Cobra Fly-Z XL Irons Reviews – High-Flying Distance

by | October 3, 2015

Cobra Fly-Z XL Irons Reviews

Cobra Fly-Z XL Irons Reviews (2015)

This is a review of the Cobra Fly-Z XL iron set, a game-improvement iron set intended to deliver consistently higher trajectories and increased distance.  The Fly-Z line serves as the successor to the previous BiO CELL.

How do these irons perform, and are they worthy of being compared with similar offerings in the game-improvement category?  Read on to find the answers.

What are the reviews like?

The Cobra Fly-Z XL irons are viewed very positively.  Customers and reviewers have lauded them for their playability (best for hitting a draw, but can be shaped any way), great forgiveness, accuracy, look and feel — nearly everything one would look for in a good iron.

Since these irons were designed to produce a higher trajectory on shots, it can be a little difficult for some golfers to engineer a lower trajectory.  Some have been dissatisfied with the carry distance of the irons, as well as the fact that feedback on mishits isn’t terribly distinct.

What are the features?

The Fly-Z XL irons are meant for golfers who want to hit it high and straight.  The characteristics of the Fly-Z XL irons can be split into 3 components:

  • a dual-cavity design with a hollow bottom half section in the long and mid irons (4-8).  According to Cobra, this moves the center of gravity (CG) deeper and lower and allows you to get the ball up in the air easily and forgivingly.
  • a deep perimeter undercut in the short irons and wedges (9-SW) behind the front of the face.  This leaves the clubface mostly unsupported, and Cobra states that this provides additional accuracy and forgiveness.
  • a “Speed Channel Face”, which is a cavity or trench behind the face that helps to decrease face thickness and increase the flexion of the face.  This effectively enlarges the sweet spot and increases ball speeds across the face, including in mis-hit areas.

Some specifications of the irons are below.  Full specs for the irons, stock steel shafts and graphite shafts can be found on the official Cobra website.  Note that the lofts are higher than what you might typically find on other irons.

NameLoftLieLength (steel)Offset (mm)

What about look, sound and feel?

The Speed Channel Face feature, mentioned above, changes the feel and sound of the club over something like a muscleback.  One would think that the relatively thin face would produce a hollow sound similar to that of a driver, but the sound is actually dampened/muffled and not bad at all — Cobra did an excellent job in this respect.

During my testing of these irons, I found the feel at impact to be both “poppy” and explosive — quite satisfying.  Mis-hits felt decent, and feedback was distinct enough that I could usually tell whether I mis-hit close to the toe, heel, or near the top/bottom of the face.  These irons certainly don’t produce the most distinct feedback in the world, but it is sufficient enough for correcting your mistakes.

As is expected with a game-improvement iron, the Fly-Z XL irons feature an oversized face, but it still manages to maintain a traditional shape and look quite nice.  The top line is acceptably thick, and the offset, which increases with length of the iron, is reasonable.  The design and the black-white-blue colour palette gives the back of the face a slick and cool look that’s definitely more conservative than the design on the previous BiO CELL irons.

How do these irons perform?

Forgiveness:  In the event you miss the sweet spot, you will still get a very solid directional result (minimally off line), and the loss in distance will be relatively small.  Of course, the bigger your miss, the worse your shot will be, but a typical slight to moderate mis-hit will still yield very decent results.

Distance:  Mis-hits still go a good distance, but in terms of absolutes, the Fly-Z XL irons are about average in terms of length compared to other irons.  Nothing remarkable; those purely concerned about getting more distance may want to look elsewhere.  Carry distance on solid strikes is very consistent.

Playability:  These irons tend to hit a draw shape (right to left for a right-handed golfer), and hence they’re great for golfers who have a natural fade or a slice.  Lofts and trajectories are on the high side, and you can get the ball up in the air from almost any lie.

Where should I buy these irons online?

At the time of writing, new 4-GW sets are being sold on Amazon here at only $320.  You can also look through the search results and find plenty of listings for Fly-Z XL irons.  Depending on which irons you want specifically — one, a few or a whole set — you can find some really great deals there.

What about a used set?

If you would rather save some money and get a used set of Fly-Z XL irons, check out this eBay page.  There are tons of listings for used sets there that you can browse, and you’re completely protected by eBay’s Money Back Guarantee.  There are also some used sets being sold on Global Golf; use coupon codes 99afs or 15OFFLEFTY for free shipping deals and discounts.


