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"If you want distance, it's hard to imagine you could do better than the Cobra S3's.  The S3 proved to be the longest iron we've ever tested.  Our testers not only rated the S3 as the longest, but also the most accurate irons we've tested this year!"

Cobra S3 Irons

(Written By: GolfSpy T) Within the last year we've had the opportunity to review a couple sets of Cobra irons.  The S2 Forged iron was a big hit with our testers (particularly those concerned with distance), and the Cobra Pro CB, which we reviewed as part of our head to head battle of the cavity back irons, posted the highest subject score of any iron in the test while finishing second overall. Given how well the irons we tested last year were received, as well as the S2, S3, and ZL drivers performed, it should almost go without saying that we were anxious to see how Cobra's latest game improvement iron would perform.

In terms of where the S3 irons sit in Cobra's lineup - I'd call them a game improvement iron; slotted between the Super Game Improvement S3 Max, and the transitional S2 Forged. Like the S3 Max, the standard S3 are available in a standard iron set (4-GW) and a hybrid/iron set (4-6 Hybrid, 7-GW). Just like the S3 driver, they feature what Cobra calls E9 technology, which introduces the concept of sweet zone (bigger than a sweet spot) to maximize performance across the part of the face where golfers tend to actually make contact with the golf ball.

cobra s3 iron

Taking a look at the specs below and you'll see that Cobra appears to have gotten themselves caught up in the distance is everything mindset. It's hard to blame them as just about every manufacturer offers at least one set of extra long irons with jacked up lofts. While I wish the manufacturers would dial it back a bit when it comes to this sort of thing, the undeniable reality is that distance remains what the consumer wants, even if all it really means is that your 6 irons is what, just a few years ago, the world called a 5-iron. All we're really talking about here is the number stamped into the sole.


Material Composition: 3-7 17-4 Hyper Steel, 8-LW 17-4 Stainless Steel. Internal polymer topline and full cavity TPU (thermoplastic urethane).

For testing purposes our sets consisted of 4-GW with stock Nippon NS 1030H shafts. Cobra also offers Aldila NV-3 shafts as a stock graphite option.

How We Tested

The 6 golfers for whom we collected detailed performance data were asked to hit a series of shots on our 3Track Equipped simulators from aboutGolf.  As usual, testing was done at Tark's Indoor Golf, a state of the art indoor golf facility located in Saratoga Springs, NY.  Detailed data for each and every shot for which we collected data is now viewable in the interactive portion of this review.  This data serves as the foundation for our final performance score.  As a supplement to our 6 performance testers, a subset of additional golfers were given the opportunity to test the Cobra S3 Irons and provide feedback in our subjective categories (looks, feel, perceived distance, perceived accuracy, perceived forgiveness, and likelihood of purchase).  This information, which we also collected from our performance testers, is used as the foundation for our total subjective score.  Though tests were conducted at 150 yards with the club of the tester's choosing, we encouraged our testers to hit some of the other clubs in the set.

Radius-Based Scoring

To better replicate the on-course experience in our iron tests we set our target green at 150 yards, and asked our testers to choose the appropriate club for the distance, and basically take their best shots.

It's worth noting that for all radius-based testing, our golfers are given the opportunity to hit several test shots in order to determine the appropriate club for the distance (we all know that distance can vary tremendously from set to set). For the actual tests, our golfer selected, a mix of 8 iron, 9 iron, and gap wedge. This marks the first time a gap wedge was used to hit the 150 distance, however, as the specs above show, this is not your average gap wedge.

The highest percentage of the performance score was calculated based on where each shot fell in proximity to the hole.  Closer is obviously better.

After testing was completed, we applied a formula to normalize the data across varying handicap levels.  It stands to reason that a low handicap golfer should be more accurate than a high handicap golfer.  Our scoring accounts for these differences in ability levels and makes a reasonable attempt to level the playing field (much like the Handicap system itself), so that it's possible to achieve similar scores for all golfers.  As we always do, we've made the details of each test shot available to you in the interactive portion of this review.



