Callaway Apex DCB Vs Ping G425 Comparison And Review

Two exceptional and somewhat similar irons from golfing legends Callaway and Ping.

These irons would traditionally be for mid handicappers but with modern technology, they are now forgiving enough for high handicappers too, but mostly those looking to take their game up a level or two.

The Apex DCB are the most forgiving in the new Apex range and the G425’s are similar to the G410’s but have a more compact face.

Callaway Apex DCB Irons Overview

We get a lot of the modern Callaway technology in the Apex DCB’s and the first thing to notice is the thick soles which give a lot of distance.

There is a deep undercut on the cavity back design as well to get the ball in the air quite easily and with decent spin.

The DCB’s have more offset than the other apex irons too, offering straight shots for people who are prone to slicing.

There is carbon steel face which is forged which helps combine for an excellent feel alongside the distance and ease of hitting.

Perimeter weighting stretches the sweet spot and the irons are perfect for high to mid handicappers looking to take it up a notch with their iron play.

Ping G425 Irons Overview

One of the more interesting facts about the G425 irons is that they offer almost identical performance to the G410’s except they have a more compact and nicer looking head.

Off the bat, you notice the thickness of the soles which is going to promote a lot of distance.

The tungsten screw in the head also stands out, matched by a weight in the heel for an extended sweet spot while the metal wood finish allows for excellent ball speeds.

The clubs have a visible hinge at the heel which adds more flexibilty and the face is variable thickness which adds another two layers of forgivness.

Urethane Microspheres dampen any vibrations and these compact heads feel great to hit and they are quite hot.

The forgiving lofts of the G425’s should result in high, towering strikes.

Both of these irons are perfect for those looking to get to the Mid handicapper level from where they are at.

The G425 are going to be more forgiving while the Apex DCB’s are going to be more workable. Two excellent sets of clubs overall.

Callaway Apex DCB Irons

Category: Game Improvement Irons

Ping G425 Irons

Category – Game Improvement Irons

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.

Ping G425 Irons – First Impressions

After taking 2020 off, the G425 Irons are a much anticipated upgrade to the G410’s and the first thing you notice with these irons is that the heads are smaller and more compact.

The irons incorporate two weights, a visible screw at the front of the clubhead and a weight in the hosel. This, coupled with the wide and cascading sole allows a quality ball launch angle.

Ping have gone for the metal wood style material for the first time in a set of irons and the variable face thickness allows for a lot of forgiveness and ball speed on any strike, even when you hit the ball off center.

They also have a multi material badge filling in the cavity at the back to dampen any vibrations on mishits.

The irons have a slight bit of offset for forgiveness but you are going to get plenty of feel from these especially from Irons you would classify as game improvement.

Callaway Apex DCB Selling Points

  • 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

G425 – Selling Points

  • Metal Wood Finish
  • Multi Badge Material
  • Small, More Compact Heads
  • Perimeter Weighting
  • Excellent Feel And Control
  • More Performance From A Smaller Head

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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Who Are The G425 Irons For

The Ping Irons aren’t going to be for every beginner. These irons will be incredible popular for improving and better players who want to get more feel on the ball without sacrificing forgiveness and consistency.

If you are someone who wants to starting working the ball a bit more, the G425’s are a perfect choice.

Ping G425 Family Of Irons

The G425 Irons also come in a crossover version which are black in color and the steel face on the crossover maximizes the distance you can get with G425 Crossovers.

Distance: 95/100

Accuracy: 95/100

Forgiveness: 94/100

Feel And Control: 93/100

Overall Score: 94/100

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