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Callaway Apex MB 2018 irons ....... RAW v's CHROME


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I have had both and currently still have the raw version. While I can’t comment on how they each wear, didn’t have the chrome long enough, I can tell you for me the chrome version was too chrome (if that makes sense) to look down at. The raw is much more pleasing to look at and I like the way it patinas. They both feel similar so I would base your decision on what appeals to you.

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The raw finish is awesome. No difference in feel or playability. The only thing I don’t like is how the white paint fill contrasted against the rust, although that would have been easily solved.

 

I’m not a fan of chrome. Hate playing with them in the sun, and they mark up from bag chatter so easily.

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The chrome version of the Callaway Apex MB is almost a mirror like finish on the toe / heel and can have extremely bad glare in sunny conditions.

~ The raw version there isn't a glare off the face in sunny conditions.

>> Feel and playability won't change due to the finish.

>> Ware and tear, I'm not sure. My guess would be it depends on how thick the finish is applied to the grooves in the chrome version.

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