First Look: Callaway Apex 21 Irons

Jman

Golfing Equipment Reviewer
Albatross 2021 Club
Staff member
Joined
Jan 20, 2010
Messages
128,688
Reaction score
23,104
Location
Oklahoma
Handicap
4.8
  • Thread starter
  • Staff
  • #1
Callaway legitimately revolutionized irons when they first introduced the APEX lineup way back in 2014, the blending of forgiveness and all-out performance had never been done like that before. Not only that, but with each subsequent release the accolades have grown as has the amount of tech the company continues to pour into them.

Continue reading...
 
Last edited by a moderator:

DataDude

That's Just Like Your Opinion Man
Albatross 2020 Club Albatross 2021 Club
Joined
Dec 26, 2017
Messages
8,350
Reaction score
4,931
Location
Louisville, KY
Handicap
15.8
Wow!! Great work @Jman! These look stunning. Bonus is coming in here in a month or 2. There might be a triple play in my future. These really do look amazing. Can't wait to start seeing some feedback. Also I know you will do a spectacular job reviewing these, but I will miss my THP'er Granddaddy reviews.
 

hedley_lamarr08

Well-known member
Albatross 2021 Club
Joined
Aug 28, 2015
Messages
1,140
Reaction score
250
Location
Charleston, WV
Handicap
12
Nice article. I hope they didn’t ruin the Pro (personal opinion I don’t like hollow irons) but they all look nice and I’m sure they will do the job.
 

mikeg_74

2015 #TheGrandaddy Alum & 2019 #AssCap
Albatross 2021 Club
Joined
Jan 27, 2013
Messages
38,583
Reaction score
11,442
Location
Katy, Texas
Handicap
10
Putting A.I. In a Apex was the next anticipated moved. They appear to have done their home work and are using generous amounts of tungsten with each offering. The pictures look a lot better than what’s been floating around (shocker) and will please a lot of hard core Apex loyalists. Brining in the DCB makes a lot of sense to grab some more players who might otherwise overlook the Apex.

I don’t think you need “tungsten” on the pro, but that’s a minor gripe. Hopefully they’ve nailed the feel because for me personally I’ve never gotten along with a hollow body iron from a feel/sound perspective.
 

chpar4

Well-known member
Albatross 2021 Club
Joined
Feb 28, 2013
Messages
5,020
Reaction score
522
Location
Southern New Jersey
Handicap
7.1
Great read. Didn’t see the “Triple Play” coming! Have hit the regular and pro. Coming from the Apex19. Either going all Pro or combo. Jury still out. That Dart shaft is a good one. Feel of the pros is good. Not quite XFCB but darn close.
 

Jimmy3864

“JimmyD”
Albatross 2021 Club
Joined
Jan 29, 2013
Messages
4,291
Reaction score
846
Location
Ontario, Canada
Handicap
7.2
Awesome review James and photos, top of the class. Talk about tech....whew! I was expecting Cup face but noooooo.....let’s throw in AI and blow everyone’s minds! Variable tungsten weight in the individual irons to optimize performance, MOI, etc speaks that Callaway emptied the tech garage into the lineup.

The Pro’s with MMT shafts are definitely on my shopping list and having played the ‘19 Apex Pros the past year and loved their performance, the ‘21 version sounds like they are packed with a significant upgrade. ‘21 is going to be expensive 😜.
 
Last edited:

TexasHacker34

Callaway Homer
Albatross 2021 Club
Joined
May 19, 2011
Messages
34,911
Reaction score
1,063
Location
Roeland Park KS
James this was incredible. Some great information.

I love the looks of these, and this triple play very much intrigues me.
 

JPR1959

Active member
Joined
Jul 19, 2013
Messages
464
Reaction score
40
Location
Nashville, TN
Handicap
old age
Drool!! Nice write up as usual.
 

gkeller813

#UsDidIt
Albatross 2021 Club
Joined
Feb 13, 2019
Messages
7,211
Reaction score
5,747
Location
Ohio
Handicap
15
Great write up @Jman ! The A.I. tech in the forged irons seems like a great partnership. The looks of all 3 sets is good, but the Pro really looks great! Cant wait to hear how these compare to and improve upon the Apex 19.

Oh, and sign me up for the "Apex Sweet Spot" combo please!! Love the naming conventions for the combos, brings some fun to these blended sets.
 

mikeg_74

2015 #TheGrandaddy Alum & 2019 #AssCap
Albatross 2021 Club
Joined
Jan 27, 2013
Messages
38,583
Reaction score
11,442
Location
Katy, Texas
Handicap
10
Is the part in blue a misprint or are they putting two 9irons in a combo set?

