. Moving the weight port forward did reduce spin somewhat

(about 200-250 rpm) and lowered the trajectory about 1 degree. Most of our single digit testers found

the F6 as a high launch mid/high spin set up that is geared to fly, not the ideal setup for the player who

likes to work the ball . . . but for the mid/high handicap player who wants a launcher, the KING F6

could be just right .

 


For more info on all Cobra products: http://www.cobragolf.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
DST Golf - Ahead of the Curve PDF Print E-mail

 

By Jason Bruno

 

My first time hearing about DST Golf was at this years PGA Show, DST stands for

delayed strike technology. The idea first evolved when Berti Cordle (former player on

the European Challenge Tour and golf instructor) sought out the truth about what elements

the best ball strikers in history have had in common regarding their dynamic motion

leading up to and at impact. He studied the bio-mechanics of ball striking for the past

3 years, and the result of his research is the development of the DST Golf club (which is

available in Compressor and CR10 models).

 

What he found was that all of these players have much more forward shaft

lean at impact than they started with at address. So, how could he create a

way to replicate this dynamic position in a golf club so this could be felt by all

players?

 

The illustration of Ben Hogan at impact is a perfect example of what proper

impact looks like. A delayed strike or lag impact is when your hands lead the

clubhead through the strike, this is how the clubface is controlled and the golf

ball compressed - therefore achieving total control over accuracy and distance.

 

 

 

 

Our test club came in the DST Compressor 8 iron. I admit pre-setting your hands well

in front of the ball at address and looking down at the curved shaft is quite odd at

first. Then you'll start immediately feeling consistent compression at impact, and wonder -

What have I been missing? Is this is how golf clubs should have been designed in the

first place. Within the first few swings the ball launched much higher than my usual

flight and with virtually no side spin. Similar in concept to Martin Chuck's ingenious

Tour Striker, but the DST is certainly a simpler and easier concept for the masses to

execute properly.


 

 


The sole of the DST Compressor is wide and extremely flat so it sets up correctly on the turf when

the proper forward shaft lean is put into effect. I've started a ritual of warming up with the DST

at the start of each range session, and before heading to the 1st tee. My iron play has improved

dramatically (averaging 12 greens in regulation per round over the last 4 weeks) since using the

DST Compressor.

 

 

 


The photo above illustrates the recommended address and correct impact positions, if you

look closely - the arms, hands and golf club are in identical positions. It's only the body that

has moved and shifted towards the target. The concept is simple, if you start with the golf

club in the impact position, it's much simpler and requires far less compensation to return

it correctly to impact. I highly suggest you visit http://www.dstgolf.com/ and watch the video

demonstration.


 

 

 

The Hand Position

Alignment Marker or HPAM

allows the golfer to set up

correctly with square

clubface align-

ment to the target.

 

When the bottom groove

line aligns with the HPAM

on the clubs hosel (see

photo right), it signifies

optimal hand position at

address.

 


 

 

As of this Spring, 6 of the 10 players in the world, and more than half of the top 50 players

in the Official World Golf Ranking are using DST to fine tune their ball striking. 240 PGA Tour

and European Tour players use DST, including 27 major winners. Through my travels covering

the recent Florida swing I witnessed two of the best ball strikers in the game using the DST

on the range - Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose . . . needless to say, but if they're using it (and

are not paid endorsers) should we all be using it.

 

As time goes along this golf season I'll post any performance breakthroughs for my game and

who's using the DST out on Tour via @LinksNation on Twitter.

 

 

If you're looking to improve your ball flight and create a better and more consistent impact, then

you're gonna want to check out DST Golf: http://www.dstgolf.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
Rival & Revel Silo PDF Print E-mail

 

 

By Jason Bruno

Rival and Revel Silo. Looking at this photo you likely have no idea what this device is,

but If you like to practice, or walk a short course - you'll want to read on . . .

 


 

 

Perhaps the most unique accessory at this year's PGA Show, Rival Revel's Silo

is a perfect item for the golf enthusiast who has everything. The Silo golf club

carrier conveniently holds 6 clubs, eliminating the need to carry your entire bag

for a practice session or when walking a short course. One end of the Silo holds

3 tees (as shown), the other end has a magnetic ball marker.

 

 

 

 

Master club builder Dirck Storm who is a serious range rat and gadget lover - demonstrates

proper form with Silo and sticks in tow (walking from the range to the short course at John

Prince Learning Center in West Palm Beach).

 


 

Features:

- Silo can easily fit and be stored into your golf bag

- reduces club chatter

- great for cart path only rounds, stands on it's own with only 3 clubs inserted

 

 


 

John Prince Park's short course sits right beside the driving range at the learning center.

