Titleist TSi1 Fairway Wood Vs Cobra Airspeed Fairway Wood Comparison Overview
Today we are going to be taking a look at a couple of fairway woods that promise great performance for players with moderate swing speeds. On one side we have the Cobra Airspeed fairway wood.
The Cobra Airspeed fairway wood debuted in early 2020 and was introduced as the lightest club the company had ever made. Everything from the grip to the club head was predicated on weight savings.
On the other side we have the Titleist TSi1 which came out a year later than the Cobra Airspeed. The Titleist TSi1 was built to be the most forgiving fairway wood in the TSi series.
We wanted to juxtapose these two fairway woods in particular because they both put a high emphasis on lightweight design. If you are looking to accommodate a slow to moderate swing speed with a fairway wood, take a look at the following comparison.
Titleist TSi1 Fairway Wood Overview
Titleist likes to call the head shape of the Titleist TSi1 fairway wood modern.
In reality “modern” means big. The Titleist TSi1 fairway wood has a nice, large head profile to increase overall forgiveness. The Titleist TSi1 was designed first and foremost to accommodate the needs of high handicap players and it starts with an oversized head.
A close second priority though is lightweight design. The Titleist TSi1 is 50 grams lighter than the TSi2 and TSi3 fairway woods. Of course, that’s if you opt for the standard Aldila Ascent shaft which we did for our testing.
The Titleist TSi1 is also available in a 23 degree version which again, differentiates it from the TSi2 and TSi3 as they don’t have this option. When we tested the Titleist TSi1 fairway wood, we found that it was almost as effective off the tee as it was from the deck.
The large head profile from the tee, gives it a familiar feel. Some of our faster swing speed testers were able to get close to 215 yards out of this club from the tee while our slower swing speed testers were getting close to 190 yards.
Cobra Airspeed Fairway Wood Overview
The swing weight on a stock Cobra Airspeed fairway wood is D0 which should tell you a little something about the priorities that went into the design of this club.
We have tested Cobra clubs long enough to know to take them at their word in terms of branding. If the name of one of their clubs implies speed, it will either swing speed or produce great ball speed. If the name of one of their clubs implies light weight, you better believe it will be lightweight.
Such is the case for the Cobra Airspeed fairway wood. At a reidiculous D0 swing weight, this thing is built from the ground up to be light. The carbon fiber crown, a feature that would be common in subsequent Cobra clubs, produces massive weight savings.
The stock Cobra Airspeed 45/50 shaft and Lamkin REL 360 grips form a tandem that keeps the overall weight of this club down. The result? Faster swing speeds almost immediately.
The Cobra Airspeed fairway wood does take some getting used to though. It sports a surprisingly shallow face profile which may be a deterrent to new players. But the purpose of this design element is to help launch the ball higher in the air.