COBRA KING F6 BAFFLER FAIRWAY £179
This tour-inspired fairway wood is packed with tech, but would it impress our gear expert?
KEY TECHNOLOGY 1 Two sole rails improve forgiveness from any lie, while the backs of the rails help the sole glide out of the turf more smoothly. Adjustable 15g and 3g sole weights can be swapped to change your ball flight, while Cobra’s MyFly8 hosel delivers eight loft and draw positions. LOOKS 2 This is a tour-inspired fairway wood, which explains the small profile the club has at address. This may not inspire confidence but it certainly makes you focus on trying to find the sweetspot, rather than swinging too hard and losing control of the strike. HEAD DESIGN 3 Similar to previous Baffler fairway woods from Cobra, the two rails on the sole prevent the club from digging into the turf. As a result, the impact of slightly heavy shots is reduced. The smaller size and shorter shaft make you hit the ball more like you would with an iron. FEEL AND SOUND 4 The sensation is a soft but powerful thud at impact, not just from the sweetspot but away from it too. You certainly know when you’ve made good or bad contact. The sound is perhaps more understated than other woods in the King F6 line.
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The King F6 Baffler Fairway comes in lofts from 16-19° (in 0.5° increments) and with three draw settings ADJUSTABILITY 5 Moving the heavier 15g sole weight to the back created a marginally higher flight with a touch more spin, but it was barely noticeable to the eye. The adjustable loft from 16-19° has a more significant effect on distance and ball flight – something golfers can tailor to the shots they plan to use the club for. DISTANCE 6 At the two loft extremes, the carry for this club ranged from 210 to 245 yards. Downwind, it would travel a lot further because of the height of the trajectory. Moving the heavy weight to the forward position may increase distance slightly by reducing spin, making it a stronger, more playable option off the tee on tight par 4s or long par 3s. With all the adjustability on offer, the Baffler Fairway can play like a 4-wood, a hybrid or something in between. BALL FLIGHT 7 This club creates a towering ball flight that is ideal when trying to stop the ball on the greens of long par 4s and par 5s. It may not give you the penetrating flight you want off the tee, but its size means you have the option to trap it like an iron if you have the skills in an attempt to keep the flight down. It can certainly provide the control you need when a premium is placed on accuracy. FORGIVENESS 8 The shorter shaft, at 41.75 inches, aids overall control, and playing the ball with a steeper angle of attack, more like an iron, helps improve the consistency of strike. Knowing the sole rails are there to help you if you catch the ground slightly before the ball is a reassuring feature to fall back on. VERSATILITY 9 While the sole-weight adjustability didn’t seem to have too much effect on performance, the two sole rails were the opposite. I was genuinely blown away by how easy this club was to hit consistently well from poor lies thanks to the sole rails. I hit shots from shallow divots, deep divots and even with the ball sitting down in the rough and the sweetness of the strike didn’t change, meaning I did not hit the bad shots I was expecting to. VERDICT 10 This is an impressive, versatile fairway wood that comes into its own when the ball is sitting down. It creates a high ball flight from different lies and features simple, intuitive and comprehensive adjustability that allows it to fill multiple gaps in your bag. Considering the versatility provided from such a small club, there is some excellent value for money to be had here.
Provides versatility and shot control in a compact profile. Offers lower launch and spin over 915F with no draw bias. A carbon composite crown shifts weight low. Two adjustable 15g sole weights allow golfers to alter shot dispersion. A lower leading...