The History of Cobra Golf Clubs

By Matt Manco

Cobra Golf Clubs began as an innovative single-club replacement company in Australia in the early 1970s and has continued to be a progressive industry leader. Cobra has led the industry with advancements in graphite shaft technology, utility metal and oversized iron design. In short order, Cobra has gone from specialized industry outsider to sales leader and chosen club of amateur and professional alike.
 

Founding

In 1973, former Australian amateur champion Thomas Crow started Cobra Golf and began by designing specialized clubs meant as individual replacements. Crow's initial offering in 1975 was the "Baffler," a utility wood that revolutionized club design with its patented sole design.

Club Development

Cobra continued to serve as an innovator in the market by introducing the first extended-length driver with a 46-inch shaft. Club manufacturers today recognize the correlation between shaft length and distance--Cobra was the first to introduce this concept.

Innovation

Cobra will be known for several major advancements, including the utility metal Baffler that ignited the hybrid club frenzy and the introduction of oversized irons and progressive graphite shaft technology. In 1992, Cobra introduced the King Cobra oversized irons, which quickly became the best selling iron set in the industry. The autoclave system in graphite shafts, introduced in 1989, was another sign of Cobra's commitment to bringing the newest technology to every player. Cobra was the first company to have graphite shafts in all clubs, from woods to wedges.

Sales Leader

Throughout the 1990s Cobra pushed its brand through worldwide campaigns starting with pro shop professionals and following all the way to the top player in the world at the time, Greg Norman. Cobra leadership recognized the power of pro shop recommendations and pushed their product there. The oversized technology in their irons and woods was geared toward average players and average swing speeds; consumers had more options in Cobra clubs, and that helped the company gain a foothold in the retail business.

Cobra Connect

The newest innovation from Cobra is the Cobra Connect. This pairs and Arcos sensor embedded into Drivers coupled with the Arcos Driver. The app will use GPS technology as well as 40,000 pre-loaded courses to automatically log information on drives while the Arcos sensor accurately records swing speed. The Cobra Connect App can accurately plot the shots onto the course as well as serve as a rangefinder. All of this data serves to help golfers improve their game in an easy to use interface. 

About The Author

Matt Manco is a freelance writer based in New England. A member of the award-winning Maroon student newspaper at Loyola University, his work has appeared across the Beacon Communications newspaper and magazine group as a local government reporter and photojournalist.

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