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Cobra King Forged Combo Irons Review

February 2016

With the help of Rickie Fowler in designing this iron, Cobra have stepped up to the plate and provided a squeaky-clean look about this set along with a combo set catering to a slightly bigger market, whilst still offering a professional feel.

We reviewed the Cobra King Forged Combo Irons as part of our Best Golf Irons Review.

Cobra King Forged Combo Irons

Our Assessment 

A beautiful matte black set of combo irons that a select few will really appreciate in terms of feel and workability.

A 10-25 Carbon Steel head has been forged a total of five times and the CNC Milled faces and wedge style grooves also deliver maximum spin possible and a consistent launch trajectory throughout the set. What obviously helps is the lower irons having the slight cavity to aid playability and the muscle back short irons provide accuracy and versatility to the max. 

If you’re not confident of striking it pure over a 150 yards water carry with little green to work with on a cold winter’s morning… then these irons are not for you.

However if you’re a good ball striker with plenty of power on reserve then these are a match made in heaven and you’re going to have a lot of fun with them, that is for sure.

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Pros

  • Attractive black matte finish on a 10-25 Carbon Steel head that has been forged a total of five times
  • Sweet soft sound on center strikes
  • Combo irons (particularly this one) provide greater playability in the long irons especially and increase target market

Cons

  • Not quite as forgiving as some other competition in this category
  • Not as long as imagined due to slightly increased lofts compared to ‘current’ standard

Key Facts

Features

Details

Launch RRP

$1099.00

Gender

Mens

Handicap Range

Low

Hand Availability

Right Only (in 2 – 5 MB’s) & Right & Left Hand (in 6 – SW)

Lie

60.5° – 64° (3 – PW)

Offset

1.3mm – 2.5mm (3 – PW)

Swing Weight

D2 – D3

Lofts

21° – 46° (3 – PW)

Length

35.50″ – 38.75″ (3 – PW)

Shaft Type and Name

KBS C-Taper 120

Grip

Lamkin UTX / KING LTD

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Cobra King Forged Irons Detailed Review

Design & Appearance

Cobra have come back to a winner here that most better players will love. A Cavity Back design in the mid & long irons, which provide forgiveness, and a muscle back design in the short irons enables precision and workability.

Tungsten inserts in the toe help also move the Center of Gravity to the center of the club, which aids shot making. The black may not be to everyone’s taste though, but in our opinion they look absolutely beautiful.

With very little offset they look stunning at address with the thin top line and neat sharp lines to the club-face.

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Build Quality

All of the clubs have a Diamonised Black Metal Finish surrounding the Forged 1025 Carbon Steel Body and come fitted with steel KBS Tour C-Taper shafts and Lamkin UTX grips, which is a fantastic offering.

Full sets of either cavity back or muscle back are available through Cobra’s custom program and a chrome version of the irons will also be available in 2016.

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Control & Feel

A 10-25 Carbon Steel head is forged a total of five times. Yes five! This has been done in order to deliver a more refined grain structure than previous models. What this does is provide the resource of precise shaping that results in a soft yet solid feel on every shot. CNC Milled faces and wedge style grooves also deliver maximum spin possible and a consistent launch trajectory throughout the set.

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Performance

If ball striking is your forte then these are an ideal option. Very little forgiveness in the short irons so there is a premium on consistency in strike.

Whilst being able to shape and control the ball wonderfully it can also play negatively if not quite at the level that is demanded for blades. That being said there is slightly more forgiveness in this combo set than you would find in a pure traditionalist’s blade set.

The long irons have a bit of meat and a slight cavity behind them to marginally help you get the ball up in the air a tad.

Don’t get me wrong here though – they are nowhere near as forgiving as the Callaway Apex Pro 16 Irons in case you thought that!

Value for Money

Priced at just over $1,000 for a set from 4-PW this is good value for a healthy brand that has reasserted itself in the golf market in recent years. Plenty of things to like about the Cobra King Forged Irons including great feel, tremendous workability, good looks! A fair option here if you are in the correct player niche.

That is a very important statement so please make sure you are honest with yourself in this aspect and if you’re a healthy match then you’re going to really enjoy the Cobra King Forged Combo Irons.

About the author 

Michael Todt

Mike fell in love with the game from a very early age – a passion that hasn’t diminished ever since. He earned provincial colors throughout his junior years, but by the time he reached Varsity, the realization set in (thanks largely to some cold ales) that it was time to favor the pen rather than his clubs. He now writes for GA along with a few other sources.

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  1. Never played blades before, chose these beauties after a very happy stretch with the Cobra AMP forged irons. I was worried I may lose some distance, but this wasn’t the case. I have only gained in fields of feel and performance. I can shape the ball easier, and just feel really confident over the ball looking down on these King irons. For the better player sure, but you certainly don’t have to be a tour pro to enjoy them.

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