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Update: Callaway to release Apex Black irons (again)

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Note: If you missed out on the initial launch, Callaway is re-releasing the Apex Black irons, available on August 18th, due to popular demand. 

Tired of the same satin or chrome finish on what seems like every set of irons on the market? These new all-black (a.k.a murdered-out) irons may be your answer.

Callaway is set to release its Apex CF ’16 irons with a Satin Black PVD finish. The irons will have all of the same technologies as the original retail offerings: A progressive design with 360 Face Cups in the long irons (3-7) for forgiveness and distance, face plates in the short irons (8-AW) for feel and distance control, and a multi-piece construction throughout the set.

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Read here for more tech talk on the Apex Forged irons.

The Apex Black irons, which are forged from 1025 mild carbon steel, will be available for $1,299 with steel shafts, and $1,499 in graphite. The stock shaft will be a stepless True Temper XP 95 shaft with a Satin Black finish that matches nicely with the all-black club heads, but other shafts will be available at no upcharge, as well.

Pre-sale date is set for May 20, while the official launch is on June 3.

See what GolfWRX members are saying about the irons in the forums.

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He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

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  1. Dave

    Jun 15, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    Can I get a set in red no make that blood red as I’m having issues with my game lately. They will probably play better.

  2. Dave

    May 18, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    Ya Tom your right like all the rest of the companies ,one year old Taylor made drivers last years first new model out of many they released.On line for $125.00 original price $395.00

  3. Dave

    May 18, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    Nice clubs but the price is well the price is absolutely out of reach for us retired guys . I understand it costs for [email protected] but they are painted black how much was the paint? Oh ya and most of us long time golfers know the mark up on clubs , I don’t mine someone making a living but come on now guys they are just clubs. More does not mean better …………

  4. joro

    May 18, 2016 at 11:53 am

    I have been playing Wilson Blk Irons for a couple of years now and together with the blk. Aldila RIP iron shaft they are really stealthy, and the C100s are really great and understated Irons.

  5. Alan Medina

    May 18, 2016 at 11:29 am

    Are those plasti dipped? Black versions look kind of cheap. I like the brushed silver though!

    • Tom

      May 18, 2016 at 3:40 pm

      Comparison to other deposition techniques[edit]

      “Advantages[edit]
      PVD coatings are sometimes harder and more corrosion resistant than coatings applied by the electroplating process. Most coatings have high temperature and good impact strength, excellent abrasion resistance and are so durable that protective topcoats are almost never necessary.
      Ability to utilize virtually any type of inorganic and some organic coating materials on an equally diverse group of substrates and surfaces using a wide variety of finishes.
      More environmentally friendly than traditional coating processes such as electroplating and painting.
      More than one technique can be used to deposit a given film.”…..

  6. Dave

    May 18, 2016 at 7:02 am

    Funny. I don’t have a problem spinning the ball with mine. These do look nice.

  7. tish

    May 18, 2016 at 12:36 am

    Don’t forget the Nike Vapor Pro Irons too…they came out before the PXGs…and the Adams were out before anyone

  8. James

    May 17, 2016 at 11:48 pm

    Hope the black last longer then my Cleveland wedge, bottom and half way up back of wedge is now just a stainless steel color…..did Cleveland just paint the wedges??

  9. Brian

    May 17, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    $1,300….Titleist, Callaway, and Taylormade iron prices are getting ridiculous. A part of the reason I stick with Mizuno

  10. OH

    May 17, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    Pulling a page from the PXG playbook. Very original there Cally.

    • Cleveland....

      May 17, 2016 at 4:24 pm

      and possibly cobra might take issue w/ your statement. Looking back over time a lot of manufactures have had options for black finishes on irons.

      just glad more options for finishes are becoming available from the larger more accessible manufacturers.

    • lsf_21

      May 18, 2016 at 11:44 pm

      You must be new to golf equipment. Adam’s made black irons years ago. Callaway made black irons with the razr black. This has been done before pxg even existed.

      • OH

        May 25, 2016 at 10:34 am

        No, I’m not new to golf equipment and am well aware of prior model irons coming in black from other OEMs. PXG was the most recent, though, and this move by Callaway plus their markup on them versus the satin finish seems to follow suit to exactly what PXG has done.

  11. golfraven

    May 17, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    I would consider those if I was looking for new irons, even if I am not a big Cally fan.

  12. Chuck D

    May 17, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    Eldrick could have used a pitching wedge!

  13. Adam

    May 17, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    Well shoot just got some APEX! But I am LH, these are RH only anyhow 🙁 That shaft is nice though, wonder if it performs identical to the stepped version?

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Patrick Cantlay’s missed cut at the Masters was a shock for most golf fans, and it has led to quite a significant change in the 29-year-old’s bag.

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