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The Callaway Apex TCB irons are, in my opinion, the best of the 2021 Apex irons. Great looks and feel, surprising amounts of forgiveness, strong distance.
2021 saw Callaway introduce three new Apex irons: Apex DCB [review HERE], Apex Pro [review HERE], and the standard Apex [review HERE]. While those three irons cover a lot of ground, Callaway’s Tour Staff wanted something different, which led to the creation of Apex TCB (Tour Cavity Back). After being the object of much fascination and desire in the golf equipment world, the Apex TCB irons are now available to golfers everywhere.
From the back, the Apex TCB looks like a cross between the X Forged CB [review HERE] and the Apex. It has the same weight plate near the sole as the X Forged CB, but the cavity has Apex branding and a design similar to the standard Apex iron. It’s a little busier than the X Forged CB but still a very good looking iron in the bag.
At address, the Apex TCB looks the part of a Tour/players iron. There’s very little offset (less than the Apex Pro or X Forged CB), a thin top line, and a compact head. The leading edge is straight, presumably at the request of Callaway’s Tour players.
Sound & Feel
Just as with the looks, the sound and feel of the Apex TCB are a blend of the X Forged CB and Apex. Thanks to the forged 1025 carbon steel, the Apex TCB delivers the softness that so many players crave. The Apex heritage lends a bit of crispness, a little snap when struck pure. It’s a very pleasing combination that makes the Apex TCB the best feeling Apex iron, in my opinion.
Audio feedback is good, but the clearest sense of how well you struck the ball will come through your hands. Like most players irons, the Apex TCB communicates precisely where the ball met the face.
Before I started hitting the Callaway Apex TCB, I wasn’t sure what to expect. On one hand, they are in the Apex line, they have a cavity back, and the X Forged CB that they resemble was surprisingly forgiving – all signs that point toward above average ease of use. On the other hand, they are quite compact, have very little offset, and have the most traditional lofts of any Callaway iron – things that point toward a “players only” warning.
What I discovered in my testing was that the Apex TCB irons are much more forgiving than I could have expected. I wouldn’t recommend them to players much beyond Callaway’s prescribed “low single digit handicaps,” but relative to other irons of this size, they are very consistent.
The Apex heritage comes through in the high ball speeds on pure strikes. Despite the aforementioned traditional lofts, these irons get the ball moving. Small misses lose only a marginal amount of speed, but you will lose noticeable distance if you get to the outer edges of the face.
In terms of launch and spin, I found the Apex TCB to be mid/low on both counts. There’s adequate spin to hold a green or work a shot, but the Apex TCB has a bit more of that modern focus on lower spin and distance. What stood out to me about both launch and spin is that the numbers remained consistent shot to shot, even on strikes that were a little thin.
The Callaway Apex TCB irons are my favorite version of the 2021 Apex irons for their blend of excellent looks and feel with surprising forgiveness. If you’re looker for a slightly higher profile endorsement, consider that Jon Rahm used them in his recent US Open win. Either way, skilled players looking for new irons should definitely put these on their radar.
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