1610453734065.png
 

OhioGolfer

Well-known member
Albatross 2021 Club
Joined
Mar 9, 2016
Messages
9,037
Reaction score
1,549
Location
Ohio
Handicap
Weather
Nice looking irons
 

JB

Follow @THPGolf
Albatross 2021 Club
Staff member
Joined
Oct 8, 2008
Messages
207,941
Reaction score
74,112
Location
Where the THP Tour Van Takes Us!
Putting A.I. In a Apex was the next anticipated moved. They appear to have done their home work and are using generous amounts of tungsten with each offering. The pictures look a lot better than what’s been floating around (shocker) and will please a lot of hard core Apex loyalists. Brining in the DCB makes a lot of sense to grab some more players who might otherwise overlook the Apex.
Some in hands of the Pros.

 

mikeg_74

2015 #TheGrandaddy Alum & 2019 #AssCap
Albatross 2021 Club
Joined
Jan 27, 2013
Messages
38,583
Reaction score
11,442
Location
Katy, Texas
Handicap
10
Some in hands of the Pros.

They nailed the looks department for sure. I personally would like to not have "tungsten" on it, but I am sure that is a minority opinion.
 

JB

Follow @THPGolf
Albatross 2021 Club
Staff member
Joined
Oct 8, 2008
Messages
207,941
Reaction score
74,112
Location
Where the THP Tour Van Takes Us!
For those looking at sole differences, here ya go.

825EBBBC-D0FC-415D-BA52-9AB4CB0BDDA8.jpeg
 

DNice26

Happy to be here...
Albatross 2021 Club
Joined
Sep 19, 2017
Messages
5,661
Reaction score
3,660
Location
New York
Handicap
2
Apex player combo you say.... yaaassss...
 

DNice26

Happy to be here...
Albatross 2021 Club
Joined
Sep 19, 2017
Messages
5,661
Reaction score
3,660
Location
New York
Handicap
2
Could we see some address photos of those pros!!! Could we also get a side by side with the 19 Apex Pros for giggles? Thank you!!!!!
 

j_sizzle9

Hosel Rocket
Albatross 2021 Club
Joined
Dec 28, 2017
Messages
2,415
Reaction score
3,014
Location
New Orleans, LA
Handicap
6-8ish
Gaming the ‘19 Apex Pros and have absolutely love them. Callaway is never one to sit in their hands...I for one love the progressive design and thought process put into this iteration of the pro.

Looking forward to getting them in hand and hitting them.
 

lukemartin93

Speak Softly, Carry Big Stick
Albatross 2021 Club
Joined
Sep 20, 2019
Messages
887
Reaction score
545
Location
Greeley, CO
Those are sweet! Excited to see and hear more!
 

captaincaution

@alekbabel - #teamRhi
Albatross 2021 Club
Joined
Nov 7, 2013
Messages
10,812
Reaction score
682
Location
Cleveland, OH
Handicap
7.5
Oh wow those look amazing. And the multiple combo set options are awesome.
 

USAF Ret in Wis

Well-known member
Albatross 2021 Club
Joined
Mar 2, 2019
Messages
1,291
Reaction score
1,109
Location
River Falls, WI
Handicap
11
Wow, those Apex Pros look sweet!
 

Tevenor

The 2021 Grandaddy!
Albatross 2021 Club
Joined
Nov 17, 2019
Messages
5,654
Reaction score
6,503
Location
Upstate NY
Handicap
7ish
So so so much has gone into these irons. The story behind them is absolutely fascinating and I know there are 4 of us that have been waiting to talk about these.

Although the Grandmama didn't happen this year, @Muchmore18 , @xThor , @93civiccpe , and I were honored to get a guided tour of this Apex release by the folks who drove the development of them.

Each of us came away in amazement on what went into these and we I'll put our thoughts up. They really are something special. More from me on this to come...
 

mikeg_74

2015 #TheGrandaddy Alum & 2019 #AssCap
Albatross 2021 Club
Joined
Jan 27, 2013
Messages
38,583
Reaction score
11,442
Location
Katy, Texas
Handicap
10
I didn't see it in the write up and looking around I see there is a Tour Cavity Back (TCB) offering, any information on this one @JB

1610455906008.png
 

thewilderside

Well-known member
Albatross 2021 Club
Joined
Jul 2, 2020
Messages
1,403
Reaction score
1,495
Location
Upper Valley VT
Handicap
~16
Those certainly look and sound like they'd be an awesome iron to play. If I was in the market for new irons this would be off my radar unless they were miles better than anything else I hit. Even then it'd be tough to swallow that price point for someone like me.
 

JMB3

2019 Grandaddy
Albatross 2021 Club
Joined
Feb 18, 2017
Messages
4,508
Reaction score
3,503
Location
La Crosse, WI
Handicap
16.2
I’m going to work REALLY hard on my game this year so I can bag those Pros eventually!!
 

Welcome to The Hackers Paradise

Don't just play golf, live it!

Register Log in
Top