My Puma-Cobra rep has been talking of something big from the company but I definitely didn't see this coming. This Fall they 'll be releasing a Long Tom Driver, a four foot long, ultra light driver that is the ultimate weapon for jaw-dropping distance. Plus COBRA will also release the Long Tom RAW, a limited edition, pre-release version of the Long Tom that is hot off the production floor with a RAW, unfinished cosmetic.
For a guy who stands 6'5" I'm pretty sure I can handle this club and it looks like I'll get a chance the first week in October down in Toronto. Will keep you updated. Here's the rest of the Press Release.
COBRA® REACHES EXTREME DISTANCE WITH THE LAUNCH OF LONG TOM AND LONG TOM RAW DRIVERS
The Long Tom Driver and Limited Edition RAW Driver Provide Maximum Distance
CARLSBAD, CA (September 14, 2011) – COBRA is going the distance and letting it fly this fall with the launch of the Long Tom Driver, a four foot long, ultra light driver that is the ultimate weapon for jaw-dropping distance. But that’s not all; COBRA will also release the Long Tom RAW, a limited edition, pre-release version of the Long Tom that is hot off the production floor with a RAW, unfinished cosmetic.
“We are breaking the mold with the Long Tom Driver,” said Bob Philion, President, COBRA PUMA GOLF. “We are so excited about it that we decided to rush 500 RAW versions right off the production floor and straight to consumers.”
The Long Tom and Long Tom RAW Drivers are machines built for distance with the highest length to weight ratio of any COBRA driver, Advanced Material PlacementTM, E9 Face TechnologyTM with dual roll and the new ultra light Grafalloy® Blackbird® shaft. Only 500 Long Tom RAW Drivers will be released globally, each individually marked with a production serial number. The unfinished cosmetic comes equipped with face and clubhead markings from testing, giving it a unique appearance.
“Our new Long Tom Drivers are all about letting it fly,” said Tom Preece, Vice President of Club Research and Development at COBRA PUMA GOLF. “The Long Tom features a new Ti 8-1-1 face that generates fast ball speeds. This new technology, combined with the long length and ultra light weight results in extreme distance.”
The Long Tom name comes from a cannon that was used during World War II and the Korean War. In the 1970’s COBRA released its first version of the Long Tom, directly inspired by this cannon. It was a 46” driver and one of the first of its kind. The inspiration from the Long Tom Cannon is seen in the new 48” Long Tom Driver not only in its extreme length, but also in its cosmetic. The all black, cannon cosmetic of the Long Tom Driver and the RAW, unfinished cosmetic of the Long Tom RAW are fierce finishes stemming from the look of the cannon.
Ultralight Shaft and Grip
The Long Tom and Long Tom RAW Drivers are equipped with the new, ultra light Blackbird shaft by Grafalloy. At four feet long and ultra light, the Long Tom Drivers have the highest length to weight ratio of any COBRA driver, resulting in ultimate distance. The shaft also features Speed Coat Technology which helps improve the aerodynamics of the club system for increased clubhead speed. The Long Tom RAW features an all
black, ultra light Lamkin® prototype grip, while the Long Tom Driver has the Winn® Ultra Light/Shorty grip. Both grips are shorter in length and designed to discourage golfers from choking down on the club.
Long Tom Driver Technology
Both the Long Tom and Long Tom RAW Drivers feature Advanced Material Placement with a high strength thin Titanium 8-1-1 alloy face. This repositions up to 20 grams of weight to move CG (centre of gravity) extremely low and deep, resulting in managed spin and launch control despite the extra long driver length. E9 Face Technology with dual roll gives the Long Tom Driver an elliptical face design with a 30% larger Sweet Zone that provides increased distance and accuracy to shots hit from the low heel to high toe. The new canted bulge and dual roll on the club face provide more distance to shots hit above and below the centerline.
E9 Face Technology with dual roll
• An elliptical face featuring a new canted bulge with dual roll design providing more distance to shots hit above and below the centerline.
Advanced Material Placement
• High strength thin Titanium 8-1-1 alloy face repositions up to 20 grams of weight to move CG extremely low and deep.
The COBRA Long Tom RAW Driver weighs in at 275 grams (MSRP $549) and is available in a men’s right-handed 9.0° loft in a choice of X, S or R flexes. It will be available in select retailers starting October 14th 2011.
The COBRA Long Tom Driver weighs in at 269 grams (MSRP $389) and is available in lofts of 8.0°, 9.0° and 10.0° in men’s right-handed and 9.0° in men’s left-handed. The 8.0° is available in X and S flexes; the 9.0° in S and R flexes and the 10.0° in S, R and Lite flexes. It will be available in select retailers starting December 9th 2011.
For more information on the COBRA Long Tom Driver, additional COBRA products, visit us at www.cobragolf.ca. Stay up to date with the latest products, events and COBRA Tour athletes at Facebook.com/cobra and on our Twitter handle: @cobragolf