Apex Pro Forged Irons
Pure Forging, Pure Feel, Less Aggressively Grooved
The Apex Pro is a technology driven iron at heart. The face material is actually the Carpenter 455 material Callaway uses in their X Hot Fairway Woods. Inspired by the general shape and function of the 2013 model of Callaway’s X Forged iron, there is one important difference however: The face of the Apex Pro is 17 percent thinner than that of the X Forged. This thin face places Apex Pro in a new flexible-face category, composed of irons intended to provide additional ball speed because of added trampoline effect in the face.
Callaway, after extensive research and testing with its staff professionals, decided to bypass aggressive grooves in the Apex Pro. The stock version of the Apex Pro iron contains grooves that create only a moderate amount of spin. In general, less spin means higher trajectory and extra carry distance. More spin meant just the opposite. Low-handicap amateurs face the same dilemma as pros, so Callaway decided to bypass aggressive grooves in the Apex Pro. Test results from 5-iron testing with Callaway touring pros: Less spin produced a higher trajectory with as much as 8 or 9 additional yards of carry and “upwards of 13 yards” in total distance.
The premium forged body gives Apex Pro a look and feel that was once reserved only for players irons. But ultimately, what makes Apex Pro a first in golf is that it combines forging with technology and performance to arrive at a forged iron that is very long and also has the performance characteristics of a forged iron, in terms of the soft, responsive feel and the look that you get from a forging.
- Thin 455 Carpenter Steel Face Insert increases ball speeds 1mph to 2mph for more distance
- 1020 Forged Carbon Steel body delivers soft, responsive feel
- Tungsten weighted inserts in the sole of the 3-5 long irons produce a lower CG, higher launch angles and maximum forgiveness
- New grooves designed to reduce spin compared to previous models for noticeably higher ball flights that have less tendency to balloon
- New KBS Tour V steel shaft provides piercing launch angles with a controlled ball flight for premium performance in a lightweight offering
Callaway Apex Pro Irons Expert Review
Written By: Bob Gomavitz
The 1020 Carbon Steel forging provides that soft, responsive feel that I love and expect from a forged iron. The longer irons feature tungsten-weighted inserts in the soles that make them easier to hit. Tour-type launch conditions provide that drop and stop ability for maximum distance control.
Who's It For?
Players irons are for touring and club pros, skilled amateurs and traditionalists. While they offer the greatest feel and maneuverability, with a smaller sweet spot than game improvement irons they are also the toughest to hit consistently.
The all-satin head appeared to have a slightly thicker top line and a touch more offset to my trained eyes. This cavity design head features a little more weight towards the heel area than the toe. The KBS Tour V shaft, as advertised, delivered a more mid-high launch angle with the 6 iron, which was lower than what I was seeing from the KBS Tour shaft.
This was the first time that I tried a head with the Tour V shaft, and I found the ball flight to be an excellent fit and very trustworthy in the slight side wind that was present the day of testing. The feel was dead solid, the laser-like ball flight and the playability were impressive. An excellent choice for those that prefer a forged head with some forgiveness to it.
Club Tested: 6-Iron; Shaft: KBS Tour V; Loft: 29°Read the 2015 Players Iron Guide
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