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The Callaway Apex Pro 24 irons are an ideal marriage of player-preferred looks and forgiving tech. Should appeal to a huge segment of the market.
The latest iterations of Callaway’s Apex Pro model of irons is full of upgrades in terms of materials and design. For the first time ever, it pairs hollow body construction with a forged face and forged 1025 carbon steel body. Progressive face design differentiates between long and short irons. Urethane microspheres contribute to excellent sound and feel.
The new Callaway Apex Pro 24 irons look fantastic on all fronts. At address, you see all the features that better players look for, without the miniature size club head. While you really do need to be elite (or not care about poor results) to game a traditional blade, these give you minimal offset and a thin topline in a package that a huge variety of handicaps can play.
In the bag, there’s a lot to like as well. The club head features a satin finish and tasteful branding. While it’s more notable from a performance perspective, it’s also worth saying that the Apex Pro is available with black graphite Mitsubishi MMT shafts, and they look pretty sweet.
Sound & Feel
The Callaway Apex Pro 24 irons sound and feel fantastic. Well-struck shots feel explosive off the face. There’s a definite softness to the feel, but there’s more than enough feedback to let you know just how pure you caught it and where you missed.
This version of the Apex boasts a combination of multi-material construction and urethane microspheres that hasn’t been seen before. Understanding what exactly urethane microspheres are and how they might be contributing to the overall experience is above my pay grade, but suffice it to say these irons provide a high-end experience from a sensory perspective.
I think part of the implication of a “players distance” category of iron is that long irons are hard to hit so let’s give you a little bit of help. The same isn’t necessarily true for the short irons, so why would we design them the same way? Callaway has taken that approach with the Apex Pro 24, with the intention of giving players “powerful long irons and more precise short irons.”
The long and short Callaway Apex Pro 24 irons (6-P) are made with two different face designs and materials. The long irons (3-5) feature Forged 455 face cup to enhance distance and forgiveness, and the short irons have a forged 1025 face plate engineered to dial in control.
Another performance aspect of the Apex Pro 24 is the Dynamic Sole Design, which features a slightly rounded leading edge to help promote more efficient movement through the turf. This isn’t the first iron I’ve tried using this kind of design element, and it seems to work as intended.
While of course Callaway offers a stock steel shaft option, the True Temper Dynamic Gold Mid 115, it is also offering a graphite shaft option in R, S, and X flexes: the MCA MMT taper. I was curious to test this option. It’s noticeably lighter than what I’m used to, but it’s hard to argue with the results. For me, it encouraged smooth swinging and promoted consistently solid contact. Overall, I saw balls launch higher and fly straighter than with my gamers.
One reason I think so many players will find their way into the Callaway Apex Pro 24 irons is because combo possibilities are endless. Visually, they blend so nicely with the CB [review HERE] and MB [review HERE] models. From a performance perspective, there isn’t a huge gap in lofts from model to model. While the Apex Pro lofts are just the slightest bit stronger, there is plenty of opportunity to blend two or more models together to create your ideal set.
For me, blending doesn’t necessarily seem like it would represent a meaningful improvement. The short irons from the Callaway Apex Pro 24 are as precise as I could want. The set as a whole is impressive to look at and enjoyable to use. While I’m not sure if graphite iron shafts have a future in my bag or not, it’s an exciting move for Callaway to widen its shaft offerings. Those looking to get into a new set of irons should make sure these are in consideration.