Accuracy is the toughest of our categories as far as our scoring system is concerned. A-level grades for accuracy are nearly unheard of, which is the number 1 reason why the Cobra S3s have proven to be one of the biggest surprises of the season. One one of our testers, put up a lowly 85 (it's actually a good-enough score), the majority of our other testers ranged from 89-91, while low handicap golfer, Dan, posted over a 95.

In case you're wondering, that works out to an average leave of around 35 feet, and less than 26 feet from the center line. Interestingly enough, our highest handicap golfer posted the 2nd best raw (not adjusted for handicap) accuracy score, which suggests there might just be something to this game improvement thing.

MGS Accuracy Score: 91.86


It shouldn't surprise anyone that the S3's didn't prove to be quite as consistent as the PING K15's. Where über-forgiveness is concerned, the PING's may very well be in a class by themselves. Having said that, the S3's proved to be more consistent than most. All 6 of our testers posted scores in the 90s, and perhaps most interesting, our tester who posted the lowest accuracy score also posted the highest consistency score. As the Interactive Chart shows, he missed left...almost always left.

MGS Consistency Score: 93.40

Overall Performance

As much as we like to rant and rave about how out of control this obsession with distance has become, it's clear that the strong lofts, and longer shafts only tell part of the story. With more shots than I think we've ever seen inside of 15 feet, for once accuracy became the more important part of the story...even if every one of our testers ended up taking less club than he normally would.

While it's true we've yet to have a tester hole out from 150 yards (or even 100 yards with our wedge tests), we had several close calls with the S3, which is in part (as you'll see below) why our testers were so enamored with them.




We've talked before about how well black clubs often do in our "Looks" survey. The Cobra S3 is no different in that respect. Our testers seem to like the smokey PVD finish. Though there's plenty of offset, our testers didn't seem to mind as much as they usually do (throwing darts makes anything look great). The two-tone design isn't new to Cobra, they've been doing it for years, but for whatever reason, the design of the S3 appears to be a bit more seamless than previous incarnations.

While not small like a blade, the overall size of the head isn't intrusive. When you're standing over the club, the head actually appears smaller than it is. Some new golfers may feel more confident standing over a club with more bulk, but I think the comparatively compact S3 head will appeal to a larger population of golfers.

Not all of our testers loved the looks, one tester (Tim) actually told us that he thought they looked "silly", adding "but I can't argue with the results".

One noteworthy oddity is the shiny, mirrored finish on the sole. At first glance it looks almost out of place, but I suspect Cobra knows that the PVD will wear over time, and that not putting the PVD on the sole will actually improve the looks of the club over the long haul.

After tossing out the single high, and the single low score, what we're left with is a game improvement club that scored like a polished cavity back.

MGS Looks Score: 91.38


It's just short of remarkable that a cast game improvement club would receive the kind of ratings that our testers gave the S3. As always, we feel it's worth pointing out that one good result leads to the next, and when our testers like a club, they generally don't nitpick the details. So while I personally wouldn't rate the feel quite as highly as our testers did, it is fair to say that from a feel perspective, the S3 does outperform many others in its class (and some "player" designs too).

"Pure" was a word tossed around quite a bit during our tests. So while I don't think anybody would call it buttery soft like a Mizuno or a Miura, what our testers really liked was what could be described as a constant feel across the entire E9 face.

MGS Feel Score: 91.38

Perceived Distance

If you want distance, it's hard to imagine you could do better than the Cobra S3's. To a man, each of our testers took less club than he has on any review we've conducted to date. Sure, we've had some nice forged cavity backs with traditional lofts in that bunch, but we've also had some reasonably hot game improved and super game improvement clubs in the mix as well.

"A club to a club and a half longer than my current clubs" - Tim S.

