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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. MB

    Feb 16, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    Funny,

    Don’t know what that means but my 4,5,6,7,8 irons all stamped CF19 9 & pw just 19? I ordered these custom from callaway with Nippon 105 Tour shafts

  2. Charles McClung

    Jan 30, 2019 at 12:16 am

    Have purchased a set of Apex Irons 2019 (5 Iron through to Pitching Wedge ) Clubs 5 through to 8 are Stamped CF 19. 9 Iron Approach Wedge and Pitching Wedge are stamped 19. some clubs also have serial number some not. ?????

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Kevin Na’s winning WITB: 2019 Charles Schwab Challenge

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Driver: Callaway GBB Epic (9 degrees)


Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD GP 6-TX

3-wood: Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero (13.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana BF 70 TX

Hybrid: PXG 0317 X Gen 2 (19 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI 95X

Irons: Callaway Rogue Pro (4), Callaway Apex Pro 16 (5-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy 4 Wedges (50, 54 degrees), Vokey Design prototype (’18) (60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Odyssey Toulon Madison

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

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The top-5 longest drivers on the PGA Tour and their driver/shaft combos

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Let’s take a look at what the PGA Tour’s biggest bombers thus far in 2018-2019 are using to launch their rockets.

1. Cameron Champ

Average drive: 315.6 yards


Driver: Ping G400 Max (9 degrees @ 7.9)


Shaft: Fujikura Pro 63 TS (44.75 inches, tipped 1.5 inches)

T2. Luke List

Average drive: 314.4 yards
Driver: TaylorMade M6 (9 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana White D+ 80TX

T2. Rory McIlroy

Average drive: 314.4 yards


Driver: TaylorMade M5 (9 degrees)


Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK White 70TX

4. Tony Finau

Average drive: 311.5 yards


Driver: Ping G410 Plus (9 degrees @ 8)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana RF 70-TX (45.25 inches, tipped 1 inch)

5. Wyndham Clark

Average drive: 311.4 yards


Driver: PXG 0811 XF GEN2 (10 degrees)


Shaft: Accra Prototype (45.25 inches)

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WRX Spotlight Review: TaylorMade M5 fairway Rocket 3

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Product: TaylorMade M5 fairway Rocket 3

Pitch: The TaylorMade M5 fairway Rocket 3 is a stronger-lofted version of the standard TaylorMade M5 3-wood. The Rocket is 14 degrees. The standard M5 is 15.

Our take on the TaylorMade M5 Rocket 3

“WOW, you really hit that 3-wood like a rocket!”

” Not like a rocket… an actual Rocket!”

The beloved 3-wood. A favorite club of both average golfers and pros alike, a club that many will hold onto well after what some might consider their “best before” date. But with new options and improved technology, these old faithfuls are getting the boot quicker for a lot of reasons including the ability to better dial in a fit and help minimizing misses.

Since making a club faster off the middle is becoming more and more difficult thanks to the limits set forth but the USGA, OEMs are changing the way we think about clubs and putting a greater focus on decreasing dispersion and optimizing misses. TaylorMade is doing this with TwistFace, which was originally introduced in drivers a generation ago, and has now been included in the M5 and M6 fairway woods.

I got to spend some time with the knowledgeable crew at TaylorMade Canada in their new indoor facility just north of Toronto (lets call it Kingdom North) In that time, we went through a driver fitting, and then to the new M5 fairway woods to try and replace one of my oldest faithfuls: a 14-degree SLDR Tour Spoon. To say I have a unique ability to elevate a fairway wood is something that even my fitter was a little surprised by. My numbers with my cranked down to 12 degree (measured) fairway off the deck were good but could be improved. I can hit it both ways (as much as a 6-handicap can actually claim that) but my trusted go-to shot is a slight fade with some heel bias contact because of my swing. I am willing to sacrifice some distance but usually hit it where I want.

What I saw at the end of the fitting was a club that produced longer shots along with a tighter dispersion without having to make or to try and make any changes to my swing. The final fit was a 14-degree “Rocket” M5 fairway set to 12 degrees. It beat out my SLDR by a total of nine yards, which is an increase of just over a total of three percent, including an additional six yards of carry.

To say I was honestly surprised would be an understatement. The SLDR TS is a club that the first time I hit it I went WHOA! Low spin, workable, looks exactly how I want that club to look (small and compact). You can see from the numbers below when it works it works.

Why does TwistFace work?

Let’s explain and get a little deep in the technology weeds for a second. Bulge and roll is not a new concept. In fact, it would be a lie to claim that all OEMs haven’t done something similar to this is the past or played with these two variables to help golfers hit better shots. Fact: Every OEM optimizes the bulge and roll on their clubs to increase speed and maximize performance. Tom Wishon actually had a line of woods at one point that went the other way had VERY limited roll from the top tine to the sole. With this design, more loft on the bottom of the head helped players who miss low or need help elevating the ball off the deck increase launch and spin. It worked. Cobra also has what it calls E9 technology to tweak bulge and roll to help maximize the speed and forgiveness of their woods. It also works.

What makes TaylorMade’s TwistFace different is that it is the most aggressive iteration of this bulge and roll tweaking yet, and by introducing it into the fairway woods and hybrids, it’s proving to be a winner — even for this now-proven wrong skeptic.

At the end of the day, the M5 Ti “Rocket” was a measurable improvement over my previous 3-wood. Now it would be disingenuous to say “if you aren’t using TwistFace in your fairway woods you’re not maximized,” but if you are someone that struggles with fairway wood dispersion and looking to find some extra distance for taking on par-5s, taking a look at the new M5 and M6 fairway woods as part of your next fitting should be very high on your list.

 

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