October 08, 2019
By Andrew Tursky, PGATOUR.COM
- (Courtesy of Cobra Golf)
With its new King Forged Tec irons, Cobra has combined a traditional look with new-age technology for greater feel and power. While the head designs have muscle-back shapes that better players prefer, they have a hollow-bodies to lower CG (center of gravity) within the heads in order to help increase distance, forgiveness and playability.
Those hollow cavities are then filled with what the company calls “energizing foam microspheres,” which are materials used to soften feel at impact. The foam behind the face also supports a new, forged PWRShell face that’s constructed thinner for more ball speed. According to Cobra, the new face insert creates more areas on the face that produce a higher launch and faster ball speeds compared to their predecessors.
Tungsten weights housed in the toe section help to center the CG behind the sweet spot of the face to maximize distance and increase precision, according to the company.
The Forged Tec irons are available in both variable length, and one-length options. Each of the Forged Tec One irons are manipulated to match the length and weight of the 7-iron. Therefore, weight is removed from the shorter irons and added to the longer irons, in order to reach the goal weight of the 7-iron. Also, to optimize ball flight, the lie angles and shaft weights have been adjusted throughout the set; the longer irons have upright lie angles and lighter shaft, while the shorter irons have flatter lie angles and heavier shafts.
The Forged Tec irons come in both right- and left-handed options, and they’re available in steel or graphite. The stock steel shaft is the KBS $-Taper, while the stock graphite shaft is the Project X Catalyst. Steel will sell for $1,099 per set, while graphite will sell for $1,199 per set. Each set also comes stock with Lamkin’s Crossline Cobra Connect black grips.
Both of the iron sets will be available at retail, or on Cobra’s website, starting November 1.