Irons Test 2014: Callaway Apex – GOLD AWARD
Cost: £799 steel £999 graphite
Tech: The Apex irons give X2 Hot distance, engineered into a forged clubhead. An ultra-thin face insert set into a forged carbon steel head increases feel and distance, and tungsten sole inserts in the longer irons maximise playability and performance.
What we said… James Ridyard: “Classic shaped head with a thicker top line than the Pro version with moderate offset. The sound and feel was different too, you could tell it’s a forged head. I got a penetrating flight when struck well, was easy to work around due to the relatively small size and shape but had plenty of forgiveness on offer too.” Joel Tadman: “This chrome finish is my favourite on test. They had a firmer, clickier sound and feel than others in the category but dispersion and distance control was seriously impressive. The very thick top edge doesn’t match the size of the head but many will draw confidence from it. Scored highest for me on control of distance and accuracy.” Gee Gioia: “Probably my favourite GI iron on test. Could pass as a better-player iron for me with its short length from heel to toe yet I found it easy to strike and got good distance consistently.” Adam Holdgate: “Relatively light shaft made it easy to swing fast without losing control. Super feel on all shots hit.”
Pros: Help on offer in a slimline head size. Mid flight and powerful feel will appeal to wide spectrum of players.
Cons: Curved leading edge around the hosel makes it look more offset than it is. Boasts quite a thick top edge too.
The numbers: Looks: 9.5 Feel: 9 Forgiveness: 9 Workability: 9 Distance Consistency: 9.5 Dispersion: 9.5
TG Rating: 9.5/10
Details: 7-iron loft: 31° Left-handed: Yes Set: 3-SW Contact: www.callawaygolf.com