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Stenson wins with Callaway’s exotic Legacy Black irons

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Today, Callaway released information on its new Apex irons. That has golf gearheads buzzing about them as well as a different Callaway product, the company’s exotic Legacy Black irons (pictured right) used by Henrik Stenson to win the PGA Tour’s 2013 FedEx Cup.

Click here to see all the clubs in Stenson’s bag.

Much to many gearheads’ chagrin, the Legacy Black irons are not available in the U.S. The high-end forged irons are sold in European and Asian markets, where consumers are willing to pay more for clubs made from the best possible materials.

Stenson won the Deutsche Bank Championship with the 2012 version of the Legacy Black irons, which have a compact 1020-forged head with little offset that delivers the look and feel many better players prefer. For 2013, Callaway has released a new set of Legacy Black irons, which include many of the features of the company’s new Apex irons.

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Like the Apex irons, they’re forged and have tungsten sole weights in the long irons to help golfers launch them higher. They also have a deep undercut behind the face, which increases ball speed and forgiveness.

Now for the bad news: The 2013 Legacy Black irons cost about $1500 through international dealers, or about $400 more than the Apex irons are going to sell for when they hit the shelves in the U.S. on Dec. 6.

But there’s good news, too. If you’re wondering what the Callaway Apex Pro irons might look like when they’re launched in the spring of 2013, you don’t have to look farther than the 2013 Legacy Black irons.

Expect the Apex Pros to have a similar size, shape and construction, but cost a few hundred dollars less than their exotic counterpart.

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  1. joro

    Jun 2, 2014 at 9:51 am

    So they all take what works and change it for a new look which 1/2 the time is not as good as the original. Ah, the great marketing people, they always have to have a new thing to sell, and in this case I will promise you it won’t be as good.

    Like the 2002 BB Irons, a great iron and other than the lofts are weaker than the new ones, better. Those irons are simple, and almost hit themselves. The lofts were strong for the day, but less than today. Guess how they get more distance, which is what it is all about, forget direction, high soft shots, just make the lofts stronger. It is nothing built into the club as they want you to think, just simple strong lofts. MAGIC!!

  2. bill

    Nov 22, 2013 at 12:35 am

    $600 on that e site, 5-pw.

  3. Shallowface

    Sep 27, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    I’m guessing Legacy, like Apex, must be a nameplate Callaway acquired when they purchased Spalding’s golf business.

    I have a set of Spalding Top Flite Legacy woods and irons from 1976. Beautiful clubs!

  4. tyler

    Sep 27, 2013 at 12:26 am

    So the us apex irons are going to sell for $1100 according to this article!? What a joke. I’ll stick with my s56s

  5. Austin

    Sep 25, 2013 at 11:01 am

    You can buy the US version with inferior materials. Awesome!

    • christian

      Sep 27, 2013 at 10:50 am

      Ha ha, yeah that’s what the article boils down too. In one sentence

  6. Rickie

    Sep 25, 2013 at 8:32 am

    Now you can buy 2012 Legacy Black iron set with $600 (53% discount) through Amazon Japan. Not sure they can ship to US.

    • PO

      Sep 26, 2013 at 3:21 am

      Yes, they can ship to the US, but you would have to open an Amazon Japan account to do it, and you can only do that if you live in Japan with a Japan address, so it’s a moot point if you don’t live in Japan and don’t have a Japanese address or credit cards.

  7. Joel

    Sep 24, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    I wish callaway would do a limited release of them here, Stenson is a monster and even though I try and not be a total fanboy….I would totally play everything in his bag.

    • Joe

      Sep 24, 2013 at 5:17 pm

      these look alot like the titleist ap2’s. wonder if they found some inspiration there?

      • Chris

        Sep 25, 2013 at 12:39 am

        Your right, definitely a similar design. The ap2’s are awesome, i dont blame them for trying. Never been much of a callaway guy, but Im glad to see more clubs targeted for the low handicappers. Might be worth a look if ever brought to the states.

        • Jack

          Sep 26, 2013 at 4:51 am

          Well actually all of these players GI irons are similar. Some kind of rubber thing for feel, tungsten or some heavy material for higher launch, and a thinner clubface.

    • t120

      Sep 28, 2013 at 9:39 pm

      +1000

      I feel the same way. The guy creates his own bag, plays what he likes and although I don’t have his skill, or SS, or…well, any of the same attributes that make a consistent winner – you can’t help but want to steal his bag.

      Apex Pro’s knock off this look and those specs and I’ll shelve the J40’s for at least one round.

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GolfWRX recently launched a new 8-part video series, called “The Modern Classics,” in partnership with 2nd Swing Golf. Throughout this video series, GolfWRX’s Head of Tour Content, Andrew Tursky, tests out 8 legendary used golf clubs that are still being played on Tour today. How do the older, less expensive products compare to modern technologies?

In the first three episodes, Tursky tested out TaylorMade’s Tour Preferred MC 2011 irons, Adams Idea Pro hybrids from 2006, and a TaylorMade Rocketballz RBZ fairway wood.

For episode 4, we highlight the TaylorMade Burner SuperFast fairway woods, which were released to the public in 2010. Although they’re more than a decade old, we spotted one in Richard Bland’s 2022 WITB.

The Burner SuperFast fairway woods are currently available for $76.99 on 2nd Swing’s website.

Check out the video at the top of the page for more on the product, design, and how it stands up in testing against a modern 3-wood.

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Driver: Titleist TSR3 (10 degrees)
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In our forums, our members have been discussing wedges for poor bunker players. WRXer ‘gdb99’ kicks off the thread saying “I’m not good out of sand. I used to be, 35 years ago. I blade shots over the green. It’s all technique, and I need a lot of practice. I know that,” and reaches out to our members who have been sharing what they feel are the wedges that can help him the most.

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