I don't impress easily where distance is concerned, but when you consider that I hit a 9 iron from 150 (normally it's an 8 or even a 7 during testing), it's hard not to at least think about distance (even if that 9 iron would be a weak 8 in a traditional set). If Cobra hadn't included a gap wedge in the set we would have found ourselves a man down as Dan sailed the green with his usual pitching wedge in hand. Even with the gap wedge he found himself having to go easy.

I've said it before, and I'll say it again; distance shouldn't matter when it comes to irons, and yet with the S3 proving to be the longest iron we've ever almost does.

Tester Perceived Distance Score: 100.00

Perceived Accuracy

You would think that when the shaft is a half an inch longer than many in the industry, our testers would struggle a little bit with their accuracy. While the actual performance numbers were very, very good, perceptions were even better. As we've pointed out before, when a testers lands a couple near the flag, the misses are basically forgotten. So when you consider that all but one tester had at least one shot inside 10 feet, and a few had multiple inside, and a few more close to that range, it's not the least bit surprising that our testers rated the S3 as not only the longest, but the most accurate irons we've tested this year.

On average the performance numbers are only slightly better than our average, but watching our testers hit shots, even I would have sworn the S3 irons were nothing less than magical.

Tester Perceived Accuracy Score:  99.40

Perceived Forgiveness

No real surprises here. Our testers think the S3 irons are long, and straight. Couple that with their perceptions that the iron is hot across the whole face (without sacrificing feel), and you can understand why our testers believe the S3 irons are among the most forgiving on the market today. That's a perception that's more or less reflected in our consistency scores, so I can't really find any fault with our testers thinking here or, more importantly, with the S3 irons themselves.

Tester Perceived Forgiveness Score: 96.75

Likelihood of Purchase

When you test across a range of ability levels like we do, it's extremely difficult in general to find a club that appeals to everyone. With irons it becomes even more difficult as, for the most part, game-improvement irons simply don't appeal to our sub-10 handicap golfers. Though the final numbers aren't stellar, the Cobra S3 did manage to find appeal outside of its designated handicap range. Though he only rated them a 7, our low handicap golfer Dan told us he thinks the S3 are a, "very nice game improvement clubs [with] smooth design and feel".

Our highest handicap golfer, Mark, commented that the S3s are "every bit as schweet as my S2 forged sticks, and even prettier". If not for the S2s in his bag, he's all but certain he'd buy a set.  Finally, Tim, who rated the S3 irons a 9 for LOP, actually put his money where his mouth is and went out and bought a set. From what I can tell he's very happy he did.

Tester Likelihood of Purchase: 83.31

With the exception of the always difficult LOP score, the Cobra S3 irons scored 90 or better in each of our subjective categories, including a 99+ for accuracy, and a perfect 100 for distance. Most impressive to me is that Cobra has managed to create a club with just enough visible technology to appeal to higher handicap golfers, but did with enough subtlety that the clubs still offer some appeal to low-mid handicap golfers. While it's not likely that a 6 handicap is going to bag these clubs, there's nothing we see here to suggest that those with mid-high handicaps, especially those who struggle with consistency with their irons, shouldn't take a solid look at Cobra's latest offering in the game improvement space.



Not only are the Cobra S3s the highest scoring iron we've tested since the latest revision of the ULTIMATE REVIEW system, they're also the first iron to ever receive an A grade. They bested the previous high score by almost 3 points (which under our system is a fairly significant margin). Not only did our testers rate them among the highest of any club we've surveyed, the performance numbers actually supported the subjective ratings, which is an even greater rarity.

While I wouldn't necessarily recommend Cobra's S3 irons to a beginning golfer (the S3 Max is probably a better fit there), for a guy who as been playing a year or two and is either looking to step up from a super game improvement club, or buy his first set of new clubs, Cobra's S3 is an intriguing offering. Apart from the excellent performance, perhaps what I find most impressive about the S3 is, that while it's most clearly a game improvement club, it doesn't look the part quite as much as some others. What this means is that not only will the S3s help you transition from a high handicap to a mid, they could potentially stay with you as your work your way towards single digits. The S3 irons likely wont' be the last irons you ever buy, they should last plenty long enough for the wife to give her blessing on the next set.

