124th U.S. Open

Pinehurst No. 2


KING Forged Tec

Hot List Gold 2023

Our Review:

WHAT IT DOES: By using multiple materials, Cobra is able to bring speed to an iron with a traditional shape and continue to enhance feel and distance. The muscle-back shape hides the fact the head is hollow and uses a thin face for enhanced ball speed and a higher launch. A 20-gram tungsten toe weight is positioned in a way that allows the center of gravity to be more in line with face center. This helps provide a satisfying feel on center hits and assists stability on off-center strikes. Another nod to sound and feel comes with a lighter, softer foam inside the 1025-carbon-steel clubhead. 

WHY WE LIKE IT: Cobra’s Forged Tec irons possess a solid history, which is why the company is introducing its fourth iteration of this hollow-body iron. However, just because the name is the same does not mean significant enhancements have been bypassed. The five-step forging process and softer foam created a lower sound that appeals to better players. Because the foam is lighter, more weight can be moved down low to foster a better launch angle. The slimmer topline with reduced offset provides a look that says this is a players-distance iron that looks like a players iron.  Read more>>

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Price: KING Forged Tec $171 (per iron)
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Look / Sound / Feel


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Player Comments
"These look awesome—it's unique. A slim profile. The matte finish provides a great contrast between the turf and the ball. Looks old-school and retro, very neat. I felt like I could make really good contact. It really jumped off the face. I kept hitting really consistent numbers."
Handicap, 12
"Nice compact head. Matte black finish on the clubface with a good-sized topline. Setup square to the ball. Easy to control the ball flight with these clubs. Distance was respectable and clubs packed a punch, even though they had a smaller head."
Handicap, +4
“The dark matte finish hides the size. The sole is a bonus: wider with a unique bevel that provides silky smooth turf interaction.”
Handicap, 8
Club Specs
Models Dexterity Price
KING Forged Tec Left Hand / Right Hand $171

KING Forged Tec

Name Loft Length
5I 23.00 38.25
7I 29.50 37.25
PW 44.00 36.00
From the Manufacturer

The KING Forged Tec Irons are designed to inspire a better ball striking experience. Featuring a new 5-step forged body and face, and refined shaping, these irons deliver true feel and better player looks with all of the forgiveness you need.

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