Callaway Apex 19 & Apex Pro 19 Irons Review 2020

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5/5

Shaft options

5/5

Look / Sound / Feel

5/5

Distance

4/5

Forgiveness

4/5

Price

4/5
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The Callaway Apex 19 Irons are a beautiful forged set put out by Callaway to improve upon previous Apex models.

The Apex is a large step up from the Rogue and some would say a step down from the Epic line. There is no doubt that there are some serious improvements in performance, sound and feel on this set of irons.

Similar to the Rogue the Callaway Irons Apex have the 360 Face cup technology. This allows the clubface to flex quite a bit at impact and provide a very high and consistent ball speed.

Perhaps the best part of the Apex 19 and Apex Pro 19 irons by Callaway is the feel. The clubhead is designed with the same urethane microspheres that Callaway has been using in other models.

Apex 19 Irons


Apex Pro 19 Irons


These help to absorb unwanted vibration and make the hit feel extremely smooth, even if it’s missed slightly.

Not that you ever miss it!

In this review, I will discuss not only the best features of the Callaway Apex 19 Irons but also who will benefit from these clubs.

Features and Benefits

Player Handicap

The low to mid handicapper will do best with this forged iron. It has the feel that better players are looking for as well as they look.

True low handicap players may be turned off slightly by the size of the clubhead and they can then look into the Apex Pro model, available in the Smoke finish as well.

Shaft Options (5/5)

The Callaway Apex Irons come stock with the True Temper Elevate 95 shaft. This option is universally good for most players.

Medium weight and medium spin. The combination of the adjusted lofts on the clubhead with this shaft lead to a very solid ball flight.

Luckily the Callaway Apex Irons are still being produced so they are still readily available to purchase custom.

Look/Sound/Feel (5/5)

It’s no secret that most people in the market for new golf clubs want something longer, more forgiving and with better feel. It can be difficult to check all these boxes with a single set of irons from a single manufacturer.

These irons look good to me. The Pro are thinner and more of a player’s look but the Apex in no way looks like a game improvement iron.

The sound (likely because of the urethane microspheres) is very pleasing and the feel is hard to match.

Only a few other irons felt as soft as this club while stiff offering the same level of performance. There is something to be said for paying the difference for a forged club.

Distance (4/5)

The lofts are adjusted as almost all modern iron sets are but they are not quite as strong as the Rogue. If you want a set with traditional lofts, look at the Apex Pro. On average the Apex 19 are about 10-15 yards longer than the Apex Pro (as they were designed to be).

Another important factor when considering distance is the consistency of distance. It’s not all that helpful to hit a club 175 yards on one swing and 145 on the next.

The 360 Face Cup Technology helps to provide a very consistent and accurate distance on the clubface.

Forgiveness (4/5)

The Apex Irons are moderately forgiving. They will not allow you to miss it the way the Rogue Iron does but you also will not be punished for being slightly off-center.

The Callaway Apex irons are not necessarily high spin irons. Players with very slow swing and ball speed may need something with more spin.

Price (4/5)

The price point for Apex irons is good for a recently realised forged club.

Check out the review video of Apex 19 & Apex Pro 19 irons

Alternatives

TaylorMade P790



  • Look is cleaner although about the same thickness as the apex
  • Price point is slightly higher than the Apex
  • Apex may be a little softer while the P790 is a touch longer.

Read our TaylorMade P790 irons review.

Mizuno JPX Series



  • Available in the Tour, Forged and Hot Metal. Similar to the Apex and Apex Pro Models.
  • The Hot Metal and Hot Metal Pro are not as soft as the Apex but distance, ball flight and forgiveness will be similar.
  • Price varies between models, Hot Metal sets will be lower than the Apex.

Titleist T Series



  • Available in a few different models for a range of players.
  • More traditionally lofted.
  • The T300 is a bit thicker than the Apex so the most comparable model would be the T200.

Conclusion

Every time a company released their new irons it is supposed to be the latest and the greatest of everything. This is hard to do year after year.

I think the best improvements we see are when golf manufacturers wait 2-3 years between releases.

This Apex is a much better model than the previous Apex released in 2016. If you are playing with those previous Apex Models and looking for a change I would seriously consider this iron.

Additionally, if you tried out the Rogue Iron that is so highly talked about but just did not feel comfortable with it in your hands.

Give this Apex a shot. Although the price point is higher (it will always be for a forged club), you are getting a product that will not need to be upgraded for quite some time.

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