If you’re reading this, then you know Callaway has announced the new Apex Utility Irons (available for pre-order now, and in some retail stores September 12). Here are answers to 5 of the most important questions on these utility irons.
1. Broad question here, what should we know about these clubs?
The quick answer is that these forged Apex Utility Irons are loaded with technology that’s going to give players high ball speeds across the face, performance, playability and plenty of forgiveness. They give you distance, versatility and with how easy they are to hit, they’re a great alternative to hybrids or long irons.
2. What can you tell us about the key technology features?
For ball speed, we’ve turned to a Forged Face Cup that helps create high ball speeds all over the face. That’s how you get the kind of distance where you can use them off the tee, or really on any long shot for that matter. Apex Utility Irons are built from 455 Carpenter steel that works very well for generating ball speed too.
With this level of forgiveness, we’ve turned to a sole weighting that lowers CG so these clubs are easier to hit, and easier to launch. The Hollow Body construction increases the forgiveness as well to give you confidence when you hit these clubs.
3. Who should play these utility irons?
Better players will like these a lot for sure, yet these are actually easier to hit than their predecessor, our highly successful X Utility Prototype Irons. You can hit them a long way, play them from all kinds of lies, and they give you precision too when you need it.
Tour players quickly took a liking to them when they were introduced at the Open Championship, and that week 7 Callaway staffers put them in play, including Gary Woodland, Ryo Ishikawa and Thomas Bjorn. From the distance gapping to the confidence that they give you, these utility irons can really be a difference maker for any type of player.
4. What should we know about the lofts, shafts and all that?
Apex Utility Irons are available in 18-degree, 21-degree and 24-lofts at $229.99 each. You can get them standard in KBS Tour-V steel shafts or UST Recoil 680 4F Graphite shafts.
5. Can you sum up these clubs in one sentence?
Yes, they’re incredibly long and forgiving with all the performance you want from a utility iron.