I’ll never forget the first time I hit a set of Apex irons. It was a set of Callaway Apex 16 – just purchased by my good buddy that couldn’t say enough good things about them. The older Apex model had a very similar construction as the Callaway Apex 21 iron set, which shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. To make a long story story, I absolutely fell in love with the performance and feel of the Apex iron set, and have truly enjoyed hitting all of the Apex clubs ever since.
Appearance & Performance
Pros & Cons
- Potentially the longest players iron on the market (for the time being)
- A great combination of distance, distance control, feel, and forgiveness
- The perfect entry into a players iron without sacrificing forgiveness on your mishits
- Maybe a small improvement in the club face to increase ball speeds across the entire face (very, very small improvement if anything over the previous Apex irons)
- Many better golfers may want a more traditional players iron with even smaller toplines and even less offset
- With the strong lofts, you may have a add another wedge to fill the loft gap
- Pretty pricey at $1,300
- No clear improvement over previous Apex 16 and 19 models to warrant a huge purchase like this
Who The Callaway Apex 21 Irons Are Best For
Who should buy the Callaway Apex 21 irons? High-budget golfers that want a super long iron with great feel and great looks. “High budget” because those with tight budgets need to go with a slightly older model to save money. “Super long” because, let’s be real. We all love hitting it longer, no matter how we do it. “Great feel” due to a 100% forged club head. “Great looks” due to the relatively compact club head at address.
Like I said earlier, this is a great entry players iron set without giving up distance and forgiveness. You can keep the distance and forgiveness of your game improvement irons and add forged feel, better distance control, and great looks at address.
Callaway Apex 21 vs Apex Pro 21 vs Apex DCB 21 Comparison
Let’s compare the three models, shall we? Compared to the other two, the Callaway Apex 21 iron set…
- is more forgiving than the Apex Pro 21, but less forgiving than the DCB
- has more offset than the Apex Pro 21, but less offset than the DCB
- has a thicker topline than the Apex Pro 21, but a thinner topline than the DCB
- has a thicker sole than the Apex Pro 21, but a thinner sole than the DCB
- is longer and higher launching than than the pro, but similar distance and trajectory to the DCB
- is stronger lofted than the Apex Pro 21 (by around 2.5° per club) but weaker lofted than the DCB (by around 0.5°)
- is recommended for mid handicaps, while the Pro is meant for lower handicaps, and the DCB is meant for higher handicap. But, don’t take that as the truth. I often recommend irons like this for mid to high handicaps, as higher handicaps can improve their game faster by using a set like the Apex 21.
PLEASE keep in mind that while these are all generally true, you may still perform better with a different club head than you think. If you can, get fitted professionally.
Better Value Option To Save Money
If you want to get closer to $350 or so, then consider a set of Callaway Apex CF16 irons in slightly used condition. You can pick up a set with PLENTY of life left in this price range.
Considering that they look and perform practically the exact same, it seems like an absolute no-brainer to me. If you are willing to spend a little more, then just get a used set is better condition. If you want to spend as little as possible, just keep in mind that the quality of the club faces is going to drop if you keep dropping the price too much.
Here’s a good way to look at it though. You can buy 4 good sets of used Callaway Apex CF16 irons for the price of a brand new set of Callaway Apex 21 irons. Makes ya think, huh?
Thanks so much for reading my honest review of the Callaway Apex 2021 irons.