Back To The Future
Two famous clubs from the 1990s make a modern comeback
Retro seems to be the new new. Everything from the ’80s and ’90s – TV shows, celebs, pop groups – seem to be making a comeback. And so are some of the era’s best golf clubs. Cobra and Callaway are the latest to revive some of their most famous sticks, with the King OS hybrid (harking back to their oversize irons of 1994) and the Steelhead woods (which first appeared in 1998). Both, of course, now feature the latest tech and construction methods to make them longer and easier to hit.
COBRA KING OS HYBRID
Cobra says that because it’s the largest hybrid they’ve ever made, it’s also their most forgiving. It has a wider, oversized profile along with a new carbon-fibre crown (which removes 8g of weight) to deliver max MOI. It’s not easy
creating a low CG hybrid with masses of forgiveness which still launches high and doesn’t spin too much. But Cobra say they’ve achieved it thanks to internal tungsten weighting.
Available as 3-4H, 4-5H or 5-6H.
CALLAWAY STEELHEAD XR FAIRWAYS
Callaway’s original Steelheads were some of the most popular fairways ever. Hawkeye soles made them famously easy to launch high off the turf, so Callaway has created a new version to reduce friction and promote a cleaner, squarer contact more often. A new carbon crown saves 20g over the previous XR fairway, to create a low, forward centre of gravity making the XR easier to launch with low spin.
Details: 3+/13.5°, 3/15°,
4+/ 16°, 5/18°, 7/21°, 9/24°, Heavenwood/20.5°.
The oversize shape of the King OS breeds confidence; this is how it compares sizewise to Cobra’s other hybrids, the Max (orange) and the F7 (grey).
Ball speed protection is massively improved over the original Steelhead XR thanks to face cup technology and an aerodynamic speed step crown.
BIG ON FORGIVENESS “The oversized head will provide golfers with even more speed and distance on off-centre contact without sacrificing forgiveness or control,” said Cobra’s Tom Olsavsky, vice president of R&D. POPULAR SHAPES Recreating Callaway’s most popular fairway woods ever, the new Steelhead XR is packed with distance-enhancing tech to complement the classic shapes that saw the firm sell more than 2.3 million of the originals.