KZG Cobalt Driver:
Small? In reality, the Cobalt clubhead is a respectable 300cc. But in comparison, it is dwarfed by the 460cc drivers from seemingly every other OEM, just as one might miss even seeing Calista Flockhart (5-6, 100 pounds dripping wet) if she were standing behind Marilyn.
The Cobalt Driver (and fairway woods (MSRP $280), which are also included in the Cobalt Series) is made with a dense metal which has primarily been used to make high temperature, high strength alloys. These alloys are generally used in the manufacturing of 747 jet engines. In its pure form, cobalt has more than twice the tensile strength of 17/4 stainless steel.
KZG is a technologically aggressive company that relies heavily on fundamentally sound and often cutting-edge metallurgy to give its equipment an edge. Sometimes this results in high-functioning but quirky clubs, like the PFT/300 driver, and sometimes it results in old-school, smooth-as-butter clubs, like their forged wedges.
So I was eager to see which camp the Cobalt might fall into.
The 300cc clubhead of the Cobalt is dictated by the jet-engine grade, cobalt metal. Its heavier than titanium, so anything larger might slow ones swing down. As it is, however, the moderately-sized head is reassuringly hefty. One knock some less-than-scratch golfers have against massive, feather-weight drivers is that it is difficult to feel where the club is during the backswing. The Cobalts weight provides feedback throughout the takeaway and downswing, so that you can feel exactly where the clubhead is.
Impact is also reassuring: no ping, tink, or clink here. Perhaps it is the tightly packed molecular structure of the metal. Maybe its the paint (who knows?). In any case, you get a solid metallic thwack each time the ball hits the sweetspot. Shots struck off of the sweetspot seem to suffer more than in some larger titanium clubs in terms of distance, but not direction.
We passed our Cobalt driver (Grafalloy Blue stiff shaft) around to golfers of various levels at the range. The consensus was that it looked a bit small (oh, how times have changed!) but that it performed consistently and well. In fact, several players whose own drivers had less loft were impressed by the carry they got from our 10.5-degree Cobalt.
In head-to-head comparisons with a few larger drivers, none of our volunteer testers could discern any difference in distance on center-struck shots. An added bonus was that the smaller head allowed better players to tee the ball lower or higher, depending on what sort of shot they wanted to hit. For players who can work their drivers, its ideal.
After just over a half-dozen years in existence, KZG has built a reputation for both consistency and innovation. Despite the smaller than average 300c c head, the Cobalt delivers both feel and, crucially, length. Tastes may change, but off the tee its a sure bet that, Gentlemen Prefer Bombs.
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