On this page you’ll find our detailed Cobra King F7 Hybrid Review, the pros and cons, and a side-by-side comparison with other hybrids we have recently reviewed.
Cobra have been a bit of a mixed bag when it comes to hybrid clubs. It’s a pretty subjective opinion I suppose, but they certainly haven’t all been winners. However, the Cobra King F6, and its flagship lowering of the center of gravity, put them firmly back on the straight and narrow, so it was always likely that their launch of the King F7 Hybrids would cause a stir going into 2017.
The hype surrounding this hybrid centers around two things. Firstly, the so-called Baffler Duel Rail System rears its head on the hybrid, following the lead of the F7 fairway woods. And the other talking point is the seemingly-impressive levels of versatility these hybrids have to offer, with a vast array of loft adjustability.
Being wise to brand gimmicks, we went into this one determined to keep an open mind. But, by the end of it, we were well and truly won over by these hybrids.
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They’ve nailed it! We value our objectivity more than anything else, but it’s pretty hard to spit any venom in the face of the King F7 hybrids. The rails are an excellent feature, and provide for the smoothest of transactions between club and turf. There is also a world of adjustability on offer here. The F7s also look good. They sound good. And they’re very, very competitively priced. How many more boxes need to be ticked?
Pros and Cons
- The Baffler Dual Rail System allows you to cut through any turf or terrain with ease and grace
- Tremendous versatility in terms of loft adjustability
- Lighter face generates good flex at impact, along with impressive ball speeds and forgiveness
- Excellent value for money here at $199
- None. Honestly. Next…
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The flagship part of the design is the Baffler Dual Rail System, which, as the name suggests, involves a pair of rails similar to those on the F7 fairway woods. The rails in the hybrid sit appreciably deeper, progressively so as the loft increases, which makes sense given that the clubhead comes in from a steeper angle.
The lighter Forged 455 steel face insert is generous in size, but we wouldn’t say the clubface is too big by any stretch of the imagination. The CG position is also defined by the weirdly-named ‘Changeable Fixed Weight’ on the rear of the sole. Not sure how something can be changeable and fixed at the same time, but hey ho – it’s 18g worth of weight, and it means the CG is further back. However, it is centered too, meaning there is no natural draw bias as such. We’d definitely chalk that up as a good thing, as, especially for better players, hybrids can be a bit ‘hooky’. Besides, each of the hybrids have three draw positions within the middle of the loft range if you need it. More on that below.
Control & Performance
I suppose not everyone will love the rail system. But we certainly did, and the impact it makes is palpable. We gave it a crack in thick-ish rough, hard ground, tight lies and, of course, the straight and narrow, and we can confirm that the rails handle it all with ease and grace. Essentially the two rails work by preventing the club from digging into the ground, and there is minimal friction or loss of clubhead speed, as the sole just glides off the turf instead.
The three heads available within the set have a loft variance of 3 degrees each, which you can take advantage of by using the MyFly8 adjustable hosel (which has five settings). As you’d expect, we found that performance dropped off a bit as you went towards the extremes, but between the three clubs, you should be able to toggle them such that your preferred loft is catered for in each, and your trajectory optimized.
And as for sound and feel, there is nothing to worry about here. It feels like you’re searing through butter with a hot knife (or is it hot butter with a knife?), and it makes a delightful crushing sound that will fill you with confidence. It’s also forgiving, with a bit of extra clout in the distance figures too. I just can’t fault it really!
Design & Appearance
There isn’t a world of difference between the shape of the F7 and its F6 counterpart. It’s a little deeper, and the curvature is a bit gentler. It also comes in the standard shade of black and orange, unlike the F7 fairway woods which are available in three colors.
What we really did appreciate is that, at address, the clubhead feels beautifully balanced, and aligns nicely. We’re always a fan of the circular ball-size groove pattern to line it up as well. It’s all a bit of an intangible, we know, but these things can just fit the eye, and the F7 does exactly that.
Value for Money
As value for money goes, you’re going to struggle to beat this. To come in at under $200 for a hybrid that will appeal to golfers of pretty much all standards, delivering first-class technological gains, excellent playability and an enticing look to boot is pretty exceptional. We reckon this will ruffle the feathers of a few other brands, who sometimes leverage their name to extract more from consumers like you and me.
Cobra have done no such thing here, and, as a result, we think these are going to fly off the shelves.back to menu ↑
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Cobra King F7 Hybrid Review
A closer look at the King F7 Hybrids and Fairways
|Product Details||Cobra King F7 Hybrid Review|
|Gender||Men’s & Ladies|
|Handicap Range||Low – High|
|Hand Availability||Right & Left Hand|
|Lofts||16.0°-19.0° (2-3H); 19.0°-22.0° (3-4H); 22°-25° (4-5H)|
|Head Type||2-3H; 3-4H; 4-5H|
|Length||41.25” – 39.75”|
|Shaft Type and Name||Fujikura Pro 75|