Taylormade Stealth 2 Vs Cobra Aerojet Driver Review & Comparison
“While Taylormade is championing the cause for carbon fiber in golf clubs stronger than they ever have before, Cobra is keeping things a bit more traditional in 2023.”
We review and compare the latest driver offerings from both companies in the following article.
To be fair though, every golf club manufacturer is keeping things more traditional when compared to Taylormade. Taylormade has gone all-in on carbon fiber and we can’t really blame them. The original Stealth driver that came out last year was a success and has already swayed many golfers on the new “carbonwood” age.
Still, many everyday golfers have yet to play the Stealth or the Stealth 2 driver and may still have a lot of questions about the design elements they share. So to help demystify the hype and see how the Stealth 2 driver stacks up to the new Cobra Aerojet driver, we offer the following comparison review.
Taylormade Stealth 2 Overview
“There are three flavors to choose from: the Stealth 2 Plus, Stealth 2 HD and the standard Stealth 2 driver.”
All of the basic design elements and features are the same across the new line. However, the Stealth 2 Plus driver is the only one in the new line to feature a sliding track weight. The Stealth 2 HD driver is also the only one with internal draw bias so that will be the one you will want if you need to rid yourself of a slice.
All three models are 460cc drivers and they all have the carbon fiber face wrap that made the original Stealth driver such a big thing. The Stealth 2 lineup carries the carbonwood torch and has many of the same features as the original Stealth drivers. Only now, there is more weight in the back and more carbon fiber used for the body.
Cobra Aerojet Overview
“The Cobra Aerojet also comes in three varieties: the standard version, the MAX version and the LS version.”
As you can imagine, the MAX version is the best for high handicappers. It has an adjustable weight so it can help compensate for your typical mis-hit. It also has the highest natural launch so it’s better for players who struggle to get their ball aloft.
While the standard and LS versions launch below average, the LS version has been made to launch really low. So the Cobra Aerojet LS should probably work only for players with fast swing speeds and aggressive tempos. All three versions have the new PWR-BRIDGE suspended front weighting.
The Cobra Aerojet drivers are marked by relatively low spin across the board.
On the other hand, the Taylormade Stealth 2 drivers are marked by fairly high launch in all three models. And if you are looking for a more traditional feel and sound at impact, the Cobra Aerojet drivers are solid choices.
Now let’s talk about distance. If you can get more distance out of a high forgiveness driver, then by all means, pick up the Stealth 2. However, most of our testers saw better carry distance with the Cobra Aerojet drivers thanks to faster club head and ball speeds.
Taylormade Stealth 2 Key Technology
“Any discussion of the technology that went into the Stealth 2 driver begins and ends with carbon fiber.’
Taylormade used carbon fiber for the face construction and used even more in the crown and sole. With even more carbon fiber in the body, Taylormade was able to increase the rear weighting for the new Stealth 2: now it’s a 25 gram weight as opposed to the 16 gram rear weight in the original stealth driver.
The rear weight is now tungsten instead of steel as well. You still get the asymmetric inertia generator so the look at address is quite similar to the original Stealth driver. In fact, if you were a fan of the design of the original Stealth driver, you’ll be happy to know that the Stealth 2 hasn’t changed very much.
Taylormade Stealth 2 Pros & Cons
- Dynamic feel and distance from the carbon fiber face wrap
- Very forgiving
- Large footprint
- Good MOI
- Nice, lightweight feel on the downswing
- Flight is a bit erratic
- Higher spin rates and less distance than the Cobra Aerojet driver
Cobra Aerojet Pros & Cons
- Adjustable weights in the LS and MAX versions
- Crown looks clean at address
- Better for players who prefer low launch
- Spin rates are low
- Easy to keep your ball on-line
- Not as forgiving as the Taylormade Stealth 2 drivers
- Not as good for high handicap players
Who Should Buy the Taylormade Stealth 2 Drivers?
“While the Stealth 2 Plus driver offers better spin rates for lower handicap players, the launch is still higher than that of any of the Cobra Aerojet drivers.”
For this reason, the Taylormade Stealth 2 drivers are probably best in the bags of high and mid handicap players. The Stealth 2 drivers didn’t play as long as the Cobra Aerojet drivers because the spin rates were high and generally inconsistent (from 2500-2700 RPMs). However, the Taylormade Stealth 2 drivers produced better launch on mis-hits and the MOI was at least on par with that of the Cobra Aerojet drivers.
Overall Performance: 95/100
Overall Score: 94/100
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Who Should Buy the Cobra Aerojet Driver?
The Cobra Aerojet drivers have a lot less going on in terms of looks.”
So if you prefer a cleaner look at address, the Cobra Aerojet drivers would be a good choice for you. Of course, if you’re the kind of player that needs lower spin rates (kept well under 2500 RPMs) and prefers a piercing launch, the Cobra Aerojet drivers would be a good choice for you as well. And while the Cobra Aerojet isn’t as forgiving overall as the Stealth 2, ball speed was still pretty good on mis-hits.
Overall Performance: 96/100