Back To The Fu­ture

Two fa­mous clubs from the 1990s make a mod­ern come­back

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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°.

IT’S MAS­SIVE!

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).

MOD­ERN TOUCHES

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.

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