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… 🙂
A few rumors have been floating around in the last few hours on social networks that Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company is out of business and has fired all of their employees. I just received a “clarification” which is copied and pasted below:
Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company announces reorganization and restructuring – maintains commitment to building highest quality and most precise golf equipment in the world
Fort Worth, Texas: The Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company announced today that it is going through a period of re-tooling and right-sizing in an effort to become more nimble and profitable in the highly competitive golf equipment business.
The Company has voluntarily implemented a reorganization initiative to minimize expenses and streamline the operation. This included the reduction of a large percentage of the exempt and non-exempt workforce, some of whom will be rehired as contract employees. The company has not declared bankruptcy nor been foreclosed upon, and remains in the business of producing and selling the highest quality and most precise golf equipment in the world.
“Reports of our death have been greatly exaggerated”, said Scott White, President and CEO of the Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company. “While our organization does not look the same today as it did in 2016, we are confident that the changes we are making will make us a stronger and better company in the future”.
About Ben Hogan Golf
The Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company is based in Fort Worth, TX and manufactures premium golf clubs and golf bags. The company was started in 1953 by Ben Hogan himself, and is continuing Mr. Hogan’s reputation of innovation, performance, and classical designs. For players who are serious about their games, and the game of golf, there is only one choice: Ben Hogan Golf Equipment
Drumroll please… Happy New Year! Welcome 2017. This is the final 2016 year-end golf blog post. Today I’m happy to announce the best product Hooked on Golf Blog reviewed in 2016, the Miura Series 1957 Limited Edition Small Blade Irons. Check out the Hooked on Golf Blog Miura Series 1957 Limited Edition Small Blade Irons review.
These small blade irons are perhaps the most deserving product I’ve ever awarded for the HOG Product of the Year awards. They’re as incredible as they look. If you were to look back on the Hooked on Golf Blog Twitter to the most retweeted tweets, you’d see that consistently the ones with photos from this review are at the top. These are one of golf’s best products and everyone knows it.
Miura Series 1957 Small Blade Irons
Most people see blades, especially ones like these which are 15% smaller than normal blades, and think, “oh these are blades so I can’t hit them.” WRONG! I’m not sure how, but Miura’s engineering and hand-crafted design makes these easier to hit than many clubs meant for higher handicap players, not single digits or pros. The feel of these irons is so butter. What a joy to play.
Blade-a-licious! Could you hit this? Easier than you would think!
Congratulations to Miura. It’s not really a surprise that one of their products would win a HOG Product of the Year award. That’s pretty much what one would expect. But it’s still nice to recognize the quality, workmanship, looks, feel, and joy these clubs bring to the game of golf.
The most important club in the bag other than one’s brain, is the putter. 40-50% of all the strokes a golfer records on the course are with the putter. Putting is certainly the strength of my game. I rely on my putting big time to make up for other deficiencies in my game. Having the right putter setup is crucial. If any part of the setup is off even slightly, putts will be missed. Without the right weight and grip size/shape, the strength of my game would be neutralized. I don’t roll with the jumbo grips because they reduce the feel for me, and I don’t have a problem with breaking my wrists.
I’ve found the perfect grip for my putting, the Golf Pride Tour SNSR Contour (there’s a straight model as well). It’s a mid-sized grip with a taper which fits great in my hands. The taper is known as a pistol shape.
The grip is made from a proprietary rubber which feels soft and comfortable in the hands, and translates the feel of impact from the head to my hands. This is called “feedback.” Feedback is extremely important for any club, but putting is especially crucial because there is so much touch and feel involved.
On The Course
I’ve had this grip on my putter since before my trip to Scotland this past summer. It has been a fantastic grip and I’ve putted very well with it. Last week I had a round with 22 putts, starting off with eight 1-putts in a row. I’ve found the SNSR to be perfect in call conditions, from slow to fast greens and even with the Texas wedge (my best wedge). It was tremendous on the hard links ground of Scotland, even from 50-70 yards out in the fairway!
When the original grip on my Dornoch Putters Mad Dog 1 finally wore out, I went through several grips. That special putter has a handmade milled aluminum head, and it provides a ton of feel and feedback. I needed a grip that can compliment that amazing putter and the Golf Pride SNSR Contour is a perfect match.