The new precision-forged Apex Pro is a low handicappers’ version of the new Apex iron.
The Apex Pro have a one-piece, 1020 carbon steel forged construction and feature tungsten sole inserts in the long irons, a critical new groove profile, centre of gravity height progress and the face is thinner for better ball speed.
Like the standard Apex iron, tungsten weighted inserts have been machined into the sole of the long Apex Pro irons (two to five iron). This insert lowers the centre of gravity to make the long irons easier to hit and deliver a higher launch angle.
Callaway researchers say they found that tour players and better amateurs were often generating too much spin with previous grooves out of the rough, largely because of high club head speed.
This was causing, in some cases, a loss in distance and consistency. Callaway wanted a lower spinning, higher launching groove in this iron.
After testing with tour players and better amateurs, primarily with shots out of the rough where the grooves have significant influence, Callaway is offering a new high performance, wide-spaced groove designed for more control and consistent spin out of a variety of playing conditions.
The face is about 17 per cent thinner than X Forged ’13, so ball speeds are up slightly, but not at the expense of sound and feel.
Callaway has added a high damping polymer insert in the back to help eliminate unwanted vibrations at impact.
The centre of gravity gets progressively higher as you move down the set from longer to shorter irons. In the nine iron and pitching wedge the higher CG helps flight the ball down and deliver a flatter trajectory.
The Pro model is overall a more compact shape with less offset, a thinner topline, shorter blade length toe-to-heel and a narrower sole.
The stock shaft is the new KBS Tour V, marking the first time Callaway has offered a KBS shaft as a stock offering in an iron.
It’s a mid-launch, low torque shaft to maximize energy transfer for a smooth feel and faster ball speeds.
As a graphite option, the UST Recoil will be available through custom order only.