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2014 Callaway Apex Forged Irons Review

2014 Callaway Apex Forged Irons Review

New Callaway Apex Forged Irons Set: $1,099.99

For 2014, Callaway introduced its Apex Forged Irons sets, designed for better players with a focus on boosting performance with new “forged distance” technology.

The Callaway Apex Forged Irons can be compared to the Titleist AP2 and Ping Anser Forged irons lines, since all are shooting to bridge the gap between distance and forged irons. The price ranges are comparable, and like its competitors, the Callaway Apex Forged Irons come in both graphite and steel shaft options. 

The sound on contact was similar to that of a wood baseball bat on a fastball — a crisp, clean “thwack.”


The key selling point of the Callaway Apex Forged Irons is distance, achieved through a forged multi-material head that combines Carpenter 455 stainless steel with a polymer insert in the back cavity. Carpenter 455 stainless steel is the same material used for the face of the Callaway X-Hot fadirway wood; this gives you an idea of how hot the ball is coming off. Also, this material allowed for the face to be shaped thinner which again gives more distance. From a technology standpoint, the Apex Forged Irons provide a unique mix that maximizes distance.

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Looks  (4.5 out of 5 stars)

The new Callaway Apex Forged Irons has a very clean and traditional appearance, with a smooth look around the sole.

The Callaway Apex Forged Irons’ chrome finish is a very traditional look that’s going to appeal to better players even though this is a cavity-back iron. There also a very compact head size for a cavity-back iron.

This was probably the most challenging aspect of the club for a beginning golfer like me, as I don’t hit the sweet spot reliably and want to feel like I’ll get some forgiveness on those heel and toe miss-hits for which I’m prone.

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Performance (4 out of 5 stars)

As a beginner golfer, the Callaway Apex Forged Irons’ forgiveness wasn’t suited for my game; but I was consistently noticing great distance regardless of accuracy.

The club felt great in my hands, light yet strong. The sound on contact was similar to that of a wood baseball bat on a fastball — a crisp, clean “thwack.” Ultimately, I noticed that distance was never, an issue which is exactly what Callaway had in mind for this product.

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Final Thoughts

Overall, I wouldn’t put this product in my bag strictly because of my skill level. With that being said, I would recommend it to those players with a lower handicap. The sequence of multi-material certainly maximizes distance, which can help any player’s game.

I think there will be a lot of success with these Callaway Apex Forged Irons in 2014 and beyond.

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