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Spotted: New Callaway Apex MB Irons

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GolfWRX spotted a new set of Callaway Apex MB irons at the CareerBuilder Challenge on Tuesday, where they were being tested by Callaway Staffer Patrick Reed.

Callaway currently sells a set of Apex MB (muscleback) irons, released in late 2014, but the new irons are noticeably different. They have a chrome finish and a streamlined muscle pad, which gives them a more traditional look than the original Apex MB irons.

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Callaway’s new Apex MB irons (left).

According to our boots on the ground, Reed tested the new irons only briefly, hitting the 6 iron and pitching wedge on the range. It’s not clear if he plans further testing of the irons.

See Photos from the Tour of the Apex MB in raw finish

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In last week’s BMW South Africa Open Championship on the European Tour, Rory McIlroy used a set of Callaway Apex MB irons that looked similar to the new irons.

Rory’s Callaway Apex MB irons

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It’s unclear if Rory’s irons are an initial prototype of the new model, or customized to his specific needs.

See MORE PHOTOS and what GolfWRX Members are saying about the new irons in our forum. 

See Photos from the Tour of the Apex MB in raw finish

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  1. Chuckle Barkley

    Mar 23, 2019 at 6:52 pm

    *Travis…….Dude, that observation is priceless. On the floor crackin’ up!! Great stuff!!

  2. Sheen

    Mar 24, 2018 at 11:14 am

    It is exactly same look of MP 69 except 4D concept.

  3. Travis

    Jun 13, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    HEY!!! That’s a design ripoff of that one company who ripped off that other company who took their design from that one company who copied that other person who’s club looked really similar to that other one!! Unbelievable Callaway…

  4. BWild

    Mar 21, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    They are the same design as the titelist 660’s take look…

  5. Barry

    Jan 23, 2017 at 10:01 am

    Agreed. Does the groove spacing have any impact on spin rate?

  6. Mr Poopoo

    Jan 21, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    The Mizuno MP-14/29 muscle design never gets old…

  7. westphi

    Jan 19, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    Simple and clean is always sexy. If they have good turf interaction and a soft buttery feel, I would game them!

  8. Mark

    Jan 19, 2017 at 2:52 am

    It’s a blade. T

  9. MP-4

    Jan 18, 2017 at 11:21 pm

    The satin finish looks much better.

    • MP-29

      Jan 19, 2017 at 2:33 am

      No, it does not.

      • Bob Pegram

        Jan 21, 2017 at 2:34 pm

        It does when you put your club down behind the ball and the angle causes you to get a face full of reflected sunlight. The satin finish doesn’t do that.

      • Satin is Better

        Jan 25, 2017 at 1:50 pm

        Yes, it does.

  10. golfraven

    Jan 18, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    What Rory played in SA was likely a proto set of MBs he got as a farewell present from Titleist before jumping to Nike. They probably said he can stamp it with whatever he likes even their compeitors name. Three years later here we are. Why else are Callys new Epic woods so similar in looks to Titleist’s 915 line – probably also protos from them.

  11. Scott

    Jan 18, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    I would try them compared to titleist mb which they now look exactly alike. That was one of the nice things about the “old” apex mb. The look. These do. Itching for me but I’ll wait, see, compare numbers

    • Max

      Jan 19, 2017 at 12:17 pm

      They are blades buddy, your strike will be the only thing changing the numbers by a noticeable amount.

  12. Mr. Callaway..

    Jan 18, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    we have Titleist 916 MB on line 1 for you

  13. chinchbugs

    Jan 18, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    dems purty

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Justin Thomas’ WITB for course-record 61 at Medinah

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Driver: Titleist TS3 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana BF 60TX

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3-wood: Titleist TS3 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Blue 80TX

5-wood: Titleist 915FD (18 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 9.2 Tour Spec X

Irons: Titleist T100 (4), Titleist 718 MB
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Vokey Design SM7 (46, 52, 56 degrees), Vokey Design SM6 (60 degrees)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Photo via Vokey wedge rep Aaron Dill

Putter: Scotty Cameron X5

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord
Grip: SuperStroke Pistol GT Tour

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Best ball for players with slower swing speeds?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from ghoul31 who created a thread dedicated to finding the ideal golf ball for players with slower swing speeds. Our members have their say on what is the ball most suited to slower swing speeds, with a variety of models receiving a mention.

Here are a few posts from the thread but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • Hogan9: “My SS is 80 to 85. I play the Titleist AVX. Many people on these forums tell it’s wrong for me. I’ve tried several brands and types over the last year ( Pro-V-1 and 1X, Cally Supersoft and Chrome Soft, TM TP5X, Wilson Duo Soft and the Snell MTB. The AVX gives me the best overall performance for my game. I’ve had to slightly adjust to how it reacts on chips and pitches, but the extra distance off the tee is well worth it. “
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  • Hat Trick: “Pro V1X – Spin and higher launch keeps it in the air longer, but at the same time that spin holds the greens – SS 96-98 mph.”
  • Kmac: “My SS is right around 95-100, and I find the QST to the perfect for my game. I will also play the AVX or Chrome Soft Truvis. But for the money, nothing beats the QST.”

Entire Thread: “Best ball for players with slower swing speeds?”

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Single length irons stunting development?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from rbark11 who has sparked an interesting debate over single length irons in our forums. Rbark11 has been playing single length irons for the past seven months, and he is concerned that he may have issues changing back to regular length irons. Our members give their take on the matter, as well as discussing single length irons in general.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • mcs4: “No, it will not. Both my father and I are currently playing Cobra One Length irons after decades of playing variable length irons. It took both of us maybe a few rounds to feel comfortable with the switch. This weekend I played a round with my old irons, and it was different but not a big deal. My opinion is that there are pros and cons with each approach, but I don’t think picking one will make any particular negative impact on your ability to later switch to the other.”
  • Quadra: “I’ve played both. Right now I am back to VL clubs ( Wishon 560 irons). Find VL gives me more shot-making options. With uneven lies, especially with the ball above or below foot level, the shot seems easier with a more upright or flatter lie, rather than trying to manipulate a shot from clubs with only a single length/lie. VL = more shot possibilities.”
  • Aucaveman: “I played Cobra ftbo for a year. Shot my best scores ever. Our club switched to Mizuno exclusively, so I had my first real fitting. I switched to the 919 forged and had to sell the Cobras to fund the mizunos. Really wished I hadn’t. I really liked the Cobras. The shafts in the Mizuno’s are better suited for me but had I put the same shafts in the Cobras; I’d prob been better off. At some point, I’ll prob do it and go back to one lengths. I was perusing eBay yesterday actually.”
  • Brandons68: “I think that the consistency you gain from SL irons is pretty great. I have not played them personally, but have talked to several people that have, and they really like the feel of the irons and the fact that they swing every iron the same because they are all the same length.”

Entire Thread: “Single length irons stunting development?”

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