Cobra Aerojet Vs Stealth 2 Driver Comparison Overview
It might be safe to say that the age of carbon is officially here.
We all know that Taylormade has gotten in on the carbon fiber act; but in 2023, companies like Callaway and Cobra are jumping on the bandwagon.
The truth is though, we can see why. So far, we have loved the drivers that have come out in 2023 that prominently feature carbon fiber. Today we will be comparing the latest offerings from Cobra and Taylormade to see which is the better “carbonwood” era driver.
Cobra Aerojet Driver Overview
“The Cobra Aerojet driver comes in standard, Max and LS versions.”
LS stands for low spin and it is the lowest-spinning, lowest-launching driver in the new Aerojet series. The Max version launches the highest but also provides the most overall forgiveness. The standard version is the one we focused on for this comparison. It features a carbon fiber sole and crown along with a forward oriented weight.
The weight is suspended to allow for maximum face flex but is connected at the heel and toe to provide torsional stability. The L-shaped face insert, which is also a variable thickness insert, provides the forgiveness.
Overall, we liked the stable feel and controlled launch of the Cobra Aerojet driver. Spin rates were kept well under 2500 RPMs and our testers were averaging a distance of 231.4 yards after three swings with the Cobra Aerojet driver.
Taylormade Stealth 2 Driver Overview
“The Stealth 2 driver line includes the standard version, the Plus version and the HD version.”
The HD version is the most forgiving and launches the highest. The Plus version is the only one with a sliding track weight and is capable of the lowest spin rates. The standard version is the middle ground between the HD and the Plus and is the one we focused on for this comparison.
Like the original Stealth driver, the Stealth 2 driver utilizes carbon fiber layering for the facewrap. There is also carbon fiber in the sole, crown and internal composite ring – all making weight space for the 25 gram tungsten weight in the back.
“Overall, we liked the Stealth 2 driver a bit more. It was more forgiving and yielded comparable distances to the Cobra Aerojet driver. The Cobra Aerojet driver has a more familiar feel and actually spins lower so keep that in mind.”
Cobra Aerojet Driver – First Impressions
“The Cobra Aerojet is a little understated in looks with the black carbon crown. It’s been designed like an airplane to redce drag and increase club head speed.”
The price has gotten a little bit closer to the Big boys like the Stealth 2, G430 and the Callaway Paradym but Cobra have earned their spot at the top table.
The Carbon Crown is 30% smaller than its predecessor and there is a 15 Spot A.i optimized Hot Face that delivers high ball speeds on toe and heel strikes.
The Hot Face sits on the L Shape Pwrshell cup face and there was no space left for the CNC milling in the latest Cobra iteration.
The Pwr Bridge is similar to the Jailbreak tech from Callaway except it runs parallel from toe to heel. It ensures a decent launch angle, stability, and more flex around the face alongside a better energy transfer.
There are interchangeable tungsten weights on the sole of each club which can be moved around to give you the perfect performance for your game.
This driver is right up there with the top brands in terms of distance, forgiveness and dispersion.
We can’t wait to see Bryson smashing this one down the fairway in 2023
Cobra Aerojet 2 Family
Like most 2023 drivers, the aerojet comes in 3 different versions to choose from.
The LS version has a 457cc head for more workability, it has the lowest spin and it bombs the furthest, be careful tho, it is not the most forgiving for high handicappers. It has 2 adjustable weights on the sole.
The regular Aerojet is similar to the LS except it has a slightly bigger head, launches a bit higher, and has a slightly higher spin rate. Very similar performance to the LS except it is a bit more forgiving.
The max version is the highest launching and most forgiving member of the family for high handicappers. It has two adjustable weights to get it into a draw or fade mode.
Taylormade Stealth 2 Driver – First Impressions
“The new Stealth 2 drivers have a ton of shelf appeal, three version to choose from and plenty of Carbon in the face, permieter, sole and crown.
