Callaway has updated its Apex line of irons with two new models aimed towards the better player, the Apex CF 16 and the Apex Pro 16.
Callaway Apex CF16 Iron
The technology used in the Apex CF 16 will be familiar to Callaway aficionados as it is their first forged players iron to utilise the 360 Face Cup technology that we first saw move into irons with the Big Bertha iron having previously been used in Callaway's metalwoods.
The irons are constructed in two parts, with a forged body that includes the hosel, laser welded to the forged cup face. The laser welding is required to control the boundary of the face to the degree Callaway require, as it adds the minimum amount of welding material.
The 360 Face Cup is all about generating more speed from the face and in the CF 16 irons Callaway's engineers have put this technology into the 3-7 irons with a four part forging process and precision milling. The result is 1025 carbon steel irons that maintain ball speed across the face, helping to maintain a consistent distance control on off centre strikes.
Dr. Alan Hocknell, Head of R&D at Callaway, explains this move:
Cup Face technology has resonated with a lot of golfers because it delivers visible ball speed gains, so it seemed logical to make it a feature of the new Apex range, however this presented our team with one of the biggest challenges we’ve ever faced.
We pushed our engineers and our suppliers further than ever and developed new manufacturing processes to ensure that the new Apex CF 16 Irons deliver all the authenticity and feel of a forging, infused with tech benefits that deliver power to hit the ball further.
The shorter irons from 8-AW have a face plate specifically engineered to boost the feel and increase control to give the increased precision better players require from these clubs.
Fitting in with the theme of feel and precision the CF16 irons are also progressive with offset, sole widths, CG and weighting all changing from the long to short irons, giving more forgiveness and easier launch in the longer clubs and enhanced feel and trajectory control in the shorter irons.
The Apex CF 16 irons come with a True Temper XP 95 steel shaft or UST Mamiya Recoil graphite shaft.
Callaway Apex Pro 16 Irons
The Apex Pro 16 irons are a premium forged iron that will appeal to skilled club players through to the world's best golfers.
As always with this level of iron the design has been heavily influenced by what Callaway's Tour players want to see in an iron, so the Apex Pro 16's feature a classically styled head that has an authentic Tour look.
The soft feel you'd expect from these irons comes from the 1025 mild carbon steel that has undergone what Callaway call 'quadruple net forging'.
Of course performance is what matters and Callaway has used a multi material design to allow them to optimise Centre of Gravity and offset through the set. The longer irons (3-5) have more offset and a tungsten insert to lower CG for a higher launch whilst the shorter irons (6-A) have a higher CG to give a controlled and penetrating trajectory.
The Apex Pro 16 irons come with the Project X steel shaft as the stock steel option and UST Mamiya Recoil in graphite with a wide selection of additional shaft options available at no extra cost.