TECH ON TEST

Three GM read­ers sam­ple Co­bra’s ver­sa­tile hy­brid al­ter­na­tives

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ince their mass in­tro­duc­tion 15 years ago, hy­brids have helped many golfers to find ex­tra dis­tance and con­sis­tency in their long games.

But as with driv­ers, irons and balls, you can’t pi­geon­hole ev­ery player into one style of club, so many still go out of their way to find a 2-iron or 5-wood they get on with.

Co­bra re­cently spot­ted this trend, and moved to in­tro­duce a cou­ple of ver­sa­tile al­ter­na­tives, with the King F6 Baf­fler and the King Util­ity iron launched ear­lier this year.

Both these clubs are ad­justable – the King F6 Baf­fler from 16° to 18.5° and the King Util­ity iron from 18° to 21° – and it’s a fea­ture that makes them ideal for play­ers look­ing to fill a spe­cific gap in their bag.

SAs well as suit­ing a par­tic­u­lar yardage, Co­bra says these clubs can also of­fer ex­tra shot op­tions. The King Util­ity is ideal for tight tee shots and links golfers, and the King F6 Baf­fler’s sole rails are use­ful for es­cap­ing the rough and hit­ting off bare lies.

To put these claims to the test, we took three Golf Monthly read­ers to The Lon­don Club for a fit­ting on its grass driv­ing range with Co­bra brand ex­pe­ri­ence man­ager, Joe Folker.

Dur­ing a 60-minute ses­sion, he would as­sess their av­er­age carry yardages with their cur­rent long irons, hy­brids and fair­ways, and then test those fig­ures against their num­bers with the King Util­ity and King F6 Baf­fler. Would the use of ad­justable lofts help them fill any gaps, and could ex­tra ver­sa­til­ity ex­pand their on-course shot reper­toire? Three GM read­ers put Co­bra’s claims to the test

Val­i­dat­ing any im­prove­ments in their dis­tance gap­ping and con­sis­tency would be a Track­Man launch mon­i­tor, which mea­sures all the rel­e­vant shot data.

But which club would our three golfers opt for, and why?

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