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Darkspeed: New Cobra Family of Metals

by | Jan 11, 2024 | PRO SHOP

Cobra Golf today launched its new family of DARKSPEED drivers, fairways and hybrids. The company says the DARKSPEED drivers feature groundbreaking aerodynamic shaping, a re-engineered PWR-BRIDGE, and advanced A.I. designed PWRSHELL H.O.T. Face in three models – DARKSPEED LS, DARKSPEED X, and DARKSPEED MAX.

The drivers will be available at retail Jan. 19 at a MSRP of $549 each.

According to the company, each DARKSPEED driver features a unique aero shaping and tailored weight configuration to optimize performance for the target player for which they are designed. The DARKSPEED LS is aimed at the fastest swingers who need lower spin and more shot-shaping control and is designed with the highest rear skirt height, a higher crown peak, and a more compact address profile. Within the LS family, COBRA also offers an 8-degree model, which is an evolution of a long-drive prototype head used by Kyle Berkshire. The 8-degree model features a smaller, more aerodynamic head shape, promising extreme speed for the most powerful players. The DARKSPEED X model, which is aimed at the widest range of players looking for a combination of exceptional ball speed and forgiveness, features a medium rear skirt height and streamlined shape. The DARKSPEED MAX, which is aimed at players who require the most forgiveness and/or a draw bias, features the lowest skirt height and the highest MOI of the three models.

According to Cobra, the ADVANCED AERO SHAPING found in all three drivers reduces drag and enables golfers of all abilities to achieve the fastest speed possible.

“The aerodynamic package in the new DARKSPEED family of drivers is our most advanced to date,” said Mike Yagley, vice president of innovation at COBRA Golf. “We continue to push aerodynamic shaping, mass properties and resilience to drive technology and innovation, providing golfers the most advanced and high-performance clubs possible.”

Yagley said the adjustable weighting system in the DARKSPEED drivers allows golfers to tune their driver to adjust forgiveness, launch angle, and spin. The LS model features three weight ports that house two 3g weights and one 12g weight; two in the front and a third back weight position. The 12g weight can be placed in the heel or toe to fine-tune fade bias or in the back to add spin and forgiveness. The X model features a back weight and a second front weight position allowing players to optimize ball flight. The MAX model features ports in the rear and heel of the sole. Players can position the 12g weight in the back for the highest MOI and forgiveness or in the heel for the most draw bias.

A.I. designed PWR-BRIDGE Weighting features a suspended weight that is positioned lower and more forward, resulting in faster ball speed. A 13% larger PWRSHELL face insert with A.I. designed H.O.T. Face Technology maximizes speed across the hitting area. The face design is optimized using machine learning to increase ball speed efficiency and smash factor.

All three DARKSPEED drivers feature a MULTI-MATERIAL CHASSIS with LIGHTWEIGHT CARBON CROWN AND SOLE PLATES and a reinforced titanium frame to create optimal weight distribution and maximum stability. The carbon fiber crown is 30% thinner, allowing more weight to be placed low and forward in the PWR-BRIDGE structure.

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Photo courtesy of Cobra Golf

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