CALLAWAY APEX 19 IRONS
Apex irons have long served with distinction in the forged players’ iron category and Callaway's newest model of the revered iron sticks closely to the Apex pedigree of premium looks and performance.
Callaway have managed to shoehorn their most recent innovations into the new Callaway Apex 19 irons to make them a standout iron choice in 2019.
A testament to Callaway’s prowess in forged multi-material construction, Callaway Apex 19 irons feel soft, sound great, are unbelievably long but forgiving, and are easy to shape.
It's a balanced blend of sought-after characteristics that will have better players itching to switch.
The soft and sweet feel of Callaway Apex 19 irons is due in no small part to a particularly supple 1025 mild carbon steel, from which the clubheads are forged.
But Callaway have managed to add a bit of extra mayo to the Apex 19 update by inserting their famous microspheres into the irons.
Used in other irons such as the Callaway Rogue, a urethane insert, which is populated with over a million tiny air bubbles, is positioned behind the clubface in the Apex 19. The bubbles locked within the urethane compress and deform at impact to dampen vibrations and create a sound at impact that epitomises the premium nature of Callaway Apex 19 irons.
WHY THE LONG FACE CUP?
Apex 19 irons represent a merging of the best-of-the-best from Callaway's distance and players’ iron categories.
It’s that fusion of technologies which makes Callaway’s Apex 19 irons so impressive: they are distance irons yet still have a substantial capacity to shape the ball.
The Apex 19’s long and mid irons are particularly effective at bombing the ball out there when it matters because the 3-8 irons employ Callaway’s famous 360 Face Cup expertise.
Face Cup technology, first used in Callaway’s fairway woods, consists of a narrow rim that runs around the perimeter of the clubface which allows the face to deform and spring back at impact. And the addition of the urethane microsphere insert meant the Apex 19 irons’ clubface could be made even thinner because of the bubbles’ capacity to deform and absorb some of the impact load.
The result is furiously-fast ball speeds that max out distance from the sweet spot while boosting the performance of mis-hits from all areas of the Apex 19 irons’ face.
THE SHORT ANSWER
The short irons in the Apex 19 set venture down a slightly different path by employing Callaway’s Spin Control VFT (variable face thickness) face.
Spin Control VFT achieves optimal distance but also boosts spin rates and improves control, which are essential elements to getting those approach shots settling close to the flag with the scoring clubs.
The extra feel and spin in Apex 19 short irons (8-AW) gives players an unlimited palette to be able to shape and flight approach shots like only a premium forged iron can.
THE MIM DIFFERENCE
Multi-component irons give Callaway club designers the freedom to alter the centre of gravity (CG) in each individual Apex 19 iron.
About 50g of tungsten is precisely engineered into a unique shape through a process called MIM (Metal Injection Moulding). The resulting component is what engineers use to enhance the CG in each individual iron, with the optimal launch angle and ball flight calculated for a uniform progression through the set.
Importantly, the MIMd tungsten doesn’t take anything away from the ball-speed boosting 360 Face Cup technology or Spin Control VFT face; it adds to the overall precision and exceptional control of the Apex 19 irons.
It’s what makes Callaway Apex 19 irons stand out from the pack in 2019.
CALLAWAY APEX 19 PRO IRONS
Callaway Apex 19 Pro irons are almost identical to the standard Apex 19 irons, but get a bit of nip and tuck to meet the requirements of elite ball strikers.
Callaway used feedback from their leading Tour players to make the new Callaway Apex 19 Pro irons look, sound, feel and perform like Tour-level irons should.
Apex 19 Pro irons possess all the distance and ball-flight enhancing goodness found in the standard Apex 19 irons but have a more compact, classic-looking clubhead that will boost confidence when attempting to produce specific ball flights and shapes.
Sporting less offset than the standard Apex 19 irons, Apex 19 Pro irons have a thinner top line, higher toe, slightly higher CG to assist with shot shaping and a refined hosel that blends seamlessly into the clubhead.
And in a first for a Callaway Tour-spec iron, Apex 19 Pro irons get 360 Face Cup technology to maximise distance in the 3-7 irons. The short irons (8-AW) feature a Forged Face Plate for spin and control in the scoring clubs.
Callaway Apex 19 Pro irons are the clubs that Tour players dreamed of, but will perform brilliantly in the hands of any flusher.
There is also an Apex combo set that is the best of both worlds with distance and forgiveness in the long irons and ultimate playability and precision in the short irons. This set has been specifically crafted so that the lofts have been adjusted for proper gapping.
A NEW FINISH
The new Callaway Apex 19 and Apex 19 Combo irons are finished in an eye-catching platinum chrome, an update from the satin chrome finish of the previous Apex irons, and have a progressive offset through the set. The Apex pro 19 features a polished chrome finish and has less offset.
True Temper Elevate 95 shafts (Apex 19) and Elevate Tour 120 (Apex 19 Pro) combined with the Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360 grips enhance the Apex 19 and Apex 19 Pro irons’ premium feel.
CALLAWAY APEX 19 HYBRID
The new Callaway Apex 19 hybrid is the first time Jailbreak technology has appeared in a players’ hybrid.
Designed to perfectly complement the long irons in the Callaway Apex 19 and Apex 19 Pro range, two Jailbreak bars connect the Apex 19 hybrid’s crown and sole to promote extra ball speed and distance.
However, the Apex 19 hybrid has an emphasis on shaping and ball flight - more in keeping with the characteristics of a long iron – that makes it an ideal addition to the bag.
Finished in a dark PVD coating, the Apex 19 hybrid comes fitted with a True Temper Catalyst graphite shaft and Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360 grip.