Got some press releases from Cobra Golf yesterday with a TON of images of their new 2018 lineup and it looks intriguing. I don’t post press releases here, but I do at the HOG sister site HOGWire.biz. That’s the HOG newswire. Here’s a brief overview of the new Cobra gear, and links to the galleries and press releases here at at HOGWire. If you’re just looking to salivate over hero shots of the gear, check out the HOG Cobra Golf 2018 image gallery.
King F8 and F8+ Driver
This is super intriguing! The first ever CNC milled driver face. We’ve seen CNC milling in putters for years and even irons/wedges, but this is a new world for drivers. I’m curious what the benefit is to most amateur golfers, who usually have too much spin. Personally I don’t have a lot of side-spin, so maybe it would work for me.
To see more of this driver visit the HOG Cobra Golf 2018 gallery. To read more visit the Cobra Golf F8 driver press release at HOGWire.biz.
King F8 and F8+ Fairways and Hybrids
The new 2018 Cobra Golf hybrids and fairways.
To see more F8 Hybrids and Fairways visit the HOG Cobra Golf 2018 gallery. To read more visit the Cobra Golf F8 hybrids and fairways press release at HOGWire.biz.
King F8 and F8 One Length Irons
First look at the F8 irons, which will be available in regular and one length versions.
To see more of this driver visit the HOG Cobra Golf 2018 gallery. To read more visit the Cobra Golf F8 irons press release at HOGWire.biz.
First Ever Smart Set of Golf Clubs
A full set Cobra Golf clubs with Arccos 360 swing/shot tracking. Intriguing.
To read more visit the Cobra Golf Arccos press release at HOGWire.biz.
I have a dilemma. I’m playing in my first tournament of 2017 in three hours and I have a shakeup brewing in the gamer bag. I hit my current gamer driver very, very well. I have fantastic accuracy and great distance with my “Snakes on a Plane” driver, also known as an Air Force One (I get my cheesy b-rated movies mixed up). I have a new snake themed driver which is looking to dethrone the Snakes on a Plane, the new Cobra Golf King F7+. Look at this beauty.
The smart thing to do would be to simply warm up and get ready as normal, and play the driver I’m used to hitting. That’s what I will do. It will be painful knowing I have this one to try out. With all of the adjustment capabilities of the King F7+ I’m going to probably need a lengthy range session or session on a launch monitor (I prefer real balls, real range) to see which loft and weighting configuration works best for my granny over the top dual chicken wing epileptic seizure unfolding lawn chair swing.
Maybe after the tournament I’ll start testing out the King F7+. And I will likely regret not putting it in play, but it wouldn’t be fair to my playing partner to test out a never-before gamed club in a tournament. The good news is I’ll be back to play tomorrow and hopefully before the round I will find the right setting for the King F7+ so I can start gaming it.
The F7+ has some cool features and what does the “+” mean?
- Fully adjustable center of gravity positions via movable weights
- Adjustable lofts from 8 to 11 degrees with varying draw/neutral positions
- (The +) Arccos tracking in the grip syncs with smartphone to show driving distance an accuracy
- More features and construction in my full review
Okay I need to get rolling. I have a tournament to compete in! Stay tuned here and on my social networks for reports on the tourney and the King F7+. Watch for my review coming soon, but not a 3-range-ball review like other review sites… 🙂
What’s a great test for a golf bag? How about walking 122.7 miles with it, after schlepping it thousands of miles across the pond from Utah, USA to the Home of Golf, St Andrews, Scotland! The bag I chose for that test is the Puma Superlite Stand Bag. Let’s look at the bag’s features and then talk about how it fared on my grueling and fantastic testing.
Puma Superlite Golf Stand Bag Features
The Superlite is, of course, super-light. It weighs in at a mere 3.8 pounds. Every ounce counts, especially over time.
The bag has a 4-way top with four dividers which go all the way to the bottom. This is great because it helps keep clubs from tangling up and becoming hard to put in our take out. At the top of the bag is a grab-handle with comes in very handy. I use it every time I put the bag down to stand the bag straight up for getting clubs in and out. I also use that handle when putting the bag in the trunk of the car.
There are five zippered pockets on the Superlite. These are one reason I went with this bag for Scotland. I thought of using a smaller bag, but needed room for rain gear and sweaters and such. There’s a large apparel pocket which fits an amazing amount, plus two small item pockets, a ball pocket, tee pocket, and insulated beverage pocket. The small pocket at the top with the white zipper is waterproof and has padding inside. That’s where I put my phone and small camera to protect them. Each pocket has a large rubberized loop which makes them easy to grab and open. Nice touch. The ball bag has room for a lot of golf balls. So many, that I barely even fill it up 1/5 of the way. I use that extra space for other necessities like extra beverages or apparel items.
