Sep 29th, 2015
The New Callaway Apex CF16 Irons
Cup Faced Forged Firecrackers
Words: Daniel Owen
£849 Steel, £1099 Graphite
Callaway’s Apex irons were one of the big success stories over the last couple of seasons. We all want more help, but we don’t want to use chopper big bats. The Apex felt great, and the ball flew miles, without looking like a garden rake. The Apex CF16 is their update.
Cup face woods work. By moving the weld away from the face and keeping the face clear of any potential structural weakness, we’ve found them to be more forgiving, longer and more consistent. Callaway introduced it to their XR irons last year, but this is the first time they’ve put a cup face on a forged iron.
Dr. Alan Hocknell, Head of Research and Development, Callaway Golf, said: “Cup Face technology has resonated with a lot of golfers because it delivers visible ball speed gains; so it seemed logical to make it a feature of the new Apex range, however this presented our team with one of the biggest challenges we’ve ever faced.
“We have pushed our engineers and our suppliers further than ever and developed new manufacturing processes to ensure the new Apex CF 16 Irons deliver all the authenticity and feel of a forging, infused with tech benefits that deliver power to hit the ball further.”
The high tech construction goes through the whole set to create a combination of distance, feel and control for any player. The longer irons (3-7) utilize the Cup 360 to increase ball speeds and forgiveness across the face. In the shorter irons (8-AW), They've included a unique engineered face plate to enhance feel and distance control. Quadruple net forged (the metal is struck four times) 1025 Carbon steel makes these irons feel awesome.
The progressive offset, sole widths, CG height and notch weighting provide the right balance of ball flight, playability, forgiveness and control for each iron. The longer irons feature more offset where you need it for more forgiveness, while the shorter irons have a more compact shape with less offset for feel and control.