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New Equipment Gallery - Feb. 2, 2009

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Cobra S9-1 Drivers
Cobra S9-1 Drivers
Courtesy of the Acushnet Company; used with permission
The new King Cobra S9-1 drivers derive their name from the combination of Cobra technologies, the "Hotter 9 Points" face and Speed Tuning. These drivers, however, have a new head shape (a more traditional shape) and internal geometry, compared to some previous Cobra drivers, which the company claims helps produce greater ball speed and more consistent drives.

The base S9-1 (as distinguished from the S9-1 Pro drivers - more about those on the next page) come in six Speed Tuned models: F, M, M offset, women's, women's offset and senior. What do the F and M mean? Here's how they break down in player profile:

  • The F model is square-faced and tuned for a slight draw bias, a high launch and low-mid spin.
  • The M model is draw biased with a high launch and mid spin.
  • The M offset has a greater draw bias and higher launch with mid spin.
"F" and "M" also holds clues for golfers in Cobra's Speed Tuning system. "F" represents a club whose internal weighting in the clubhead and choice of stock shaft are intended to be best for ball speeds of 125-155 mph (fast); golfers achieving ball speeds of 110-140 mph (moderate) are best fit with the M.

The S9-1 F Driver comes in lofts of 9.5 and 10.5 degrees; the S9-1 M in lofts of 10.5 and 11.5 degrees; the S9-1 M Offset in lofts of 9.5 and 10.5 degrees. Cobra/Aldila DVS-HL shafts are standard for all three.

The S9-1 senior driver and S9-1 women's driver have lofts of 11.5 degrees, while the S9-1 women's offset carries a loft of 13.5. These drivers come standard with lightweight Cobra/Graphite Design Tour AD YS shafts.

The MSRP for all six models is $375 and they become available in early February 2009.

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