Cobra Darkspeed Hybrid Review – Is it Good & Forgiving for High Handicappers?
“With Darkspeed hybrids, Cobra is attempting to push speed and distance to the max.”
With hybrid clubs getting more and more popular every year, it’s understandable that Cobra is making a bid for this booming market.
Cobra hybrids haven’t been as in demand as hybrids from other major manufacturers; but that may change with the advent of the Cobra Darkspeed hybrid.
In the following review, I will be telling you about my experience testing the Cobra Darkspeed hybrid and discussing the features and performance aspects you need to know about.
Is it Good for High Handicappers?
“The Cobra Darkspeed hybrid features a fixed mid/rear 12g weight, the PWR-BRIDGE suspended weighting system, AI-designed HOT face and deep body design.”
All of these features were included specifically for high handicappers. For instance, the 12g weight helps to achieve that pop that you need from your hybrids to launch the ball high and get yourself out of tricky lies.
The Cobra Darkspeed hybrid also features a high bounce leading edge which improves the turf interaction of past Cobra hybrids.
This is also good news if you’re a high handicapper who often plays from the rough because the leading edge will help prevent digging.
Is it Forgiving?
“The Cobra Darkspeed hybrid also features a hollow-body design to help with distance.”
The PWR-BRIDGE weight is suspended and moved up close to the face. This has a couple of effects.
Since it’s suspended and not bonded, it allows the face to flex more which produces more ball speed.
And since it is oriented towards the front of the head, it mutes spin – adding to overall distance by reducing drag on the ball and allowing for more rollout. The result is an easy distance increase.
But the distance would mean nothing if you’re constantly mis-hitting.
Cobra has addressed that by using the HOT face design which essentially places mini sweet spots all over the face.
How Does the Cobra Darkspeed Hybrid Look?
Surprisingly, the Cobra Darkspeed hybrid has an overall compact look behind the ball.
It is definitely more akin to a long iron than a fairway wood so you don’t get that extra bulk or heft. The muted black crown screams “speed” and helps reduce glare.
Difference Between the Cobra Darkspeed Hybrid and Cobra Darkspeed Hybrid One Length
“As the name suggests, the One Length version does not vary in shaft length.”
The Cobra Darkspeed Hybrid One Length is available in 3H-5H and all three hybrids are 37.25”. The standard Cobra Darkspeed Hybrid is available in 3H-6H with lengths ranging from 38.50” to 41.50”.
The Cobra Darkspeed hybrid comes stock with a KBS PGI 85, 75 or 65 shaft.
You can choose from regular (70g), amateur (60g) or stiff (80g) flex.