Callaway Apex Hybrid
Callaway never ceases to surprise golfers with their sudden and breakthrough releases, and this year has been particularly fruitful for the company. The beginning of the year marked the company’s first artificial intelligence computer-designed driver within the Epic Flesh range and that has been quite impressive, but also, we saw another unusual upgrade of another seemingly forgotten range, the Apex lineup of irons and hybrids. And it was particularly the hybrid range that brought the amazement since the last Apex hybrid was launched on the market about four years ago.
In case you’ve missed all about Apex hybrids, this is a short lead-in, particularly due to the fact that the new Apex Hybrid continues where the old model stopped in a much better internal and external design. The Apex hybrids are intended mainly for better players or those who boast a single-digit handicap. This might come as a surprise for many not-so-into-golf readers, but, yes, better players do need some forgiveness and help from their clubs too. Since these are designed to meet the needs of low handicappers, it implies that their release frequency is slower compared to other average market offers. If you wonder why then the explanation goes that the elite players know exactly what they want, and they don’t tend to switch from one club to another as often as one might get the impression.
However, the company thought that this year was the right moment to turn the attention of the better players to its brand new, superior looking, and tech-pack Apex hybrid. And when we say tech-pack, this means some of the best, proven technologies that blend the playability and forgiveness of woods, and the design of irons. We have a lot to talk about the Apex model, so read bellow why it attracts the attention not only of tour players but average golfers as well, and what all that fuss is about.
Apex hybrid designed for better players
Jailbreak technology delivers more speed and stability
Face Cup technology makes the face thinner and faster for more speed
Centered CG for mid-launch angle and a straighter trajectory
Sleek and compact clubhead with a classic black PVD finish
Temper Catalyst graphite shaft and Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360 grip
It is not recommended for high and mid handicappers
If you know at least something about Callaway’s technologies, you’ll know that they are plenty of them, and some golfers even say it is hard to keep track. This might not be completely true, but, there’s one unbeatable truth- Callaway has never stopped inventing and reinventing better and more improved concepts. Interestingly, this hybrid features the company’s groundbreaking Jailbreak technology which has been introduced in Callaway's woods but never used in hybrids before.
Face Cup Technology
Face Cup technology uses a thinner, more flexible material, and in this case, it is 455 Carpenter Steel which is much stronger than the regular steel and has undergone a special heating process. It is called Face Cup because it surrounds the perimeter of the face with the same thin material which translates into more speed in every location. This is the purpose of hybrids though, as they are supposed to deliver more forgiveness, particularly when golfers have issues with the long irons, especially with the most difficult number 2, 3 and 4 irons. The forged face functions as the “forgiver” in this case since it enlarges the sweet spot and delivers maximum ball speed when golfers hit the ball off-center.
Why does look matter? Mainly because it is a blend of assurance that your club will give you the performance you need and because a nicely shaped clubhead will empower you to give your best. So, looking at the clubhead of the Apex, it does look impressive. The head is compact and sleek, and slightly deeper if you compare it with the previous generation of Apex hybrid that was released in 2015. In a way, it resembles an iron with the toe being taller and heavier than the heel and at the address you see the face opening up towards the top of the toe to give the slight impression of being open even when it isn’t.
The dark PVD beautiful finish makes it look classy and rich and it frames the ball well. The back of the clubhead features a visible Apex branding, but it so subtle that you hardly notice it is there.
Shaft and Grip
The Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360 grip is one of the finest grip models too that enhances the playability and the feedback of the shaft. As a plus, with the purchase of the Apex hybrid, the headcover is included which is very stylish and complements the overall design of the club.
Driven by the idea to aid low handicappers to the point of making the hybrid more forgiving, but at the same time not to deter them by overstressing the launching angle, the Callaway engineers made it produce especially straight ball flights with exceptional ease. The hybrid-like function is seen in the exceptional forgiveness delivered by the Cup Face technology that enables golfers to deliver maximum speed not only to the center shots but to mishits too.
What impresses many golfers when playing with this hybrid is the exceptional feel and controllability which is particularly enhanced with the shaft combination. The club is particularly stable and reliable, especially when you need it in high-pressure situations.
- A hybrid designed to meet the needs of better players
- Jailbreak technology for the first time used in hybrids
- Face Cup technology creates a thinner and faster face that delivers more speed
- Centered CG that delivers mid-launch angle and a straighter trajectory
- Sleek and compact clubhead with a classic black PVD finish that delivers a feeling of confidence
- Temper Catalyst graphite shaft and Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360 grip