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Cobra

King Forged Tec/One Length

Hot List Gold 2022

Our Review:

WHAT IT DOES: It’s not often that baking is a topic of discussion when describing iron technology, but judging the time and temperature variables when heating the foam used inside this clubhead was a key factor. That’s because doing so allowed microspheres inside the foam to expand, helping to create a solid foam that reinforces the hollow head. This not only reduces vibration from the use of a thin face, but because the foam is lightweight, Cobra designers could move more weight low to drop the center of gravity in the long irons—a desirable trait regardless of your ability level.


WHY WE LIKE IT: There’s a lot to love in this iron but what grabbed our attention was the improvement to the company’s venerable face design. Three grams were removed from the upper pocket and placed lower in the head to increase launch angle. The entire face is thinner by 0.2 millimeters to enhance ball speed and save weight. The look is decidedly on the player-ish side with reduced offset, thinner toplines and shorter blade lengths. Cobra says its target audience for this iron is 5- to 15-handicappers. The shaping will surely appeal to the lower end of that segment.

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Price: $170/per iron
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Ratings
Performance

45%*

Innovation

30%*

Look / Sound / Feel

20%*

Demand

5%*

* Percentage of total score

Player Comments
Low-Handicapper

"A very well balanced club. It felt like I had control of the club throughout my swing. Easy to swing with good distance."

Mid-Handicapper

“Enough offset to help you without being off-putting. The distance is consistent, and you feel like you didn’t have to swing very hard
to get good results.”

High-Handicapper

"A clean traditional look. Beautiful and simplistic design. Feels really good with a distinctive jump off the face."

Club Specs

Lofts

7-iron: 29.5 degrees; PW: 44 degrees

From the Manufacturer
Description

The Forged TEC is a player’s distance iron designed to inspire a better shot making experience for the better player and mid handicap alike. Each iron fully forged from carbon steel and crafted for exceptional soft feel. A sleeker shape and slimmed topline conceals a hollow body filled with a soft foam for enhanced distance without sacrificing excellent feel and feedback. Designed with technologies to deliver forgiveness when you need it, a forged PWRSHELL face promotes more consistent and reliable distance on off-center hits, while a 20g tungsten weight is positioned on the toe for added stability.

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