Cobra F9 Hybrid and Fairway Wood Reviews – First Look

Cobra are offering plenty of choice here to take out some of the stress and put some more fun in, writes equipment editor James Savage

Cobra F9 hybrid and fairway wood reviews
Our Cobra F9 hybrid and fairway wood reviews have taken place following the brand’s launch event at Oulton Hall in Leeds.

These are very much ‘first look’ reviews as the products are not available to buy until January 2019.

As with out F9 driver and F9 irons reviews, we’ll be bringing you more in-depth launch monitor numbers early next year.

Cobra F9 hybrid and fairway wood reviews – First impressions
Cobra F9 hybrid

This is an area where Cobra have really impressed over the past couple of years.

They have introduced their baffler rail technology to these clubs which I think is a smart idea.

And they are once again offering their hybrids in One Length – another great move.

Cobra F9 hybrid

Cobra told me that they had loads of people buying the One Length hybrid even though they didn’t use One Length irons.

We’ve got similar technologies here to the F9 driver and the same black and yellow ‘hero’ colour option.

Cobra F9 hybrid

There’s also a more compact F9 Tour fairway available for 2019.

Cobra F9 hybrid and fairway wood reviews – The technology
So we’ve got similar aerodynamics and weight saving tech to the driver to get you a bit more clubhead speed.

These weight saving also allow weight to be strategically placed for ideal launch and spin.

Cobra F9 hybrid

Cobra say the fairways have a fixed 15g tungsten weight positioned low and back to promote high, towering ball flights and maximum forgiveness.

In the hybrids there is a 10 per cent larger clubhead compared to F8, creating a higher MOI for increased forgiveness.

Cobra F9 hybrid

There’s also a leading edge that allows golfers to align the club to the target similar to how they would with an iron for improved accuracy.

It’s interesting to see the CNC milled face added to the fairway woods this year which will result in more consistency from model to model.

Cobra F9 hybrid

Cobra say the milled face can deliver up to 2.5mph more ball speed compared to traditional hand polished fairway faces.

And the rail technology is progressive through the fairway woods and hybrids to offer more turf interaction as and when you need it.

I do really like the idea of rails on fairway woods and hybrids as it serves as a reminder of how they are supposed to be deployed.

Cobra F9 hybrid

You need to be hitting down on the ball, not trying to pick it off the surface.

I think these rails can stop us from being afraid of the turf and allow is to strike down properly with our fairways and hybrids.

Cobra F9 hybrid and fairway wood reviews – The results
From our early launch monitor testing, it’s clear that these clubs are right up there from a ball speed and distance point of view.

I love the looks and the feel off the face too.

Cobra F9 hybrid

The Tour fairway wood, which has a more compact shape, was really good fun to hit and even seemed a bit more user-friendly off the deck than the regular model.

Cobra F9 hybrid

It will be really interesting to compare the numbers from the F9 fairway and hybrids with the other brands’ new kit.

I have a feeling Cobra are going to be very strong in 2019 with all their woods.

Cobra F9 hybrid and fairway wood reviews – NCG verdict
I really like the way Cobra offer plenty of options.

You’ve got the regular or the tour fairway wood and you can go variable or One Length in the hybrid.

The One Length Hybrid is such good fun to use. It feels like a junior club when you first get it in your hands.

But then you start hitting it and it’s just so easy to get the ball launching high and far.

It can certainly take a bit of stress out of golf and add a bit more fun.

Cobra F9 hybrid

There are also two different colour options with the fairway woods.

And with the addition of the Cobra Connect sensors in the grip to track your stats via Arccos – they really are a company offering things which others aren’t.

The clubs are loaded with technology, they look and feel great and produce numbers which are as good as anything else on the market.

I think the very least Cobra deserve is that you give their clubs a try in 2019.

Cobra F9 hybrid and fairway details

Fairways

Tour: 12˚-15˚ or 16˚-19˚

3-4: 13˚-16˚, 5-6: 17˚-20˚, 7-8: 24˚-27˚

SRP: £219

Hybrids

Lofts: 17˚, 19˚, 21˚, 24˚

SRP: £179

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Comments

Simon White says:

That hybrid is very tempting

Nick Dear says:

What are the loft options on the woods?

Les Gardner says:

Srixon

Elton Scullard says:

Are the Lie angles for the One Length and Standard Length Hybrids the same, and if so could i convert my standard f8 hybrid to one length by butt trimming and adding the 15g weight?

David Milne says:

Hi, I’m a 70year old golfer trying desperately to hold onto my single figure handicap, I’m seriously considering purchasing the one length hybrid however I’m not sure of where to start with regards to the selection of degree of loft for an anticipated distance. Can you please advise of an approximate total yardage which should be achieved with the use of say a 24degree Hybrid, I fully understand that there are a lot of variable rating factors that have to be taken into account, however I’m just looking for some approximate starting figure, anticipating your response, thank you.

Bandit Baker says:

Thanks for another interesting review James, that single length Hybrid looks very interesting. The one issue I have with Hybrids (particularly those with higher lofts) is that I tend to get too much right to left action on them. It will be interesting to see if these are less Draw biased than other Hybrids.

Justin Stephenson says:

The F8 hybrid is a great club and noticeably cheaper than competitor products. I bought the F8 because it is a very consistent club on distance. So F9 has to be really good to be better than its predecessor

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