The carbon face has 60 sheets of the ultra strong material and it is covered in a glossy finish which makes it a little less vibrant than the original Stealth.
Inside the face is the inverted cone technology, usually reserved for Taylormade irons, which adds forgiveness on off center hits.
Forgiveness, accuracy and dispersion has been the focus of the Taylormade drivers this year. The original Stealth was great for tour players who had it dialed in but it was a little bit wayward for regular golfers.
The Stealth 2 is a little bit erratic still and it’s not as long as the Callaway Paradym or Cobra Aerojet for 2023 either.
That being said, these drivers look great in the bag and there are 3 variations to choose from.
If these drivers can help you to keep the ball on the fairway then they will be a boon for any golfer, its important to get a fitting to see what works best for your game.
The inject molded Carbon reinforced ring reduces weights which is redistributed with an inertia generating tungsten weight at the back of the club . This leads to higher MOI and increased distance.
The Taylormade acoustics team has also been busy throughout the year ensuring the sound and feel are on point with the new drivers and they do feel more powerful on impact.
When you catch the drivers flush, they fly for miles, especially the plus model, but we found off-center hit to be a little bit left and right in testing.
Perhaps if we had more time to test we could have dialed them in better as there is plenty of adjustable. The + has a sliding 15g weight and the loft can be increased or decreased by 2 degrees on each club alongside the lie angle.
The top line is also a little bit straighter at the behest of tour pro, Colin Morikawa.
Taylormade Stealth 2 Family
3 versions to choose from in the Stealth 2 family.
The Stealth 2 plus will the driver used on tour by pros like Colin Morikawa and Rory Mcilroy.
The 15g adjustable sliding weight ensures you can get this one perfect for your swing.
It is also the longest and lowest spinning.
The Stealth 2 HD is the draw bias driver which will help higher handicappers who are dealing with a slice.
It is also the highest launching and highest spinning, with the least distance
The Stealth 2 is the middle ground which should be the best driver out of the box with mid launch, mid spin and mid distance.
Cobra Aerojet Selling Points
- Excellent Ball Speeds
- Sounds and feels powerful
- Adjustable weighting
- Cheaper than competitors
- Pwr Bridge is great for speed, launch and stability
- A.i optimized 15 zone Hot face for great shots across the face.
Taylormade Stealth 2 Selling Points
- Tighter Dispersion off the tee
- Improved sound and feel
- Tons of customization options
- Can get custom colors with My Stealth
- HD version should work for a slice
- More shelf appeal than the original Stealth
Who is the Cobra Aerojet Driver For?
“The Aerojet is suitable for all golfers who want maximum speed and accuracy from a top of the range driver.”
There is a version to suit everybody. The LS will suit low handicappers looking for maximum distance.
The regular Aerojet is similar but slightly larger and more forgiving for mid handicappers.
The Max is the highest launching and most forgiving of the drivers which will be perfect for high handicappers.
Feel & Control: 93/100
Overall Score: 94/100
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Who is the Taylormade Stealth Driver For?
“The Stealth 2 will suit every golfer from the average sunday slugger to top tour pros in the game”
The Stealth 2 has a couple of things going for it.
The price point is $100 less than the Callaway Paradym driver.
It has more shelf appeal than the original stealth and it is more forgiving, with a tighter dispersion.
The move to carbon may pay dividends for Taylormade in the future, but they are not the longest or most accurate for us at the moment.
A club fitting is going to be your best option to see what the best driver is for your game.
The HD version will suit the slicer but it may not be for every golfer.
We found the Stealth 2 to be a little bit erratic in terms of distance and accuracy, but for some golfers, it may be the best option for their game.
The Plus model is the one that will suit most golfers as it can be dialed into your exact swing with the 15g adjustable weight.
Overall, these are a step from Taylormade but there are a ton of competing drivers to take your hard-earned cash in 2023.
Feel & Control: 94/100