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The Callaway Apex UW Utility Wood is extremely versatile. Very consistent ball speed. Lots of fun to hit.
As the lines between categories continues to blur – especially in the long game – OEMs like Callaway are offering golfers more and more ways to find the perfect fit. Their latest is the Apex UW Utility Wood. Offered exclusively in higher lofts, this club is built for versatility.
Check out another great long game option, the Callaway Epic Super Hybrid HERE
The Callaway Apex Utility Wood is either a very compact fairway wood or an overgrown hybrid. Its shape is asymmetrical but not quite the traditional pear shape either. The back edge is too square to be deemed a normal FW but too round to be a hybrid. Its face is quite deep in fairway wood terms but about average for a hybrid.
With all these in between traits, the Apex Utility Wood could have been a visual nightmare, but I absolutely love it. Something about it sits perfectly to my eye. It has enough size to be very comforting, but it’s not unwieldy.
Sound & Feel
While the look of the Apex Utililty Wood walks the line between hybrid and fairway wood, the sound does not. Pure impact produces that classic fairway wood “tink.” As someone who rarely hears that sound from a traditional fairway wood, I was quite pleased with this noise.
When you wander off to the corners of the face, the Apex Utility Wood will let you know it. The sound becomes louder and more dissonant. You’ll also get a clear signal through your hands that your swing missed the mark.
Before I dive into my experience, let me explain a bit about the Apex UW. First, it has a compact head that Callaway designed this with feedback from the Tour staff. They compare it to their Apex Pro hybrid [review HERE] and Epic Speed fairway wood [review HERE], which tells you its aimed at better players. In addition to having a head size between those two, the shaft length is in the middle as well, making it easier to hit for most players. While you may think that everything about the Apex UW is a compromise between hybrid and FW, that’s not quite the case. Per Callaway, the Apex UW launches higher than either of the aforementioned clubs, and it has forward tungsten weighting for a neutral ball flight.
Regular readers know that I get along with fairway woods like oil mixes with water. That said, I’m endlessly hopeful about finding a perfect fit. The Callaway Apex UW rewarded my optimism.
When I started hitting the Apex UW, the first thing I noticed was the smash factor. 1.5. 1.5. 1.5. I’ve seen 1.5 with a fairway wood before, but consistently? Almost never. Even when my swing got sideways, the smash factor stayed in the 1.4s. This club had my attention.
Then I started looking at the ball flight. True to Callaway’s claims, that MIM’d tungsten was producing a neutral ball flight with very tight dispersion, another thing I rarely see in the long game. Finally, I turned my attention to the launch and spin. The Apex UW was routinely launching in the mid-teens with spin around or just under 3,000 RPM (I was testing the 19 degree model). I literally could not ask for anything more.
With a big smile on my face and a bunch of confidence, I tried to exercise the promised versatility of the Apex UW. I won’t claim a perfect success rate, but I found the club more than capable of flighting the ball higher or lower as well as shaping shots. As I wrapped up my testing, I knew that this club would be competing hard for a spot in my 2022 bag.
The reason that Callaway is offering so many options in the long game is that different players will vibe with different clubs. Personally, I can’t remember having more fun with a long game club than I had with the Callaway Apex UW Utility Wood. I found it to be versatile, easy to hit, and remarkably consistent. If you’re struggling to find that perfect option for the top of your bag, give this a serious look.