I think we’ve talked enough about composite clubs and what they do but here’s a quick overview. Companies are always looking for new ways to redistribute weight inside the club head. The trick is to make the club walls really lightweight. One way to do that is to use composite material instead of titanium and steel. A composite crown like the one used in the Cobra COMP fairway basically weighs nothing. Cobra can use the weight saved from the crown and move it lower and deeper into the head. This additional weight helps get the ball high. The COMP features 355 Maraging Steel (just like the SZ fairway) and this gives the club some real “pop”. The COMP is a bit bigger than the SZ but it’s size is still appealing to the eye. The dual sole weighting is carried over from the SZ line as is the Rhombus face technology. The stock Graphite Design YS-5.1 graphite shaft is a decent shaft for most players and it seems to work pretty well in this club.
Our testers loved the Cobra SZ fairway woods and liked these as well. Both are easy to hit. Both hit the ball fairly high. Both are deep enough that they can be hit off the fairway and the tee. Both have solid stock shaft options and appealing designs. Lots of similarities huh? That’s the biggest problem that we found with the COMP fairway… the cheaper SZ fairway works just as well. The COMP is a great club but our testers didn’t see enough of a performance upgrade to warrant the bigger price tag. Sure the club hit the ball a touch higher and it may have been a bit more forgiving but that’s not enough for us. Better players found the ball flight to be too high but we must remember that this club is targeted at the mid to high handicapper. It’s becoming more apparent that the composite craze is on the way out. Watch for this club to be discontinued soon and then have a look at the COMP fairway wood… when it’s on sale.
Overall Rating – 60%
Target Handicap – 10 and above
Ball Flight – High
Lofts Available – 13, 15.5, 16.5, 18, 21 and 24 degrees
Stock Shaft – Graphite Design YS-5.1 graphite