Callaway Apex Pro 19 Irons Review

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The Callaway Apex Pro 19 irons are a slimmer version of the Apex 19.  Crisp feel.  Less forgiveness and distance than the standard version, but the difference isn’t huge.

Introduction

Recently I reviewed the Callaway Apex 19 irons (read it HERE) and found that Callaway had improved on their near-perfect blend of players iron, distance iron, and game improvement iron.  If you’re a player who wants to take advantage of technology but prefers a smaller iron, the Apex Pro 19 could be perfect for you.

Looks

The Callaway Apex Pro 19 irons are, unsurprisingly, slimmer and sexier than the standard Apex 19.  With the Apex Pro 19, the top line and sole are thinner, and there’s noticeably less offset.

The most obvious difference between the Pro and standard Apex irons is the finish.  The Apex Pro 19 has a chrome finish in contrast to the satin finish on the standard model.  This chrome finish makes the Apex Pro 19 look smaller at address because of the contrast between the face and the heel and toe.

Sound & Feel

Often, players iron are thought of as being soft and buttery with game improvement irons being firmer and more click-y.  The Callaway Apex irons flip that on its head.

The Callaway Apex 19 has a soft, heavy, solid feel at impact, which is surprising given the technology in the head.  The Apex Pro 19 is the firmer one with more of a crisp feel.  Neither iron is hard or unpleasant, but the Pro has more of a snap to impact.

What’s unsurprising is the boost in feedback in the Apex Pro 19.  Where the standard Apex makes most shots feel similarly solid, the Apex Pro 19 is unafraid to let you know when you get too far from the center of the face.

Performance

When the word “Pro” is in the name and the iron looks substantially smaller you’d expect the forgiveness to drop off substantially.  With the Apex Pro 19, however, that’s not the case.  Callaway has incorporated a couple of key technologies – Face Cup and tungsten weighting – to make the Apex Pro 19 much more forgiving than it looks.  Missing the center a little – thin, toe, or heel – is no obstacle to putting the ball on the green and close to the flag.

Face Cup design also makes the Apex Pro 19 long.  Ball speed is excellent – among the highest I’ve seen from this type of iron.  You will notice that the Apex Pro 19 specs out roughly 2 degrees weaker than the standard Apex 19.  This can result in less distance, though for me – a low ball hitter – my mid and long iron shots were nearly identical with the two irons.

Conclusion

Just like their larger brother, the Callaway Apex Pro 19 irons use innovative design to pack a surprising amount of forgiveness and distance into a club that has great visual appeal.  If that combination sounds attractive to you, check them out with your favorite club fitter to pair them with the best shaft for your swing.

Callaway Apex Pro 19 Irons Price & Specs

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Matt Saternus

Co-Founder, Editor In Chief at PluggedInGolf.com
Matt is a golf instructor, club fitter, and writer living in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Matt's work has been published in Mulligan Magazine, Chicagoland Golf, South Florida Golf, and other golf media outlets. He's also been a featured speaker in the Online Golf Summit and is a member of Ultimate Golf Advantage's Faculty of Experts.

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12 Comments

  1. Hi Mat, How do they compare to Apex 16 Pros you love when they first came out?

    NB. Please review the Ben Hogan PTX Pros soon.

    • Matt Saternus

      Jason,

      They’re similar. I didn’t test them head to head, so I’m hesitant to take a guess at specific performance differences.

      Best,

      Matt

  2. How is the spin? I always get scared the irons won’t spin enough when they start talking ball speed and distance

  3. Matt,

    Do they spin enough? I’m always a little scared when I hear ball speed/distance claims that an iron won’t spin enough.

    Brad

  4. Hello,
    for Hcp 10 , down, Srixon 785, Apex pro or New Level 902?
    Thanks

    • Matt Saternus

      Joan,

      I would suggest a club fitting. Those are all fine choices, but one may perform significantly better for a given individual.

      Best,

      Matt

      • Matt,

        ok, you can give me a little description of all three. So that hcp you think are appropriate?
        Feel?
        Thanks
        Joan

        • Matt Saternus

          Joan,

          There are full reviews of each of those irons on the site. Any of them would be fine for a 10 handicap.

          Best,

          Matt

  5. Thomas Finn

    Matt,
    You should run for public office.

  6. Matt, i take New level 902/1032, and now 10>6.8 hcp.
    thanks
    Joan

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