The Buzzz Report - Cobra GOLF - L5V DRIVER

By December 4, 2008, 5:00 pm
King Cobra L5V. This multi-material driver possesses Cobras largest, most-forgiving club face, and also features Adjustable Flight Technology, which allows golfers to maximize their personal distance and accuracy through ball flight adjustment.

Largest Face in Golf:
The King Cobra L5V claims to have the industrys largest club face. That and a milled Dual Rhombus Face insert help optimize ball speed by generating maximum Coefficient of Restitution (COR) across the entire face and delivering longer, straighter drives.
Multi-Material Technology:
The King Cobra L5Vs clubhead features a 6-4 Titanium body and face insert, complimented by an ultra-lightweight carbon composite crown and sole inserts. What does this mean? Higher launch and lower spin, which translates into more distance and accuracy.
Adjustable Flight Technology:
To optimize distinct ball flights and shapes, King Cobra L5V drivers feature an exclusive hosel design that enables golfers to easily adjust from the standard factory setting (0) to an increased draw-biased setting (1).
Every King Cobra L5V is equipped with a proprietary L5V torque wrench that inserts into the hosel screw port, so golfers can quickly and easily adjust the ball flight and/or change the shaft.
To allow for ideal weighting, every King Cobra L5V comes with a swingweight screw that helps balance the clubhead with the shaft. Each swingweight screw is specifically weighted for X, F or M stock Diamana Red Board shafts to maintain the ideal swingweight. There are also 30 custom shaft options available.
By defining ball speed, swing speed or driving distance, golfers can be matched with their ideal club loft, Mitsubishi Diamana Red Board shaft, and shaft weight - to maximize distance and accuracy.
L5V model/loftL5V X:8.5L5V F:9.5, 10.5L5V X:11.5
Current Ball Speed150+ mph125-155 mph110-140 mph
Current Swing Speed104+ mph87-108 mph76-97 mph
Current Avg. Drive265+ yards220-275 yards210-250 yards
Player ProfileTuned to give extreme ball speed players a high launch, lower spin and added workability, to optimize their distance and accuracy.Tuned to optimize fast ball speed players distance and accuracy by providing a slight draw-bias ball flight, high launch and low-to-mid spin.Tuned for moderate ball speed players to increase distance and forgiveness, with a maximum draw-bias clubhead, lighter shaft, extra-high launch and mid spin.

All of this is getting a lot of buzz out there. See what your peers are saying.
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Robert Head ROBOPTI of is quoted,
quick notes .. MUCH !!!!!!! lower launch ... Lower spin ... The rear weight screw is adjustable ... I posted a few of the 'gizmo' they are using for shaft - the face angle thing is super killer .. and when you detach the shaft - the screw stays in the head and the shaft backs out.
Much less carbon visible - The dents are MUCH !!!!!!!!!!!!!! less obvious ... More metallic than L4 .. solid. Is it much less carbon sounding .. more higher pitch ... like a 425 with no hotmelt ... NOT nearly as loud - but def not muted. Def more a players club .. but still so COBRA.
Another review came from National Long Drive champion Brian Pavlet where he said on

I have both the L4V and the L5V and have been hitting both for the past 3 months. Here are my opinions. The L5V is more forgiving and has a much more solid sound and feel to it. I think it looks great at address and love the fact that I can change from square to open by changing the shaft insertion. Both have have a Voodoo in them. The L4 has a XVS9 and the L5 has a XVS6 and both feel great. Can't wait to put my GD in it. I really thought that it would be hard to improve on the L4 but I was very wrong. The L5 is definitely a lower spin driver and has a much flatter ball flight. Very easy to hit and has put my L4 in the garage.
For those that have a L4V and are looking to go with a L5V you are most likely going to have to go with a different set up. The L5V is a completely different animal and plays like one as well. This driver is low spin and I mean low spin. It also is a lower launch driver so keep that in mind when shaft hunting for a L5V.
Also, found out a few answers to some questions as well.
The MOI is 5300 , not sure at what weight but I will try to find out. The dimples, dents or whatever else you want to call them on the top of the club are a Cobra trademark that helps lower center of gravity. I think they look good.
The truth is - You can't go wrong with either L4 or L5 .. They are both awesome products from Cobra.
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Clubhead Material: 6-4 Titanium Body with 6-4 Titanium Face Insert, Carbon Composite Crown and Sole Section
Grip: Cobra Golf Pride New Decade 600R
Shaft: Cobra/Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana Red Board
LoftFace AngleLengthSwing WeightShaft WeightShaft TypeStock Flex RH/LH
*'D360gDiamana Red Board X/Speed TunedSRH
9.5-0.5-1.545.50'D350gDiamana Red Board F/Speed TunedR,SRH/LH
10.5-1.0-2.045.50'D350gDiamana Red Board F/Speed Tuned R,SRH/LH
11.5-2.0-3.045.50'D345gDiamana Red Board M/Speed TunedRRH/LH

*The X Model is available only through custom order.
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L5V - Sole/Face

L5V - Sole

L5V - Adjustable Hosel

L5V - Shafts
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY: King Cobra L5V drivers begin shipping on October 1, with a suggested retail price of $480.


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Cook leads by one entering final round at CareerBuilder

By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 12:51 am

LA QUINTA, Calif. – Austin Cook played a six-hole stretch in 6 under and shot an 8-under 64 in breezy conditions Saturday to take the lead at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

Cook began the run at La Quinta Country Club with birdies on Nos. 4-5, eagled the sixth and added birdies on No. 7 and 9 to make the turn in 6-under 30.

