Cobra Golf, today introduced its highly anticipated 2021 family of RADSPEED Drivers, Fairways and Hybrids. With a name inspired by its key, innovative technology, Radial weighting, the entire line is aimed at maximizing performance for the full spectrum of players through optimized weighting and an array of advanced technologies. The design concept originated from a popular formula in engineering called Radius of Gyration, which is the distance from the club’s centre of gravity to each weight or technology location. COBRA’s engineers discovered that by increasing the Radius of Gyration and the distance between the front and back weights, they could create the perfect blend of fast ball speed, low spin, and forgiveness in one driver. Utilizing Radial Weighting, the weight is strategically positioned in each of the three new driver models, creating three distinct performances.
While distance is the number one attribute desired by golfers, it can come in different forms, highlighted in COBRA’s new drivers:
(1) The RADSPEED for faster swingers who want distance through faster ball speeds, low spin and trajectory control.
(2) The RADSPEED XB for players who want distance through faster ball speeds and consistency across the face in the form forgiveness and stability.
(3) The RADSPEED XD for those who want distance while reducing their slice or creating a draw. Below is a full rundown on the three unique RADSPEED drivers and the accompanying fairways and hybrids.
The new RADSPEED driver is designed with a 460cc traditional shape, and forward-biased Radial Weighting to appeal to the better player seeking low spin, low launch and workability. The chassis features 28g positioned in the front, (16g of fixed weight; & 12g adjustable weight) and an additional 10g positioned in the back (8g fixed weight; 2g adjustable weight) to create the perfect balance of front and back weighting for speed and stability. By pushing the weight as far forward and as far back as possible, COBRA engineers were able to design a driver capable of providing the fastest ball speed with extreme forgiveness – an engineering feat that has not been achieved until now. Using a lighter T-Bar Speed Chassis and a thinner Carbon Fiber Wrap Crown, engineers were able to save 13g (7g in the chassis/6g in the carbon) that they could reposition forward to lower the CG and produce more speed. Two adjustable weights in the front and back (12g & 2g) allow players to fine-tune their desired launch and spin performance. A final but very notable feature of the new RADSPEED driver is the CNC Milled Infinity Face, which requires about 25 minutes of milling for every single clubface produced. COBRA’s proprietary CNC milling process is a significant advancement over the traditional hand polishing method and produces thickness and bulge and roll tolerances that are up to five times more precise. This process ensures consistent performance on every driver, which delivers thinner faces for maximum ball speed and perfect curvatures for forgiveness on off-centre hits.
For players who want plenty of speed and distance but value forgiveness, and a club that flies effortlessly straight, the RADSPEED XB is the answer. One of the two “Xtreme,” versions in the RADSPEED lineup, the XB (Xtreme Back) features an oversized address profile that inspires confidence on the tee. The 460cc clubhead utilizes rear-biased Radial Weighting to deliver the fastest and straightest ball flight of the three models. The driver features 20g positioned in the back (14g of fixed weight; 6g interchangeable weight), and 8g of fixed weight in the front, making the XB arguably COBRA’s fastest and most forgiving driver to date. For golfers that preferred COBRA’s 2020 SPEEDZONE Xtreme driver, the RADSPEED XB delivers even more ball speed and lower spin while maintaining that extreme stability. Additional technologies featured in the XB driver and the rest of the RADSPEED drivers include, a titanium T-Bar Speed Chassis and Thin-Ply Carbon Fibre Crown, CNC Milled Infinity Face and Radial Weighting Technology.
The RADSPEED XD debuts as the newest addition to COBRA’s driver offerings, answering the need for a draw-biased, straight-neck driver. The XD is COBRA’s longest and fastest draw-biased driver designed to provide maximum distance and slice-fighting power. This second “Xtreme” model features the same slightly oversized 460cc profile as the XB, but with heel-biased Radial Weighting. 10g of fixed internal weight is positioned in the heel to enable easier face closure for straighter, draw-biased drives. Another 14g is positioned in the back for extreme forgiveness, while 8g is positioned in the front to increase speed.