Wow!!! Bag 'em - Mark C.


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{ 52 comments… read them below or add one }

Doug September 16, 2016 at 9:01 am

I agree with Doug from Nov 2015. Why are you just now reviewing three year old clubs?


Mike September 15, 2016 at 10:38 pm

Can MyGolfSpy please do a review of the Adams Super S irons???


Doug November 18, 2015 at 3:22 pm

Why are you posting a review of 2011 irons???
A waste of bandwidth.


Gregg Underheim June 26, 2015 at 1:18 pm

My name is Gregg Underheim. I recently retired and I love to golf. I want to report my experience with Cobra golf. On Sunday May 24th I went to Golf Galaxy to test, to have fitted and buy a 6 iron through pitching wedge set of club. I tried several brands and hit the Cobras best. Golf Galaxy fitted me and sent the order in on May 26th. They told me I could expect a two to three week wait for my clubs. On May 10th, two and a half weeks after making my purchase I called Golf Galaxy to check on the status of my order. They told me the clubs were not made yet because Cobra did not have the component parts. I still have trouble understanding how people who make their living building golf clubs DID NOT HAVE THE PARTS!!!!!!!!! To be fair my order called for a 3% adjustment of the clubs. Nevertheless, I was told the parts would be received soon, built and shipped so that I would receive them by today, June 26th. They are not here. And after I called Cobra I discovered that they have NOT YET BEEN BUILT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They still do not have the parts. I asked if they could send a partial order. They said no. If, however, Golf Galaxy emailed and asked for that service they would send the golf clubs that I HAVE ALREADY PAID FOR!!!!!!!
My advice to anyone buy clubs is to avoid Cobra. Their view of customer service can only be called perverse. They apparently have the ability to send my order to me but will only to so at the request of Golf Galaxy. I am trying to get Golf Galaxy to make that request.
Anyway, my experience with Cobra has been miserable!!!!


Kemper May 25, 2015 at 6:30 pm

I bought a set of S3s used and they remind me of Demo day hitting Titleist AP1 714s, very straight and forgiving, especially of thin strikes and toe hits. Putting new oversize grips on and I’m ready to have a great season.


Mike E. April 15, 2015 at 3:13 pm

I wouldn’t have bought these irons if I knew ahead of time that they had a 355t tip super light shaft in them


ChickenWing September 21, 2014 at 7:12 pm

Just started using a set of S3 Max irons. Its like having golf clubs with “freakin” lasers!


floyd lannon August 30, 2014 at 7:18 pm

hi, well I bought the S3s and found them as good if not better than the adams clubs at 70 years of age the seinor flex was just fine I play from regular mens tees found that my game improved somewhat in distance and being more accurate as I am getting more playing time. the way I see it im no pro just a average golfer so stop crying about the clubs go out and enjoy the game remember the nut swinging the club controls hit square and hit it right and see where it lands.u may be supprised.


Stuart August 16, 2014 at 7:10 pm

I’ve had my S3 irons for a while now and I’m still impressed with their performance. My handicap has come in from over 26 down to 19. I can’t wait to update them to the next level. Highly recommended.


Cheap Dan's Golf Clubs July 7, 2014 at 7:11 pm

I just started playing a used set of the S3 irons and have found them to be very solid and accurate. I rate them equal to, or better, than any other irons that I have played.


