The Buzzz Report - Cobra GOLF - L5V DRIVER

By December 4, 2008, 5:00 pm
COBRA GOLF INTRODUCES NEW KING COBRA L5V DRIVER
 
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.
 

 
KING COBRA L5V DRIVER TECHNOLOGY
 
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.
 
SPEED TUNING
 
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.

 
REVIEWS FROM YOUR PEERS
 
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 GolfWRX.com 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 GolfWRX.com
 

 
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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SPECIFICATIONS
 
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
'0''1'
*8.51.00.045.50'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.
 
Download high-res product image:
 

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.
 

 

 

Thompson wins Race, loses tournament after short miss

By Will GrayNovember 19, 2017, 8:52 pm

The drama went down to the very last hole in the LPGA's final event of 2017. Here's how things ended up at the CME Group Tour Championship, where a surprising miss from Lexi Thompson opened the door for Ariya Jutanugarn to win in dramatic fashion:

Leaderboard: Ariya Jutanugarn (-15), Lexi Thompson (-14), Jessica Korda (-14), Pernilla Lindberg (-13), Eun-Hee Ji (-13)

What it means: There were scenarios aplenty entering the final round, with nearly every season-long accolade still hanging in the balance. Thompson appeared set to take them all as she sized up a 2-foot par putt on the final hole - a stroke that looked like it would take her to world No. 1 for the first time. Instead, the putt barely touched the hole and allowed Jutanugarn to rally to victory with birdies on the closing two holes. Thompson still took home $1 million for winning the season-long Race to the CME Globe, as it was a reverse scenario from last year when Jutanugarn won the $1 million but not the final tournament.

Round of the day: Sei Young Kim made the day's biggest charge, turning in a 6-under 66 to close the week in a share of 11th at 10 under. Kim made eight birdies during the final round, including five over her first eight holes en route to her lowest round of the week while erasing a third-round 75.

Best of the rest: Jutanugarn seemed like an afterthought as the tournament was winding down, but she kept her hopes alive with an 18-foot birdie on No. 17 and then capitalized on Thompson's mistake with a clutch birdie on the difficult final hole. It capped off a final-round 67 for the Thai who now ends what has been a tumultuous season with a smile on her face.

Biggest disappointment: Thompson faced heartbreak after the penalty-shrouded ANA Inspiration, and she again must handle a setback after essentially missing a tap-in with everything on the line. Thompson can enjoy a $1 million consolation prize along with the Vare Trophy, but a tournament win would have clinched Player of the Year honors as well as her first-ever trip to world No. 1. Instead, she now has the entire off-season to think about how things went awry from close range.

Shot of the day: There were only three birdies on No. 18 during the final round before Jutanugarn laced one down the fairway and hit a deft approach to 15 feet. The subsequent putt found the target and gave her win No. 7 on her young LPGA career.

Watch: Fleetwood gets emotional with family after Race to Dubai win

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 19, 2017, 5:30 pm

Tommy Fleetwood took home the season-long Race to Dubai title on Sunday after a T-21 finish at the DP World Tour Championship.

He was, understandably, emotional after learning his fate while sitting with his wife and baby following a career year in which he won the HSBC Abu Dhabi Championship and the French Open and finished fourth at the U.S. Open.

Luckily for us, cameras were rolling:

Matsuyama after Koepka rout: 'Huge gap between us'

By Will GrayNovember 19, 2017, 4:22 pm

Hideki Matsuyama offered a blunt assessment after finishing 10 shots behind Brooks Koepka at the Japan Tour's Dunlop Phoenix event.

Koepka waxed the field en route to successfully defending his title in Japan, shooting a 20-under par total that left him nine shots clear of a runner-up group that included PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Xander Schauffele. Koepka's score was one shot off the tournament record, and his margin for victory eclipsed Tiger Woods' eight-shot romp in 2004.

Matsuyama appeared set to make a final-round charge after a birdie on No. 2 was followed by an ace on the par-3 third hole. But he played the next eight holes in 3 over and eventually finished alone in fifth place following a 2-under 69. Afterwards, he stacked his game up against that of Koepka in a telling comment to the Japan Times.

"I feel there's a huge gap between us," Matsuyama said.

The Japanese phenom entered the week ranked No. 4 in the world, though he will be passed in the next rankings by Jon Rahm following the Spaniard's win in Dubai. Matsuyama won twice this year on the PGA Tour, including the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, but he has largely struggled since missing out on a maiden major title at the PGA Championship, where he tied for fifth.

Matsuyama was a runner-up to Koepka at the U.S. Open earlier this summer, and the 25-year-old seems headed back to the drawing board before defending his title at the Hero World Challenge in two weeks.

"I don't know whether it's a lack of practice or whether I lack the strength to keep playing well," Matsuyama said. "It seems there are many issues to address."

McCormick to caddie for Spieth at Aussie Open

By Will GrayNovember 19, 2017, 2:21 pm

When Jordan Spieth returns next week to defend his title at the Australian Open, he will do so without his regular caddie on the bag.

Spieth and Michael Greller have combined to win 14 tournaments and three majors, including three events in 2017. But Greller's wife, Ellie, gave birth to the couple's first child on Oct. 13, and according to a report from the Australian Herald Sun he will not make the intercontinental trip to Sydney, where Spieth will look to win for the third time in the last four years.

Instead, Spieth will have longtime swing coach and native Aussie Cameron McCormick on the bag at The Australian Golf Club. McCormick, who won PGA Teacher of the Year in 2015, is originally from Melbourne but now lives in Texas and has taught Spieth since he was a rising star among the junior golf ranks in Dallas.

While Greller has missed rounds before, this will be the first time as a pro that Spieth has used a different caddie for an entire event. Greller was sidelined with an injury last year in Singapore when Spieth's agent, Jay Danzi, took the bag, and trainer Damon Goddard has subbed in twice when Greller was sick, including this year at the Dean & DeLuca Invitational.

Spieth's torrid 2015 season traced back to his win at The Australian in 2014, and he returned to Oz last year where he won a playoff at Royal Sydney over Cameron Smith and Ashley Hall.