Martin Hopley
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Within the field of hybrids there are essentially two types. Wood style hybrids that can offer lots of forgiveness and rescue you from longer grass and then there are iron style hybrids that act more like driving irons. The Callaway Apex Hybrid is definitely the latter.

Callaway Apex Hybrid

This is no bad thing as this is the first Callaway Hybrid to carry the Apex name and it is there to compliment the Apex CF 16 irons and even the Apex UT Utility iron, so whichever style of club you prefer, then Callaway has you covered.

The long sleek head certainly gives that iron feel at address with a slim sleek body and a low profile to help lower the centre of gravity and help you get the ball airborne.

Callaway Apex Hybrid

To this end the sole of the club features a 6g weight and this works together with the Internal Standing Wave on the sole of the inside of the club to keep the CG low.

Callaway Apex Hybrid

The Internal Standing Wave comes from Callaway's successful range of fairways and is a ridge of metal like a breaking wave facing forwards and in each of the four different lofts from 18° to 26° it has been positioned precisely to get the best performance.

Callaway Apex Hybrid

The face also draws on fairway design with a Forged Face Cup design where the Carpenter 455 Steel face insert wraps around the front of the body of the club . This creates a larger sweet spot that is also faster on off centre strikes than faces that are welded straight on to front of the head.

Callaway Apex Hybrid

The profile of the club features the high square toe that has become the default shape for better player hybrids following the popularity of the Adams originals. This design puts more weight in this area of the club to make it more forgiving.

Callaway Apex Hybrid

At address it sat very well and the leading edge sits square with the top line giving the optical illusion of the club being open.

Callaway Apex Hybrid

The Apex Hybrid is meant to play as a neutral CG club and to be fair it does play this way, although it is not the anti-left club that some better player versions are.

It is easy enough to shape the ball left and right as well as up and down, but the overall flight in normal mode is a touch higher than the equivalent numbered iron from the Apex CF 16 set.

The feel is very good and the Apex Hybrid gives a nice 'ting' sound at impact that feels as solid and light as the excellent Mitsubishi KuroKage Hybrid shaft that it comes with as standard.

Mitsubishi KuroKage Hybrid Shaft

As I mentioned at the top of the piece, this is more a short grass club and will be an excellent driving iron from the tee. It was OK from the semi rough, but the head design meant it struggled a little and wanted to open the face through impact, so really a larger headed Callaway XR Hybrid would be a better option if you are a persistent fairway misser.

Callaway Apex Hybrid

It is easier to hit than the Callaway Apex UT Iron but if you prefer iron style clubs then either will be a good option and maybe even a combination of 4 and 5 UT with the 3 or 2 Hybrid would cover all the bases.

Callaway Apex Hybrid

Overall the Callaway Apex Hybrid looks, feels and performs very well for a driving iron style hybrid and should give better players all the options they need at the top of the bag.

Golfalot Rating: 5 stars
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Callaway Apex Hybrid - Product Details

Launch UK04 December 2015
Launch USA04 December 2015
Launch RRP£189
Handicap Range
Low
High
GolferMens
Hand AvailabilityLeft, Right
Left Handed Lofts18°, 20°, 23°, 26°
Right Handed Lofts18°, 20°, 23°, 26°
MaterialSteel
Swing WeightD3
Shaft NameMitsubishi Kurokage Black Hybrid
Shaft TypesGraphite
Shaft FlexLight, Regular, Stiff
Shaft WeightMitsubishi Kuro Kage Black
Number/Loft4/23°, 5/26°, 2/18°, 3/20°
Manufacturer's WebsiteCallaway Website

User Reviews

August 2016

Just put the 20° in my bag a few weeks ago, and it's not coming out anytime soon. It's replacing my 910H, which is an amazing smaller profile hybrid as well. The Apex is just amazing so far. All it wants to do is go straight! Great trajectory and accuracy as well. It flows very well with my '16 Apex Pro iron set. I've tried many other hybrids, and the Apex is the first one to kick the 910 out of my bag. I'm definitely going to get the 2 hybrid as well...

November 2015

Attended a launch of the Callaway Apex irons and hybrid last week. Hit the hybrid 3 off the mats and it consistently carried nearly as far as my driver off the tee. Have one arriving next week!

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