On the first tee, the Silo holds the clubs in standing position. No need for the carry bag.

In the prototype stage is an attachable strap for the Silo. Stay tuned on future attachments.

 

 

The Silo is lightweight, and the center section is contoured for a comfortable fit for any size

hands. Rival and Revel call the Silo a simplified product for a sophisticated person, we couldn't

agree more. A serious thumbs up with all of our testers.

 

Silo is available in nearly every color combination and retails for $25.

 

 

For more info on the Silo: http://www.rivalandrevel.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
Under Armour Eyewear - GAME DAY Collection PDF Print E-mail

 

By Jason Bruno


 

I'm one of those who spends most of my days in the South Florida sun. My occupation

and passion for the game requires high quality UV eye protection. Over 20 years ago

I was diagnosed with what is known by optometrists as a pinguecula (a small growth

on the eye next to the cornea). I was in my mid-20's at the time of the diagnosis and

thought - damn, I'm not even 30 yet, probably going to need these eyes for many more

years. I was ordered to wear sunglasses wherever and whenever outside - From that day

forward, I've worn premium eyewear everyday

 

So when I was contacted by Under Armour to review they're new GAME DAY Lens Collection,

I jumped at the opportunity. Under Armour Eyewear's GAMEDAY Lens was made specifically

to enhance any visual where moving targets are set against sky or turf. According to the folks

at UA, the Game Day lens has been engineered in collaboration with optics industry leader

ZEISS to deliver superior visual contrast and object illumination. Appearance wise, they're

sharp and sporty. The frame is superlight and flexible - constructed with a combination of

titanium and Grilamid.

 

 

Our test model - BIG SHOT came in satin black/charcoal. BIG SHOT comes in seven different

styles and colors. Retail $89.99 and is also available in polarized for $144.99.

 

 

 

I started testing the UA Bigshot during a recent round, and immediately the sky became a

more brilliant blue, the grass a more vivid green, and the golf ball a brighter white. It was so

much easier to see drives land, iron shots settle, grain direction and subtle contours on the

putting surfaces all came into focus - literally a beautiful thing. All this while wearing a cool

pair of shades . . . and considering how much performance these lenses provide, that just

seems like a bonus.

 

Under Armour Sport Performance Eyewear comes in 7 different models: RIVAL, BIG SHOT,

IGNITER 2.0, CORE 2.0, ZONE 2.0, MARABELLA, and THIEF.

 

 

 

Technical Features

  • Ultra-light ArmourFusion® frames are built from a combination of titanium & Grilamid for superior strength & flexibility
  • Adjustable nose pad
  • Three-Point Grip ensures a comfortable & secure fit
  • UA Flex Temple Technology delivers a secure, self-articulating fit designed to fit comfortably under a cap
  • All Under Armour® Performance Eyewear lenses block 100% of UVA, UVB & UVC rays
  • Fit: Large-XL
  • Lens: 65 mm
  • Nose Bridge: 18 mm
  • Temple: 129 mm

 

Under Armour Eyewear Game Day Collection can be seen on the PGA Tour by world No.1 Jordan

Spieth, his caddie Michael Greller and Hunter Mahan.

 

 

To learn more about UA Eyewear:

https://www.underarmour.com/en-us/mens/accessories/sunglasses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
Nike Vapor Fly Metalwoods PDF Print E-mail

 

By Jason Bruno

 

 

Vapor Fly Pro Driver

Are you wondering where the bright blue/yellow lime color scheme came from for the new Nike Vapor

Fly?  I have two words for you - Rio & Olympics. Yep, Golf returns to the summer games after over

a 100 year hiatus, and Nike is not one to sit back and be a spectator . . . with Rory being front and

center as one of the favorites to medal, it only makes sense to have the Ulsterman's tee launcher

stand from the rest of his competitors during telecasts in 2016.

 

 

 

 

Nike's new Vapor Fly, Vapor Fly Pro, and Vapor Flex are the latest evolution in Swoosh metalwood

technology. We tested the Vapor Fly Pro, which is the same model that World No.3 Rory McIlroy

currently has in his bag.

 

 

Appearance

What we found was that most either loved the bright blue look or were put off by it. I personally

prefer to see my drivers in black, silver, or even a touch of white is fine . . . but this driver is

so well put together in both shape and style, that I actually started to like the look as testing

went on.

 

 

Stock Shaft

The standard stock engine in the Vapor Fly Pro is no slouch - Mitsubishi Rayon's Diamana Blue Board.

