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COBRA BiO CELL Hybrid Review
COBRA BiO CELL Hybrid Review: $189.99
I’d never hit a COBRA club prior to this review, not to mention a COBRA BiO CELL Hybrid. But I can you that I plan to hit more. I may even own one very soon.
The BiO Cell, COBRA’s 2014 entrant into the hybrid market, is a great-looking club. Immediately noticeable is the unique and striking color (Orange was the one I reviewed.). Then, there’s the “MyFly8” adjustable technology. Both features scream personalization. However, more on these features later.
The COBRA BiO CELL Hybrid is constructed to deliver increased ball speed and more distance. While not known as a PGA Tour player’s club, necessarily, I find it hard to believe players at any level couldn’t benefit from more of the promised benefits.
A key improvement is the more driver-like construction of the COBRA BiO CELL Hybrid’s face. According to the manufacturer, the COBRA BiO CELL Hybrid is outfitted with a “forged thin, shallow high-strength steel face insert (with driver-like construction) that enables more face flex for faster ball speeds, longer distance and higher trajectory.”
While I didn’t know this fact heading in — and I still may have no clue what that necessarily means — I immediately recognized how hot this club was within the first few swings. The new technology improvements are intended to produce about 9 to 11 additional yards per player. I’m not so sure about that, but definitely I was seeing some better ball speed numbers compared to other models of the same loft.
Overall, compared to three other leading 2014 model hybrids I’ve tried, this club outperformed them all — considerably.
Technology (9.8 of 10)
The other significant feature of the 2014 COBRA BiO Cell Hybrid is its MyFly8 Technology, which is its eight adjustable loft settings to maximize distance, manage trajectory and optimize yardage gaps. I haven’t seen this in other hybrids I’ve hit (which doesn’t mean it’s new), so I thought the bag flexibility this offers is quite cool and utilitarian. After all, it is a utility club right?
The club is offered in three different heads:
• 2-3 hybrid lofts: 16, 16.5, 16.5 draw; 17.5, 17.5 draw; 18.5, 18.5 draw and 19; with a length of 41 inches and
D2 swing weight.
• 3-4 hybrid lofts: 19, 19.5, 19.5 draw, 20.5, 20.5 draw, 21.5, 21.5 draw and 22; with a length of 40.25
inches and D2 swing weight.
• 4-5 lofts: 22, 22.5, 22.5 draw, 23.5, 23.5 draw, 24.5, 24.5 draw and 25 with a length of 39.5 inches and D2 swing weight.
I hit the 2-3 hybrid set to 17.5 degrees, and it just popped. My ball speed was noticeably up, the flight was consistent shot to shot and and the feel was fantastic. I dropped the loft to 16 degrees and immediately could see the difference. That sort of flexibility in the bag is just flat cool.
Looks (10 of 10)
It’s probably not for everyone, but I loved the orange head. But, if color isn’t your thing, fear not. This little package of performance is available in five different colors (orange, blue, red, black, grey). Match your bag, shirts, shorts, your school colors, whatever suits you.
The face is rather low profile, leaving you feeling confident you can pick it off of the tightest of fairways and gouge the toughest of mid-summer Minnesota rough. The head shape is classic hybrid, nothing strange going on there. The stock shaft is a low-profile True Temper Project X PXv co-engineered shaft, available in lite, regular, stiff and x-stiff flexes.
Performance (9.3 of 10)
In a word, solid. Well-struck shots feel great and feel like they were crushed. Off-center hits also feel and sound fine. I couldn’t wait to hit a few more with this club after switching over to a few competitor models for a few minutes. The ball feels like it is immediately jumping off the face.
It struck long, straight and with a great trajectory that seemingly falls right out of the sky once the ball reached its apex. I’d like to hit it outside soon and give it a go out of the rough to be sure, but from what I experienced this club can’t have too many peers in the category.
Final Thoughts (Overall: 9.7 of 10)
I’m not sure how well the club will sell overall, but I have plans to pick one up soon to fill that strong hybrid club role needed in my bag. The only decision is what color!
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