Callaway Apex DCB Irons Review 2021– Are they a Good Choice for High Handicappers?

Callaway makes a lot of irons that have been reviewed to seemingly no end. In the following review though, we will be taking a look at the Callaway Apex DCB irons specifically from the standpoint of high handicappers.

The Apex family of irons from Callaway is known to combine forged feel with acute performance tweaks.

However, they have been largely inaccessible to beginner and high handicap players. That all changes with the Callaway Apex DCB irons.

Callaway Apex DCB Irons Overview


With the DCB’s, Callaway was aiming to be more inclusive and expand the Apex family for mid to high handicap players.

You wouldn’t know it at first glance but the Callaway Apex DCB irons are deep cavity back irons. Right off the bat, this is good news for beginners and high handicappers because deep cavity backs increase accuracy and distance.

The whole concept behind the Callaway Apex DCB irons was to give beginners and high handicappers the same type of feel and performance as more advanced irons. One of the features that attests to this design philosophy is the 100% forged mild carbon steel body.

Mild carbon steel is a unique material because it is thin and strong but it has less overall denseness. This makes it feel softer.

Indeed, the Callaway Apex DCB irons have a buttery feel – combine that with a forged design and you get amazing feedback and feel that you would be hard-pressed to find in any other iron set designed for mid to high handicappers.

The Callaway Apex DCB irons prove that amazing feel isn’t just reserved for clubs made with tour pros in mind.

Callaway combines forged design with a deep cavity back irons perfectly in the Callaway Apex DCB irons.

Are the Callaway Apex DCB Irons Forgiving?

The DCB’s were made to be the most forgiving irons in the Apex family.

The Callaway Apex DCB irons feature Callaway’s famed AI Flash Face design. What the Flash Face design does is essentially increase face flex at point of impact.

This means that these irons can help you produce more ball speed which, is something that a lot of beginners struggle with.

So in a sense, they are forgiving. The soft from the 1025 carbon steel and the moderate offset also help with forgiveness.

That all being said, these aren’t the most forgiving Callaway irons you can pick up. They are the most forgiving in the Apex family; but other lines have more forgiveness features.

Would the Callaway Apex DCB Irons be Good for High Handicappers?


The Callaway Apex DCB irons provide a good mix of distance and short game accuracy that high to mid handicap players will find useful.

The Callaway Apex DCB aren’t just for mid handicappers. They would also be useful for mid handicappers looking for some help with greenside accuracy.

That’s certainly a good thing but when you add something you are bound to be taking away from something.

While the Callaway Apex DCB irons have something to offer for both mid and high handicap players this also means that they aren’t necessarily great for high handicappers.

We like the wide sole, decent offset, soft feel and high-quality face architecture; but the design could do more for high handicappers specifically. In the end, we would say the Callaway Apex DCB irons are good for high handicappers but not great.

The Apex Family

The Callaway Apex DCB irons are flanked by the standard Apex model and the Apex Pro for the better players.

The standard Apex irons are definitely sport a player’s look. They have a shorter blade length and less offset than the Callaway Apex DCB irons.

The Apex Pros are the muscle back entry into the Apex family. They have the smallest blade lengths and narrowest soles.

Callaway Apex DCB Irons

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Callaway Apex DCB First Impressions


We knew that the Callaway Apex DCB irons targeted mid to high handicappers but they don’t feel like it.

Right from the gate, we were blown away with the feel of these irons. The feel of the forged 1025 carbon steel is amazing. It allows for a solid feel at contact with feedback you would expect from tour-grade irons.

Assisting with the soft feel of these irons is the layer of urethane microspheres included in the head. We also liked that the sole had a substantial footprint. This will play well with high handicappers at it just looks more comforting at point of address.

The Callaway Apex DCB irons are available with graphite UST Mamiya Recoil Dart shafts and steel True Temper Elevate ETS 85 shafts. The graphite shafts will certainly be more beneficial for high handicap players so those were the ones we tested.

The 4 and 5 irons are what we tested first and we were impressed with the distance and launch. The set starts with a 4 iron at a considerable 20 degrees of loft then jumps up to 23 degrees in the 5 iron.

The Callaway Apex DCB irons certainly impressed with their feel, distance and launch.

Callaway Apex DCB Pros

  • They feel amazing
  • They have a larger head shape than any other Apex iron
  • Good amount of offset for beginners and mid handicappers
  • Good for both mid and high handicappers
  • 50 grams of internal tungsten weighting in the long irons
  • Forged design

Who are the Callaway Apex DCB Irons For?


The Callaway Apex DCB irons were designed for players with a handicap of 10 and higher.

The Callaway Apex DCB irons clearly have something to offer both mid and high handicap players. However, for high handicap players, the DCB’s will mostly be beneficial for distance, feel and launch. They don’t offer much help with off-center shots.

The Callaway Apex DCB irons could certainly stand to be a little more forgiving but they would still be a solid choice for beginners ready to break through to the mid handicap range.

Callaway Apex DCB Final Assessment

Distance: 94/100

Accuracy: 95/100

Forgiveness: 92/100

Feel and Control: 93/100

Overall Score: 94/100

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