There is no question that Cobra makes some excellent golf clubs for ladies. Not only do they take the time to change the weighting and make sure the shaft is ideally designed for a female golfer, but they also change the coloring of the clubs to appeal to women. Some golf club manufacturers put a men’s golf club on a women’s shaft and call it a day, Cobra goes a few steps further than that. The Cobra F9 Speedback fairway wood was a quick and strong seller for Cobra last year, here is our honest opinion on these fairway woods and whether or not they should earn a spot in your golf bag.
The F9 Speedback fairways have a reasonably traditional shape to them even though they are a speedback design. The speedback driver looks more modern than the fairway wood does from the top down; this is a good thing.
Many years ago, when Cobra released the Baffler clubs, people could not believe how well they cut through the rough to give you distance from difficult lies. The Speedback fairway woods expand upon the baffler rail technology, but I think it will be a long time before you see the rails go away completely, they just work too well.
This is the first fairway wood in the history of golf to feature a CNC milled face. This helps the club have much more precision and makes each fairway wood much more consistent. Also, the CNC milling has continued in the next line of fairway woods. This is always a great sign that this technology works very well.
The crown of the Cobra F9 Speedback is a carbon fiber material, designed to save some weight and help Cobra to lower the center of gravity in this club. The ultra-low center of gravity gives the Speedback a great launch and some more forgiveness.
Here we go again with the adjustability. If you follow our reviews and you are a bargain/deal hunter like we are, adjustability is essential. Having an adjustable golf club in your bag is like having a customizable club with you at all times. The lofts on these F9 speedback fairway woods are very adjustable. They are sold in three different options a 3/4 wood a 5/6 wood and a 7/8 wood.
With the different lofts on irons sets, drivers, and wedges, it is so great to have a set of fairway woods that allows you to set the gapping in your golf set to be perfect for your needs. If you play with a fifteen-degree driver, you don’t need a 15 degree three wood in your bag. Cobra recognizes this is an issue in the modern golf world, and the loft adjustability has made all the difference.
So you adjust that fairway wood down to be a true three wood, and you think you should be hitting it further. Check your app on your phone and see if the adjustment helped you hit it further or if you actually need to keep the loft a little higher to get the full distance potential from the club.
The Cobra Connect technology is like having a caddy/playing coach with you at all times while you play. This is an incredible benefit and worth any cost that you may incur upfront.
The pricing on the F9 fairway woods are down considerably from where they started. Unfortunately, the price is still quite high, especially if you plan to put a few of these in your golf bag. The good news is that there is another similar option that may work better for the price-conscious golfer.
Lower Priced Alternative
If the pricing on the F9 Speedback has you concerned, take a look around for the F8 Ladies Fairway. You may not be able to find the F8 in a new model, but this is a great fairway wood that is also adjustable. It comes in the same 3/4 , ⅚ and ⅞ models that the F9 comes in. Some may say that the distance you can get from an F8 is a little less than the F9, but for the price you pay, that may be worth hitting it a few yards less.
Is the F9 Speedback Ladies Fairway Worth It?
If you are looking for one new fairway wood to put in your bag and be your go-to club, we recommend going for the F9. It’s long, forgiving, adjustable, and easy to launch. If, however, you are looking for a complete set of fairway woods, the pricing can add up quite quickly. For this circumstance, we would recommend getting a few of the Cobra F8 fairway woods (previous model) instead.