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The wait is over for Callaway fans, the new Apex irons are here, and they are superb. 

Callaway had great success with the previous Apex generation and have now brought the new 2023 model in the PRO, CB and MB. 

I got my hands on them, and I have to say I was very impressed. 

Here’s a breakdown on each model, and what you can expect from all three.

Callaway Apex Pro irons

If you like hollow body design you’ll love the Apex Pro. It has a slightly thicker topline in comparison to CB and the MB, with it being a hollow body design and I personally really like the look of it at address.

Apex pro topline

Not only that, the feel from the forged carbon steel face plate is soft and crisp which is down to the urethane microspheres. I was also very impressed at how stable it was especially on slight mishits across the face, thanks to the MIM weighting in back of the club.

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I did catch one slightly fat and still found that the leading edge and sole design cut through the turf really quickly and I was still able to get very close to the green.

The Apex Pro irons also feature a progressive CG from high in the shorter irons and low to the longer irons. From 3-iron to 5-iron you have a slightly different feature with the forged carbon steel face plate design. This is going to help give you explosive speed and distance with added forgiveness with your longer irons.

Callaway Apex pro

It’s a super iron if you’re looking for a mid-launching, lower spinning option with more speed and distance, ideal for a low or mid handicapper. 

Callaway Apex CB irons

Moving on to the cavity back Apex CB irons – I really enjoyed hitting these. What I liked about them was not only do they look great behind the ball, they have less offset and a more compact shape in comparison to the Apex Pro.

Just like the Apex Pro, these feature the progressive CG so you’ll find those longer irons will spin less and give you the forgiveness you need.

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These aren’t as forgiving as the Apex Pro range but with the muscle cavity and the MIM weighting in the heel and toe, I did find it incredibly stable, and it delivers just enough forgiveness.

Apex CB irons

The feel was superb off the face, with a nice crisp and soft sound, the distances and consistency was brilliant and I felt like I was in total control of the ball. Extremely workable and the perfect option for a lower handicapper or top-level player. 

Callaway Apex MB irons

Lastly, we have the Apex MB irons. These look amazing, are nice and compact, feature a thin topline and if you are highly skilled low handicapper or elite player, these are brilliant. Very clean in looks with the forged 1085 carbon steel and the feel from the face is brilliant when you catch it out the middle.

Apex MB topline

If you’re looking for forgiveness in the Apex range, it might be worth looking at different options. You do need to be very consistent with your ball striking, but when you strike the middle, it’s fantastic. One thing I really liked was the feedback you get in the hands after you hit a shot.

The biggest stand out for me was the consistency in distance and ball speed. I felt it was very hot off the face but consistent in distance. You knew exactly what number you were going to get each time.

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You do still get the progressive CG which we’ve seen in the PRO and the MB, so you will have a little help when stepping into those longer irons. The pre-worn leading edge and trailing edge relief it makes the contact extremely consistent. 

What makes the Callaway Apex range superb is the ability to create different combinations thank to the MIM weighting on the back and progressive CG.

You can really get the most out of your irons depending on what you’re looking for, whether it’s more precision in the shorter irons, more workability in the middle irons and more forgiveness in the longer irons you can create the perfect blend for you. 

Available: September 8, 2023 

RRP: £217 per club 

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James Tait is bunkered’s Gear Editor. Want to know how the latest Callaway driver, Vokey wedge or Scotty Cameron putter performs? He’s the guy to ask. Better yet, just watch his videos on the bunkered YouTube channel. One of the biggest hitters in the UK, James also competes on the World Long Drive circuit and is a descendent of former Amateur champion Freddie Tait.

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