The Cobra Fly-Z Line Brings Technology To The Everyday Player

Cobra has designed the Fly-Z line with players of all abilities in mind. The technologies used are original and innovative and are sure to help you play your best! The biggest technological advancements found in the Fly-Z line are the same found in the Fly-Z+ line, minus the Flipzone weight technology (it’s fixed in the Fly-Z).

The metals woods in this line are available in six different colors: Orange, Red, Blue, Black, White and Green. The green color will be available in March ’15. Let’s take a closer look at the Fly-Z line.

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Fly-Z Driver

The Cobra Fly-Z driver is constructed of a 6-4 titanium body with a forged 6-4 titanium face. The face features E9 zone face weighting technology which removes weight from key areas across the face and hosel to increase the size of the sweet spot. This face weighting will give you more distance on off-center shots. The back center of gravity (CG) zone weight launches the ball high and promotes a stable feel at impact resulting in additional forgiveness.

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Fly-Z Fairway

The Cobra Fly-Z fairway wood is both long and forgiving from the tee and the turf. When you’re in the address position you’ll be inspired with an abundance of confidence due to the elongated design from heel to toe, creating a shallower clubface. Combine this design feature with the back CG zone and the results are easy-to-hit, high flying shots that land softly. The body of the golf club is constructed from 17-4 stainless steel and the face insert is forged from 465 stainless steel. The combination of the Speed Channel and weighting improvements make this club as hot as any on the market.

Fly-Z Hybrid

The Cobra Fly-Z hybrid follows the design of the fairway woods with a head profile that’s compact and encourages shot making from all types of lies. The Speed Channel Face and the back zone CG make these hybrids super easy to hit, launching the golf ball high in the air. It also come equipped with an adjustable hosel making fine tuning to various launch conditions a breeze and allowing players of all abilities to enjoy this hybrid.

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Tee It Up with The Little Pro: Ch. 6

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We’ve covered the Set Up elements that will put us in the proper position over the ball and deliver the greatest opportunity for a successful golf swing. We’ll now move on to discuss the all important and only physical connection we have with the golf club, The Grip.

You needn’t have been blessed with the talent of Harry Vardon, Ben Hogan, Tiger Woods, or Arnold Palmer to justify developing the correct grip. Players of all ability levels will perform more consistently and achieve greater success if we take the time to learn how to place our hands on the golf club. The grip creates the lever that effectively maintains control of the club from start to finish, ensuring that the face of the club is positioned precisely throughout the swing at all times. A good grip will actually help our swing path and plane.

Of course there have been a few incredibly talented professional golfers that have had success with their own unique manner of holding the club. Two that leap to mind are Bobby Jones and Vijay Singh. Grand Slam winner Bobby Jones actually loosened his hold on the club at the end of his backswing, re-gripping on the way down to the ball. Two time major champion, Vijay Singh (with Masters and PGA Championship trophies adorning his case), actually took his right hand off the club nearing contact with the ball as frightfully displayed in pictures! Unless we have countless hours to devote to practicing these unorthodox grips, I suggest we make every effort to hold the club in a way that provides for the greatest margin of error.

To put it rather bluntly, if your grip is not good, consistency and progress are all but stymied.

Let’s proceed with the makings of a good and effective grip. Please note that placing our hands on the club should be done while holding the club off the ground. If the club is grounded, we don’t sense the weight and balance. Rather the inanimate club is anchored causing us to re-grip and re-position our hands destroying the repetitive feel that leads to comfort and confidence. Think about this, if the club feels comfortable in our hands, then the trigger that starts the swing becomes effortless.

Step 1

For the right handed player, positioning the club in the left hand first will set the lead hand correctly. Place the grip into the left hand with only the forefinger wrapped around the grip, without gripping the thumb or last three fingers. Then raise the clubhead upward using only the left index finger. The feeling is the butt of the grip wants to sit under the pad located on the palm at a point about half the distance from the wrist to the pinky. We simply close our left hand and place the rest of our fingers on the golf club. The left thumb should be positioned at 1:00 or slightly to the right of center top of the grip.

Step 2

The right hand is placed on the club as if we were clapping our hands together while gripping the club with the left hand positioned as described above. The right hand dovetails with the left while the right pinky slides onto the crease located between the index and middle finger of the left hand. The right hand then closes with the thumb positioned exactly opposite the left thumb at 11:00.

