CALLAWAY APEX HYBRID
CATEGORY: Better Player Hybrids
WE TESTED: 3 (20°) with Mitsubishi Kuro Kage Black Hybrid graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The club's neutral CG gives stronger players the freedom to maneuver shots.
PLAYABILITY: Dynamic -- a Houdini hybrid, this one flat-out makes shots; small clubhead slashes through rough and handles uneven lies with ease.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: A sniper, on target from long range regardless of the position, stance or shot shape; aimed at lower-handicappers, but testers don't see many egregious mistakes; for an ironesque hybrid, it doesn't lose you much on misses.
DISTANCE: The Apex cranks it off the turf and the tee -- 10 yards beyond an equivalent iron and a handful past its peers; testers are able to feather it into long par 3s or muscle up and go for the green in two.
FEEL: Dead-on dialed-in, everything comes together at impact -- the Apex has an addictive metallic feel; concentrated weight packs a big punch; you can't overpower this club.
LOOK: The best-looking hybrid in the test -- a blacktie, all-business club that looks great from every angle; simple matte black finish on a slim, squared-off head; reminds some guys of older Adams hybrids.
Doesn't apologize to inconsistent ballstrikers -- less forgiving than many other hybrids, and imperfect strikes might wander off; fades can be tricky; not adjustable, so make sure you know what you need before buying.
BOTTOM LINE: The name “Apex” says it all: It's the head of its class. This club will drive a stake through the heart of your long irons and never look back. Pros, scratch golfers and decisive single-digit-handicappers need to give it a try.