Callaway Golf has introduced its new Apex UW utility wood, which features a design aiming to combine the best features of higher-lofted fairway woods, hybrids, and a more neutral ball flight.
The new utility wood contains the brand’s Jailbreak A.I. Velocity Blades, which are designed to increase vertical stiffness near the club’s sole in a bid to create more speed low on the face where players often mishit their hybrids.
The A.I. face is forged using a high strength C300 Maraging Steel designed to provide greater speed and spin consistency across the face.
In addition, the new Apex UW features MIM’D Tungsten Weighting (18g per club on average), which Callaway has utilized to precisely position the Center of Gravity (CG).
The CG configuration is in a neutral location and is engineered to promote higher launch and steeper landing angles for better stopping power, along with optimized spin rates, all while reducing unwanted draw bias.
The clean, compact shape bids to create workability for better shot-making with more control. With 17% tighter downrange dispersion, the new Apex UW woods also seek to promote enhanced accuracy both off the tee and from the fairway.
Specs, Pricing & Availability
- Lofts: 17, 19, 21-degrees
- Pricing: $299.99. each
- Availability: October 14th, 2021
The best 5-woods on the market – GolfWRXers discuss
In our forums, our members have been discussing 5-woods. WRXer ‘Texas_Golfer’ is on the hunt for a new 5-wood and kicks off the thread saying:
“Currently have a cobra F9 and just want something new. It’s the oldest club in my bag haha. What would you say is the best one out right now? Was thinking Ping G425 maybe? Or maybe the new cobra RadSpeed? Looking for any first-hand experience and opinions. Thanks.”
And our members have been sharing their favorite 5-woods in the thread.
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.
- jbandalo: “Ping G425 fairway woods are exceptional. Super easy to hit and consistent.”
- Texas_Tom: “I think the G425 is the friendliest and straightest FW out there. Maybe not the absolute longest? But very easy for the 2nd shot on a long hole. The shaft is going to be the main issue. I don’t like the Ping Alta CB shafts, except for the Tour shaft in a 3W. I changed out shafts for the Orange Tensei shaft and love it.”
- Byrdman2230: “I was playing sim max until I hit the G425 fairways. They are the easiest fairway woods I’ve ever hit. Pair them with the tour 75 shaft, and you’re good to go.”
- Mobert19: “This forum is sickening. It just made me order a TSi2 5 wood when I have a TSi3 3 wood and 19 degree G425 hybrid. This place is bad news.”
Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (10/8/21): Bettinardi BB8 Tri DASS Peace Wizard putter
At GolfWRX, we love golf, plain and simple.
We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment of the game in many ways. It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball. It even allows us to share another thing we all love – buy and selling equipment.
Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for a Bettinardi BB8 Tri DASS Peace Wizard putter
From the seller (@mhardiman90): “Looking to move my brand new BB8 Tri DASS Peace Wizard. Have only carpet rolled it once. This putter was $1600 + tax from the latest Bettinardi Summer Social event.
Putter will come with a Black leather stitchback Grip Master with a “T-Hive” logo (cost me $40 additional to putter). Putter will come with a Red leather Wizard head cover (have additional covers at request for extra cost). Putter will come with the original sales price sticker from the shaft stating the price and registry number.
Looking to get $1699 OBRO shipped fully insured via FedEx Ground with signature. Can include the matching ball marker in the last picture for an additional $100 ($130-$160 value depending on where you look).”
To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: Bettinardi BB8 Tri DASS Peace Wizard putter
Phil Mickelson finally found a hybrid he loves
Editor’s note: We filed this piece for PGATour.com’s Equipment Report.
Phil Mickelson, by his own admission, hasn’t historically been “high on hybrids.” There are several reasons the reigning PGA champion hasn’t had much success with the clubs in the past: Too much variability in spin and ball flight, depending on where the ball is struck on the face. Too difficult to flight the ball down. Inconsistent distance.
Given Mickelson’s apprehension around members of the hybrid family, it’s interesting to note that he is carrying one of Callaway’s new Apex UW (utility woods), which were released to retail this week.
What’s different about this hybrid for Mickelson?
“It gives me a consistent apex and a consistent spin rate from different lies that hybrids haven’t given me, and the ability to hit from the rough and control the flight and bring it down that fairway woods don’t,” Mickelson told Callaway’s Johnny Wunder.
Mickelson’s UW hybrid is reportedly bent to 17 degrees, tightening the gap between his longer clubs while also allowing him to hit a variety of shots. The Apex UW utility wood was designed to combine the best features of higher-lofted fairway woods, hybrids, and a more neutral ball flight.
“The reason why I like it is the center of gravity is more forward, or plays like an iron, so I don’t get the jumpers out of the first cut and then the big spin ones out of a tight lie, Mickelson said Wednesday from the PGA TOUR Champions’ Constellation FURYK & FRIENDS. “And the relief on the back sole allows me to open the face and keep the face open through impact in the rough on the chop rough shot, as opposed to having the back of the sole close the face through impact. It allows me keep the face open and have some loft so I can get it out of thicker, longer, heavier rough a lot easier.”
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