Martin Hopley
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Some say that size matters and when it comes to forgiveness in irons then that is usually the case. Cobra certainly thinks so as the King Oversize irons feature the largest face they have put on an iron.

Cobra King Oversize Irons

They call this a PWRShell face and it is thinner and stronger than before and uses a wrap around design on the leading edge to move the join line onto the sole to enable the face to flex more at impact.

Cobra King Oversize Irons

This combines with the bigger 'SweetZone' sweet spot to maximise the ball speed and create as much forgiveness as possible.

Cobra King Oversize Irons

I do like the return of the circular alignment pattern on the face, which is just the right size to frame the ball and draws your eye almost hypnotically to aligning it with the centre of the club. This appeared on the original Cobra Oversize irons in 1994 and shows that good ideas always stand the test of time.

Cobra King Oversize Irons

Put the King Oversize down at address and forgiveness is what you see as the chunky top line looks like a version of the Cobra King F7 iron that has taken a deep breath.

Cobra King Oversize Irons

The generous top line and long hollow head give the feeling of a set of utility irons, but with less offset than I was expecting, which helps the general look.

The inside of the head is completely hollow to enable weight to be moved to the perimeter to give you that forgiveness. Cobra use high density tungsten in the toe to move the CG more to the centre of the club and also to increase the MOI so the head does not twist as much on off centre hits.

Cobra King Oversize Irons

The design does do the job very well, although the hollow sound starts to imitate a small wood in the longer irons, but that's to be expected.

The soles are quite generous but still very playable, especially in the short irons where the progressively smaller sole and more compact shape come together well.

Cobra King Oversize Irons

The face features CNC Milled V-Shaped grooves on the 4 to 6 irons and U-shaped grooves on the 7 to PW in order to provide the right amount of spin for the loft.

Cobra King Oversize Irons

As you go down through the set the offset reduces progressively and by the time you get to the GW it looks more single figure player than mid-handicapper.

Cobra King Oversize Irons

A lot of larger headed forgiveness sets can get a little boxy in the wedges, but the King Oversize manage to retain some perspective and this is one of the best looking and playing wedges in this category.

Cobra King Oversize Irons

Overall this is a very competent set from Cobra and with a reasonable price and lots of forgiveness it will be worth considering for mid to higher handicaps who need help with forgiveness or getting a higher launch if they have a mid to low swing speed.

Golfalot Rating: 4 stars
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Cobra Oversized Irons - Product Details

Launch UK13 January 2017
Launch USA13 January 2017
Launch RRP£699
Handicap Range
Low
High
GolferMens
Hand AvailabilityLeft, Right
ManufactureCast
MaterialSteel
Shaft NameTrue Temper XP 85 (Steel), UST Recoil 460 ES (Graphite)
Shaft TypesSteel, Graphite
Shaft FlexLight, Regular, Stiff
GripLamkin Ace Crossline
DesignCavity Back
Set Makeup4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, PW
Additional ClubsGW, SW
Manufacturer's WebsiteCobra Website

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