Callaway Iron Comparison: Apex vs. Apex Pro


A forged, premium feel wrapped inside a forgiving body – and playable for all amateurs? Most manufacturers say that’s not possible in today’s golf world. Well, Callaway Golf knocked on that door and blew it down with not one but two irons: the Apex and Apex Pro. Let’s take a deeper look into the game changing performance of each iron and which one is best suited for your game.



The Callaway Apex irons are a great overall performer for the large majority of handicaps. Golf pundits have traditionally claimed that you can’t build a high performance forged iron and provide game improvement benefits to the broadest spectrum of average golfers. This multi-material iron is made of super high strength carpenter 455 forged carbon steel, the same technology that was highly regarded in the X-hot series of fairway woods. It delivers a super soft, cushioned feel at impact that all golfers desire. The lightweight, thin clubface is welded to the body in a certain way that not only adds flexibility to allow for exceptional ball speeds on mis-hits, but also allows for weight to be moved away from the face and re-positioned in the club head.


The weight savings made way for tungsten inserts to be placed behind the clubface, creating a lower center of gravity and increasing forgiveness on strikes made low on the face (a common issue with mid-to-high handicappers). The grooves were also re-engineered to provide better turf interaction for improved consistency and spin control, especially out of the rough. All of these attributes translate into an eye opening iron that provides distance, responsive feel, increased forgiveness, and pinpoint accuracy in a forged golf club.


Apex Pro

The Callaway Apex Pro irons were engineered with the better players in mind, incorporating feedback from numerous PGA Tour players. This iron is also constructed of multi-material, similar to the Apex iron. However, this particular body is made from 1025 forged carbon steel, the softest, most responsive material construction which the best ball strikers demand. Welded to the frame of the golf club is a much thinner clubface than any preceding forged irons Callaway has ever manufactured. This thin face helps promote faster ball speeds across the entire face, despite it being a forged iron. This also allowed for a small pocket to be placed in the lower, backside of the clubhead in order to incorporate a vibration dampening material, thereby improving the feel off the blade even more.


Additionally, tungsten weighted inserts were positioned in the sole of the long irons of the Callaway Apex Pro iron to lower the center of gravity and deliver the high launch and control needed to come into the green with a less lofted club. A new, wider groove pattern on the clubface also helps deliver the needed control for tour players and higher ability amateurs by providing an improved spin profile, especially out of the rough, which allows you to take on the most aggressive pin locations. Finally, the stock shaft selection of the new KBS Tour-V, a joint collaboration of KBS and Callaway staff member Phil Mickelson. This shaft provides a lively, yet smooth feel while producing an accurate and piercing ball flight.

Final Thoughts

Go with the Callaway Apex iron if you’re looking for….

  • Larger and confidence inspiring head profile
  • More forgiveness
  • Superb distance

Go with the Callaway Apex iron if you’re seeking….

  • Ultimate in shot shaping control
  • Added forgiveness
  • Premium feel

Whether you’re an aspiring single digit handicapper or a weekend golfer looking to break 90, there’s something for you in the Callaway Apex line up.


As always, if you have any questions about what iron is best for your game, reach out to one of our PGA professionals!

These other Callaway articles provide great insight as well:

Driver Comparisons:

Big Bertha Alpha vs Big Bertha Alpha 815
X2 Hot vs X2 Hot Pro
Big Bertha vs Big Bertha Alpha
X Hot vs. X2 Hot
Big Bertha vs. X2 Hot

Iron Comparisons:

Apex Pro vs X Forged
Apex vs X2 Hot

Chris Wadwick

Chris Wadwick has been a Class “A” member of the PGA of America since 2011. He is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill with a degree in Business Administration. He brings a deep understanding of the inner workings of the golf business, especially club fittings, product knowledge, and visual merchandising, working for Dick’s Sporting Goods for over 7 years and Occoneechee Golf Club for more than three years, prior to that. When he is not in the office, you can always find him at a nearby golf course, attending games at his alma mater, or spending time with his wife and four dogs.