My mystery of King Cobra II OS vs. the Maltby Playability Factor rating
Forgive me -- this type of club is more modern than most which I, too, come to this Classic sub-forum to talk about, but I thought it more appropriate than posting it among the new stuff, since it's about a 20 year old club now.
-- So... I am on a super tight budget and did not want to sink a lot into clubs I would beat up while learning to play (hence a set of heads I look forward to playing later are pickled for a while, awaiting a shaft decision after my swing stops changing so rapidly).
So as I looked at sets that I could get for like 60 bucks I'd look at people's experiences and testimonies.
To this day I can scour the internet reading 20 years of statements made about people's King Cobra II OS irons and scarcely find a negative word other than one "older clubs suck" statement. Rather, the internet is saturated with love for these clubs.
Impossible most of them are paid shills, not just people who just bought them new for $700+ and convincing themselves because they'll want to blow their brains out if they're not awesome, just a random mixture of people from when the websites first existed through now. Almost all of these reviews are particularly positive, comparing them to multiple sets of other major makes and models, with many, many of them returning to these clubs repeatedly for years.
So I got 'em and thought they were pretty awesome for $60 (after shipping) but what do I know...
Then, loving some stuff I've learned from Ralph Maltby's books and a couple videos, I looked at his Maltby Playability Factor (MPF).
That's when I discovered the King Cobra II OS has one of the lowest MPF's of all time. I couldn't understand, with them scoring a 4.5 out of 5 over 70 descriptive, detailed reviews scattered over almost two decades.
When I got a very kind and thoughtful response by asking over at the clubmaking forum attached to Maltby's namesake site, at first I started nodding when the main tech answering questions there, Britt, began to explain that they've played clubs they like that have low MPF's... but then I stopped in my tracks when he finished saying that the K.C. II OS's are an example in poor design, that they use it in examples in school, that it died quickly and readily wound up in discount bins because people couldn't play them well, and that positive reviews should mainly just be paid shills and a few people who had just bought them, early on.
I am really, really confused here.
They didn't just say "the MPF rules"... but two authorized Question Answer mods said it's not foolproof, but went on to say that, nonetheless, the K.C. II OS irons suck because their COG is too high and far back toward the toe, that there's no way they'd be consistent, and that, "... they are in no way designed to be are not designed to deliver stability, forgiveness or a solid feel unless you hit the ball on the heel side of center."
Does anyone have any thoughts on the mysterious chasm here between the ubiquitous, favorable reviews of these (for their time and even long after) saturating the internet, versus the in-depth technical analysis of how awful these irons supposedly "must be", as well as the purported sales history of initial retail sales nosediving early (specifically being because buyers thought they played poorly, and not because of some other releases or market reasons)?
They are even a popular resale item today, and not at bottom dollar, no doubt from the positive reviews that Britt kinda sorta denied logically exist, saying, "Might have been talked up by players being paid to talk them up, or even by some that were not, when they first came out."... clearly not having googled the model's reviews, but I do really appreciate his time and thoughtful explanation of the MPF breakdown and COG, MOI, etc.
Any input on your experience with these or thoughts about the limitations of MPF?
Could there by physics not making their way into the scenario?
I also directly know people whose first clubs were these, making statements like, "Almost everyone went through a set of these... they were a fine set"...
Baffled in Odessa, -- Jeff