2015 Ultimate Product Reviews: Cobra Fly-Z Irons

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Cobra Fly-Z irons

Who’s ready for the U.S. Open?! I know I am. To help me get in the spirit even more, let’s take a look at another product to review, in the iron category. Each year I look forward to learning about all the new products out there to help get me pumped for another season out on the course. I hope you’ve been enjoying this ongoing series where I compile the top golf industry reviews and put them all in one place so it’s easy for everyone to find. Unbiased reviews are essential in the club buying process. Happy shopping, and enjoy the U.S. Open! – Matt

Club Name: Fly-Z Irons
Brand: Cobra Puma Golf
Price Point: Steel combo sets (7 irons + 1 FLY-Z Hybrid) start at $699. 2 Hybrid sets (steel irons) are $799, while 2 Hybrid graphite sets are $899.
Specs: Available in stock black or a choice of four custom colors (white, blue, orange, red) and come standard with two hybrids and seven irons (3-4h, 5-GW). Stock shafts are 95g FST Steel or Matrix graphite.

Summary

The latest offering from Cobra gets high marks for its game improvement and forgiveness. Engineered with a Speed Channel™ Sole that flexes and recovers at impact and a deep undercut cavity design, the new Fly-Z™ irons generate greater distance through faster ball speed while still maintaining the feel of forged irons.
Special Notes

The Fly-Z irons are available in Black, Blue, Orange, Red and White.

The Cobra Lamkin Rel 360 grips come available in White, Green, Blue, Orange and Red

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You can buy the clubs directly from the Cobra website here.

 

THE REVIEWS

1. Golf Digest: Love It.We love the Fly-Z for its innovative features at a competitive price. The deep undercut has multiple benefits, including the creation of a large, unsupported face that produces lots of spring at impact. The groove story makes sense, too: less aggressive on the 3- through 6-iron and more aggressive on the short irons where spin and precision are needed.

2. Golf Magazine: Love It.A cordial club, hard not to hit well; these plain straight-shooters resist curvature and keep the ball in a tight corridor; long irons are just about as forgiving as any hybrid.The Fly-Z iron falls on the friendlier end of the game-improvement spectrum. Higher-handicappers and even some seniors looking for top-notch forgiveness could benefit here.

3. Golf WRX:Like It. The Fly-Z irons have the wide soles that are typical of game-improvement irons, but use thinner top lines, medium offset and a more compact shape than previous models for a better look at address. Cobra also used what it calls progressive spin technology in the irons. The long irons (3-6) have V-grooves for more distance, while the shorter irons (7-PW) have U-shaped grooves for more spin.

4. MyGolfSpy: Like It. Unless we’re talking about slots in faces, forgiveness is achieved largely through perimeter weighting. To that end FLY-Z features deep zone (it’s all about Zones with Cobra this year) undercut cavities, which allowed Cobra to steal mass to use around the perimeter of the club…as well as the obligatory low and back locations. This, along with typical game-improvement design considerations (wide soles, low CG), checks off the easy to hit and forgiving boxes on Cobra’s list.

5. Golf Magic: Just Ok. Not as long as we were expecting but decent levels of forgiveness. The iron also proved easy to work both ways, particularly a draw, but how important workability is for a game improver is questionable. Solid accuracy and forgiveness for the majority of testers, though not as long as some game-improvement irons. Might lack muscle behind the ball for higher handicap players, so probably better suited in the hands of someone on the cusp of single figures. Compact looks appealing.

6. Bunkers Paradise: Love It. I’m pretty impressed with the Cobra Fly-Z irons. I was a fan of the Bio Cell irons from last year and these felt just as good, if not better. I think they match up to any pro-combo style iron on the market right now. They have good feel, good distance and decent forg

7. Golfalot.com: Like It. The Cobra Fly-Z irons have taken technology from the Fly-Z line of metal woods with the inclusion of Speed Channel technology, aimed at making the irons faster across the whole face. The irons have a visible trench positioned on both the cavity behind the face and on the sole of the irons. This allows the face to flex and then recover at impact and transfer this additional energy to the ball, thereby increasing ball speed and ultimately gaining distance.