Cobra Air X Driver Review – Is it Forgiving & Good for High Handicappers?

“Cobra has never been a company that overlooks players with moderate or slow swing speeds. The Cobra Air X is a prime example of that inclusive philosophy.”

Everything about the Cobra Air X (even the nomenclature) driver was intended to be lightweight. This is a driver that will help you increase your swing speed and smash factor which, more often than not, leads to increased distance.

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“Of course, the Cobra Air X isn’t the only game in town. The Cobra LTDx driver is another recent driver offering that promises more distance.”

The Cobra LTDx driver features both forward and rear weighting. The rear weight helps stabilize the head so your mis-hits don’t go severely off-line. The forward weight mutes spin for increased carry distance. If you have a faster swing speed, the LTDx might actually work better for you. It has a stouter profile than the Cobra Air X and can hold up better when you load up.

Is it Good for High Handicappers?

“The Cobra Air X is a good driver for a specific kind of high handicapper.”

If you have been playing for a long time and are starting to notice a drop-off in swing speed, the Cobra Air X would be a good transition. Likewise, if you’re just beginning to play golf and need a confidence (and swing speed boost) this would also be a good driver for you.

The Cobra Air X has an offset hosel. The offset is plainly noticeable at address so you can actually see how it might help straighten out your shot. This is why it’s also a good driver for anyone who is dealing with a slice.

For a driver devoid of forward weighting, the Cobra Air X offers up relatively low spin rates. Our launch monitor readouts were consistently showing spin rates in the 2200 RPM range.

The Cobra Air X also feels pretty well-balanced with the stock shaft: the Cobra Ultralite 40.

Is it Forgiving?

“The Cobra Air X features heel-biased weighting to help correct your slice.”

Couple that with an offset hosel and you have a recipe for line drives off the tee. We also felt that the head was very aerodynamic. You can see that it doesn’t have any stark lines. All the edges have been smoothed out and the crown is adorned with a carbon fiber panel.

Our testers reported that they felt like they could swing above their normal speed and load up on the shaft a bit more. The face profile is fairly deep so you get good crown/sole forgiveness.

While we wouldn’t say that this is the most forgiving driver on the market, it will certainly help average golfers increase their smash factor and club head speed.

Difference Between the Cobra Air X and the Cobra LTDx

“The biggest difference between these two drivers is the weight.”

The Cobra Air X checks in with a swing weight of D1.5 while the Cobra LTDx driver has a swing weight of D2 – D2.5. You can feel the difference in weight on your downswing. The Cobra LTDx also has a variable thickness face which helps with forgiveness on mis-hits. The face of the LTDx  also feels more active.

Available Shafts

The Cobra Air X is paired with a singular stock shaft: the Cobra Ultralite 40. This is a 50 gram shaft that is offered in stiff, regular and lite flex.

Is the Cobra Air X Worth it?

“If you are having trouble staying out of the trees and could use a decent bump in swing speed, the Cobra Air X would be a great driver for you.”

Keep in mind that you will still need to have a semi-accurate swing with this driver. Other than that though, this is a great driver if you often face narrow fairways. It was very easy for our testers to achieve straight flight. The Cobra Air X also works really well for deliberate tempo players.

Cobra Air X Driver

In 20 Words or Less

“The Cobra Air X driver is ideal for slow or moderate swing speed players who need straighter shots.”

Cobra Air X Driver – First Impressions

“The star of the show is the lightness of this driver.”

You can feel how light it is as soon as you pull it out of the bag. The Cobra Air X also feels very aerodynamic on the downswing – an impression that was supported by our launch monitor club head speed readouts.

The Cobra Family

The LTDx driver can also be a big help for high handicappers. It is very stable on mis-hits and may actually be better for players with slightly faster swing speeds. While the LTDx doesn’t feel as fast and aerodynamic as the Cobra Air X, it does offer better feedback. With the LTDx, you can really feel where you made contact on the face.

Cobra Air X Selling Points

  • Good balance in the head and stock shaft
  • Feels fast on the downswing
  • Very light
  • Good for slow to moderate swing speed players
  • It will help correct a slice

Who is the Cobra Air X Driver for?

“The Cobra Air X is definitely for the high handicapper who is struggling to get their swing speed up to par.”

On the other side, it would be a good driver for older players who’s swing speed is starting to drop off. We liked the fact that the stock shaft flexed well which helps with smash factor. It also holds up pretty well when you’re able to load up. All of this should add up to more powerful swings whether you are a new player or a senior player.

With the Cobra Air X, Cobra seems to have targeted a very specific type of player: the high handicapper who needs help with accuracy from the box.

Distance: 95/100

Accuracy: 96/100

Forgiveness: 95/100

Feel & Control: 93/100

Overall Score: 95/100

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