Curtis johnson March 8, 2014 at 3:36 am

These irons are amazing! Such that you can’t find them anywhere. I’m a 7 handicap and have tried a bunch of irons none as easy to hit as these! If you can find a set buy them:)


Paal March 1, 2015 at 2:56 pm

I have found, on ebay. Bought them based on this review. Not tested yet but they are on their way. 170£ 4-PW + GW, brand new chrome limited edition, including shipping and 25% VAT from California to Norway. Hope I will be happy.


Juno October 10, 2013 at 6:27 pm

I want these so bad, but I can’t find them anywhere anymore. Left handed. Stiff flex.


carlos palacio September 25, 2013 at 11:29 pm

donde puedo comprar un hierro s3, 5. tengo del 6 al pw. necesito el hierro 5
carlos palacio


Douglas Fisher July 28, 2013 at 11:36 am

I am a senior playing golf about 3 times a week (13 handicap). Within 2 weeks of playing with Cobra S3 graphite irons my handicap is now 10.8. Very forgiving and easy to hit irons. Most accurate I have ever had (previous set was cavity back Mizunos).


F LaCava June 30, 2013 at 9:20 pm

I have been playing TM Burners for 20yrs. I have been playing the burner 2.0 for the past eight rounds and hate them. Too much distance to control. One time the nine iron goes 150 another only 125. I lost all confidence in what club to use when. I was always thinking of how hard should I swing this time. Switched to S3 with stiff steel shaft and totally changed my game around. I still miss my burner bubbles, but they just got too worn out. Hopefully the S3 are around for me to wear put.


peter mohan June 24, 2013 at 5:57 pm

What is the bounce on the S3 ladies sand wedge
Cobra doesn’t have this information on its website


Gus May 4, 2013 at 6:10 pm

Hi all.
I bought a s3 iron set based on this review.
Best irons that i have hit.
Thanks mgs.


Barry February 17, 2013 at 6:44 pm

I am 56 years old and came back to the golf seriously 18 months ago ,having played for 10 years with TM 300 series. A year ago I walk into a test centre intent on on buying latest TM burners however I didn’t like the initial feel so tried the S3 ‘s and they felt good in my hands and were comparatively tighter in the spread. I bought 4-SW S3 irons and started to practice with them.

A year on I have had a great season having taken 4.5 shots off my handicap won several competItions, the main reason apart from practice is the accuracy of the club’s rather than the length, the reproducibility of PW -6 gives me good spacing between 80- 150 10-20% more with a draw (hitting the irons @ 91-95 mph swing speed) however the lateral spread at 80 yards is less than 4 yards using PW,9,8 & 7 and approx 6 yards @ 130 yards with 6&7.

I don’t feel over stretched when I hit the ball and they work for me personally.
In reality I found the 4&5 somewhat underused because I have a TM driver, 3 wood and recovery 3 which I have used effectively over150 yards

I did however replace the SW with three Mizuno MP-11 wedges 52,56 &60 degrees which give me good options around the greens.

I hope this helps people see how an ordinary mid handicapper who has probably had his longest hitting days well in the past can use the S3 irons as part of a mix of clubs which have improved his game and contributed to me being competitive because they were forgiving when I was trying to move the ball and allowed me to gain confidence to be more aggressive.


Andy Baker December 31, 2012 at 8:13 am

Best and most comprehensive and impartial review I’ve ever read, great site, I bought Cobra S3 set on strength of review and am delighted as clubs are great and everything in the review was accurate. Keep going guys, FANTASTIC stuff, amateur golfers need you,. Many thanks Andy Baker, Sutton , UK.


Dave Rich December 29, 2012 at 2:04 pm

Can anyone compare the Cobra S2 vs S3 graphite irons. Is the difference worth purchasing the S3 irons.Thanks


CobraNut August 29, 2012 at 9:02 pm

Are the s3 irons and the new AMP irons basically the same club? If not what is the difference between the two besides price lol. I have had the chance to hit an AMP 7 iron and it felt so solid on all my hits an I even hit a few off the toe and heel intentionally and it didn’t matter the ball took off dead straight and with that oh so solid feel I love in an iron. I could save a few bucks buy getting the s3 set but I have not hit them and am looking for advice before I buy a new set. Thanks for any help you may offer.


