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New Callaway Apex 19 Irons, Apex Pro 19 Irons, and Apex 19 Hybrids launched

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This month sees the release of the new Callaway Apex 19 Hybrid, Callaway Apex 19 Irons, and Callaway Apex Pro 19 Irons. All the new Callaway iron models hit the retail market on January 25.

Callaway Apex 19 Irons, Callaway Apex Pro 19 Irons

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The new Apex 19 and Apex Pro 19 irons feature a forged 1025 carbon steel body combined for the first time with Callaway’s urethane microspheres. The carbon steel body aims to provide players with a softer feel, while the urethane microspheres consist of over one million tiny air pockets which are designed to absorb any unwanted vibration at impact, without slowing down the face.

Both new sets of new Callaway irons will also contain Callaway’s 360 Face Cup, which employs a shallow, flexible rim around the perimeter of the face that flexes and releases at impact with the aim of providing faster ball speed for consistent distance on center hits and off-center hits. While with the shorter irons, Callaway’s VFT face promises to enhance spin control to allow for more aggressive shot-making.

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Callaway has infused an average of 50 grams of tungsten into each iron for greater precision in locating each club’s center of gravity, while maintaining the flexibility of the Face Cup, which aims at promoting optimum launch, ball flight, and pinpoint control throughout the set.

The Apex 19 irons come with a platinum chrome finish and feature a new True Temper Elevate 95 Shaft and Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360 Grip. While the Apex Pro 19 irons feature a straighter leading edge, higher toe, thin top line, and a smooth hosel transition for a Tour Performance shape.

The company describes the Apex Pro as “our first ever forged Tour performance iron
with advanced distance technologies…the iron for better players who want all the
benefits of a Tour-level design without sacrificing ball speed or distance.”

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In comparison to the Apex 19, the Pro features a straighter leading edge, higher toe, thinner top line, and smoother hosel transition. In other words, the look pros prefer.

The Apex 19 and Apex Pro 19 irons hit the market on January 25. The Apex Pro 19 irons will set you back $1,399, while for the Apex 19 irons, the steel irons come with a price tag of $1,399, while the graphite irons cost $1,499.

Callaway Apex 19 Hybrid

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For the very first time, Callaway Golf has introduced its Jailbreak Technology into a players hybrid.

The new Apex 19 Hybrid contains two steel Jailbreak bars which stiffen the body, placing more impact load on the face, with the aim of achieving faster ball speed and distance. The club also contains a Forged Face Cup made from Carpenter 455 Steel which is also designed for increasing ball speed.

The latest hybrid from Callaway comes in a dark PVD finish and comes equipped with a True Temper Catalyst Shaft and Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360 Grip.

The new Apex 19 Hybrid will be available to buy from January 25, and costs $269.99

RELATED: 2019 Callaway Apex & Apex Pro iron pics

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  1. John McNeil

    Jan 15, 2019 at 5:08 pm

    The Apex Pro’s feel more solid and softer than anything I’ve hit. I’ve had the Z765 and Z965’s and these put them to shame. They are also closer to traditional lofts and go just as far with much tighter dispersion. The tour elevate shaft is solid. I don’t think there is a whole lot of game changing improvement to be had in irons unless you play with shovels. These are for a target market for sure. Replace your irons and wedges when you start to wear out the grooves. Unfortunately almost all of the manufacturers prices are going up along with green fees. That sucks for us.

  2. aaron dixon

    Jan 5, 2019 at 2:33 am

    I’ll just wait until next year when they are designed with AI.

  3. bill

    Jan 5, 2019 at 1:23 am

    Call me Crazy but me thinks they kinda look close to the Irons that Stenson uses ? Legacy Blacks with some obvious upgrades !Just my 2 cents

  4. Bert Gwaltney

    Jan 4, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    Like the look and may play great, but hate the finish. Chrome isn’t my favorite, I like satin. But will take close look in a couple weeks.

  5. Ryan Michael

    Jan 4, 2019 at 6:36 pm

    Well Taylormade discontinued the P750s and P770s mine as well reincarnate them at Callaway.

