Cobra has unveiled its limited-edition RF Proto Irons, a design collaboration with Rickie Fowler.
The RF Proto Irons are a replica of the head design that Fowler plays. The design is the result of multiple shape and spec revisions that evolved over months.
The process involved engineers and longtime director of tour operations, Ben Schomin, working with Fowler along the way, applying his design direction, turf-interaction feedback and aesthetic preferences.
“I’ve played a lot of great clubs over the course of my career, but we set out to create a set of irons that did what others couldn’t,” said Fowler. “We made 32 versions of a great iron, it took us 33 tries to make the perfect one.”
The entire set is designed around a seven iron appearance, Fowler’s favourite iron shape.
Atypical of most iron sets, which feature progressively rounded edges as you transition from the long irons to short irons, each RF Proto iron (4-PW) is designed with distinctly sharp edges on the toe and topline area to suit Fowler’s eyes.
They also deliver no visible offset by ensuring that the hosel was developed with no taper. Perhaps the most striking feature of these irons is their distinctive copper finish that was hand selected by Fowler.
“We have been working with Rickie on these irons for quite some time and we feel they represent a fitting tribute to our decade long partnership,” added Schomin.
“We worked closely with Rickie to determine his favourite features of several of his previous sets that we were able to combine into one very sleek package. These are a must-own for better players who appreciate the finest of iron craftmanship or Rickie fans who would jump at the opportunity to own the same sticks their favourite player uses.” said Schomin.
Each iron is forged two times from a soft 1025 carbon steel and is then machined using a 100 per cent CNC milling process. The entire milling process takes a total of 155 minutes per iron to produce the most precise shape and specs without any inconsistencies.
To aid in shot-making and offer added stability, the RF Proto Irons utilize a tungsten weight that is positioned out on the toe to better centre the centre of gravity.
For the collectors, the limited-edition RF Proto Irons are shipped in a high-end, custom box, which celebrates the partnership between Fowler and Cobra, complete with a card of authenticity, stamped by R&D and autographed by Fowler.
The standard offering features KBS C-Taper shafts and Golf Pride Tour Velvet ALIGN grips equipped with Cobra Connect. A full selection of custom shafts and grips are also available.
The standard set features 4-PW, retails for $3,299.99 Cdn. and is available in righthanded only.