After a bogey on the 10th, he birdied Nos. 11, 12 and 15 and saved par on the 18th with a 20-footer to take a 19-under 197 total into the final round on PGA West's Stadium Course. The 26-year-old former Arkansas player is making his first start in the event. He won at Sea Island in November for his first PGA Tour title.

Fellow former Razorbacks star Andrew Landry and Martin Piller were a stroke back. Landry, the second-round leader, had a 70 on the Stadium Course. Piller, the husband of LPGA tour player Gerina Piller, shot a 67 at La Quinta. They are both winless on the PGA Tour.

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Jon Rahm had a 70 at the Stadium Course to reach 17 under. The top-ranked player in the field at No. 3, Rahm beat up the par 5s again, but had four bogeys – three on par 3s. He has played the 12 par 5s in 13 under with an eagle and 11 birdies.

Scott Piercy also was two strokes back after a 66 at the Stadium.

Adam Hadwin had a 67 at La Quinta a year after shooting a third-round 59 on the course. The Canadian was 16 under along with Grayson Murray and Brandon Harkins. Murray had a 67 on PGA West's Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course, and Harkins shot 68 on the Stadium Course.

Phil Mickelson missed the cut in his first tournament of the year for the second time in his career, shooting a 74 on the Stadium Course to finish at 4 under – four strokes from a Sunday tee time.

The 47-year-old Hall of Famer was playing for the first time since late October. He also missed the cut in the Phoenix Open in his 2009 opener.

Charlie Reiter, the Palm Desert High School senior playing on the first sponsor exemption the event has given to an amateur, also missed the cut. The Southern California recruit had three early straight double bogeys in a 77 on the Stadium that left him 1 over for the week.

John Daly had an 80 at La Quinta. He opened with a triple bogey and had six bogeys – four in a row to start his second nine – and only one birdie. The 51-year-old Daly opened with a 69 on the Nicklaus layout and had a 71 on Friday at the Stadium.

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Mickelson misses CareerBuilder cut for first time in 24 years

By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 12:48 am

Phil Mickelson missed the cut Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge. It’s a rare occurrence in his Hall of Fame career.

He has played the event 15 times, going back to when it was known as the Bob Hope Classic. He has won it twice.

How rare is his missing the cut there?

The last time he did so, there was no such thing as a DVD, Wi-Fi, iPods, Xbox, DVR capability or YouTube.

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The PGA Tour’s Jon Rahm didn’t exist, either.

The last time Mickelson missed a cut in this event was 1994, nine months before Rahm was born.

Mickelson struggled to a 2-over-par 74 in the heavy winds Saturday on the PGA West Stadium Course, missing the 54-hole cut by four shots. He hit just four of 14 fairways, just nine of 18 greens. He took a double bogey at the 15th after requiring two shots to escape the steep-walled bunker on the left side of the green.

Mickelson won’t have to wait long to try to get back in the hunt. He’s scheduled to play the Farmers Insurance Open next week at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif.

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Defending champ Gana co-leads Latin America Amateur

By Randall MellJanuary 20, 2018, 11:20 pm

Toto Gana moved into early position to try to win a return trip to the Masters Saturday by grabbing a share of the first-round lead at the Latin America Amateur Championship.

The defending champ posted a 3-under-par 68 at Prince of Wales Country Club in his native Chile, equaling the rounds of Argentina’s Mark Montenegro and Colombia’s Pablo Torres.

They are one shot ahead of Mexico’s Alvaro Ortiz and Mario Carmona, Argentina’s Horacio Carbonetti and Jaime Lopez Rivarola and the Dominican Republic’s Rhadames Pena.

It’s a bunched leaderboard, with 19 players within three shots of each at the top of the board in the 72-hole event.

“I think I have my game under control,” said Gana, 20, a freshman at Lynn University. “I hit the ball very well, and I also putted very well. So, I am confident about tomorrow.”

The LAAC’s champion will get more than a Masters invitation. He also will be exempt into the The Amateur, the U.S. Amateur and any other USGA event he is eligible to play this year. The champion and players who finish runner-up are also exempt into the final stages of qualifying for The Open and the U.S. Open.

The LAAC was founded by the Masters, the R&A and the USGA, with the purpose of further developing amateur golf in South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean.

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LAAC returning to Casa de Campo in 2019

By Randall MellJanuary 20, 2018, 8:23 pm

The Latin America Amateur Championship will return to Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic in 2019 (Jan. 17-20), event organizers announced Saturday in Chile, where this year’s championship is underway.

The LAAC champion receives an invitation to play the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club every spring.

The champion is also exempt into The Amateur, the U.S. Amateur and any other USGA event for which he is eligible to compete. The champion and players who finish runner-up are also exempt into the final stages of qualifying for The Open and the U.S. Open.

The LAAC was founded by the Masters, the R&A and the USGA, with the purpose of further developing amateur golf in South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean.

The championship got its start in 2015 with Chile’s Matias Dominguez winning at Pilar Golf in Argentina. In 2016, Casa de Campo hosted, with Costa Rica’s Paul Chaplet winning. At 16, he became the first player from Central America to compete in the Masters. In 2017, Chile’s Toto Gana won the title at  Club de Golf de Panama.