  6. Noblesse

    Jan 4, 2019 at 4:37 pm

    So that’s what Xander was gaming

    • Johnny

      Jan 11, 2019 at 2:45 pm

      kinda, but not really at all… Most knew he was gaming a proto, and it is completely different than what they’re now offering at retail with these 2019s. It’s pretty much the same mistake that every retailer makes with every single offering – saying so-and-so plays it, but in reality they’re all protos. I think the only one that may have ever been true to it was Luke Donald with the MP-64s.

  7. JP

    Jan 4, 2019 at 4:11 pm

    Apex Pro looks like money.

    That hybrid looks good too. At address I looks like my favorite Adams hybrid from many years back.

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Talking with Alonzo Guess of Sunfish…and a look at the insane headcover they made GolfWRX

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We last talked with Alonzo Guess of Sunfish in November of 2017 after the Nashville-based company launched a custom headcover and accessory builder on its website.

The company has been producing custom headcovers, yardage books, and other accessories since 2013 when it entered the market with its signature wool headcovers.

We wanted to see what was up, and Guess was kind enough not only to answer a few questions, but to design a pretty incredible GolfWRX driver cover using some raw assets we sent over.

BA: What’s new at Sunfish since we last talked? 

AG: 2018 was a great year for innovation at Sunfish. We worked hard to develop new design and construction techniques, and it has been really exciting combining these new creative elements into one of a kind headcovers and accessories. 2018 was our eighth year in business, but it was probably the most significant in terms of innovation. We’re excited to see where we can go from here!

BA: Looking at your websites, I know one of the new things you developed is something you call Photoflux. What exactly is Photoflux?

AG: Photoflux is our proprietary high-resolution printing process, that gives us the ability to apply to our products anything from photos to complex patterns to intricate logos. The level of resolution and detail is truly unmatched, and can’t be achieved with embroidery. We apply it to our leather and Duraleather products, even our hand-made copper ball markers and divot tools! Those are really exciting, because we can make custom copper ball markers with full color logos, on demand

BA: How the heck did you come up Photoflux?

AG: A customer ordered a scorecard holder with his family photo to be embroidered on each side. We made the piece and weren’t happy at all with the result. The embroidery process couldn’t do justice to the photographs. It was clear that there were certain limitations to embroidery, and we were motivated to overcome them. After months of trial and error, long hours and strenuous testing against sun, rain, and wear, we developed the current process.

BA: What are ways the Photoflux process can be used?

AG: Photoflux is perfect for applying photos, but can also be used for intricate logos or family crests. Really any graphic element can be expressed accurately using Photoflux, including shading. Recently we’ve had fun developing custom patterns such as tiger fur and using them as stripes on headcovers. The sky’s the limit!

Photoflux is best in concert with other design techniques, such as embroidery, laser engraving, and precision cutting and sewing. The featured piece (shown in this feature) incorporates Photoflux, precision cutting and sewing, laser engraving and embroidery. The result is as much artwork as it is a functional golf accessory.

BA: What are the limitations of the technology…what products can you apply Photoflux to?

AG: It’s great for leather and Duraleather headcovers, putter covers, scorecard and yardage book holders, alignment stick covers, cash covers, valuables pouches, wine bags, barrel style tartan headcovers…and even copper ball markers and divot tools!

BA: Tell me about this headcover you made for GolfWRX. I suggested the use of a graffiti wall, a GolfWRX logo, and skeleton hand holding up one finger to denote one club/driver, and you really went to town!

AG: So for the headcover you have, we used Photoflux to apply the graffiti wall image to the top of the cover (did you notice the ‘GolfWRX’ spraypaint in there? We threw that in there for you as an Easter egg!). On top of that, we embroidered the skeleton hand. For the stripe, we laser cut the outline of a typical urban skyline, and laser engraved the chain-link fence pattern over the top, than sewed that down. The bottom portion is a Photoflux image of GolfWRX that you sent over.

With so many new ways to decorate and manipulate the materials, we’re really excited about combining it all for our fans and customers to create really unique products. We feel the sky is the limit, and we hope this headcover illustrates that.

 

 

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New XXIO Prime woods, hybrids, and irons aim for lightweight power

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XXIO’s latest club offerings, XXIO Prime, looks to offer easy distance and easy accuracy for the moderate swing speed golfer, according to the company.

