A fantastic example of what a compact, iron-like hybrid can offer a golfer. Workable, great ball flight and an ideal option for a player looking to fill a slot in the bag instead of a classic long iron.
Beautifully compact at address
Produces spin on approach shots into greens
Easy shot shaping capabilities
Not as much distance or forgiveness as the Apex 21 hybrid
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Callaway Apex Pro 21 Hybrid Review
As the name of this hybrid suggests, the Callaway Apex Pro 21 is aimed at the better player, but this impressive offering certainly caters for a wide range of golfers looking for an iron-like hybrid club in their bag. Such is the performance, it ranks as one of the best Callaway hybrids that money can buy.
The first thing we noticed about the Apex Pro 21 was how compact it is at address. We found that it is much more compact than the standard Apex 21 hybrid, which will suit the eye of the better player.
Another important factor is that it's designed for golfers who hit steeply into the ball and hit their hybrids like they hit their irons. What's more, there aren't many hybrids designed with this toe-heavy look to cater for this type of ball striker, but we also liked how the white grooves assisted with alignment.
If you are the type of player that likes to hit long irons - or just prefers the look of a smaller club head at address - then the Apex Pro 21 is the ideal hybrid to blend in with your iron set while offering much more forgiveness than a normal 3-iron.
Callaway's Face Cup Technology on the Apex Pro 21 provides fantastic ball speeds across the face, making this a surprisingly powerful and forgiving offering despite the smaller profile club head.
More importantly though, the Face Cup Technology provides great spin consistency across the face and, during our testing, we found it created the second most overall spin compared to other hybrid clubs released this year, helping to create an iron-like ball flight.
This amount of spin also creates a healthy amount of stopping power, making this a great option for the player looking to approach greens or pins aggressively.
Distance wise, the Apex Pro was solid and we found the 20° model we tested was keeping up with some 18° models for overall carry yardage - a testament to the impressive ball speeds this club creates. Naturally, with the amount of spin this club creates, there are certainly longer hybrids to be found out there.
Unfortunately, the Apex Pro 21 Hybrid isn't adjustable, which limits versatility and suitability for different player types. However, with three lofts available at 18°, 20° and 23°, there should be plenty of scope to fit this in the bag and allow it to blend nicely with your irons and woods.
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 87 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 3.8.
Joel's current What's In The Bag?
Driver: Titleist TSR3, 9°
Fairway wood: Titleist TSR3, 15°
Hybrid: Titleist TSi2, 18°
Irons: TaylorMade P770, 4-7 iron, TaylorMade P7MC 8-PW
Putter: Evnroll ER2V
Ball: 2021 Titleist Pro V1x
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