Brian August 21, 2012 at 9:51 am

I purchased the S3 hybrid/iron set with the stiff shaft based on this review and accompanying comments. I really like the set and have noticed the additional length and accuracy over my previous set of Callaway X22 irons. However, before this set I never hit off the toe of the irons. I find myself doing this often with the S3 irons. Does this have something to do with the lie and length of the shaft? Should i take the set to a cobra custom fitter?


Ed August 14, 2012 at 9:39 pm

I purchased a new set of R11’s in December of 2011 and my handicap has been going up form a 8 to a 12 since then. I went to Sedona in April and rented a set of S3 irons and loved them. Since then I have been hitting the R11’s thinking its going to get better. I played so bad last Saturday I told my friend it’s the last round I will play with these Irons. Today I decided to by a set of S3’s and luckily found a set of steel stiff shaft and bought them. I just got home from the range and love them, they are so much more accurate than the R11’s. I do belive I picked up some distance, will know for sure in the next few rounds. The accuracy is what I really like, will let you know more in a few weeks.


Todd August 3, 2012 at 3:30 am

Sammy I have been playing G10s for 3.5 years now.I ordered S3 irons 2 months ago and they finally arrived today.I played 18 holes with them and really really like them so far.I think they will finally kick the G10’s out of the bag.Will let you know a little more once I have a few genuine rounds under my belt.


Sammy August 4, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Thanks Todd, after reading this review and several others I took the plunge and purchased them yesterday… I’ll be interested to here your feedback….


Sammy July 31, 2012 at 5:39 pm

How would you compare these irons to the ping g10 in terms of distance, feel and trajectory?


Gus June 30, 2012 at 2:44 pm

Hi all,
I just bought a set of irons s3 4pw graphite regular and they are simply unbelievable.
Thanks to MYGOLFSPY I just made the best buy since I play golf.
The feel and the distance are amazing.
You must try them



mygolfspy July 2, 2012 at 9:06 am

Glad to hear the reviews came in handy in helping you make your latest purchase. Thanks for stopping by and letting us know 😉


Tim June 8, 2012 at 8:40 am

I actually hit the Taylormade Burner 2.0’s farther in a simulator.


john June 19, 2012 at 5:16 pm

I just came from golfsmith and hit the S3 regular shaft 6 Iron and I also hit the Taylormade 2.0 Burner 6 Iron stiff flex. The computer bared the following out: I hit the S3 more accurately and shorter. The computer graphed the dispersion about the size of a quarter for the S3 and the 2.0 was about a 1.5 size larger.The S3 shot dispersion was rather tight, but I felt more vibration on miss hits. The 2.O was longer maybe by 10-15 yards, but I saw a larger area of dispersion. The 2.O felt like the sweet spot was larger and therefore I noticed less vibration on mishits. I came away thinking both clubs were fine, but felt the 2.0’s were slightly more game inprovement than the S3’s. I didn’t buy either as I wanted to think on it a bit. I am favoring the S3’s< but don't think either would be a bad purchase. I am 13 handicap at the time of this writing.

Right now both sets are on sale at golfsmith for 399.


Todd June 1, 2012 at 7:13 am

I have read this review about 10 times and mucked around for 5 months so today finally pulled the trigger and ordered a custom set.They are 2 degrees upright and i have had the shafts hard stepped from reg so they play inbetween reg and stiff fingers crossed they are good enough to kick my 3.5 year old ping gamers out of the bag.Thanks MGS for doing the best reviews out of anyone.


