I want to really thank @COBRA PUMA GOLFand @GolfWRX_Official for selecting me as a tester.
Apologies for the delay. I tested the club Friday and Saturday with the intention of posting about it on Sunday. But then I had a health incident on Sunday that put me in the hospital for several days (it's not serious but I wasn't able to post).
A little background on myself. I basically stopped golfing for about 10 years because I was too busy coaching my kids’ sports teams. That part of my life finished so I started golfing in January 2020. My equipment was 15 years old and I gradually all my equipment except for one club – my TaylorMade rescue 4H hybrid (anyone remember those?)
When I got my irons (Srixon Zx5), I wasn’t sure if I wanted a 4-iron or a new hybrid so I just kept playing the rescue. So it currently goes from Zx5 5 iron, TM 22 degree hybrid and then Honma 18 degree TR21 hybrid. I decided against a 4-iron but the rescue kept performing and, honestly, I haven't found a new hybrid that I thought would perform any better. That is why I was excited to test the Cobra King Tec Hybrid.
My driver SS is 100 and I am a 6 handicap. I got the 21 degree with UST Recoil 480 ESX Graphite Stiff shaft (my fitter told me which shaft to get). I did not even consider one of the customer shafts that the other testers ordered (quite generous by Cobra!) but I am happy with my selection. Packaging was secure and solid when the club arrived.
The first thing I noticed is that this comes with a high-quality head cover. It has thick padding with quality stitching and the inside of the cover is soft and plush. This matters to me -- some manufacturer's include flimsy head covers that don't seem to reflect the club's value. The King Tec Hybrid's two-tone headcover resembles the bottom of the hybrid's design which is cool. It's a head cover that I will use in my bag (I often replace manufacturer headcovers if I don't like how they look).
The first impression is this is a good looking club! I don't like the look of a lot of hybrids but I really like this one. I like the two-tone matte/glossy finish and the head shape. The head is bigger than others but I actually didn't really notice that much until I compared it to my other hybrids. The other thing that initially stands out is that there is a lot of tech in this club -- unusual for a hybrid due to the small head size. There are 3 adjustable weights in the head in the toe, heel and back. On top of that, the hosel has a total of 8 adjustable settings (up or down 1-1.5 degrees, plus draw settings).
Compared to my 18 degree Honma TR21 hybrid.
Compared to the TaylorMade
So far, I have hit the club a couple times at the range. My initial impression? I like it and will immediate put it in the bag. Like most players, my dreaded miss with a hybrid is the hook. That was not a problem for me. In fact, I hit fades initially with this club. I was actually able to go with my default iron swing where I feel like I'm really releasing my hands and I did not have problems with hooks. That is a different feel for me where I felt like I could just swing a hybrid aggressively like my irons. My well struck shots were straight and with a high trajectory -- these were shots that would easily hold the green.
The sound is great -- low, dull thwack that did not have a tingy sound. It has a fantastic feel -- I often don't really like the feel of hybrids but this one is great. It just has a nice, solid feel. There's also good feedback -- I could tell where I was missing shots on the head. I'm not always able to tell with some other hybrids.
This was in the hybrid's stock setting and I have yet to try the other settings. I was having problems with my Mevo connecting so I didn't test the other settings. Will do that in the future as I gap this club with the rest of my bag.
The other thing I wanted to note is that I liked the face profile -- even though it is a bigger head, it looks like it has a lower face profile in my opinion. I have problems hitting clubs that feel blocky. I also really, really like the dark face -- not sure if it will stay like this but I could tell where I hit (or mis-hit) the ball. I wish all my clubs did this. Below you can see my patented toe shot.
The other testers put up some quality photos of the crown of the club so I won't repeat. Please let me know if you have any questions and I will be glad to answer.
My initial impressions are very positive and like I said, I will be putting into the bag. It would be huge if I can play this club without worrying about losing it left. I actually think the stock setting might work for me but I am looking forward to testing the fade bias. The thing I haven't really mentioned about this club is the speed -- based on what I've read, it's one of the strengths of this club. However, since I'm playing the 4 hybrid, that's not really a factor for me. I'm looking for a versatile club that can fill anywhere from 180-200 yards. I mention that because maybe this club has more value to someone who is looking for more distance with a 2 or 3 hybrid to fill a gap to their 3-wood (or replace it).
I look forward to testing the club more and putting up more updates in the future. Thanks again to Cobra and Golf WRX!