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2021 Callaway Apex Launch Day Report: Everything you need to know about the new equipment from Callaway

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Today was the official launch day of the all-new Callaway Apex line of irons along with the newest Apex hybrids. To summarize the newest releases, Callaway is packing their Apex line full of technology and premium materials, with the irons using large amounts of tungsten to boost MOI and the hybrids using a new form of Jailbreak called “Velocity Blades” to stiffen the frame and create faster ballspeeds.

If are looking for in-depth information, on the ins and outs of the new designs and the technology that makes them possible, check out our full launch pieces below.

New Callaway 2021 Apex, Apex Pro, and Apex DCB irons: Could this be the best Apex launch ever?

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The new 2021 Callaway Apex Forged irons were created with one goal in mind: optimization, not only across the set, but into each specific iron. For the first time, Callaway used A.I to design its patented Flash Face Cup, which in previous applications created a face that was not only fast but extremely forgiving.

In this update, the focus was on control and “spin robustness,” which is an awesome way to say spin optimization. Callaway was able to not only increase ball speeds and forgiveness across the face, but with a new weighting configuration, also able to control and optimize spin.

Each iron face is tuned to complement the loft (i.e. long irons = high launch/low spin, mid irons = mid launch/mid spin, short irons = lower launch/higher spin).

New for 2021: Callaway Apex and Apex Pro hybrids

The Apex hybrids from Callaway (like the woods) feature Jailbreak A.I. Velocity Blades that are engineered to increase vertical stiffness near the club’s sole in design to create more speed low on the face where players often mishit their hybrids.

The A.I. Blades aim to allow the face cup to flex on the crown to promote better spin rate consistency and contain bars spread to encourage torsional stiffness and create added forgiveness across the clubface.

Perspectives from the GolfWRX forums

  • rsh0308 said: “I love the Pros. Not sure if this was covered, but how would someone blend the Apex and Pro from 6-7?…The Apex has like 3 degree steps with a 26.5* 6-iron and then a 33* 7-iron in the Pro?…The WRX story says split is between the 7/8 but it’s still a 6.5* gap….That’s like 2 clubs?”
  • BogeyTime13 replied: “I am wondering this as well. But if you look at the spec sheet it appears that there is no change in the loft (or length) for the Apex Pros or the Apex 21s in the combo set. Does that mean they should be around the same distance ? If so, can you break it anywhere you want in the set?”…”I hit both heads today at the store and they were amazing. Barely lost any distance on thin shots (which is my miss) and was shocked at how good the dispersion was. Really want to break the set at the 6 or 7. Here’s hoping you can!”
  • Imp says: “I’ve always had some kind of nit on the older Callaway iron offerings (and even after hitting them)… yet this one appeals to me a bit more. I’ll have to see how they feel.”
  • Homerun2Birdie writes: “I’m gonna have to see some awful first impressions of the Pro’s to not buy a set of those sight unseen. Ya’ll can wait out the TCB if you like, but I might just buy two sets of the Pro’s because not really sure what more you could ask for in an iron, and who knows when we’ll see one like this again haha.”

More from the GolfWRX forums

GolfWRX’s resident equipment tester, Brian Knudson of the Club Junkie podcast, had this to say

Apex iron (standard): Soft feel with almost no click at impact. Ball flies flatter than I expected but still goes a long way. Very straight with misses having less curvature and staying online very well. Off-center shots carry decently but slightly more drop off. Seems to be pretty low spin—even shots flared right had a flatter trajectory.

Apex Pro hybrid: Nice metallic sound at impact and face is responsive. Ball had higher trajectory—not as flat as previous Apex hybrids. Misses were good, slightly better than expected for a pro hybrid. Thin shots still got up and carried well.

