To complete the new Apex range for 2019, Callaway has also introduced a hybrid designed for better players which, for the first time, features their Jailbreak Technology for added ball speed and performance benefits.
As many better players tend to be put off by hybrids due to their big, bulky shape and one-dimensional flight, the Apex Hybrids seek to provide the look and feel more associated with a long iron for added workability.
They maintain the same spin characteristics and controlled ball flight of a long iron, but the addition of Jailbreak and added forgiveness afforded by a hybrid means that players are able to receive the benefits of both types of club all in one package.
Dr Alan Hocknell, Head of Research and Development at Callaway Golf, commented:
With Apex products we are giving avid golfers the best of everything in a package that looks absolutely stunning. To be able to offer golfers a ‘without compromise’ mix of forgiveness, distance, premium feel and sound, coupled to great looks, is something we are very proud of.
Callaway consulted their Tour players in the creation of the new Apex Hybrids and came up with a design which is said to transition easily up from your longest iron. They sit more neutral than most hybrids, which tend to support some draw bias and this encourages a controlled but workable ball flight.
The two vertical steel Jailbreak bars sit behind the 455 Carpenter Steel Face Cup and help to stiffen the body at impact, which has the effect of strengthening the face for faster ball speeds and more distance across the face.
The Apex Hybrids have the sleek, compact head that many better players prefer as well as a classic dark PVD finish, and are available in a range of lofts from an 18° 2-Hybrid up to a 24° 5-Hybrid.
Priced at £249, they are fitted with a Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360 Grip and True Temper Catalyst shaft.
So if you're a low handicapper and you want to get the forgiveness benefits of a hybrid, but still retain the workability and feel of a long iron, then the Apex Hybrid sounds as if it should be on your shortlist. The neutral setting should help to negate any fears of overdrawing the ball, whilst Jailbreak can increase ball speeds for more consistent performance across the face.
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