“Our new RADSPEED drivers represent a true breakthrough in performance,” said Tom Olsavsky, Vice President of R&D, COBRA Golf. “Our engineers have outdone themselves by pushing the Radius of Gyration to new levels and delivering three distinct drivers aimed at three different types of golfers. With the RADSPEED driver family, COBRA can truly offer optimized performance for everyone from Tour players to weekend warriors and those who need help correcting a slice.”
Complimenting the innovative line of RADSPEED drivers are a full line up of RADSPEED fairway metals. Utilizing weight savings from a thinner Carbon Crown design, COBRA engineers were able to free up more discretionary weight to position it forward and increase ball speed. Using strategic Radial Weighting in each model (RADSPEED, RADSPEED Big Tour & Tour, and RADSPEED Draw), COBRA engineers were able to create three distinct performances. Each fairway features COBRA’s signature Baffler Hollow Split Rails, which increase flexion on the leading edge by 70% to increase speed while still providing excellent turf interaction. The RADSPEED fairways come in three families which include:
1. RADSPEED Fairway - features a traditional shape with a balance of front and back Radial Weighting (16g in the front & 7g in the back) to deliver ultra-low spin, with high launch and forgiveness. A CNC Milled Infinity Face makes its way into the RADSPEED fairway for the first time, creating a face design that is up to 5 times more precise than hand-polished fairways. Golfers have their choice of two premium aftermarket shafts: Fujikura Motore X F3 (Stiff & Reg) and Project X Even Flow Riptide (Lite flex). Available in two colourways: Gloss Black/Turbo Yellow colourway.
2. RADSPEED BIG TOUR and TOUR Fairways – both feature 23g of front-biased Radial Weighting (16g internal & a 7g front weight). The Big Tour 3-wood features a slightly oversized profile, and a stronger loft setting, making it the fastest, and lowest-spinning fairway in the lineup, and the perfect complement to the RADSPEED Driver, whether off the tee or on the fairway. The Tour 5-wood features a compact profile for maximum workability. Both are available in Matte Black /Turbo Yellow and come with a Fujikura Motore X F1 shaft (X, S).
3. RADSPEED DRAW Fairway – features 16g of heel-biased internal Radial Weighting a 7g weight in the back to create draw-bias and medium-to-high ball flights, forgiveness and maximum slice correction power. A CNC Milled Infinity Face is also included, delivering precision and increasing the zone of maximum ball speed. Available in Gloss Black with Turbo Yellow colourway and a Project X Even Flow Riptide shaft (Stiff, Reg, and Lite).
RADSPEED and RADSPEED DRAW Fairway models are available in 3W (14.5 o), 5W (18.5 o) & 7W (22.5 o), with the BIG TOUR available in a 3W (13.5 o) and the TOUR model available in a 5W (17.5 o). The RADSPEED and RAD SPEED DRAW models also available in women’s offerings in Elderberry/Gloss Black colourway.
The new Cobra RADSPEED Irons are on another level – they are the most technologically advanced irons to date. The RADSPEED Variable and ONE Length Irons feature game-changing innovations including Radial Weighting and debut the first ever 3D printed nylon medallion.
Earlier this year, COBRA announced their partnership with HP & Parmatech and successfully became the first major OEM to pioneer 3D printing in golf club manufacturing with the launch of its Limited Edition KING Supersport-35 putter. 3D printing presents significant advantages over traditional manufacturing methods, allowing COBRA engineers to design, prototype and test multiple iterations and bring products to market much faster. The 3D printed medallion featured in the RADSPEED irons is the brands second application of 3D printing and sets the stage for more innovations to be seen from COBRA Golf in the future using 3D printing.
This first ever 3D printed nylon medallion utilizes an intricate lattice structure to save weight and fine-tune feel. Upon closer review, golfers may notice the detailed lattice structure provides a window into the cavity and through the medallion. The medallion reduces weight to lower the CG and damp harsh vibrations at impact delivering a soft feel and great response to the golfer.
