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.
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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.