Apex Pro 16 vs JPX 900 Forged: Our Comparison

apex pro 16 vs jpx 900 forged

Low-handicap players tend to look for high-performing forged irons for feel and precision. Their quest usually has them considering the Callaway Apex Pro 16 and Mizuno JPX 900 Forged irons. Both of these irons definitely fit into that category, offering a bit of forgiveness and distance in a compact package. The following is our comparison of Apex Pro 16 vs JPX 900 Forged irons.

Apex Pro 16 vs JPX 900 Forged

How They Look

apex pro 16 face
Apex Pro 16 Face

Both irons feature a classic, compact blade appearance at address with relatively thin top lines. This is great for inspiring confidence in better players for workability and distance control. Both irons also have the minimal offsets and traditional lofts better players typically prefer.

JPX 900 Forged
JPX 900 Forged

The biggest difference in appearance is the finish on each club. The Mizuno JPX 900 Forged irons feature a matte finish that helps to reduce glare. The Callaway Apex Pro 16 irons feature a high-gloss chrome finish that is very traditional. When setting up with the Apex Pro 16s, the area of the face outside the grooves looks almost like a mirror. It reflects the grass and seems to almost disappear. While this can help the player focus on the center of the club, it does make the club look quite a bit smaller.

How They’re Made

apex pro 16 progressive cg

Callaway uses a “Quadruple Net Forging” process to make the Apex Pro 16 irons. The technique involves four processes to refine the club and ensures a greater consistency in the final product. This gives the Apex Pro its forged feel while enhancing forgiveness and performance. Also, behind the “Forged” logo on the back of the irons is a pocket that’s filled with different materials throughout the set. In the 3-5 irons, it’s filled with tungsten to lower the CG, increasing launch and providing some extra forgiveness. The 6-8 irons are filled with steel resulting in a middle CG. The 9 iron and wedges are left empty, similar to the MD3 wedges.

Mizuno’s approach involves their “Grain Flow forging” process for consistency. The engineers use 1025 Boron Steel in the JPX 900 Forged irons, which delivers faster ball speeds. Mizuno also uses variable face thickness to increase forgiveness. A total of 21.5 grams of weight is saved from the face and repositioned to the form Power Frame chassis. The chassis makes the club more resistant to twisting on off center hits, improving forgiveness. Instead of the weighting, like Callaway uses throughout the set, the JPX 900 Forged irons feature a cavity that decreases in size from long irons to short.

Last Thoughts on Apex Pro 16 vs JPX 900 Forged

Side by side, the Callaway Apex Pro 16 is a touch longer than the JPX 900 Forged. The Mizuno JPX 900 Forged has a slightly softer feel. Both clubs are excellent offerings for the better player. In the end, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and that can end up being the difference maker for you.

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Rudi Fann

Rudi Fann has been a Class “A” member of the PGA of America since 2008. He began his career in 1998 as the Assistant Golf Professional at Wake Forest Golf Club in Wake Forest, NC. In 2002, Rudi accepted a similar position at Rio Mar Country Club in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. He spent a year there before moving to Nipomo, CA where he worked at Blacklake Golf Resort. Over the next 10 years, he worked his way from Assistant Golf Professional to Head Golf Professional and finally Director of Golf Operations. In his time at Blacklake, Rudi devoted much of his time to running tournaments and other activities in order to create a social atmosphere at the club. After Blacklake, Rudi spent one year as Head Golf Professional at Paso Robles Golf Club before deciding to return home to North Carolina. Since returning to North Carolina, Rudi has worked with the First Tee of the Triangle helping to instill life skills and core values through the game of golf to local youth.