Ger May 2, 2012 at 1:17 am

Are the S3 irons comparable to the RBZ? The shaft of the S3 is heavier though


Dustin February 21, 2012 at 2:38 pm

I went to the golf shop to try these based off of this review. WOW these are incredible I hit it longer yes but more importantly I hit these more accurate than any other iron ever. I bought these as a christmas present in December. Best iron purchase ever.


p, bg January 19, 2012 at 7:01 pm

What is it with the Mizuno crowd, “Seriously!?” They all act like the gommer on the Wilson adds regardless of their ability. Ditto all the grounded responses….. lofts and lengths are posted. Enjoy the game and remember. No matter who you are, you are gonna take a @$$ whipping in the course from time to time. Jack, Tiger and everyone else knows it. Act like you have been there before because you have. Otherwise, stop snobbery in golf


Jay September 16, 2011 at 12:36 pm

Golfsmith is running a special discount this weekend combined w Cobra’s recent price cut you can get this set for under 450 steel and under 550 graphite – hard to pass up based on the high rating and feedback from actual owners – I may soon be carrying the S3’s


Keith August 10, 2011 at 7:34 am

It just doesn’t make sense to call them the longest irons tested when their 7 iron is the exact same loft and length as other 6 irons. Compare matching lofts and see if they’re any longer. I doubt they will be. Comparing apples to oranges does no one any good. Like has been said already, I would go so far as to call it fraudulent. The point is, it doesn’t matter what number is stamped on the bottom. A true comparison test would be to compare the distance of matching lofted and length irons. Doing a comparison distance test based on a 6 iron being called a 7 iron is absolutely pointless and that is misleading. I would expect this site to have compared distance based on matching the clubs’ loft and length and not the stamped number of a set that does this much of an extreme gimmick.


Keith August 10, 2011 at 7:37 am

Correction: I meant to say I WOULDN’T call it fraudulent on the part of Cobra. Although it’s certainly not a straight forward way of marketing their stuff for sure.


Johnathan August 9, 2011 at 10:52 pm

I would just like to know if the cobra S3 Irons was tested before or after the Adams Redline Irons came out, as i think that the Adams Redline irons might be longer and more accurate.


Jordan August 9, 2011 at 1:14 am


Dude RELAX! The loft and club lengths are posted. They are NOT hiding anything. Club lengths and lofts have changed over the years. Mind you, that lofts have to change due to CG and MOI positions as well as materials for certain product. A lot designers and engineers take the perception of ball flight in to consideration of loft too. Club lofts have been juiced for years. I played the 845’s years ago and they were juiced 1degree.

Good DAY Sir!!!


Lank August 7, 2011 at 6:25 pm

Its not a fraud if their 3-iron branded as “their 4-iron” is as accurate as a normal 4 iron.

I cannot hit a 3 iron off the deck (great on a tee), but I just swapped to a 3-iron hybrid and can hit the thing out the cabbage!

I’m a traditionalist and resisted changing to hybrids for 10 years, but you won’t see me swap back now.

Only thing I am really anti; long handled putters – now thats fraud!


ipw August 7, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Of course jacking up the lofts to create the perception of longer distance is a gimmick, but its not a gimmick unique to Cobra, nor is it a reason to get worked up. FRAUDULENT is pretty strong language. “Traditional” lofts are just that, tradition. Certainly pros don’t feel bound by traditional lofts. They manipulate the lofts of their clubs to achieve the gaps they desire regardless of how those lofts correspond to correctly lofted Mizuno MP-68s. Jacking up the lofts till a weekend hacker is hitting his “9” into greens from 150 out is certainly playing to the less sophisticated players ego, but I can’t for the life of me understand why that is harmful at all. This test indicates that these clubs at the top of their category in terms of both accuracy and forgiveness. Isn’t that what the consumer should be looking for out of a GI set? They could label them A-H instead of 4-G, all that matters is that the golfer their distance for each club. Focusing on the number on the sole rather than the accuracy and forgiveness just seems misplaced IMO.


