King Cobra Driver Review

By Jim Hagerty

Specs

The new King Cobra S9-1 Series drivers are popular among a variety of players. The clubs boast the company's noted 1 to 1 width-to-length ratio, allowing for a larger, balanced hitting area. Each club has a milled face and what the company calls a Dual Rhombas insert to help the club head increase ball speed and consistent ball flight. The drives are sleek and attractive and equipped with solid stock shafts by Graffaloy, Aldila, Proforce and Fujikura.

Perks

The S9-1 balanced face makes for a comfortable hitting area. It is comfortable at impact with controlled swings. The driver is forgiving on mishits, especially near the toe. The shaft performs well and the stock grips feel good in the hands. The loft is true and gets the ball up fairly well without the need to use long tees.

Sacrifices

While Cobra has a solid club in the S9-1 drivers, each has it drawbacks, most notably its tendency to produce sprayed shots for the hard hitter. Because this line leans toward being a high-launch series, working the ball can be a bit difficult for low-handicappers. Controlled swings will produce the best shots. This may result in distance sacrifices.

Bottom Line

The S9-1 series does live up to its claims for novice players. For pros and low-handicappers, most will likely opt for drivers from Callaway, Taylor Made or Ping. Bottom line: A decent driver from an industry-leading company that continues to be known for its stellar lines of irons.

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About The Author

Jim Hagerty is a freelance writer and journalist. In addition to the hundreds of Web-based articles to his credit, he's a staff writer for "The Rock River Times," where he covers arts and entertainment, outdoors and human interest news events. Hagerty holds a Bachelor of Science in public relations and journalism from Northern Michigan University in Marquette.

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