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Apex Hybrids: A more iron-like hybrid from Callaway

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There are hybrids that perform more like fairway woods, and hybrids that perform more like irons. Callaway’s Apex hybrids are the latter, offering golfers a club with a tour-proven shape and trajectory that’s more similar to the irons they are designed to replace.

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The Apex Hybrids use the company’s 455 carpenter steel cup faces, which improve ball speed consistency across the club face.

Scott Manwaring, director of design at Callaway, said the Apex Hybrid is a product the company wanted to have in the market, primarily because of the extreme distances golfers hit the company’s Callaway’s XR and XR Pro hybrids.

Related: Our review of Callaway’s XR and XR Pro hybrids. 

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At Address: The Apex Hybrids offer a neutral face angle and trajectory bias.

[quote_box_center]”XR does a fantastic job of going as far as we can make a hybrid go,” he said. “We wanted to take a step back and say, let’s make a hybrids for a player who wants to shape the ball a little more or wants a ball flight that looks more like a 2 or 3 iron, or whatever they’re playing.”[/quote_box_center]

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The stock shaft is Mitsubishi Rayon’s Kuro Kage Black 80.

The Apex Hybrids are available in four models (2H, 3H, 4H and 5H), and come stock with Mitsubishi Rayon’s Kuro Kage Black 80 hybrid shaft. They use the 455 carpenter stainless steel cub faces for which the company’s fairway woods and hybrids are known, but have a deeper, higher center of gravity (CG) that gives them a more iron-like trajectory, and also sneaky forgiving for their size.

The hybrids also use less face curvature than Callaway’s other hybrids, which helps golfers more easily control their trajectory, and their lack of an adjustable hosel also makes them appear more iron-like at address.

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The Apex Hybrids have a 17-4 stainless steel body.

The Apex Hybrids ($219.99) will be in stores December 4, and are available for pre-order starting October 16.

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  1. Jared

    Feb 11, 2016 at 2:07 am

    anyone know the tip diameter of the apex hybrid?

  2. JIMMY

    Oct 1, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    Shape looks similar to Adams Super Pro or 9031. IMO Adams still makes the best performing hybrids. I think a hybrid should basically perform like the iron it replaces but be slightly easier to hit high and easier to hit out of trouble situations. Alot of the hybrids today seem to play more and more like high loft fairway woods.

  3. leo

    Oct 1, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    a step in the right direction. hybrid is becoming a misnomer as heads continue to get bigger they have become shorter fairway woods bearing no resemblance to the irons they are supposed to replace

  4. christian

    Sep 30, 2015 at 2:44 am

    I really like the look of this. Excellent stock shaft too

  5. Golfraven

    Sep 29, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    Looks odd at first glance but I may give it a hit. The H2 may be of interest since my current hybrid is not performing to my liking. Finish and shape are actually rather interesting so it could be a club in the bag for a couple of years.

  6. Desmond

    Sep 29, 2015 at 8:27 am

    Great idea for better players — very player-ish and “Adams-ish” looking, not surprising given Chip Brewer’s background. But with face cup technology for forgiveness. A winner for better players.

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Graphite Design Tour AD IZ Hybrid shaft set for March launch

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ProsChoiceGolfShafts.com has revealed that Graphite Design is set to release the latest in the Tour AD premium line of hybrid golf shafts, the Graphite Design Tour AD IZ – “Into the Zone” Hybrid, which will be available from March 4.

The Tour AD IZ Hybrid, which has been designed and manufactured at the Graphite Design Japan factory headquarters, contains premium, aerospace-quality carbon-fiber materials that aims to offer golfers with a great feeling and performing shaft.

IN THE FORUMS: Our members have been discussing the new addition from Graphite Design, having been impressed with previous hybrid shaft releases from the company.

The new Tour AD IZ hybrid shaft is available in the following: 65g R2 and R1 flex, 75g R and S flex, 85g R, S and X flex and 95g S and X.

With medium stiffness starting at the handle, a firm center section and a firm tip profile, the Tour AD IZ 65g and 75g hybrid shafts aims to offer a mid/high launch angle with mid ball spin rates.

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The Tour AD IZ 85g and 95g hybrid shafts, on the other hand, contain a firm stiffness beginning at the handle, firm center section and a stiff tip profile designed for mid launch angle and lower spin rates.

The Graphite Design Tour AD IZ – “Into the Zone” Hybrid costs $290 and will be available from March 4.

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Justin Rose WITB (Honma)

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Our Johnny Wunder was on site for a Honma launch event in California, and he filed these photos of new Honma staffer Justin Rose’s weaponry in addition to grabbing the World No. 1’s WITB details.

Driver: Honma TW 747 460 9.5
Shaft: Honma Vizard FD-7X 45.25 @D3

3-wood: TaylorMade M4 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Orange 80TX

5-wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Orange 80TX

Irons: TW747V (4,5), TW747 Rose Proto (5-10)
Shafts: KBS Tour C-Taper 125 S+

Wedges: Honma Custom Grind RAW (52, 56 degrees), Titleist Vokey Wedge Works (60, K-Grind)
Shafts: KBS Hi-Rev 2.0 135XS

Putter: Axis Proto

Ball: TaylorMade TP5

More discussion of all things J-Rose and Honma in this forum thread. 

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New ultra-lightweight Wilson D7 driver features 192-gram clubhead, RE-AKT Technology

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Wilson Golf has unveiled its latest driver, the Wilson D7, which with its superlight design, aims to provide golfers with a driver that produces greater clubhead speed with added forgiveness.

The Wilson D7 driver contains a clubhead which weighs just 192 grams and features RE-AKT Technology plus a combination of superlight design and reactive face technology, the combination of which aims to deliver faster clubhead speeds and ball speeds for added distance.

The new Wilson D7 driver features a (K)omposite lightweight crown design, which has helped the company to lower the CG position of the driver. The composite crown is made with a layer of Kevlar sandwiched between layers of carbon fiber, which aims to offer improved sound off the clubface while dampening any unwanted vibration.

This 2019 Wilson driver contains a fixed hosel and weighs in at just 280-grams total weight. The idea behind the lightness of the driver is to offer slower-swing speed golfers the chance to increase their club speed significantly.

Speaking on the new release from Wilson, Jon Pergande, Global Innovation Manager at Wilson Golf stated

“The process of creating the D7 driver started with designing the head shape and then stripping out all available weight, almost 25 grams. This weight was strategically returned to the head with the goal of improving the sound of the driver and optimizing ball flight with Dynamic Launch Control.”

In the Wilson D7 driver, golfers will have the opportunity of choosing between three different lofts (9, 10.5, 13 degrees).

The 9-degree driver is targeted for players with a faster swing speed, with internal weights moved forward in the aim of reducing spin and offering a lower launch. The 10.5-degree option is designed for golfers with a moderate-to-fast swing with weighting towards the middle to provide for more spin and a higher launch, while the 13-degree option is aimed at those with a slow-to-moderate swing speed with weighting further back for a high launching and spinning driver.

The Wilson D7 driver contains the new UST-Mamiya Helium Series shaft, which is available in A-flex (45 grams), R-flex (46 grams) and S-flex (57 grams). The new release also contains Wilson’s Staff MicroLite Lamkin grip, which weighs just 28 grams.

The driver will hit retail stores on January 21 and will cost $299.99.

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