JOEL GOODMAN August 6, 2011 at 4:46 pm



GolfSpy T August 8, 2011 at 4:44 am

I’m not sure I would call what Cobra (and many others) are doing with length and loft in their GI clubs as fraudulent. They’re publishing the specs. They’re not hiding anything. At some point the consumer has to be responsible for doing his research. Now whether or not I think the push for more distance is necessary is another thing. The thing to keep in mind is that most guys, and in particular, beginning golfers are distance obsessed, and more to the point, they want to be longer than their buddy. There is pride in pulling an 8 iron when your partner is hitting a 7 iron from the same par 3 (even when that 7 is nearly identical to his buddy’s 8).

It’s only going to stop when consumers tell the golf companies that distance isn’t important – and that’s probably never going to happen. The golf companies have a product to sell, and the unfortunately reality is that they way to sell to most consumers is distance. Most aren’t interested in looking at shaft length, or comparing lofts. Don’t even try to have a conversation about the mismatched frequencies of their “custom fit” clubs from the big OEM factory. The OEMS are simply doing what they need to do to sell to the GI crowd.

Regarding your traditionally lofted MP-68s…perhaps those are traditionally by the most modern of standards, but by truly traditional standards, those are actually jacked up a bit too. We didn’t get to the 44 degree pitching wedge over night, just about every OEM has either played a part, or come along for the ride.

Miura’s series 57 wedges have non-traditional lofts. Would you call those frauds as well?

We didn’t see any significant degradation in accuracy as a result of the length/loft voodoo, but if we had, you can bet it would have been discussed. Straight is straight. It doesn’t matter what’s stamped into the sole.


wdgolf August 8, 2011 at 11:53 am

Every single club manufacturer, Big OEM or otherwise, has a set with strong lofts. Many also add .5″ to their clubs as with the S3s (look at the Burner line). This really shouldn’t surprise anyone anymore. Personally, I don’t care if I pull a 9i when someone else goes for a PW because I factor in the loft difference.

As for the club length, this is usually dealt with during club fitting. If the club is too short or long for you, a good fitter will adjust the length.


Keith August 6, 2011 at 9:55 am

With lofts that strong and even longer shafts, basically erasing a 6 and putting an 7 on the iron instead, I just can’t seen getting excited about the distance. Accuracy, sure. But even the GW is a weak PW. 22* for a 4 iron? My 3 iron is 21*. This 7 iron is 31*. That’s exactly what my 6 iron is. Plus they added 1/2″ to the shaft. These clubs don’t have better distance. They just have different numbers.


Kbones March 14, 2012 at 9:16 am



Walter Goode August 5, 2011 at 2:44 am

The S3’s look fantastic, but can I get a set with A-flex shafts? The R-flex shaft is still to stiff for my liking.


GolfSpy T August 5, 2011 at 5:40 am

Walter – There are several additional non-stock shaft offerings (upcharge). The stock graphite comes in “Light” flex would should equate nicely to an A-flex.


stevenhw8 August 4, 2011 at 11:19 pm

Just a question, from the LOOKS perspective… how do they compare to the TM R9 irons? I like the R9’s size and shape… just what I want in GI irons.

Because I was giving the S3 a thought, but from the pictures they seem to be thicker and chunkier than then R9 and I thought they were SGI sticks.


GolfSpy T August 5, 2011 at 5:43 am

Steven – I don’t have a set of R9s here to make a direct comparison, but I would say that the S3s are bigger with a slightly thicker topline. Sole width is probably the largest point of distinction.

I consider the R9 more of a transitional iron (somewhere between GI and player’s cavity back), the S3 is a GI club with SGI type performance. The closest match to the R9 (in my opinion anyway) from Cobra’s lineup is probably the S2 Forged, which we reviewed earlier this year.

Cobra does offer the S3 Max, which are a more traditional super game improvement club.


stevenhw8 August 5, 2011 at 6:06 am

Indeed, the S2 forged look pretty schweeet!
The S3 remind me more of the Burner 2.0


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