Gear: Cobra King 3D Printed putters
Price: $349 each
Specs: Stainless steel heads with forged aluminum crown, tungsten weights and 3D-printed nylon
Available: June 4
Last November, Cobra released a limited-edition putter, the King LE Supersport-35, which featured one of the most unique designs to come along in years. While the company is known for making technologically advanced woods and irons, such as the Radspeed driver and the Radspeed irons, the limited-edition Supersport-35 was the first putter made by Cobra since it developed prototypes for Ian Poulter in 2011 that were never released.
Now the company is coming out with a complete line of putters, the King 3D Printed putters, which utilizes the same unique manufacturing technique found in the heel-toe-weighted blade.
Using 3D-printed nylon instead of steel saves weight and lets designers make structures that can not be milled or forged. (David Dusek/Golfweek)
Named after exotic supercars, the Cobra King GrandSport-35, SuperNova and Agera all feature bodies made using a stainless steel chassis along with a dark nylon piece in the center. The nylon is 3D-printed into a lattice using a process created by HP. The advantage of using 3D printing is it allowed designers to create shapes and structures that could not be produced by forging or milling. The intricate design delivers high strength, but the nylon weighs much less than the steel it replaces. At the same time, it absorbs excessive vibrations to enhance sound and feel while supporting a lightweight aluminum crown.
Tungsten weights in the heel and toe boost stability. (David Dusek/Golfweek)
Going with the 3D-printed lattice and aluminum crown creates a significant amount of discretionary weight. Cobra designers repurposed that weight in the form of tungsten plugs strategically positioned in the heel and toe areas of the putters. This helps drive up the moment of inertia and makes the heads more stable on putts struck toward the heel or toe.
Each of the four levels in the face has a different loft. (David Dusek/Golfweek)
To help golfers create a better roll, each of the King 3D Printed putters has a grooved, variable-loft face designed by SIK. It has four layers that run from heel to toe, with the top portion of the hitting area sporting 4 degrees of loft. However, the regions below it have incrementally less loft down to the lowest level, which has just 1 degree of loft. Why? If a golfer has a forward press and delofts the putter at impact, the 4 degrees of loft on the top, where contact will be made, can help lift the ball and start it rolling more effectively. However, players who swing up into putts require less loft, so the lower-lofted sections accommodate that type of stroke.
A blade, fang-style mallet and high-MOI mallet
The Cobra King Agera putter (David Dusek/Golfweek)
The GrandSport-35 is an oversized heel-toe-weighted blade, while the SuperNova is a fang-style midsize mallet with extra mass extending from the heel and toe areas. The largest of the three putters is the Agera, which is a square-style, high-MOI mallet designed for players with a straight-back, straight-through stroke who want the maximum in forgiveness.