Cobra ZL Driver (20624 views/week)
ZL stands for Zero Limits. That's the mindset Cobra engineers had when they set out to design the longest driver in ourhistory. They pushed the boundaries of forgiveness and distance with multi-material construction, a milled rhombusface insert and an Aldila VooDoo shaft. Then they challenged the conventions of customization with Adjustable FlightTechnology: three simple, straightforward settings [Open, Neutral and Closed] that help deliver accurate, consistentdistance. Count Cobra PGA Staff Pro JB Holmes among the believers. He put the ZL in his bag and now you can too.
- Advanced multi-material technology and Adjustable Flight Technology promote maximum distance and accuracy.
- Advanced multi-material technology: The carbon fiber crown and sole, titanium body and face, along with the swingweight screw provide optimal CG, MOI and spin characteristics for high launch, maximum distance and increased control.
- Adjustable Flight Technology: Three face angle settings (open, neutral and closed) allow golfers to find the one setting that optimizes ball flight for increased distance and accuracy.
- Available lofts: 8.5° • 9.5° • 10.5° • 11.5°
- Written by:Bill
- Date:June 29, 2011
- Shaft Tested:Adila Voodoo stiff
- Flex Tested:Stiff
- Previously Used:Wilson Smooth-9 degree and others
Put the Stiff Voodoo shaft with the 8.5 ZL head and found the driver I've been searching for. Can't wait to play it again. Perhaps next time my excitement won't cause the rest of my game to disappear!
I've loved the looks of this driver since it hit the market and finally made the move. I'd given up distance to find fairways and the 46" Voodoo shaft was my only reservation going in. Needless worry. SO much longer than anything else I've hit and mishits were much more forgiving and still long.
My game- Good distance, high torque swing that causes inconsistency.
When I'm "on" off the tee, I'm in the 70's. When I'm wild off the tee I can visit the 90's. My short game is pretty solid so my scores are often determined by my ability to stay out of trouble off the tee.
Have tried to trade distance to find fairways by working on tempo and finding the right shaft length/ head combo.
The ZL has the 46" Voodoo but turned out that it's a great fit for me (so much for conventional wisdom). Got back distance I thought was gone forever. A wind aided 340 yard+ drive straight down the tube, but 300 on number of good drives. Bad drives are the key to my scoring so I was cautiously optimistic. I mishit a few along the way, a couple pulls and a couple push fades. But the trajectory was absolutely perfect for my swing (no balloons) and as I relaxed and got in synch I started hitting my longest drives in years, straight down the middle. The mishits weren't fatal and as I trusted the tempo of the head, really good things started to happen. The sound off the face is perfect. Muted but pleasant. The toe and heel hits were both livable.
The couple out towards the toe were still 260-270.
My swing is my limitation but my bad shots were playable (except for one).
The good shots were incredible. Can't wait to play it again. Thumbs up on this one.
- Written by:R.P. JACOBS II
- Date:April 28, 2011
- Shaft Tested:Aldila Voodoo XS
- Flex Tested:Extra Stiff
- Previously Used:Adams 9064LS w/DFS
R.P. JACOBS II Review
Having hit most of the "distance" drivers(TM Super Fast, Adams F10 & F11) & having settled on the Adams 9064LS w/DFS(the adjustable version), I was not looking to make a change, as I was very happy w/my 9064. A friend let me hit his ZL & I was amazed! I know Cobra has always made a solid driver & I think getting out from under the Titleist umbrella will only help them from a marketing standpoint, yet the performance of the ZL caught me totally by surprise. Not just the distance, though I was 5-7 yards longer than my 9064.
What took me by surprise was the accuracy. I play a "soft" right-left ball flight & the ZL never wavered. I was swinging a regular, though I play a Voodoo XS in my 9064, yet I got a high, penetrating right-left ball flight. I intentionally hit 5 balls on on the high toe area of the club, because this is where I miss, & the distance was about 80% , which was excellent, though what really got my attention was that the balls held their line and though they strayed right, they didn't balloon, as may drivers do. I then hit 5 balls on the heel side, & was pleasantly surprised with the distance & ball flight. Normally, the heel area is dead on most drivers, as those who miss in this area can attest to, yet the ZL produced a "playable" shot, with about a 30% distance loss. The adjustability is simple & straight forward, w/three settings(C,N,O). Also on the back sole is an interchangable weighted screw, which can increase/decrease loft by about 1/2', though to change the screw the weight kit must be purchased seperately. For 95% of the golfers, this is a non-issue, as the standard screw/weight is fine. The Aldila Voodoo shaft is an excellent shaft w/four loft choices(8.5,9.5,10.5,11.5) & two flexes(R,S), though I got the XS Voodoo for an additional $100. The only negative is that although Cobra has reduced the S2(released about same time as ZL) in price, the ZL is still $349.00. Possibly, it could be gotten for less on E-Bay. That being said, bottom line, the ZL is a Beast! A distance machine, with the added & rare benefit of an extremely high level of forgiveness. If you are in the market for a driver, give the ZL a try. Even if you go in a different direction, it will give you a standard by which to judge the other drivers. Fairways & Greens 4ever...........
- Written by:Scott
- Date:October 19, 2010
- Shaft Tested: -
- Flex Tested:Extra Stiff
- Previously Used: -
Added 10 to 20 yards to my drive and straighter
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