Callaway Iron Comparison: Apex vs X2 Hot


Callaway has released two different iron models that received the Golf Digest Hot List Gold Award this year. Each iron has technology advancements that are sure to make a difference in your game, but which one should you be playing? We’ll take a look at each iron so you’ll be educated about the differences between the two.


Apex Irons

What Players Are Looking For:
  • Higher handicap players interested in this iron are seeking an easy to hit, tour quality performance.
  • Lower handicap players interested in this iron are looking for a combination of forgiveness, consistency and distance.
What the Apex is All About:

There are many attributes that make the Callaway Apex iron one of the most technologically advanced irons of 2014. For starters, the Ultra Hot Face technology is thinner and hotter than any previous Callaway iron. This face promotes faster ball speeds across the entire face. The forged carbon steel body of the iron gives you that soft, responsive feel that’s found in a forged iron. Callaway has also added tungsten sole inserts into each iron. The tungsten helps lower the center of gravity (CG), forging the way to more forgiveness and increased launch angles. This combination was once considered rare for a forged iron. The groove pattern in the Apex iron has been widened, allowing for consistent spin from variety of lies. There are two shaft options available for the Apex iron. The True Temper XP 95 delivers high launch angles and consistent ball flights. The other shaft option is the highly reviewed UST Recoil. The UST Recoil delivers the consistency of a steel shaft while managing to deliver the distance and feel of a graphite shaft. If you ‘re against graphite shafts in irons, give the UST Recoil a try. It’ll change your mind…and your game!


X2 Hot Irons

What Players Are Looking For:
  • Higher handicap players interested in this iron struggle with consistent contact and distance control.
  • Lower handicap players interested in this iron struggle with ball flight/trajectory and spin rates.
What the X2 Hot is All About:

There are 3 main features that make the Callaway X2 Hot irons one of the longest and straightest irons on the market.

  1. Deep Central Undercut Sole Design – This allows the clubface to flex at impact and promote an increase in ball speed across the face.
  2. Perimeter Weighting – This improved design creates higher launch angles with increased spin, designed to help you hit more greens. This design feature also creates a bigger sweet spot on the face of the iron.
  3. Stabilizing Arch  – This is crucial to the sound and feel elements. The arch helps reinforce the face at impact while working jointly with the deep central undercut.

There are two shaft options available for the X2 Hot iron, the lightweight Speed Step 85 gram shaft and the new, lightweight Callaway ultralite graphite shaft.

Hopefully this information can guide you to the proper iron for your game. Comment below and let us know what you think about these irons.


Want more comparisons? Check these out: Big Bertha Driver vs. X2 Hot Driver, or the XHot Driver vs. X2 Hot Driver.

Ryan Spaziani

Ryan Spaziani has been a Class “A” member of the PGA of America since 2012. He graduated from the Professional Golfers Career College in Orlando, FL with an Associate Degree in Professional Golf Management. He has worked for both private and public golf courses in the Raleigh, North Carolina. Ryan has a strong passion and extensive knowledge for teaching, club fitting and growing the game of golf.