LIVE Q&A: Callaway Golf Apex Irons and Hybrids. Mon Oct 5, 4PM ET / 1PM PT. Ask questions NOW!

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Callaway has just launched their new lineup of Apex Irons and Hybrids, and now they’re ready to answer your questions. Join us on Monday, October 5th (4 PM ET/1 PM PST) for a LIVE Q&A with Callaway's product experts on all things Apex. They'll cover the face cup technology in Apex 16 Irons, the forged performance in Apex Pro 16 Irons, the shot-shaping with Apex Hybrids, and a whole lot more.

Submit your questions now, and we’ll see you for the chat!

Who's on the Callaway Panel:
  • Alan Hocknell, SVP, R&D
  • Luke Williams, Sr. Global Product Strategy Director - Irons and Hybrids
  • Scott Manwaring, Sr. R&D Director - Irons and Hybrids
  • Tim Reed, SVP, Product Strategy and Management
  • Dave Neville, Sr. Marketing Director

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[font=arial, helvetica, sans-serif]Monday, October 5th, 4 PM ET/1 PM PT[/font]


2 GolfWRX members who have their question answered will win new Apex clubs to put in their bag:
  • 1st Place Winner: Apex 16 Irons (Standard or Pro) and an Apex Hybrid
  • 2nd Place Winner: 2 Apex Hybrids

Winners chosen by random from all questions that are answered.


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  • Lacey UnderallLacey Underall Members Posts: 1,175 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    edited Sep 30, 2015 #2
    I was able to test the new line-up guys and it's great stuff. Have a couple questions:

    1. Since the Apex hybrid is more "iron-like" what differences will I see between it and the Apex Utility?

    2. I have always loved flighted shafts but it appears that most of the "flighting" is now done in the club head itself such as the tungsten weights in the Apex Pro. Can you talk about why this is preferable?

    3. Why not put the cup face tech in the Apex short irons? Since golfers in general are obsessed with distance, wouldn't they benefit from more spring effect in all clubs?

    On a side note guys, would love to see you release the new muscle back (MB1) that we are seeing in some tour bags. Thanks!
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  • nuthin but a hackernuthin but a hacker Certified Hacker Members Posts: 2,561 ✭✭
    From the video released, new Apex irons appear to be more hollow than the previous version. Is this something that goes along with the 360 face cup design?
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  • burniemacburniemac Members Posts: 271
    As someone who plays the razr mb's what differences will I see in ball flight and dispersion? What are the benefits of these over the mb's in terms of forgiveness since I dont play 100 rounds a year anymore down to 10?
  • Wall-EWall-E Members Posts: 330 ✭✭
    edited Oct 5, 2015 #5
    First, I want to say congratulations to the Callaway team for a terrific 2015.

    I am in the market for a new set of irons (long overdue) and I was deciding between the XR irons and the Apex 2013. I know the Apex is a substantial price difference but for high handicappers, what's the benefit of choosing the new Apex irons over the XR irons?

    This question have may been asked, so I apologize if it has. Are the new Apex hybrids geared towards more skillfull players that need to shot shape? What situation would benefit from a Apex hyrbid rather than a normal XR hybrid?

    I look forward to this discussion and thanks for your time.
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  • double or triple?double or triple? Members Posts: 1,994 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    Thank you Callaway and Golfwrx for hosting this Q&A.

    With the inclusion of face cup technology into a forged head, how did you come up with lofts for the pros and apex irons that would make it so that a combo set (pros in scoring irons and apex in the longer irons) could be possible?
  • hankmoodyhankmoody Title Member Members Posts: 1,809 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    edited Oct 4, 2015 #7
    Love the Apex line and very much looking forward to the CF16. I'm on the same page with you, as I play with a combo set of XR 6i and 7i and Apex 8,9,PW. (I have an Apex 6 & 7 but love the explosion the CF provides on the XRs).

    How did you satisfy yourself that you were able to maintain the thrilling/sublime feel the 2014 clubs have given the new materials and construction? Was it the tungsten in the 14s and did you use that material again? When you talk about the DNA of a club like Apex, feel has to be a strand of the helix.

