Callaway Apex Pro

We test 10 of the latest better player irons on the market and then award them with Gold, Silver and Bronze

Callaway Apex Pro

Brand: Callaway
Player iron: Apex Pro
RRP: £660
Loft: 29-degree Lie: 61.5-degree Length: 37.5”
Shaft: KBS Tour V Grip: Lamkin Crossline

Summary: The 1020 carbon steel forging gives the Apex Pro a soft, responsive feel that the best players in the world demand. Tungsten weighted inserts in the soles of the long irons to make them easy to hit on a Tour-type launch trajectory. High performance wide grooves for more consistent spin.

Looks: One of the very best. Sexy looking both in palm of hand and down at address. It has that traditional players look all in a forging. Love the satin finish and everything just blends together nicely. Oozes class. 5 (out of 5)

Feel: Every strike feels pure and incredibly soft. There's also a lovely sound. Ball flight confirms what you're feeling at impact. The ball doesn't fly off the face, which is also perfect for gauging distance control unlike some irons in this test. New KBS Tour V shaft feels much lighter and easier to control than the standard True Temper DGs out there. The shaft is built around Phil Mickelson's trajectory, though, and he has five majors, whereas on last count we don't. 9.5 (out of 10)

Performance: Easy to control flight. Not the most powerful player iron out there but it's all about scoring precision. There's not a great deal of forgiveness here though. A real player's club that is very easy to work both ways. Wider grooves feel like they produce a slightly higher launch than others. 9 (out of 10)

Verdict: One of the very best player irons we've ever seen. Not the most forgiving player iron out there so it's definitely a club for the single figure player but if that's not quite you, that's where the standard Apex iron comes in handy - an iron that won our 2014 Game Improvement Iron Test. 23.5 (out of 25)

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