XXIO Prime woods

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XXIO Prime Woods feature a new re-designed hosel structure, and reduced stiffness at the tip of the driver shaft, which is designed to help moderate swing speed golfers to close the clubface through impact.

Forged from Super-TIX PLUS Titanium, the new cup face includes a sweet spot that is noticeably larger than previous designs, which aims to increase distance performance significantly. The Super-TIX PLUS Titanium Cup Face is thinner, lighter and stronger than previous additions, creating a maximum COR across the face, which aims to increase ball speed and distance.

According to Chuck Thiry, Vice President of XXIO USA

“The speed increases, higher launch angles, and draw bias of the new Prime will show immediate results from swing one. It’s legit lightweight power for the players that absolutely need it the most.”

Featured in the XXIO prime woods is the SP-1000 shaft, with TORAYCA T1100G carbon fiber and NANOALLOY resin, which creates a strong but lightweight club. Along with the lightness in the shaft, XXIO has made weight savings in the grip and club head, which aims to produce woods that are both fast and easy to swing.

The XXIO Prime woods feature an expanded toe and narrowed heel, a tungsten-nickel inner weight that is low and deep, a lighter hosel repositioned closer to the center of the face, and reduced stiffness at the tip of the shaft, all with the aim of offering golfers with maximum forgiveness from their woods.

The XXIO Prime woods will be available from March 1 and will cost $579,99.

XXIO Prime hybrids and irons

The new XXIO Prime hybrids feature an expanded COR and a lower center of gravity, which is designed to increase distance and ball speed while delivering a straighter ball flight.

The hybrids from XXIO contain a Forged Maraging Steel Cup Face which includes a large sweet spot which aims to increase distance performance.

Just as with the woods, the XXIO irons also feature the Super-TIX PLUS Titanium Cup Face, though along with this, they also contain a CNC milled speed groove, which significantly increases the COR, creating a larger sweet spot, designed to provide greater distance, ball speed and accuracy.

Both the hybrids and irons include the SP-1000 Shaft, with TORAYCA T1100G carbon fiber and NANOALLOY resin. The hybrids and irons also feature weight savings in the grip and club head, with the aim of increasing swing speed.

With an expanded toe and narrowed heel, plus a crown step that moves weight low and deep, XXIO claim that this is their most forgiving suite of Prime hybrids. While with two high-density tungsten nickel sole weights and an overall profile that is 3mm shorter than the previous model, the company also claims to have created their most forgiving irons yet.

Speaking on the new XXIO Prime series, Chuck Thiry stated

“XXIO Prime is, quite frankly, the most unique and beneficial product ever available to moderate swing speed players. Period. People might think that is marketing hype, but they simply haven’t hit Prime yet.”

Both the XXIO Prime hybrids and irons will hit retail stores on March 1. The Prime hybrids will cost $379.99, while a single graphite iron will be available for $259.99.

 

 

 

 

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SPOTTED: 2019 Mitsubishi shafts

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The Diamana shaft line from Mitsubishi Chemical is probably one of the most iconic in the sport. Released in 2005, Blueboard, Whiteboard, and Redboard, were the first generation of shafts.

Photos of the full fourth generation Diamana lineup, offering new materials and technology, along with new names, have surfaced in the GolfWRX forums. Like previous generations, each color shaft offers different ball flight and spin characteristics.

“RF” is the highest launching and spinning in the Diamana line, offering high launch and mid spin, while the “BF” is the mid-launch and mid/low-spin model. Finally, the “DF” is mid/low-launching and the lowest-spinning shaft in the lineup.

All of the fourth generation Diamana shafts use updated technologies and materials that you would expect from a premium lineup. DIALEAD pitch fiber is helps reduce shaft deformation, while still producing exceptional energy transfer.

Each shaft contains MR70 carbon fiber that is 20 percent stronger than conventional materials and Boron fiber for its compression strength and shaft reinforcement. ION plating has been done before in the Diamana line, in vacuum chambers — silver alloy ions are bonded to the shaft to give it a chrome-like finish that can’t be replicated by paint.

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