    I still remember the feel on the demo day two summers ago when I picked up. swung and pured an Apex 6 iron for the first time.

    Here's to great success with the new line!
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  • KamenKamen Kamen Members Posts: 531
    Thank you Callaway for this Q&A.

    1) Will the CF16 Apex be a substantial upgrade from the outgoing Apex model or more of an evolution?

    2) For the Apex hybrid, is it designed to incorporate with the irons primarily? I play the BB Alpha 815 3 hybrid right now but it feels like an extension of my BB Alpha 815 fairway and not necessarily a 3 iron replacement.

    I would love the chance to put new clubs in the bag; thank you for this opportunity! Callaway full bag since I first started golf when I was 11 years old!
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  • Jesse SanchezJesse Sanchez The Knife Members Posts: 278 ✭✭✭✭
    I have the X-Tour Forged Irons in the bag now and looking to upgrade with the new Apex line, Most of my misses are left "Right Handed", I'm looking at the pros, because my greatest strength is my ability to recover with approach shots to the green from off the fairway and my short game around the greens. I love the look of both, maybe a mixed set 4-5 iron Apex 6-pw Pro's. My question is which iron will be more like the X-Tours that i play now? I do like the lofts/Specs on the pro's compared to the Apex CF 16 too strong, I don't have a issue telling someone i hitting a 5 iron when most of my group is hitting 6's or 7's. Thanks Callaway for the contest and thanks for making some greatest clubs out there. Here is my current bag setup.

    Driver: X-Hot Pro 9.5*, Project -X 6.0

    Fairway: X-Hot Pro 17* Project -X 6.0

    Hybrid: X2-Hot Pro 20* Aldila Tour Green S-Flex

    4-Iron: X-Utility Prototype 24*, Projec-X PXi 6.0

    5-PW: x-Tour forged S300 DG TT

    Wedges: X-Forged vintage 50*/10 ~ 54*/14 ~ 58*/9 hand ground to 6* bounce, Aldila NV multi Pro S-Flex

    Putter: Bettinardi Queen B #6 33" Midsize Pure Grip.
  • leftyhack1020leftyhack1020 Members Posts: 75
    Thank you for the time Callaway and WRX

    1. With the addition of the Forged Cup Face in the Apex irons, are we going to have a harsher feeling/sounding club? I am not sure how the feel would be changed based on the addition of the face cup.

    2. Do you see a distinct possibility of pairing, say the 4-6 of the CF16 and then the 7-GW of the Pros? Would lofts allow this or would strengthening/weakening be required?
  • jlukesjlukes Members Posts: 182 ✭✭✭
    1) Why did the cup face not make it into the Apex Pros?

    2) What was behind the decision to go with two different finishes?
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  • knudson81knudson81 My WITB is $100 but my swing is $.50 Marshals, Media Staffer Posts: 3,143 mod
    From a cosmetic standpoint the new Apex Pro looks to have a lot more of its mass lower than the previous model, is that true? And if so, will we notice a big difference in ball flight between the two sets?
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  • Will ParWill Par Members Posts: 1,005
    Your video describes the new irons as being made with an "advanced quadruple net forging" process. Can you describe this process in more detail? Also can you tell us which Callaway staff pros will be playing these new irons? Thanks!
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  • jlukesjlukes Members Posts: 182 ✭✭✭
    3) Does a weight kit come with the Apex Hybrid? If not, will it be available aftermarket?

    4) Would you consider the Apex Hybrid even more of a "pro" style hybrid than the current XR Pro?
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  • YosefYosef Members Posts: 988 ✭✭✭✭✭
    What's the feedback been from tour on the new Apex irons? Any guys ditching the MBs for the new Apex Pros?
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  • jlukesjlukes Members Posts: 182 ✭✭✭
    5) Are any tour pros tinkering with the idea of gaming the Apex Hybrid?