With a name inspired by its key technology, Radial Weighting, the design of these irons is aimed at maximizing performance through the strategic placement of weight relative to the Centre of Gravity (CG) to optimise speed and forgiveness. COBRA engineers discovered that by positioning more mass low on the heel and toe (the two furthest points from the CG while remaining low in the head), they could lower the CG while dramatically improving the stability of the clubhead. 10g, in the form of a screw-in weight, is positioned in the toe and 3g of mass, is positioned in the heel to create the best combination of low CG, and high MOI for the fast ball speed and high launch.
The 10g screw is a nominal weight used by COBRA to guarantee perfect head weights for improved builds. During custom builds this weight may be adjusted +/- 6g utilising weights ranging from 4g to 16g in increments of 2g to dial in proper swing weights when customising length or shafts. This weighting system delivers an iron set that is truly custom built for the golfer. Radial Weighting is a critical component of the design that allows the RADSPEED irons to maintain high launch and maximum carry distance, despite having a stronger loft.
In addition, the irons feature a unique Carbon Fibre Topline that saves 2g to lower the CG and improve launch and spin characteristics. An all new black carbon fiber cosmetic creates the appearance of a thinner topline for a sleeker and more compact look at address.
COBRA’s patented PWRSHELL technology continues to offer increased speed and higher launch even on stronger lofted irons. The forged PWRSHELL Face insert in the RADSPEED iron is made of a high-strength 17-4 stainless steel, allowing for a thinner and more flexible face design that increases ball speed on and around the Sweet Spot. In addition to the above-mentioned technologies, the RADSPEED Variable Length Irons feature progressive head shapes (two-piece metalwood construction on 4-7i and one-piece construction on 8-SW), groove shapes (V groove for reduced spin in the long irons and U groove for added spin in the short irons), and hosel lengths (shorter in the long irons and taller in the wedges) to optimize distance, launch characteristics, and accuracy for each respective iron category – long irons, mid-irons and wedges.
The RADSPEED One Length Irons offer all the magic of RADSPEED technology in a set design that promotes one repeatable setup and swing – for more consistency and accuracy. COBRA achieves this simplified approach by offering matching lengths (37.50”), head weights and swing weights in every iron. In addition, the use of fine-tuned lie angles and progressive shaft weighting promotes high launch and forgiveness in the long irons, and lower launch with more control in the scoring irons and wedges. Starting at 6i-4i the sole widths get progressively wider (vs. Variable length) to ensure deeper CGs delivering easy up and higher ball flights. This change in CG helps to deliver proper distance gapping in the longer irons that most golfers struggle with.
RADSPEED Variable Length irons are available in a Nickel Chrome finish with Black/Turbo Yellow medallion and come stock in 5-GW (RH/LH; Steel / Graphite) or 4-PW (RH; Steel) Each option comes standard with a KBS Tour 90 shaft in stiff or regular flex and a Lamkin Crossline (58+) Connect Black grip. The stock graphite offering utilizes a UST Recoil ESX 460 shaft in stiff, regular and senior flex.
COBRA RADSPEED ONE Length irons are available in a Nickel Chrome finish with a Black/Silver/Blue/Red medallion and come stock in a 5-GW (RH/LH; Steel / Graphite). The ONE Length offering comes standard with a progressive steel shaft makeup, consisting of the KBS Tour 80 (4-6i), KBS Tour 90 (7-9i) and Tour 120 (PW, SW) shaft in stiff or regular flex and a Lamkin Crossline Connect Blue grip. The graphite stock offering is a UST Recoil ESX 460 (4-9i) and a UST Recoil ESX 480 (PW, SW) in stiff, regular and senior flex.
Both RADSPEED Iron sets come standard with COBRA CONNECT™ Powered by Arccos, the award-winning smart golf system that helps players of all skill levels make smarter, data-driven decisions. Electronically enabled sensors are embedded into the grip, automatically recording the distance and accuracy of every shot so golfers can track performance round-to-round and use analysis to improve practice sessions. Golfers also have access to Arccos Caddie, which utilises Artificial Intelligence to make better on-course decisions for lower scores. With the purchase of any COBRA CONNECT club, golfers can request additional sensors to screw in the rest of their clubs, delivering the full benefits of COBRA CONNECT Technology.