Recently I tested the new APEX Pro 16 Irons. Callaway sent me the clubs to test for the purposes of writing a review for the Callaway Community.
Model Tested (head, shaft, flex):
Apex CF16, True Temper DG XP95 R300
Driving Range and On course. Cold (40-50*) Saturated on Range, Damp on course. 10 MPH winds
Driver Swing Speed:
Club's characteristics: (1 - Very Poor; 7 - Outstanding)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Aesthetics/Appearance X Acoustics/Sound X Feel X
The short irons had tremendous feel compared to my current set of irons (TM rocketbladez tour), but as the club got longer, I lost that feel (5i-3i). For a non pro model they didn't have that chunky game forgiveness look which was a huge plus for me.
Performance: (1 - Very Poor; 7 - Outstanding)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 DISTANCE compared to my current irons X FORGIVENESS compared to my current irons X CONTROL compared to my current irons X LAUNCH characteristics compared to my current irons X
I was generally 7-10 longer with 6i-PW, and I tended to have good control and able to work the ball well in both directions. I was even able to hit some decent knock down shots with the conditions. I had a hard time hitting consistent shots with my longer irons, but very well could have been my swing that day.
APEX Hybrid Performance:
I took driver out of my bag and played 9 holes from the senior tees and hit the hybrid about 7 times. Control was great, and I was able to draw the ball very well with the 3hi. Distance was a bit shorter 5-10 yards of flight compared to my taylor made rocketballz stage 2 hybrid, but I liked the slimmed down look. The look gave me more confidence hitting out of the rough and hitting down on the ball in the fairway compared the TM.
The biggest pro for me is the look. Most game improvement irons are very chunky and look terrible. I loved the feel I had on the short irons, and felt like i could draw or cut 7 and 8 irons into greens with ease. They feel great in your hands too, great weight to them, but don't feel like you are swinging a sledge hammer either.
Again, the loss feel with the longer irons. I had a tough time shaping my longer irons both on the range and during my round.
Summary of My Experience with the Club:
I think they were great. I would like to try the pro models and get a feel for them, but if I were to purchase a non pro model, these would be it without question due to the look alone. I would like to hit them a little longer to see if my problems with the long irons were swing related, but the courses I play require to work those irons both ways in order to score. All in all, a great set of irons that many people will find success with.
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