This latest hybrid or rescue club if you would prefer to call it that replaces the popular KING F7 model from 2017 and features improvements that emphasize the forgiveness and simplicity of this club.
Apart from the new aerodynamic features on the crown, similar to those found on the KING F8 drivers and fairway woods, it’s once again the Baffler rails on the sole that take centre stage when it comes to how easy this club is to hit out of any lie and no matter your skill level.
The KING F8 hybrid is also available in a One Length version, which features a 7-iron length shaft and a more upright lie angle for those who are currently using a one length set of irons and would like to replace the long irons with a hybrid. This particular model is reviewed separately.
Cobra KING F8 Hybrid Review
Excellent. Hybrids were introduced to blend the forgiveness of a fairway wood with the workability and control of an iron and to be easier to hit that both categories, and the KING F8 does that perfectly. It launches the ball high from impact with incredible ease thanks to the Baffler rails on the sole, which allows the clubhead to glide across any surface more effectively. The unique pattern on the crown enhances the aerodynamics of the club and increases clubhead speed through the downswing and this helps you hit the ball higher and further. Cobra itself claims this KING F8 hybrid is suitable for golfers with handicaps ranging from 5 to 25, but quite honestly even lower handicaps will find this club very useful, especially when looking to attack greens from much further out when their ball is not on the fairway.
Pros and Cons
- Incredibly easy to hit with its large face and the ability to launch the ball high from impact.
- The taller Baffler rails on the sole allow the club to bounce more effectively off any lie making the strike more consistent.
- The AERO trips on the crown help you with alignment and improves the aerodynamics of the club.
- Cobra Connect in the grip links to your smartphone to provide statistics and measurements that will help improve your game.
- There is no adjustable hosel system in this hybrid making it less versatile, however, this allows for improvements to be made in other areas.
- The pattern on the crown, while helping with alignment, can be distracting to some.
- The loft options are all effectively one degree stronger than standard making it a bit more difficult to create the right loft gaps for certain players.
|Product Details||Cobra KING F8 Hybrid Review|
|Launch RRP||$200 Check Price: Amazon | GlobalGolf.com | Worldwide Golf|
|Gender||Men’s and Women’s|
|Handicap Range||Low – High|
|Hand Availability||Right & Left Hand|
|Swing Weight||Men’s – D0, Women’s – C3.5|
|Lofts||Men’s – 17°, 19°, 22°, 25°. Women’s – 22°, 25°, 28°, 31°|
|Length||Men’s – 38.75-41.00”, Women’s – 36.25-38.50”|
|Shaft Type and Name||Men’s – Aldila Rogue Pro 75, Women’s – Aldila Rogue Pro 60|
|Manufacturers Website||Cobra Golf|
The KING F8 hybrid clubhead is a multi-material construction much like the fairway woods in the same range. The titanium crown piece is welded to the steel body with a stainless steel face insert completing the construction.
The face insert is forged from a high strength stainless steel and this improves the feel and rebound characteristics to produce higher ball speeds at impact across a larger portion of the hitting area.
As mentioned before the Baffler rails on the sole are slightly taller than those found on the previous model making them slightly heavier. They are also slightly closer together to be more centred around the club’s low CG.
This helps reduce twisting at impact to improve the stability and therefore forgiveness on mishits. These taller Baffler rails also provide more space between the ground and the leading edge at impact to ensure a crisper strike no matter where the ball lies.
Control & Performance
By removing the adjustable hosel from the KING F8 hybrid weight has been moved from this area and positioned lower and further away from the face of the clubhead.
The added weight in this area has lowered the CG to create a higher launch with less spin for increased distance.
The clubhead is also slightly more compact than previous versions making it more workable for the better player seeking the ability to shape shots more effectively.
- Baffler rail System utilizes Shallower or steeper rails depending on loft and angle of attack for improved versatility and forgiveness from any lie
- Multi Directional crown aero-innovative polymer trips positioned around the perimeter of the clubhead improve drag reduction face-on through the downswing to generate maximum clubhead speed
Design & Appearance
The polymer AERO trips on the crown are primarily on the clubhead for aerodynamic purposes, but they also serve as an alignment system for those who won’t see them as a distraction at address.
As mentioned above the KING F8 hybrid clubhead is more compact in size, which often suits the better player’s eye and instils confidence that this club is more workable.
However, you will be surprised just how forgiving and easy to hit this club really is even of you aren’t looking for added workability.
Value for Money
The KING F8 hybrid is one of the lower priced clubs in this category on the market making it extremely affordable for all golfers no matter their skill level.
Considering it has no adjustable hosel you would expect a slightly lower price and this club delivers that with plenty of performance to go with it still.
And when it comes to needing a club that hits high and long shots off any lie the KING F8 hybrid should sit at the top of your testing list.