Specs (stiff flex) - 61 grams, 4.4 torque, mid launch.


 

 

 

The smoked finish on the Vapor Fly Pro is clean, a nice contrast to the blue crown and shows an

impression upon impact - which is a good way to get feedback on each strike.

 

 

 

 

 

According to Nike

engineers, The new

compression channel

increases performance on

mishits.


The Flex/Loft sleeve allows

for precise adjustability, but

we found the stock setting

of 10.5 neutral was our

preferred setup during

our testing.

 

 

 

 

Performance

As for actual #'s, before heading out to the course to put the VFP through some actual game time

conditions, we did a fair amount of testing on a Foresight launch monitor. Here was the average

of all the swings, (minus the two best and worst - because sometimes you get a funky read off the

monitor that shows a mirage of Dustin Johnson like proportions, or the that you never played the

game in your life . . . therefore skewing the data).

 

SS: 104 Ball Speed: 151 Launch 13.4 Carry: 249.6 Total Distance: 266.1 Proximity to center: 11R

 

Pretty typical #'s for me, nothing to rave about or be disappointed by. When I took the Vapor Fly

Pro out to the course, I paid much closer attention to detail. Setting up on tee box on a tight driving

hole will do that to you. You can tell that Rory had some influence on this design, The pear shaped

crown doesn't look so big at address. . . and although it's a disco blue, it still somehow conveys

to the player that it's a serious stick . . .

 

 


 

The Golf Pride Z grip comes standard on Vapor Fly models

 

 

One thing I did find was that ball flight with the Vapor Fly Pro (in the stock neutral setting)

had a slight right bias. My usual push draw, was just a push. Since I like to see the clubface

slightly open to square at address, changing the setting on the sleeve to a slightly closed face

wasn't an option I normally prefer. I found myself wanting another level of adjustability. I've

gamed drivers the last few years that have an adjustable weight component as another way

to dial in the desired shot shape. When I did adjust the face angle to a more left bias, ball

flight started left of target, stayed left of target. After continuing to fiddle around with the

sleeve, I settled back to the stock setting (10.5/neutral). Once I knew that the ball would push

10 yds I just aimed accordingly. The Diamana Blue was as smooth and predictable as I hoped,

and impact felt exactly how it should - just a subtle thwack was a welcome sound. The Vapor Fly

Pro is not the most forgiving of the new line, but for a players driver it's fairly lenient on the

occasional heel/toe hit. Overall, I'd give the VFP a thumbs up from the previous years model,

and for those better players fighting the hard right to left shot, that 10 yard push would be a

welcome sight.

 

 


 

Vapor Fly 3 Fairway

Nike's Vapor Fly 3 Fairway looks so clean at address. In fact, more than a few Tour players

have called it their favorite club in the bag including World No.18 Brooks Koepka. The extremely

light crown allows for a lower center of gravity for higher launch and less spin, making the Vapor

Fly fairways really long.

 

 

 


Featuring the HyperFlight face for super fast ball speeds, even on slight mishits.

 

 

 

 

If Drivers probably have the

shortest life span in a

players bag, then 3 woods

usually have the longest.


Why so?

 

Well, Drivers are all

about distance, so most will

give up a bit of accuracy if

they can gain significant

yardage.


A good 3 wood is all about

accuracy, dependability and

versatility. It must perform

both on the tee and off the

deck . . .


 

 

 

Performance from a fairway club is usually a little more subjective because of what we stated

previously, the many demands placed upon a particular players choice of 3 wood. It has to start

from the tee, so we tested out just some raw flight #'s from our Vapor Fly 3. Once we get to the

course and start hitting shots off the deck, and trying to shape shots into tight fairways - then we'll

know if this particular club has a shot to un-root old faithful from the bag.


The launch #'s were solid, infact slightly better than average for me.

SS: 100  Ball Speed: 148  launch: 13.9  BackSpin: 3010  Carry: 232  Total Distance: 251

Sidespin: 186L


Barely a hint of a draw, most shots flew on line and fell just left of center. Fading it was a

piece of cake without touching a setting on the loft sleeve.


 

 

Stock shafts: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Blue 65 or Diamana Blue.



Off the deck, it launches exactly how you hope it would . . . but without ballooning.

The Vapor Fly 3 wood still manages to flight the ball even in South Florida's windy

conditions. There wasn't a shot this club couldn't handle . . . looks like their might be

a new stick in the bag this spring.

 


To check out Nike Vapor Fly products: http://www.nike.com/us/en_us/c/golf/clubs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
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