Martin Hopley

Like the first Apex iron range, the 2016 version also comes with a pro model imaginatively called the Apex Pro 16 iron.

Callaway Apex Pro 16 Iron

This is not just a slightly smaller version of the Apex CF 16 iron, but a redesigned version of the Apex Pro that is aimed at low handicap players who prefer an all-forged iron.

The Pro 16 head is made from 1025 mild carbon steel that is 'Quadruple Net Forged' through four processes to refine the club towards its final shape and ensure a greater consistency of the product.

Callaway Apex Pro 16 Iron

In practice what this means is that you get a club that offers a forged feel using several parts to enhance the forgiveness and performance of the head.

Callaway Apex Pro 16 Iron

Behind the 'Forged' panel on the back of the head hides a pocket that in the 3 to 5 irons is filled with tungsten weights to lower the Centre of Gravity (CG) and increase the launch angle.

Callaway Apex Pro 16 Iron

As you move into the 6 to 8 irons the holes are filled with steel for a mid CG and in the 9-iron and below they are empty to remove weight from the sole and raise the CG in a similar way to the Callaway Mack Daddy 3 wedges.

Callaway Apex Pro 16 Iron

The effect of modifying the CG gives a the Pro 16 set a long iron/high flight blended with short iron/lower flight that is the combination tour players apparently prefer.

Callaway Apex Pro 16 Iron

Certainly at address the Pro 16 has that look with a shorter face, narrower sole and thinner top line than the Apex CF 16.

Callaway Apex Pro 16 Iron

Callaway Apex Pro 16 Iron

The head length throughour the set is more consistent then the progressive Apex CF 16.

Callaway Apex Pro 16 Iron

To enhance the looks and make them stand out, the finish is gloss chrome and the glint they give in the sun will no doubt appeal to purists.

Callaway Apex Pro 16 Iron

The cavity on the back is smaller too and as a result the sound and feel is a lot sharper and closer to what you would expect from a fully forged iron.

Callaway Apex Pro 16 Iron

These types of irons are not really about forgiveness, but there was not too much of a change in this from the CF 16. Unfortunately it is going to be difficult to blend the two sets as the lofts are different with the Pro 16 having weaker, or what I would call traditional, lofts throughout.

Callaway Apex Pro 16 Iron

There is a wide choice of shaft offerings through Callaway Custom fitting, but the stock Project X suits the head very well with its low torque.

Rifle Project X Shaft

Overall whilst I like the Apex Pro 16 they are really for elite amateurs and tour players, which is a shame as I like the story and the looks a little more than the Apex CF 16. As a forged semi-blade with a touch of forgiveness then this is worthy of a waggle if you are in that market.

Golfalot Rating: 5 stars
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Callaway Apex Pro 16 Irons - Product Details

UK Launch30 October 2015
UK Launch RRP£849
USA Launch30 October 2015
Handicap Range
Swing WeightD2
Shaft NameTrue Temper Project X (Steel), UST Mamiya Recoil (Graphite)
Shaft TypesSteel, Graphite
Shaft FlexRegular, Stiff
DesignCavity Back
Set Makeup4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, PW
Additional Clubs3, GW
Manufacturer's WebsiteCallaway Website

User Reviews

January 2018

These are by far the most visually pleasing clubs I have ever played. The performance is also worthy of praise, awesome feel, control, performance. I used to play the Apex CF-16 and was skeptical about changing, but these clubs are pure pleasure.

August 2017

Got a set of these fitted today, tried out some M1's some ping i-blades, i200's and some p770's with mixed results, didn't hit a bad shot out of around 40 balls with these, carry around 175 yards (7 iron) great feel, great trajectory and look brilliant at address. Only downside....gotta wait up to 2 weeks for them to be made up at Callaway, standard lie 2 degree upright KBS stiff shaft...hurry up!!

March 2017

Just got a set of these with the pxi shafts after a fitting day. Have been using the Taylormade MB's and these look almost as nice but with a lot more forgiveness on poorer strikes. When creamed them both we were looking at only a 5 yards difference but the mishits were 30 yards. Looking forward to getting them out on the course.

January 2017

Beautiful look, feel and easy enough to hit.

July 2016

Just hit the Apex Pro 16's yesterday. Carry distance on 7 iron was averaging 168, 16 yards more than with Titleist CB'S. Dispersion was 3 yards offline vs 12. I was stunned. Yes, they are in my bag, locked in my cars boot, or trunk. Rifle 6.0, standard lie and length.

February 2016

I have Miura forged irons but was away without my clubs and tried the Apex CF 16 irons. Not only did I have more control and loved the look of the iron I felt like I was striking a non forged iron ( my word ) as it appeared larger with some base weight but it stuck so pure I was very impressed. Looking to trade in my Miura's.

February 2016

Simply amazing. The feel,the ball flight. Incomparable. Add the sleek design and you have the clubs of your dreams.

January 2016

As I reviewed the Apex 16 pro, I notice that it looked just like my Callaway, the toe was very slim and appealed to my eye. At the hitting I found that they were hit up the face they would higher and went longer than my muscle back.

I'm a player that has to look down the club champ and see something that's appealing to something that looks pretty and with the Apex 16 Pro irons that's accomplish they respond like blades, but yet at the forgiveness of a cavity, but you will be more than happy to put these in your bag. Soft around the greens and when you add the chrome soft Callaway golf ball yellow you get perfect combination of forgiveness spin around the green and distance. Do yourself a favor and fork over the money for these clubs

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