2019 was a banner year for Cobra Golf. The main reason for that was the titanic wild card success story of their Speedback F9 driver. It impressed so many in the industry, that it was affectionately dubbed by many fitters product testers and gear enthusiasts as the “Beast”. The big four OEM’s had nothing on Tommy O, Yags and the R&D team at Cobra, and the golf world took notice.
So what’s the encore? In 2020, Cobra upped the ante on innovation with their SPEEDZONE line which comes in two different models – standard and Xtreme.
SPEEDZONE features Cobra’s latest milled face innovation – Infinity. Tom Olsavsky, Cobra’s VP of Research and Development explained the thought process behind the new SPEEDZONE driver: “We approached the design of SPEEDZONE the same way you would in designing the world’s fastest cars. We incorporated six zones of performance in the new SPEEDZONE driver – it’s the fastest driver we’ve ever produced.” The standard SZ model has a slightly smaller footprint and movable weighting, while the Xtreme boasts more forgivness and a slightly larger profile – inspiring confidence at address for many recreational players. Six distinct tech innovations are unique to SPEEDZONE:
1. POWER ZONE – CNC Infinity Milled Face – the face is the engine of the driver and is crucial for generating speed. Using the only CNC Milled Face in a driver, COBRA has expanded the milled area of the face by 95% enabling them to control face & leading-edge thickness. Face and perimeter curvature can be up to 5 times more precise than traditional face polishing. In addition, every face is 100% inspected to ensure a larger SPEEDZONE across the face for maximum ball speed.
2. STRENGTH ZONE – COBRA’s SPEEDZONE drivers feature a new Titanium T-Bar Speed Chassis. COBRA engineers removed unnecessary titanium to create more discretionary weight while maintaining a strong structure designed to withstand high speed collisions. The discretionary weight is utilized to create low CG and high inertia resulting in fast, forgiving performance.
3. LIGHT ZONE – The new SPEEDZONE chassis allows for more carbon fiber than ever before. A 360 Carbon Wrap Crown design makes up 50% of the driver body, providing ample stiffness and support to the chassis while saving 25 grams of discretionary weight. That weight has been repositioned low and back and around the perimeter where it is needed most.
4. LOW CG ZONE – Low CG is essential for driver performance, delivering maximum ball speed, higher launch & low spin. In the KING SPEEDZONE driver, COBRA continues to deliver a low CG for optimal performance, similar to the 2019 SPEEDBACK driver. In the SPEEDZONE driver, 69 grams of mass (vs. 40 in SPEEDBACK) has been strategically positioned low in the driver for optimal launch conditions.
5. AERO ZONE – combining aerodynamics with a low center of gravity continues to be a strength that COBRA delivers with its drivers. The new SPEEDZONE shaping harnesses airflow for maximum drag reduction and increased clubhead speed.
6. STABILITY ZONE – High speed stability is both important in racing and in driver performance. SPEEDZONE’s High MOI Design positions weight away from the center of the head to maximize stability on off-center hits for longer, straighter drives.
COBRA SPEEDZONE standard is available in 9 & 10.5 degree lofts, while Xtreme comes in 9, 10.5 & 12 degree options. Stock shafts include the models above, with over 20 different shafts available – msrp $449.
Look for our full review of the entire COBRA SPEEDZONE LINE coming soon. AVAILABLE Jan.17, 2020 – https://www.cobragolf.com