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Callaway Apex Pro 16 Irons

Callaway Apex Pro 16 Irons

Callaway Apex Pro 16 Irons:

Technology  (100 / 100)

The Callaway Apex Pro 16 irons were created from tour influenced shaping and design. Where tour players had extensive input and played a huge role in designing these irons. The Apex Pro 16 irons have a soft feel, forged from 1025 mild carbon steel, and an advanced quadruple net forging creates the soft feel that better players prefer. These irons have a progressive CG for playability and precision. The multi-material design optimizes the CG (Center of Gravity) of each club. The longer irons (3-5) have more offset and a tungsten insert to lower CG for higher launch, while the shorter irons (6-AW) have a higher CG for a controlled, penetrating trajectory. Callaway received feedback that golfers preferred the looks and feel of the company’s X-Forged ’13 irons, but enjoyed the trajectory of the original Apex Pro irons. The new irons blend the best aspects of the two tour-favorite models. The irons are available in 3-AW.

Looks  (100 / 100)

The Apex Pro 16 irons have a high-polished, chrome finish that is preferred by Callaway’s Tour Staff.  The Apex Pro 16 irons are aimed at more accomplished players and feature the traditional look and feel that you would expect from forged blades.  I really liked the nice thin top line, and staring down at the club, it looked like it had a lot of loft; which will provide most players with confidence that they can hit these clubs even though they look like blades.

Performance  (96 / 100)

I hit the Apex Pro 16 7 iron with a Project X 6.0 shaft. My carry distance was 173 yards, for a total of 181 yards. These numbers are very similar to that of my own irons, which I loved because if I switched, I wouldn’t have to make any distance adjustments. The launch was 20.7 degrees, which is slightly higher than my current irons, however the spin rate stayed down, which would give me confidence knowing that I would not balloon my ball into the wind, and I would have the ability to stop the ball on firm greens fast.   You don’t get the crazy distances like with the Apex CF16 irons provide, but the feel and playability more than makes up for the lack of distance.

Final Thoughts (overall) (98 / 100)

If more distance is what your after, go with the Callaway Apex CF16 irons, however if playability, performance and precision is what you require in an iron look no further than the Apex Pro 16 irons. The Apex Pro 16 irons would suit a low handicap player through to the tour professional. These forged irons will provide the better player with more than enough feel to compete at a high level.

716 AP2, 716 MB, Apex Pro 16, Apex CF16, I Series Irons, PSI Irons

6 Iron Sets put up to the test by Thomas Cambell

Club Carry Total Spin Launch
Titleist 716 AP2 173 180 5841 21.1
Callaway Apex Pro 16 173 181 5826 20.7
Titleist 716 MB 174 181 6145 20.9
Ping i Series 178 188 5013 18.9
TaylorMade PSI 186 194 5581 18.6
Callaway Apex CF16 199 209 4554 19.3

*Comparison of irons reviewed today


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