Callaway Apex MB and X Forged Irons Launched

Callaway has brought out two new irons for the better player

Callaway Apex MB and X Forged Irons Launched

Callaway Apex MB and X Forged Irons Launched - These two new irons for the better player have already been put in play on Tour by some big names

Callaway Apex MB and X Forged Irons Launched Callaway last launched an Apex muscleback iron in late 2014 but a new model has been seen out on tour in recent months, including in the bag of Rory McIlroy earlier in the year.

McIlroy has since signed a deal with TaylorMade and now plays the P730 iron but also used a Callaway GBB Epic Sub Zero driver along with a custom version of the Apex MB irons in finishing runner up to Graeme Storm at the BMW SA Open.

Loyal Callaway staffer Phil Mickelson has also been spotted using a new cavity-back iron and it turns out the two new irons are the new Apex MB and X Forged irons respectively.

Callaway Apex-MB-iron

The new Apex MB came about via feedback from tour players, who wanted a classic, traditional shape with a thinner topline. The irons are forged from 1025 carbon steel for a super-soft feel you expect from a muscleback iron. Callaway has also optimised the centre of gravity locations inside the heads to improve performance.

callaway apex-mb-address

To reduce the effect of fliers from the rough, new high performance 20V grooves have been incorporated into the design.

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The new X Forged irons are slightly larger in size and feature a cavity-back design for a touch more forgiveness. A reshaped sole improves turf interaction and the CG positioning is progressive through the set, allowing for creativity and shot making with accuracy.

Callaway X-Forged iron

A precise Triple Net Forging provides the expected soft feel and distance consistency. The same 20V grooves promote a high level of control and spin from different lies. At address, golfers will be greeted with a clean and classic look inspired by some of Callaway’s most popular forged irons of years gone by.


The Callaway Apex MB and X Forged irons will have an RRP of £1,049 (seven-piece set) and go on sale from January 26, 2018.

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Joel Tadman
Technical Editor

Joel has worked in the golf industry for over 12 years covering both instruction and more recently equipment. He now oversees all product content here at Golf Monthly, managing a team of talented and passionate writers and presenters in delivering the most thorough and accurate reviews, buying advice, comparisons and deals to help the reader find exactly what they are looking for. So whether it's the latest driver, irons, putter or laser rangefinder, Joel has his finger on the pulse keeping up to date with the latest releases in golf. He is also responsible for all content on irons and golf tech, including distance measuring devices and launch monitors.

One of his career highlights came when covering the 2012 Masters he got to play the sacred Augusta National course on the Monday after the tournament concluded, shooting a respectable 86 with just one par and four birdies. To date, his best ever round of golf is a 5-under 67 back in 2011. He currently plays his golf at Burghley Park Golf Club in Stamford, Lincs, with a handicap index of 3.2.

Joel's current What's In The Bag? 

Driver: Titleist TSR3, 9° 

Fairway wood: Titleist TSR3, 15° 

Hybrid: Titleist TSi2, 18° 

Irons: Ping i230 4-UW

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8, 54°. Titleist Vokey SM9 60° lob wedge, K Grind

Putter: Evnroll ER2V 

Ball: 2023 Titleist Pro V1x