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2014 Callaway Apex Pro Irons Review

2014 Callaway Apex Pro Irons Review

New Callaway Apex Pro Irons Set: $1,099.99 to 1,299.99

Over the past few years, I have found that Callaway can be predictable when it comes to its iron production for “Tour-quality” players. The company’s become known for playing it safe with short-blade lengths, thin-top line and narrow soles. When looking side by side at the Callaway X-Forged Irons from 2013 and the new Apex Pro Irons, you will find minimal to no difference — at all.

It’s when you look at the back where you’ll find the differences. With the latest and greatest that technology has to offer, you’ll find that the price is a bit high for a Callaway iron. This Pro Performance, one-piece, 1020 carbon steel, forged construction design definitely attracts the better player (those in the 0- to 10-handicap range).

 

At first glance, the Callaway Apex Pro is very similar to the PING S55 and Mizuno MP-5x irons series. Not bad.

The standout feature of the Callaway Apex Pro Irons would have to be it’s “high performance wide-groove” face. The industry has found that the better player will develop high spin rates out of the rough, mainly because of high clubhead speeds. To help prevent this from happening, they came up with the wide-groove face.

Apex Pro iron face

Looks (4.5 out of 5 stars)

The overall look of the Callaway Apex Pro Irons is phenomenal.

In 2013, I loved what they did with the X-Forged, and I always go by “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” The sleek chrome look is great, but the short blade lengths worry me with my inconsistency.

If the performance is anything like the look, Callaway could hit a home run with its Apex Pro Irons in 2014.

Apex Pro iron address

Performance, Sound and Feel (4 out of 5 stars)

Incidentally, I would describe the overall performance of the Callaway Apex Pro Irons as pleasing. I say that due to the fact that I hit the first five shots out on the toe. With the high damping polymer insert, it helped control the unwanted vibrations. This concerned me at first, preventing me from getting a good feel on the performance of my shot.

In the long run, I noticed that my misses were almost as good as the shots that I hit flush. The iron was fit with the KBS Tour-X Steel Shaft. I think this helped lower the ball flight and trajectory, while getting the desired distance and control.

Apex Pro iron sole

Final Thoughts

The Callaway Apex Pro Irons lines will be successful for a few reasons, but will fail on the bottom line. On the outside, the look is extremely traditional and classy, while the interior is high on technology and wisdom. I would play with the Callaway Apex Pro Irons, but the price point will keep me away.

Callaway is heading in the right direction with their product, but sometimes you can’t think too far outside the box. Stick to the basics and succeed there first.

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