Martin Hopley

The Callaway Apex CF 19 irons continue the Apex reputation for premium forged irons that use the latest technology combined with great looks.

Callaway Apex CF 19 Irons

These mid-sized heads do look the business with a matt chrome finish, but underneath there is a lot of new technology.

The chassis is forged from 1025 Carbon Steel and in front of this in the 3 to 8 irons is a 360 Face Cup, which has a shallow flexible rim and variable face thickness to give you as much ball speed as possible.

Callaway Apex CF 19 Irons

This is the sort of design that you normally see in game improvement distance irons, but with advances in technology, you are now also seeing it in better player irons like the Apex.

However it is what is in the cavity that makes the Apex stand out. To improve the forgiveness, Callaway has used Metal Injection Moulding to forge a tungsten weight into the cavity in the optimum position for each iron in the set.

Callaway Apex CF 19 Irons

In the chassis of the head there is a pocket for the tungsten weight to be inserted to help retain ball speed on off centre hits.

Callaway Apex CF 19 Irons

Hollow cavity back irons tend to sound a little more hollow, so the Apex 19 irons use Urethane Microspheres to dampen the nasty vibrations.

Callaway Apex CF 19 Irons

We first saw this in the Callaway Rogue irons last year and the Microspheres are little air pockets that improve the sound, and hence feel, without affecting the speed of the face.

Compared to the previous Apex CF 16 irons, the Apex 19 version did sound better and this is one of the key selling points of the Apex range.

Callaway Apex CF 19 Irons

Callaway Apex CF 19 Irons

Apex irons are also renowned for their feel and for a cavity back iron, this was excellent right through the set, even with the transition in head construction at 8 to 9 iron.

Callaway Apex CF 19 Irons

There seemed to be a little less offset on the 19 version and the rounded sole shape is still there, but less noticeable than before which I prefer.

Callaway Apex CF 19 Irons

The shorter irons from 9-iron downwards have also been made a little more compact than before for aesthetic reasons, as Callaway felt they looked a little oversized.

Callaway Apex CF 19 Irons

This makes them about the same size as the more blade style Apex Pro 19 irons, which I am not sure about, as I would have preferred the extra forgiveness.

Callaway Apex CF 19 Irons

However they are not frighteningly small and should offer a bit more versatility for control if you like that sort of stuff.

What this does mean is that the Apex 19 irons are really aimed at single figure golfers who will appreciate classic looks from a forged iron.

Callaway Apex CF 19 Irons

Callaway Apex CF 19 Irons Verdict

The Apex 19 irons are the latest premium, high tech iron to hit the market, so the price is pretty steep, which is probably the only negative here.

The looks are better than most of the other irons in this category and the Apex 19 combine that forged blade feel with the forgiveness that better players secretly want.

Callaway Apex CF 19 Irons

Therefore, I am going to go with my heart over my head here and recommend the Callaway Apex 19 irons to you. They will probably have a longer life cycle than most and I reckon I could justify the cost if I get them custom fitted as I would keep them for longer.

Feel free to use that excuse too, if you think you can get away with it.

Golfalot Rating: 5 stars
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Callaway Apex CF 19 Iron

Callaway Apex CF 19 Irons - Product Details

UK Launch25 January 2019
UK Launch RRP£1299
USA Launch25 January 2019
European Launch25 January 2019
European Launch RRP€1399
Handicap Range
Hand AvailabilityLeft, Right
Swing WeightD2
Shaft NameTrue Temper Elevate (Steel), True Temper Catalyst (Graphite)
Shaft TypesSteel, Graphite
Shaft FlexRegular, Stiff
Shaft Weight95g steel, 50g to 80g graphite
GripGolf Pride Tour Velvet
DesignCavity Back
Set Makeup4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, PW
Additional Clubs3, GW, SW
Manufacturer's WebsiteCallaway Website

User Reviews

April 2019

I am currently playing the jpx 850 forged. As a 15 hcp I was looking for a bit more forgiveness when I went in to a recent clubfitting. When the fitter put these out there I gave them a shot. I was thoroughly impressed, and these were the best performing irons for me. However, they were not far enough ahead to justify the extra money. However I will recommend for many people to try!

March 2019

I have the combo set with the Pro starting at the eight iron. I actually prefer everything about the Pro and kind of wish that I'd gone with the full set in the Pro. 5 through 7 irons in the Apex still don't sound great and if you don't hit the middle regularly, then watch out for the occasional rocket launch when do you hit one right on the sweet spot. The sound on the Apex is pretty loud and bothersome too. The only time it sounds good is, again, when it is absolutely hit on the sweet spot. I'm going to give them more time and if I don't get comfortable with them, I'm going to trade them in for a full set of the Apex Pro, which is as close to a perfect iron as I've seen. They transition great from bottom to top and the sound and feel is as good as it gets. They're also almost as long as the Apex irons. I'm holding the Apex irons to a very high standard since the CF16 worship had one expecting an improved iron. Maybe they were only able to fix the funny looking scoring clubs.

March 2019

Just started playing with these irons, and they are fantastic. I agreed totally with the review and I have tried and tested many different similar players' distance irons. They are compact and I am surprised by the forgiveness, feel and distance for these irons. Better than the previous 2 versions, which is not a surprise. They are certainly not cheap! But well worth the money.

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