On this page you’ll find a detailed assessment in our Cobra King Wedge Review, the pros and cons, and a side-by-side comparison with other wedges we have recently reviewed.
The new Cobra King wedges offer three different sole grinds to accommodate every player as well as varying turf conditions. Although it doesn’t look a whole lot different to the Trusty Rusty, the real question is does it perform any different? Below we explore this question in detail.
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Cobra King Wedge
In one word, the Cobra King Wedge is "Buttery" soft! And believe me that isn't an overstatement. A consistent ball flight and trajectory right through the wedges provides ample confidence and this is certainly a great value for money purchase. There are six loft options, three different sole grinds, and one chrome plated 8620 carbon steel finish. It's a pity there aren't a couple of other options like some other manufacturers, but that doesn't take anything away from how good the King wedge is. Thumbs up.
Pros and Cons
- The Tour Notch (which has been around with Cobra for almost 20 years) is superb and really provides you with confidence in terms of getting under the ball and striking it well
- The feel is absolutely superb. Buttery is the term given to it by Cobra and they aren’t just trying to use that as a sales technique. It is fantastic.
- Consistent launch angle and ball flight right through the wedge curve due to differing gaps between grooves depending on what loft it is.
- Pity there aren’t any other finishes offered in the King wedge – only one being chrome plated 8620 carbon steel.
- Do your homework on your own game before picking the right sole grind. If in doubt stick with the Classic!
|Product Details||Cobra King Wedge Review|
|Handicap Range||Low – Mid|
|Hand Availability||Right & Left Hand|
|Lofts||50°, 52°, 54°, 56°, 58°, 60°|
|Length||35.00″ – 35.50″|
|Swing Weight||D3, D4, D5|
|Shaft Type and Name||Dynamic Gold S200|
|Grip||Lamkin UTX / KING LTD|
|Manufacturers Website||Cobra Golf|
Cobra King Wedge Detailed Review
Chrome plated 8620 Carbon Steel has been used for the King wedges and there has been a slight adjustment to the height of the muscle back – particularly behind the hitting zone.
Once again CNC milling has been done across the entire clubface, which ultimately provides consistency in spin regardless of where you have struck the ball on the face.
Progressive spin technology has been implemented whereby the higher lofted wedges have larger gaps between grooves and the stronger lofted wedges have narrower gaps.
This ultimately results in a more consistent launch angle and trajectory through the various lofts. Not many players keep this factor in mind and this will definitely aid your wedge game.
Available in three different grinds being Classic, Widelow and Versatile each of which suit different turf and player characteristics. The Classic provides a thin sole with high bounce along with only three lofts being 52, 56 and 60 degrees.
The Widelow is ideal for shots around the green due to the low bounce and wide sole and available in 56, 58 and 60 degree options. Lastly the Versatile has the widest range of lofts and is suited to medium to firm conditions.
Control & Performance
Cobra have done their homework regarding the vibrational flow throughout the clubhead. The lower areas of the clubface have very low vibration and the highest parts of the face have a high vibration.
This results in beautiful sound and feel at impact – definitely buttery as Cobra have termed it. We were very impressed with the feel and this has changed for the better as in our previous tests we were not as impressed with the Trusty Rusty feel particularly when striking it off center.
The thicker and taller muscle back behind the hitting zone has also improved the feel tremendously. Just think about it for a second – if you were to hit a Titleist ProV1 with a brick for example you would hardly even feel the impact. Conversely if you were to strike it with a piece if flat metal you would definitely feel it.
Now if the wedge had a very thin muscle back it’d force you to have to strike in the center to appreciate the feel, but obviously most of us don’t do that often.
So – that’s why this innovation from Cobra makes it CONSISTENTLY better in feel each and every shot.
Not to mention the progressive spin tech (mentioned above) that has improved the trajectory and control right through each and every loft option.
The classic wedges do have a slightly heavier feel than standard, which does tend to ‘dig’ slightly too much sand when coming out of a trap, but after a handful of shots we adapted to it and then became fairly easy to be honest with no issues for the rest of our performance test.
Design & Appearance
The Cobra King wedges do look good I will definitely give them that. The Tour Notch at the back of the sole has been a trademark of theirs since the original Trusty Rusty was released almost 20 years ago.
At address the slightly fuller than usual King wedge sits beautifully behind the ball. The Tour Notch seems to give the impression it’s even easier to get under it or strike it better each shot.
The chrome plated 8620 carbon steel is decent, but doesn’t blow you away in terms of sexiness. But then again are you only after looks with the wedges or are you after a club that can get the job done and get it done well?
Value for Money
The long and the short is – great value for money. At $119.00 suggested retail and currently $109.00 best price on Amazon there aren’t many that can compete with this offering for this price.
Despite not looking a whole lot different in appearance compared to the Trusty Rusty it definitely has the edge in terms of performance.
It’s a pity that the Cobra King Wedge isn’t offered in a variety of finishes, but the three different sole grinds offer various benefits depending on which turf conditions you usually play on.
In terms of feel one word to sum it up is “buttery”. Beautifully soft and psychologically just makes you feel more and more confident when you step up to a wedge shot.
You can almost feel how much spin the King is putting onto the ball. A consistent launch angle and trajectory right through each of the wedges are a valuable plus.
Anything we’ve not mentioned? Didn’t think so. Invest in a couple of Cobra King Wedges and you’ll be doing yourself and your game a favor.