    6) Do the Apex Hybrids flow with both the Apex 16 and Apex Pro sets, or do they match better with the Apex Pros?
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  • jlukesjlukes Members Posts: 182 ✭✭✭
    7) Was it ever considered to put tungsten in the hybrids (much like the long irons)?
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  • ram01002ram01002 Members Posts: 1,898 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    Have the bounce specs changed on the new apex irons?
  • robrey85robrey85 Gamblers Bonus Las VegasMembers Posts: 2,149 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    You guys are known to have some sweet irons. If you were selling me to choose your tech over the Taylormade RSi, how would you do it? Especially considering your price point is beyond what most people pay for an entire bag.
  • jlukesjlukes Members Posts: 182 ✭✭✭
    What type of tech/physics goes into shaping the soles through each iron set?
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  • ORUTRAVISORUTRAVIS Members Posts: 284 ✭✭
    edited Sep 30, 2015 #21
    Callaway thank you again for taking the time to answer our questions. This is one of my favorite parts of new Callaway product releases. I have been playing the XR PROS since they came out and absolutely love them.

    I have two questions:

    1. With the new Apex having the 360 cup face what can I expect to see from this iron in comparison to the XR PROS?

    2. Is this similar to the APEX UT in make up and design? Clarification would it be advisable to replace the APEX UT with the new Apex irons?

    Better feel, dispersion, distance, height.
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  • JC671JC671 Members Posts: 755 ✭✭✭✭✭
    What is the hosel size on the hybrids? What steel shafts, if any, are offered as no upcharge options for the hybrid?

    During your internal testing, what were the launch and spin differences between the XR and Apex hybrids?

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  • JohnnyB HipsJohnnyB Hips Lefty Boomers Posts: 452 ✭✭✭✭
    What's the difference in the ball flight of the new Apex hybrid compared to the existing Callaway Apex Utility iron?

    What's the difference of putting the weighted tungsten in the back from last year's bottom??
  • BlkNGldBlkNGld Members Posts: 2,936 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭
    Would you say that, compared to its predecessor, the Apex CF16 addresses more of the needs of better players or of higher handicaps, and how?
  • sandiegonativesandiegonative Lefty Boomers Posts: 872
    Thank you Callaway and GolfWrx for the Q&A session.

    1. With the Apex Hybrid being designed to blend seamlessly with the irons (Doc said more Iron-DNA than Fairway Wood-DNA), would you recommend having the same shaft as your Apex/Pro Irons or your fairway woods?

    2. Why no adjustable hosel on the Apex Hybrid?
  • TurbosnakeTurbosnake Members Posts: 475 ✭✭✭✭
    In regards to Apex 16 with the 360* face cup in the 3-7 only, what were you able to do to the face on the 8-PW so the feel and distance gaping is consistent thru the set??

    Thanks guys !!!!
  • arydolphinarydolphin Members Posts: 264 ✭✭✭✭
    1. What went into the decision on the Apex CF irons to only include the cup face in the 3-7 irons, and is there a sound/feel transition between the 7 iron compared to the 8 iron and on down?

    2. With respect to the Apex hybrids, if they are truly meant to be long iron replacements, why are the shaft lengths an inch longer than the corresponding irons?
  • ZAPZAP ClubWRX Posts: 1,622 ClubWRX
    Does the new Apex Pro match up as well with the Recoil as the previous model? Seems like a marriage made in heaven.
  • littled1212littled1212 Nuts Members Posts: 1,007 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    How is the blade length in the new Apex pro compared to the first generation Apex pro? shorter? Longer?
  • I_HATE_SNOWI_HATE_SNOW Members Posts: 3,346 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭
    I've been wanting a set of XR pros with Recoil 110 shafts, the Apex CF 16 seems to be a great fit. What would the differences be?
  • MitchellMitchell Members Posts: 5,524 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭
    How much of a reduction in bulge/roll is present when comparing the new Apex hybrid to XR Pro or X2Hot Pro hybrids? No need to get into specifics if proprietary information, just had personally noted that gear effect was pronounced in some previous hybrids, increasing forgiveness yet somewhat limiting workability in certain conditions.

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