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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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