Gear: Cobra Aerojet, Aerojet LS, Aerojet Max fairway woods
Price: $329 with Mitsubishi Kai’Li White, Kai’Li Blue or UST Mamiya Helium Core shaft and Lamkin Crossline grips.
Specs: Carbon fiber crown with forged stainless-steel face, internal steel weight bar, adjustable hosel, moveable weights and internal weight bar. Lofts – 15, 18, 21 degrees (standard), 14.5, 17.5 (LS), 15.5, 18.5, 21.5 degrees (Max)
Available: February 10
Who It’s For: Golfers looking for more ball speed and distance off the tee and from the fairway.
The Skinny: Designed to match the Aerojet drivers, the Aerojet fairway woods have an internal weight to optimize the center of gravity location for increased ball speed, lower spin rates and more distance.
The Deep Dive: During the development of the Cobra Aerojet drivers, the brand’s designers focused on improving aerodynamics and making the clubs faster through the air. When it came to creating matching fairway woods, in some ways, the job was easier. Fairway woods are significantly smaller than drivers, so they are inherently more aerodynamic. However, adding some of the technologies that went into the Aerojet drivers made the fairway woods perform better too.
The internal PWR Bridge bar lows the center of gravity but does not inhibit the face from flexing. (Cobra)
The Cobra Aerojet, Aerojet LS and Aerojet Max each have been designed with a carbon fiber crown to reduce weight on the top and create discretionary weight that can be shifted to other areas to improve performance.
A significant portion of that weight has gone into an internal stainless-steel bar that connects the heel and toe areas behind the face. The extra mass in this location helps drive down the center of gravity location further while also helping to reduce spin and increase ball speed. Corba also claims the extra mass helps to stabilize the head and make it more resistant to twisting on off-center hits.
The PWRShell H.O.T. Face helps broaden the sweet spot and protect ball speed.
Each of the Aerojet fairway woods has a variable-thickness face that was developed with the assistance of artificial intelligence. The system divided the hitting area into 15 regions and then studied how making each thicker or thinner could improve overall performance. The result is an L-shaped face plate with bumps and ridges in different spots that flexes more efficiently, especially on thin shots.
Heads for different player types
Cobra Aerojet LS fairway wood (David Dusek/Golfweek)
The standard Aerojet fairway wood has a 12-gram weight in the back of the head that helps to increase stability and forgiveness and comes in three loft overs (15, 18 and 21 degrees). Thanks to an adjustable hosel mechanism that lets players and fitters increase the loft by up to 1.5 degrees or decrease it as much as 2 degrees, this version spans from 13 to 22.5 degrees, so it can meet a wide variety of gapping needs.
The Aerojet LS is designed for golfers who need to reduce spin and launch angle. Like the Aerojet LS driver, it has weight ports in the heel and toe area, but in the fairway wood, they are farther apart. A 3-gram and 12-gram weight come standard. With the 12-gram weight in the heel the club has a draw bias while putting it in the toe area encourages a fade. In either case, because the weights are forward in the sole, the club produces less spin because the center of gravity remains forward.
The Cobra Aerojet Max fairway woods. (David Dusek/Golfweek)
The Aerojet Max also has two weight ports and comes standard with a 3-gram and 12-gram weight, but one port is in the back while the other is in the heel. This allows golfers and fitters to create a more significant draw bias to help reduce the effects of a slice or further increase the MOI and stability.