In 2016 Cobra Golf put the industry on notice that they were just as far on the cutting edge of driver R&D as anyone else when they introduced the LTD metalwoods. While many will remember them for the Spaceport, the true genius behind it was the introduction of the first Zero CG driver to hit the market. Since then, we have seen massive innovation and leaps forward from Cobra, but without a return to the Zero CG concept, until now.
It is time to say hello to the new LTDx drivers from Cobra Golf.
Cobra LTDx Driver Lineup
Foremost, the return of the LTD name also means the return of Cobra discussing their push to get their drivers either to Zero CG or as close to it as possible. Part of that dance comes with the company bringing three distinct driver models, each with its own specific segment and goal, but we will get to that. In simplest terms, most drivers have a center of gravity which is above the neutral axis line in the head. That line exists where you would draw a line parallel to the loft plane, and then perpendicular through the center of the face. The closer you get to that line, according to Cobra, means that the energy transfer at impact is much better while not decreasing forgiveness. At its root, Zero CG (or super close to it) means higher launch, less spin, and more distance.
However, don’t think that the turn back to LTD means Cobra has given up on the Radial Weighting from the RAD line last season, they have simply worked to improve and evolve it into what is now known as PWR-COR. This is a multi-material and multi-layer weighting system where even the shiny medallion on the sole is part of the equation externally, and internally there is a MIM’d weight to fit the specific structural shape which joins the weights together with screws. All this combined helps to push more weight forward in the head and more near the face in order to maximize speed potential and maintain lower spin.
Make no mistake, this is not a rehash of anything, but instead, it is a redesign of everything. The three head shapes themselves have been painstakingly worked over to fight for every single gram with up to 30% more carbon fiber in use compared to the RAD. Additionally, the T-Bar chassis has been evolved to place more material lower to the ground on the extreme edges to get the CG down while moving MOI higher. This Multi-Material Construction is the key to unlocking the other design innovations in the quest for ball speed. Eight grams saved here may not seem like much, but in club design, it is enormous.
While Cobra Golf created the first milled driver face with CNC machining and finishing, they believed it was an area they needed to further tweak. Externally, Infinity Face is still here, but now there is a much more traditional looking topline without as much of a rolled edge. It will be interesting to see how this is received as the last iteration definitely made the Cobra drivers visually unique. Behind that face, E9 is finally gone, by utilizing “machine learning”, the company has created its H.O.T. Face.
Now, before some poke at the naming, understand it literally means Highly Optimized Topology, and that topology consists of 15 different zones across the face (compared to E9’s 3 variables) in varying peaks and valleys to maximize speed across the face. According to the company, this has made the driver more effective across the perimeter of the face including towards the toe, which in the RAD was an area the E9 was OK with, but not great.
There are three model options with the new LTDx drivers from Cobra, read on for more info on the specifics of each.
Cobra LTDx LS Driver
By now, you all know what “LS” means, and yes, this is the low spinning option for Cobra in the LTDx line. The LS for Cobra is its most “Tour Inspired” shape with a focus on low spin, high speed, and workability for skilled golfers. By using a dual forward adjustable weight setup (10g and 3g) which can be tweaked heel or toe side to further influence flight tendencies, this is arguably the ball-strikers driver of the LTDx lineup.
Additionally, the LS has a shape unique from the other two models. The 460cc head has a face depth of 46mm (47mm in the other two) but is utilizing a very aggressive shape aerodynamically that has decreased the slope in the crown from front to back while lifting the rear skirt of the sole higher. According to the company’s Tour testing, this has made the driver “easier” to swing fast. The LS still features all the other aforementioned tech, just in a lowspin, naturally more fade biased package. While the LS isn’t at Zero CG, it is still lower than almost anything out there, impressive for the more demanding driver of a release.
The LTDx LS will be available in 9.0° and 10.5° (RH and LH) with MyFly allowing 1.5° of adjustability either way. A “Tour Length” option will be available as well.
Cobra LTDx MAX Driver
Using all the technology Cobra has to offer, the MAX driver is the company seeking to create the most stable and highest MOI design they can while also implementing internal draw bias which the majority of golfers need (no matter what the internet tells you). The MAX is a 460cc design with a slightly oversized shape and 47mm face depth, this has a much more familiar shaping to it for those familiar with the RAD and SpeedZone drivers and the rear skirt stays lower to the ground than the LS to keep more mass low and back.
The MAX offers a rear and heel adjustable weight design to help the golfer add either more draw bias or to further maximize forgiveness by moving the heavy weight back (10g and 3g weights in standard option). According to the company you can either get the most forgiving driver of the lineup (back) or add 11 yards of additional draw bias (heel).
The LTDx MAX will be available in 9.0°, 10.5°, and 12.0° (RH and LH) with MyFly allowing 1.5° of adjustability either way. There is a Ladies version in the max, and the “Tour Length” option will be available as well.
Cobra LTDx Driver
Anytime a company calls something a unicorn, my ears perk up, and Cobra is saying just that about the LTDx driver. This driver is the one within the lineup that has not only hit Zero CG a-la the original LTD, but it has also hit an MOI rating of 5,200. For those who may not understand, it means a mix of maximum ball speed potential with incredible forgiveness. While there are other drivers who have gotten their MOI in that realm, or slightly higher, noneof them have a CG Neutral Axis remotely close to zero like the LTDx
With 19g of weight positioned internally through the PWR-COR design and another 15g in the back of the head (5g internally, 10g adjustable), the LTDx seeks to offer optimal CG and MOI for one of the longest and most playable designs on the market. The head is 460cc with a 47mm face depth and neutral overall weighting and face angle. Add in, for those joining me in the sound is feel brigade, Cobra says all three drivers have had copious attention paid to that aspect, but with the LTDx they believe they found a standout balance.
The LTDx will be available in 9.0°, 10.5°, and 12.0° (RH and LH) with MyFly allowing 1.5° of adjustability either way. A “Tour Length” option will be available as well.
The trio of thew drivers making up the LTDx lineup from Cobra Golf will be available 2/11/22 and carry a $499.99 price tag. As standard, they will play 45.5” but every model has a “Tour Length” option coming in at 44.5” and altering the weights in the head (heavier), still a very cool option from Cobra.
The LTDx drivers all come in RH/LH with a choice of 4 premium aftermarket shafts including the MCA Tensei AV Raw White 65, Project X HZRDUS RDX Blue 60, Project X HZRDUS Smoke iM10 60 and UST Helium Nanocore.
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