The stand portion of the bag is very solid. Some cheap-o stand bag’s stand mechanisms work poorly and the bag has to be set down just right or in a strong fashion to get the legs to deploy. This bag’s legs open and close with ease. Plus, they open to a nice wide and solid base. Once again, the cheap-o bags may not open wide enough and as a result the bag’s base isn’t wide enough for a solid stance.
The bag has padded dual shoulder straps to help the bag stay balanced on the player’s back. More on the straps later in the critique section.
The Superlite is made from 100% polyester. It protects the contents from water and moisture extremely well. A couple of the rounds in Scotland were very wet. I deployed the included rain-hood and with that in play the bag kept everything dry. In the image below you can see how well the bag deals with water.
Style is part of the overall package and this bag has it. I love the solid, bold looks and colors of this bag line.
My critique of this bag, and an area I think it could be improved, is with the straps. I have a bad back so carrying the bag isn’t typically going to happen. But I do it sometimes. In Scotland I carried a few times, one in particular at the extremely hilly Cruden Bay. Since my back problems are in the lower area of my spine, I like to wear the bag up high. I don’t want the weight of the bag in my lower back or buttock area. I need it laying in the middle of the back or higher. With the bag very high the X part of the straps ended up right on my shoulders. So the weight of the bag was not on the padding of the strap, rather it was on the gap between the padding and the frame of the strap. Also, with that setup, often the strap would flip over as I put it on, resulting in the non padded side being the one against my body. Then I would have to mess with it for a bit to flip the strap over.
On The Course
I’ve used this bag for dozens of rounds at home in the desert heat of Utah. I’ve also logged rounds in French Lick, Indiana, Philadelphia, and over a dozen rounds in Scotland. The performance and ease of use has been great. The variance in conditions has been large and the bag has performed brilliantly in all of them.
At Panmure Golf Club near Carnoustie, Scotland
My favorite highlights about the bag is the large pockets, for such a small footprint of a bag. The bag’s design makes great use of space. Getting the clubs in and out is super easy.
With it’s brilliant design and engineering the Puma Superlite Golf Stand Bag seems to defy the laws of physics. It has the space of a larger carry bag or cart bag, but is light and easy to carry. Golfers looking for a solid carry bag, or any bag to just lighten the load for travel or other reasons, should check out the Puma Superlite.
The upcoming Hooked on Golf Blog World Tour trip to Scotland is 22 days, 4 hours, 12 minutes and 34 seconds away. But who is counting? During this particular tour I intend to carry my bag and what would you know, a great candidate for that job has arrived for review from Puma Golf. This is the Superlite Stand Bag:
I’ve been thinking about using a “Sunday Bag” for the Scotland trip because of how light and small they are. A couple of problems with Sunday bags are that they don’t have stands, and they typically can’t hold much. In Scotland I am going to need some room for sweaters and rain gear. That’s what may make this Puma Superlite the ticket. It’s only 3.8 pounds but has room for 14 clubs plus a ton of rain gear and other needs, like flasks full of scotch or extra golf balls if the gorse is particularly hungry.
I will begin my testing as soon as my next round, in two days. Stay tuned for my full review after I’ve had enough real rounds of golf to fill up my cranium with opinions about this bag. And stay tuned for the upcoming Scotland pictures to see if this bag made the cut for the trip to the birthplace of golf.
Hooked On Golf Blog insiders have sent me a photo of the newest, LONGEST DRIVER EVER. This unique driver is an industry first, with three golf companies teaming up and implementing all of their technologies together. TaylorMade, Cobra Golf, and Parsons Xtreme Golf (PXG) will soon be releasing the KINGPXGM1-MEGA driver, guaranteed to be the longest driver ever created. It is longer than the longest long one….. ever. Featuring newly co-developed “RFL” technology, this driver is REALLY EFFING LONG!
The New KINGPXGM1-MEGA Driver
KINGPXGM1-MEGA DRIVER FEATURES
- Movable Weights
- 30 weight/screws which don’t appear to do anything
- “Space Port” which opens up and shows fun messages on the inside of the driver like “I’m afraid I can’t do that” and “What are you looking in here for?”
- The Space Port features 17 movable weights
- Adjustable loft, lie, length, closed, open, high, low, left, right, slice, hook, fat, thin
- RFL technology which is “Really Effing Long”
- 1456 shaft options
- Guaranteed to be obsolete tomorrow when the KINGPGXM1-MEGA Driver “PRO” comes out tomorrow
- Retail price to be a factor of 1700 times what it cost to make in China
The release date is yet unknown. When more details become available I’ll post right here at Hooked On Golf Blog.