Here’s what the biggest YouTube testers and reviews have to say on the newest Callaway Apex line

And on Instagram

From the Twitterverse

Have you had a chance to hit anything in the Callaway Apex line yet? What are your initial impressions? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. jgpl001

    Jan 13, 2021 at 8:18 am

    The Apex Pro looks really good

    A lot of very good irons out there for 2021, now if only we had Covid gone to go out and enjoy them……

    • Jon

      Jan 13, 2021 at 9:26 am

      Why can’t you go out and enjoy them in the outdoors?

      • Roy

        Jan 13, 2021 at 2:19 pm

        because some states still have golf courses shut down

        • jgpl001

          Jan 14, 2021 at 6:27 am

          Indeed…..very depressing, we are under level 5 lockdown, probably until mid March…….

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GolfWRX Spotted: 2021 New Ping putter series at WCG Workday

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This week, the PGA Tour is at The Concession Golf Club in Bradenton Florida, and we were on-site Tuesday to spy some interesting things from the grounds and on the putting green where players were prepping for the first round of the WGC – Workday Championship where the purse is 10.5 million dollars!

It’s on the putting green where we spotted a whole line of new putters from Ping, and although we don’t have all the details about the new line there is enough visual technology to draw come conclusions including:

  • Dual-durometer inserts like the current Sigma 2 ( red accent )
  • Grooved insert technology
  • Heavy perimeter weighting on the heel and toe to increase MOI – assumed to be tungsten

Don’t forget that you can check out the full image galleries in the GolfWRX Tour Equipment forum.

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To see the rest of the pictures and read what GolfWRXer’s are saying about the spotted putters, check out the entire thread in the forums here: 2021 WGC Workday Championship – 2021 Ping putters

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Cameron Smith’s Scotty Cameron 11.5 putter at the 2021 WGC Workday

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In our forums, our members have been reacting to Cameron Smith’s new Scotty 11.5 putter. The flat-stick is a big hit amongst WRXers, and has even been described by one of our members as “basically perfect”.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • Katke87: “Ooooh baby baby!!! Can’t wait to get my hands on a new 5 and 11 to see which is more wonderful.”
  • TIScape: “Love it! I’m a slant neck fan. Identical to Homa’s it appears.”
  • MillerTime859: “That’s basically perfect.”

Entire Thread: “Cameron Smith’s Scotty Cameron 11.5 putter at the 2021 WGC Workday”

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Bettinardi signs LPGA Tour rising star Patty Tavatanakit

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Bettinardi Golf has announced the official signing of former World Number 2 amateur and LPGA Tour rising player Patty Tavatanakit.

Entering her sophomore season on the LPGA Tour, Tavatanakit will play her DASS (Double Aged Stainless Steel) Studio Stock 3 putter, with the 21-year-olds first tournament this week at the Gainbridge Championship in Orlando, Florida.

Patty attended the University of California Los Angeles, where she became a 7-time winner and two-time WGCA First Team All-American. With her success at UCLA, Patty qualified and became the Low Amateur at the 2018 U.S. Women’s Open, where she finished T5. Turning pro shortly after, she earned the Gaelle Truet Rookie of the Year award in 2019 on the Symetra Tour.

Putter Specs:

Model: Studio Stock 3

Weight: 360 grams

Material: DASS (Double Aged Stainless Steel)

Face Milling: Micro-honeycomb

Finish: Black PVD

Speaking on joining Team Bettnardi, Tavatanakit said

“I was always a big fan of Bettinardi Golf during my collegiate days, and now I couldn’t be more excited to be part of their official Tour staff. Being able to visit their shop, see the technology, and try all their face millings to find my perfect putter was truly awesome.

The confidence I now have in my putting is the best it has been, and I’m really looking forward to this season and seeing it pay off on the greens.”

Tavatanakit joins a young lineup of LPGA Bettinardi Staffers, including Annie Park, Muni He, and PGA Tour stars, such as Matthew Fitzpatrick, Sam Horsfield Jason Kokrak, and long-time staffers Matt Kuchar and Fred Couples.

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