How do the Callaway Apex 19 compare to the Apex Pro?January 4, 2019 Golf Equipment
They look stunning, but were they worth the wait? Equipment editor James Savage gets his hands on Callaway's newest player irons
Our Callaway Apex 19 irons review took place at the brand’s launch event in Carlsbad and back in Yorkshire at Leeds Golf Centre.
It’s been a while since the last iterations of both the Apex and Apex Pro irons but we are delighted to see updated versions.
These were a massive hit with tour players last time and expect to see them getting plenty of use on the PGA and European Tours in 2019.
But were they worth the wait? What’s the new technology? And which of the two models will be best for you?
Callaway Apex 19 irons review: First impressions
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. We suspect the reason it has taken these new models a while to arrive is because the 2016 versions were so good.
These are forged irons and there isn’t much to be done – from a technology point of view – to improve them.
But Callaway are confident they have found the right blend of sleek looks and powerful performance here.
And they look sensational.
There’s a softer brushed chrome finish on the regular Apex 19 irons and a shinier, more blade-like look to the Apex Pro.
When you set them both down in the address position the Pro model, as you would expect, is a bit skinnier and has that sharper look on the toe.
The regular Apex is more of a traditional cavity back design while the Pro is more like a muscle-back/cavity combo.
To me it seems like both models could work for a mid-handicapper with aspirations to improve.
Even the Pro version isn’t overly intimidating.
Callaway Apex 19 irons review: The technology
Callaway say both Apex models are “players distance irons” with premium craftsmanship and an amazing sound and feel.
The soft feel comes from a forged 1025 mild carbon steel body but there’s also the urethane microsphere tech first seen in the Rogue irons.
This is the first time Callaway have used this tech – which incorporates more than one million tiny air pockets that absorb unwanted vibration without slowing the face – in a forged iron.
The Callaway 360 Face Cup design – which we’ve seen in their game-improvement models – promotes high ball speeds across the face.
There’s also a tungsten-infused, multi-material construction which allowed Callaway to precisely locate the position of the CG in each iron while maintaining the flexibility of the face.
But how do these irons perform? Are they working for our 15-handicapper equipment editor? Find out on the next page…