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Club: Cobra RadSpeed
Shaft: Fujikura Motore X F1 Flex: Stiff Loft: 10.5° Loft Setting: 10.5°
After the success of their Speed Zone drivers, Cobra golf announce their new RadSpeed driver line up and introduce a new radial weighting technology. This design concept originated from a formula in engineering called Radius of Gyration, which is basically the distance from the club’s centre of gravity to each weight or technology location.
Cobra’s engineers found that by increasing the Radius of Gyration and the distance between the front and back weights, they could create the optimum blend of ball speed, low spin, and forgiveness in one driver. Using this formula Cobra utilised the radial weighting system and strategically positioned them in each of their three new driver models, to help create three distinct performances.
Golfers of all abilities want to increase their distance from the tee, but from that point some of us want lower spin rates, forgiveness, consistency and also technology that will help us correct a ball flight, so Cobra have produced these three models aimed at the different goals golfers are trying to achieve.
The RadSpeed is for golfers who have a faster swing speed who want to increase distance through faster ball speeds, low spin rates and trajectory.
The RadSpeedXB is for golfers who also want increased distance through faster ball speeds, but also want consistency across the club face for more forgiveness and stability.
The RadSpeedXD is for those golfers who again want to increase distance while reducing their slice or creating a draw.
“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 optimised performance for everyone from Tour players to weekend warriors and those who need help correcting a slice.”
So did I gain extra distance using the RadSpeed driver? In a word, yes. I tee it up regularly with another lad at my club who plays off the same 5 handicap as me, but he generally out drives me by 5-10 yards. On the days I was testing the RadSpeed I was knocking it by him and on some holes a good 8-10 yards.
I was using the low spin, low launch Fujikura Motore X F1 shaft and its not one for the faint hearted, especially if you like a high ball flight. This baby come off the face low and like a bullet and nothing like my normal ball flight — although I do hit the ball low — but once I got used to it, I loved the feel and I found the sound was a lot deeper than I am used to at impact, but I felt that was another plus.
“Yes, I would certainly recommend Cobra’s RadSpeed. It looks great at address, I love the full deep sound at impact but most of all I loved the extra distance. Please make sure you get fitted, as you can see from my findings the shaft makes all the difference.