Cobra LTDx Vs Taylormade Stealth 2 Driver Comparison Overview
Cobra and Taylormade go about things a little differently when it comes to driver design.
The latest iterations of their flagship drivers are perfect examples of this divergence. The Taylormade Stealth 2 and the Cobra LTDx drivers are certainly for different players – that was apparent in our testing sessions.
So we wanted to demystify the differences between these two drivers for our readers. Which driver is the right one for your game? Find out in the following comparison overview.
Cobra LTDx Driver Overview
“The Cobra LTDx features both front and back weights with the heavier weight going upfront.”
This is not an uncommon feature for Cobra clubs – Cobra usually emphasizes forward weighting to reduce spin. And the Cobra LTDx is indeed a low-spinning driver. Our testers found that the Cobra LTDx driver was producing spin rates in the 2400 RPM range.
The Cobra LTDx also features a variable thickness face. The parts of the face where players usually mis-hit are thinner so it flexes more and produces more ball speed than normal.
Where the Taylormade Stealth 2 and the Cobra LTDx are similar though is the construction of the body. Both the Cobra LTDx and the Taylormade Stealth 2 drivers have carbon fiber composing most of the crown and sole.
The Cobra LTDx in particular was the lighter driver overall which, combined with the forward weighting, made for good distance: 238.3 yards on average after three swings.
Taylormade Stealth 2 Driver Overview
“Taylormade literally went the opposite way when they designed the Stealth 2 driver.”
What we mean is that instead of putting weight forward in the head like Cobra did, they put a bunch of weight in the back. 25 grams of tungsten to be exact. The rear weight placement makes for higher MOI which means more forgiveness because your ball won’t go flying off-line on errant strikes.
In contrast to the Cobra LTDx driver, the Taylormade Stealth 2 produced moderate spin in the 2500-2600 RPM range. The Taylormade Stealth 2 also launches higher than the Cobra LTDx driver but average carry distances were similar.
“Our faster swinging testers preferred the Cobra LTDx driver because the low spin and lower launch matched their swing types more. However, it was clear from our testing that the Taylormade Stealth 2 is the better driver for forgiveness. So if forgiveness is what you need, the Taylormade Stealth 2 is the driver for you.”
Cobra LTDx Driver – First Impressions
Needless to say, we were pretty excited to get our hands on this new Cobra driver.
And while it wasn’t quite what we were expecting, it still smacked of that same old Cobra innovation. We weren’t quite expecting the Cobra LTDx to be such a “game-improvement” driver. But the higher handicap testers in our group were pleasantly surprised. Plus, the Cobra LTDx isn’t the only release in this model…
The LTD Family
Included in this new line of LTD drivers is the LTDx LS and the LTDx Max. The LS has the most forward-positioned weight so as you can imagine, it has the lowest spin rates. Of course, that means detracting a bit from MOI so it is not quite as forgiving as the Cobra LTDx. But if max forgiveness is what you’re after then you should be looking at the LTDx Max. It produces the highest launch and has an extra rear-weight to increase forgiveness.
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 LTDx Driver Selling Points
- New H.O.T. face design
- Carbon fiber composite sole
- Titanium chassis
- Front-back weighting
- Low long-game spin
- Medium launch angles
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 LTDx Driver for?
With the Cobra LTDx driver, Cobra went straight down the middle of the road – and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
That phrase usually has a bad connotation attached to it for mediocrity but that is not what we mean here. The Cobra LTDx does a good job of straddling the line between forgiveness and fast ball speed. It features a new H.O.T. face which separates the face into 15 different sections. The 15 different sections represent different thicknesses to accommodate for common mis-hit areas.
It also features a titanium chassis that helps increase stability in the mid section without significantly increasing weight.
For beginners and high handicappers though, the real star of the show is the rear tungsten weighting. While we have to admit, this is a common and rather basic feature in game-improvement drivers, it still makes a low-spin driver more accessible to higher handicap players.
Feel & Control: 92/100
Overall Rating: 93/100
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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