Pros:  Easy to get height on your shots, versatile, great accuracy/forgiveness, nice feel, solid shots fly a consistent distance and direction
Cons:  Can be difficult to hit low-trajectory shots, mis-hit feedback could be a bit better, not crazy long

The Cobra Fly-Z XL irons are outstanding irons that really don’t have any glaring weaknesses.  They do a wonderful job of addressing the needs of just about every golfer, from a high handicap all the way to a professional.

They pack a ton of value for the price, and anyone who is looking for a good solid set of irons and doesn’t want to pay for top-of-the-line models should seriously consider these.

The best thing to do is try them out for yourself and discover if they are or aren’t for you.  If you aren’t having the success you were hoping for, you can always look into getting a custom fitting.

Want to add the Fly-Z XL irons to your bag?  You’ll probably want to check this out right now!

If you have any thoughts, opinions or questions about the Cobra Fly-Z XL irons, be sure to drop a comment below!

Images courtesy of:  Amazon

10 thoughts on “Cobra Fly-Z XL Irons Reviews – High-Flying Distance

  1. G.C.Horton

    I’ll admit I’m an embarrassment on the golf course, but back in the day, that didn’t keep me from enjoying the sport. Looking back, better clubs would have probably improved my game, but there wasn’t anything like the Cobra Fly Z XL irons at the time. If there had been, I would’ve tried them for sure.

    1. Paul Post author

      Yes, golf has definitely evolved a lot in the past half-century or so, especially when it comes to technology. I’m sure a little effort and practice with a solid set of clubs like these will go a long way towards improving your game. Thanks for reading.

  2. Bryan

    These look like great clubs, I’d like to get my hands on them. I’ve currently got a set of TaylorMade’s but don’t golf as much anymore. I do still at least get to the driving range from time to time and use my irons there (as well as drivers of course).

    Technology is changing and it looks like these clubs are forgiving, even for an more inactive player like me.

    Thanks for your review.

    1. Paul Post author

      Thanks Bryan. They are indeed very good irons and provide plenty of forgiveness.

  3. Daniella

    Hi Paul,

    Your review is very helpful and I really enjoyed the lecture! I love Golf and I used to play sometimes few years ago, but I haven’t been practicing much lately. There is a golf club for beginners in my neighborhood, which is great for the whole family. I would like to know if the Cobra Fly-Z XL iron is suitable for a beginner? Thank you!

    1. Paul Post author

      Thanks. The Fly-Z XL irons are awesome for beginners. As I mentioned in the review, they’re very affordable, have great forgiveness and are just generally great clubs to swing. A more precise answer would be that it really depends on your specific priorities and preferences. Do note that Fly-Z XL irons for women are available as well.

  4. Jeff

    Have been reading your reviews and very much appreciate the detail and tone. Thank you so much.
    Trying to back into golf and want to replace my old clubs (which were too good for me when I bought them 17 years ago – Mizuno TZoid pro’s). I hit a little bit of a draw when I strike ball properly- unfortunately that is rare! and I have only played twice in past 8 years. Want to upgrade to good set of clubs that will still feel good when I hit properly and will be somewhat forgiving. Narrowed it down to Cobra Fly Z or F6; Ping G30 or Calloway XR or Apex. Plan on keeping clubs for awhile and prefer to get something that I can play now as I learn but will be able to keep playing with as I improve.

    1. Paul Post author

      Wow, 17 years ago; yeah, it’s probably a good idea to look into modernizing/upgrading. Based on what you tell me, I think those models are great candidates. As you probably know, the KING F6 is newer than the Fly-Z (not sure if you’re referring to the XL). The XRs are mainly designed for maximum ball speed across the face (and hence ball speed forgiveness). Be aware that a new forgiving Apex model, the Apex CF 16 (full review here), has been released. My review of the older Apex model, which you can get at a lower price, can be found here. If you have any specific questions or concerns, feel free to pose them here.

  5. Gabriel sanz

    Im a beginner, would you recommend this (fly-z xl) or wilson staff d200?

    1. Paul Post author

      Thanks for the comment. Truth be told, I haven’t looked at the Staff D200 irons in as much depth as the Fly-Z XLs, but I do know that they’re also max GI irons at a similar price point. They’re both great irons. If possible, I would try both to see which ones you like better. Otherwise, if you have a brand or looks preference, you could go with that. Since the models are from a couple years ago, I would strongly recommend looking here if you plan to buy online.


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