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Saturday, December 26, 2020

Rick Shiels Tests Cobra's New Concept Putter (Videos)

This club, the Cobra KING Supersport-35 putter, came out a little over a month ago. I just found the info about it so, in addition to the Rick Shiels video, I've got a couple of other links if you want to know more.

While this is a 3D printed putter, it's not plastic as you might first think. It's made with an HP Metal Jet 3D printer, which allows Cobra to use stainless steel for the body and aluminum for the face. You may not know it but there are industrial 3D printers which can use titanium and other metals, so this technology can let manufacturers use just about any material for construction that they want.

And for those of you who doubt that 3D metal printing is capable of making some pretty impressive things, just check out this short video from former MythBusters co-host Adam Savage. He did a limited series show for Discovery called Savage Builds and in one of the episodes he 3D printed a titanium Iron Man suit -- using plans supplied by Marvel Studios -- and it was bulletproof, could protect the wearer from shock waves created by explosives and, as you can see, was still light enough to allow it to fly curtesy of Richard Browning's handheld jets.

At the same time Rick's video came out, Golf Monthly also did a video about this club and did an in-depth article about it. So, as I said, there's plenty of info available out this.

The combination of the 3D printing with the graduated face angles that were created in conjunction with SIK do make this an interesting experiment for Cobra. The flexibility that 3D printing offers to manufacturers will certainly become very important to the future of club design. We might as well get familiar with the process now!

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