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Azaleas & Augusta Green: Cobra Golf releases driver that’ll give us plebeians a taste of the Masters

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March 29, 2024

In just a few weeks, we will be making the annual trek to Augusta National. Either physically or emotionally. The start of spring truly arrives once we venture down Magnolia Lane and witness the best the sport has to offer, watching golfers from around the world make incredible shot after incredible shot. Then soon after, we’ll try to replicate their successes and fail miserably.

We’re certainly not saying that you’re going to play like Woods, Rahm or Scheffler if you try out this new Augusta-themed Cobra Golf driver, but you’ll at least look like you know what you’re doing … well, until you tee off at least.

Yes, Cobra Golf’s new Darkspeed models will now come (for a limited time only) with Augusta National colors and markings. The Darkspeed LS Season Opener will feature azaleas on the sole and Augusta Green throughout. You may not make it to the home of the Masters, but you can at least bring Augusta to your own muni. There’s an exclusive shaft and headcover too, because of course there is.

"While vibrant colors usually define Golf's inaugural major, this year, Darkness reigns supreme," Cobra Golf('s marketing team) writes. "The DARKSPEED X SEASON OPENER LIMITED EDITION DRIVER combines the iconic colorways and Azalea blooms of the springtime tradition with the all-black look of DARKSPEED. Paired with an exclusive shaft and headcover, this driver makes speed a statement piece."

Cobra Darkspeed LS
$550 | Golf Galaxy
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The problem with focusing on aerodynamics is that it helps players with the fastest swing speeds the most and is harder to achieve forgiveness for slower swingers. That’s why the design here is so smart—building in speed enhancements like a soft leading edge, reduced profile, higher crown peak and a taller trailing edge for high-swing-speed players. Those golfers also benefit from a low, forward center of gravity through three adjustable sole weights and internal weight bridge that sits lower and more forward than in past versions.

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The club has groundbreaking aerodynamic shaping, a renovated PWR-BRIDGE and an A.I. design all built for faster swingers with higher spin rates. The sleek black colorway works perfectly with the flowers blooming. This driver is available with the Mitsubishi Tensei 1k Black shaft, with your choice of X-Flex, Stiff, or regular and loft options of 9° and 10.5°. They're launching just ahead of the Masters, so keep a lookout. We''re fairly certain they'll go fast.

Maybe just maybe, this club will deliver you the confidence you need to figure things out on the course. Either way, if you buy this club, you’ll automatically have the same amount of green jackets as Rory McIlroy. That’s a guarantee.