Irons Test 2014: Callaway Apex Pro – GOLD AWARD
Cost: £799 steel
Tech: 1020 carbon steel forging gives the Apex Pro the soft, responsive feel that the best players in the world demand. The tungsten inserts in the soles of the long irons make these incredibly easy to hit and deliver tour-type launch conditions.
What we said… JR: “It’s a very compact head but combined with a modern shape, arguably a little triangular. But there’s a nice thin topline. The head maybe looks smaller than it is because the hosel is quite chunky. The iron is one of the smallest from heel to toe on test, which most better players won’t mind. There’s a decent contrast between the grooved area and rest of the head, which helps with alignment. It felt really solid at impact, fairly hot and easy to hit. The trajectory was consistently mid-to-high with the 7-iron. What felt like a flat lie angle as standard meant it was hard to hit left, something that‘s always going to be desirable in a better player’s club.”
JT: “Near flawless look apart from the rounded leading edge at the hosel giving the appearance of more offset. Matt silver is my favourite and the face frames the ball. Felt hot and numbers suggested consistently so. KBS Tour V shaft seemed to work well for me.”
Pros: Surprisingly high forgiveness levels. Arguably the best-looking iron on test, excelled in all areas of assessment, especially performance.
Cons: Stock shaft is yet to be proven at amateur level.
The numbers: Looks: 9.5 Feel: 9.5 Forgiveness: 9 Workability: 9 Distance Consistency: 9.5 Dispersion: 9.5
TG Rating: 9.5/10
Details: 7-iron loft: 33° Left-handed: Yes Set: 3-AW Contact: www.callawaygolf.com