Gear: Cobra RadSpeed, RadSpeed Tour, RadSpeed Draw fairway woods
Price: $279 each with Fujikura Motore X F1, Fujikura Motore X F3 or Project X EvenFlow Riptide shaft and Lamkin Crossline grip
Specs: Carbon-fiber crown with internal weights, adjustable hosel mechanism and CNC-milled face. 14.5-, 18.5- and 22.5-degree versions (RadSpeed, RadSpeed Draw); 13.5- and 17.5-degree versions in RadSpeed Tour
Available: Jan. 29
Cobra has added two new technologies and carried over others to create the new RadSpeed family of fairway woods. With three unique models, the company thinks there should be one that allows golfers to get the ideal blend of distance, forgiveness and performance they need.
At the heart of all three clubs is a radial weighting design that takes weight out of the club’s middle and shifts it to strategic spots. To do that, Cobra designers gave all the RadSpeed fairway woods large carbon-fiber crowns. That lowered the center of gravity and created discretionary weight.
In the standard RadSpeed fairway woods, much of that discretionary weight was repositioned into a pair of 16-gram internal weights in the heel and toe areas. There is also a 7-gram weight in the back of the sole. Cobra said that adding extra weight in the front of the club helps increase ball speed, while the added weight in the back boosts the moment of inertia to make the clubs more forgiving.
In the RadSpeed Tour, designers opted to put all three weights forward to create a lower-launching, lower-spinning fairway wood for more accomplished golfers. In all, there are 23 grams of extra mass positioned behind the leading edge in the Tour version.
For golfers who struggle with a slice, Cobra made the RadSpeed Draw fairway woods with 23 grams of weight split between the heel area and the back of the head. The heel’s added weight should help golfers square the face more easily on the downswing to reduce sidespin.
Another new technology Cobra added to the standard and Draw fairway woods is a milled face. By milling the face, Cobra tightened the manufacturing tolerances and made the hitting area five times more precise than if it were finished and polished by hand. As a result, golfers can expect better performance and more ball speed on shots hit outside the sweet spot.
All three RadSpeed fairway woods feature rails on the sole that help keep the leading edge from digging into the turf, so golfers can better maintain clubhead speed through the impact area. The rails are split into sections, and the piece of the rails that is directly behind the leading edge is hollow. That allows the lower portion of the hitting area to flex more efficiently on low-struck shots.
Each of the three fairway woods also comes standard with Cobra’s MyFly adjustable hosel system that lets players and fitters increase or decrease the club’s stated loft by as many as 1.5 degrees. They also come standard with a Cobra Connect-enabled Lamkin Crossline grip. The grip has an Arccos tag designed into the butt cap that can link to a free smartphone app to allow golfers to track their performance and learn detailed stats about their game.
original article link https://golfweek.usatoday.com/2020/12/08/cobra-radspeed-radspeed-tour-radspeed-draw-fairway-woods/