Gear: Cobra Aerojet, Aerojet One Length hybrids
Price: $279 with KBS PGi graphite shaft and Lamkin Crossline grips.
Specs: Stainless steel body and face with internal steel weight bar and adjustable hose. Lofts – hybrid (available in 2H (17 degrees), 3H (19 degrees), 4H (21 degrees) 5H (24 degrees) and 6H (28 degrees); ONE Length in 3H (19 degrees), 4H (21 degrees), 5H (24 degrees)
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 and fairway woods, the Aerojet has an internal weight to optimize the center of gravity location for increased ball speed, lower spin rates and more distance.
The Deep Dive: What most recreational golfers want from their hybrids is everything they don’t get from long irons, like distance, height, forgiveness and versatility. A touch of iron-style workability would be nice too. Cobra’s new Aerojet hybrids have been designed to provide those things in a wide variety of lofts.
With a classic look in the address position, the Aerojet hybrids are a fairway wood-style club with a unique internal weighting system. Designers added a steel bar that runs from the heel to the toe area, behind the face, that Cobra calls a PWR Bridge. The bar, which weighs 75 grams, lowers the center of gravity location and pulls it more forward, which helps to increase ball speed and make the head more resistant to twisting on off-center hits.
Cobra Aerojet hybrids have an internal bar that lowers the center of gravity. (Cobra)
Cobra also designed the Aerojet hybrids with a forged, stainless steel PWRShell face. Using artificial intelligence, Cobra engineers created 15 independent zones in the hitting area, then directed the computer to run simulations and reveal how thick and thin each of those areas should be to maximize ball speed not only in the middle but also in the perimeter. The result is more distance on your best shots and more ball-speed protection when you mis-hit. The face’s L-shape, which wraps under the leading edge, helps the face flex more efficiently on thin shots.
In addition to the variable length Aerojet hybrids, Cobra also offers One Length Aerojet hybrids that are all the same length as a typical 7-iron (37.25 inches). While the clubs are shorter than traditional-length hybrids, many golfers find they make solid contact more often with a shorter-length club, so while they may lose a little clubhead speed, they increase consistency and do not sacrifice distance.