Callaway company is bringing back the Apex name with the Callaway Apex pro irons. The iron is being billed as a unique mixture of distance technology with the feel benefits of a forged iron.
The lightweight face insert combined with tungsten sole inserts moves the center of gravity lower. The result, Callaway says, is higher launch angle; combined with higher ball speeds from the face insert, the new Apex irons produce greater distance than forged irons are "supposed" to, according to the company.
The thin, high-strength, Carpenter 455 steel face insert is designed to improve the potential for higher ballspeeds, but it also saves weight that can be repositioned in the perimeter and back cavity to help lower the center of gravity in an effort to improve the ease of launching shots higher in the long irons. The face insert is made of the same material found in the face of the company's successful Callaway X Hot Fairway Wood.
The face is joined to a forged 1020 carbon steel frame, which features the same material and satin chrome finish found in the company's muscleback irons. According to the company, each frame is machined for 40 minutes so that the face insert precisely fits into the frame. The face also features a wider, 30-degree angle groove, which Callaway engineers say will help average golfers generate more spin on shots from the rough.
So what types of golfers are the targets for the Callaway Apex set? Callaway calls the Apex "a longer, more attractive cousin of the Callaway Diablo Forged Irons." If you're a golfer (regardless of handicap) who wants a game-improvement iron - high-MOI, cavity back, long distance - but also wants the feel and sound (and cachet) of forged, then Apex is aimed at you.
The Callaway Apex irons have a multi-material construction that includes a lightweight steel face insert. The stock graphite shaft is the UST Recoil; the stock steel shaft is the True Temper XP 95.