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Callaway Apex Pro 16 Irons Review

February 2016

Our Callaway Apex Pro 16 Irons Review highlights an all forged offering from Callaway golf that is slightly smaller than the standard Apex 16 iron. After considering feedback from players, Callaway have blended two particular models into the Apex Pro 16 irons.

We reviewed the Callaway Apex Pro 16 Irons as part of our Best Golf Irons Review.

Callaway Apex Pro 16 Irons

Our Assessment 

The Apex Pro 16's are a great set of golf clubs that scream playability and distance. Callaway have taken players’ opinions into account that their preferred look was the original X-Forged 13 irons so engineers have made this fairly similar in structure to that fan favorite.

The forged slightly bulky look provide crisp, compact feel on both center strikes and mis-hits minimizing that distance gap between good and bad shots. 

The graded COG provides optimal trajectory through the set and despite a higher ticket price than competitors they are a superb value for money purchase that ranks in our top 3 set of irons for 2016!

A fantastic set for the low to mid handicap player that will be sure to turn your game around and bring that much more enjoyment to each and every round.


  • Plenty long enough and bound to add a few yards to your current dated set
  • Very forgiving right through the set – particularly in the 3 & 4 irons
  • High launch angle for longer irons providing beautiful playability


  • Effort needed in order to hit them with low trajectory when required
  • Callaway irons generally do take a tiny bit of time to get used to being slightly ‘chunkier’ than average, but man after seeing the shot results you’re not gonna struggle to love them!

Key Facts



Launch RRP




Handicap Range

Low to Mid

Hand Availability

Right & Left Hand


.130″ – .085″ (3 – PW)


60° – 63.5° (3 – PW)

Swing Weight



21° – 46° (3 – PW)


35.75″ – 39.00″ (3 – PW)


Golf Pride Tour Velvet

Shaft Type and Name

True Temper Project X

Manufacturer's Website

Official Video

Behind the scenes look at the makeup of the beautiful Apex Pro 16’s – Video length 01:06

Callaway Apex Pro 16 Irons Detailed Review

Build Quality

Callaway’s engineers have created a multi-material, three-hole weighting scheme similar to Callaway’s MD3 milled wedges that uses up to 10 grams of tungsten in the 3, 4 and 5 irons to lower center of gravity (CG).

The mid irons use stainless steel weights, while the weight ports in the short irons and wedges go unfilled to raise CG.

The weighting system is not visible, but is positioned behind the “Forged” badge on the back of the clubhead.


Image Credit: Official Callaway Image

Control & Feel

The marginal offset provides workability with little effort and the sound they produce at impact is crisp and compact. The forged finish has helped this though as if they were cast the feel would be a whole lot different with this particular club-head design.

The ball seems to ‘stay hit’ once leaving the club-face and hangs in the air longer than normal it seems, undoubtedly due to the higher spin rate generated from the club-head. This will aid approaches in terms of control and reception into the green.


Image Credit: Official Callaway Image


One of the longest set of irons we’ve tested and some of the easiest ‘modern blades’ to hit consistently well. The stepped center of gravity throughout the set also make these easy to get in the air without trying hard to actually do so. The playability of the irons really gives one that extra bit of confidence when opting to challenge any tightly tucked pin with little green to work with.

As far as forgiveness is concerned – wow! Mis-hits statistically are not far off the center strikes and not much is lost in terms of dispersion either.

Callaway Apex Pro 16 Irons

Image Credit: Official Callaway Image

Design & Appearance

To greatly generalize, Callaway irons have always seemed to have that slightly ‘chunkier’ look and appearance in comparison to some other manufacturers like Mizuno and Titleist, but this isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

Callaway have taken into account players’ opinions that their preferred look was the original X-Forged 13 irons so they have made this fairly similar in structure to that fan favorite.

The Apex Pro 16 irons have a high polished chrome finish which is appealing to the naked eye.

Value for Money

The Callaway Apex Pro 16’s rank in our top three in terms of value for money in 2016. Although the ticket price is slightly higher than competitors, the quality of the build will last many years of good golfing.

Coupled with the incredible forgiveness for off-center hits as well as reward for pure strikes, these irons will work well in most low handicap bags. By our estimation, the Callaway Apex Pro 16 irons are a winner.

About the author  Michael Todt

Mike fell in love with the game from a very early age – a passion that hasn’t diminished ever since. He earned provincial colors throughout his junior years, but by the time he reached Varsity, the realization set in (thanks largely to some cold ales) that it was time to favor the pen rather than his clubs. He now writes for GA along with a few other sources.

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