Address the club, first, in the air.  Then lower or address the club to the ball before swinging.  This procedure allows us to measure to the ball and feel the weight of the club with the right amount of pressure. One of the most common mistakes I witness is a player gripping the club while it is resting on the ground. This is taboo!

The Essence of a Good Grip Can Be Felt by Performing THIS Simple Drill:

We take our perfectly balanced stance and grip with the shaft about halfway down from the clubhead. We feel that each hand is set to the side of the shaft not on the top or underneath. We also sense that the shaft feels secure between the four fingers and palm of each hand with the fingers maintaining an equal but opposite grip pressure. This pressure is equal in intensity (right vs. left), but opposite in that the fingers of the right hand enable us to turn the club to the right (clockwise) and the fingers of the left hand allow us to turn the club left (counterclockwise) so consequently this opposing pressure enables us to keep the club squarely positioned to the swing arc without flipping right or left.

With our hands stationed near the club head, note how beautifully the hands and clubhead are related. The back of the left hand, the palm of the right hand and the score lines (like lines on a football field) are perfectly aligned. A perfect grip eliminates the need to manipulate the club during the swing… THIS is true happiness!

Remember, the thumbs are on the club only to provide support and add structural integrity to the grip. Think of the pressure between the index finger and thumb when holding a pencil. This is the level of pressure that should be felt throughout the entire swing. Each thumb is positioned to provide opposite and equal support and help the hands work together as a unit throughout the swing.

The correct grip will encourage the elbows to work closer to our sides and send the correct message to the forearms. The elbows will move down and inward instead of up and outward and force the arms and legs to work together. Because both the right and left sides of the golf swing require equal participation, equal pressure in both hands is mandatory. One can only achieve equal pressure through a correct grip.

Harry Vardon, Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson and Arnold Palmer had great grips that made their play come so much more easily. You can easily improve your grip as well and it is well worth the investment of time and study as it will deliver many happy returns. See you on the next tee!

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Cobra’s FLY-Z+ Line Is Making A Splash for 2015

Cobra’s Fly-Z+ line for 2015 has implemented several new, innovative technologies in both their metal woods and irons. These cutting-edge aspects are evident in the clubs’ adjustability, multi-material construction and groundbreaking clubface designs.

The new Speed Channel in their metal wood is an innovation exclusive to Cobra. Engineered directly into the clubface, the Speed Channel is a trench that surrounds the clubface (think of it outlining the entire clubface) and it helps minimize face thickness to promote faster ball speeds across the face. This means more distance on mis-hits and tremendous distance on square shots.

They’ve also improved the crown design by removing weight from the crown and re-positioning the weight low and back, for maximum moment of inertia (MOI) on mis-hits. Combine that with the T.O.P. (Thin. Optimized. Personalized.) crown, your great play will match your great look!

The metals woods in this line are offered in six different colors: Orange, Red, Blue, Black, White and Green (Green available in March). Let’s take a closer look at each club!

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Fly-Z+ Driver

In addition to the above technologies, Cobra has designed what they are calling Flipzone Weight Technology on the Fly-Z+ driver. This Flipzone is an adjustable weight that allows players to adjust the center of gravity (CG) of the driver. There are two adjustments that can be made; a low-forward position for lower launch angles and spin rates, or a low-back position for higher launch angles and more forgiveness. Combine this with the Myfly8 and Smartpad technologies (from previous generations), and the Fly-Z+ driver has all the options needed to optimize any players ball flight.

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Fly-Z+ Fairway

Penetrating trajectories deliver maximum distance from the tee or the fairway with control and accuracy with the Cobra Fly-Z+ fairway wood. What else needs to be said?

The body of the club is constructed from 17-4 stainless steel and the face is made with a high strength 455 stainless steel insert. The Speed Channel combined with a front CG zone promotes faster ball speeds across the entire face. This also allows for more workability from various lies.

Fly-Z+ Irons

A little known fact among golfers is that an iron head’s absolute CG (sweet spot) is closer to the heel of the club than the center of the clubface and grooves. The reason for this is that there is more material towards the heel of the golf club because of the hosel. To combat this, Cobra has added high MOI tungsten weights in both the heel and toe (more in the toe) in an effort to create a more responsive sweet spot that is located in the dead center of the clubhead. The result is improved consistency and accuracy throughout the entire set. Combine this with a forged 1020 carbon steel, and you have a club that has Tour performance and Game Improvement forgiveness!

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