Callaway Apex DCB Vs Ping G710 Comparison And Review

Many mid to high handicap players struggle to find a set of game-improvement irons that don’t feel crummy. While feel may not be your main concern as a new player, you still want to invest in a set of irons that will be helpful to you as you improve.

This is where the Ping G710 and Callaway Apex DCB irons come in. Both of these iron sets are made of premium materials that belie their game-improvement performance. Take a look at what you need to know about these irons in the following comparison.

Ping G710 Irons Overview

The Ping G710 irons are claimed to be the company’s longest and most forgiving. However, they sport a number of periphery features that make this set a must-play.

First off, the face of these irons are made of miraging steel. Miraging steel is one of the strongest alloys in the world and it is usually reserved for tour-grade and premium clubs. The feel and distance you get from the miraging steel is astounding.

The miraging steel face is coupled with 17-4 stainless steel in the body. This combo gives these irons a metal-wood dynamic that produces a good amount of flex – further cementing these irons as distance/game-improvement irons.

Then there is the black hydropearl finish which is supposed to help repel water and improve performance in wet conditions although we were unable to confirm this as we tested these irons on a sunny day. Still, the black finish makes these irons look sharp.

Callaway Apex DCB Irons Overview

The Callaway Apex DCB are also made of premium 1025 mild carbon steel.

Right off the bat, the Callaway Apex DCB irons did not play as long as the G710’s. However, they surpass the G710’s in terms of feel thanks to the softer mild carbon steel construction. One of the things we noticed as we made our way down the set was the helpful CG placement.

Th Callaway Apex DCB irons feature progressive CG weighting via high-density tungsten that made the long irons play long and the short irons play more accurately. The Callaway Apex DCB irons also feature Callaway’s Flash Face Cup design which helps with forgiveness on mis-hits.

It’s hard to argue with the distance and feel you get from the G710’s. They also performed comparably to the Callaway Apex DCB irons around the pin. We would give the slight edge to the Ping G710’s in this comparison.

Callaway Apex DCB Irons

Category: Game Improvement Irons

Ping G710 Irons

Category – Distance/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 G710 First Impressions

The Ping G710 look impressive right out of the packaging and they continue to impress once you get them on the course.

The first thing you will notice about the Ping G710 irons is the sleek, black hydropearl finish. They also feel pretty substantial in the hand. You may also notice the notched hosel which helps create more discretionary weight to be placed for optimal distance.

The muscle-back design of these irons adds to the good looks and overall performance. This design also makes the Ping G710 irons extremely shapable while at the same time providing valuable feedback on mis-hits.

The head is also slightly larger than the precious G700 irons which may be a benefit for higher handicap players. The Ping G710 irons also feature variable face thickness so you get more distance on dead-center strikes and more forgiveness on shots around the crown and sole.

Combining high-performance maraging steel with the black hydropearl finish make these irons highly desirable for their looks and performance.

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

Ping G710 Selling Points

  • Variable face thickness increases distance and forgiveness
  • Great ball speed
  • Good apex height
  • Good drop and stop capability
  • High MOI for increased forgiveness
  • They feel very well-balanced on the downswing

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 Ping G710 Irons For?

The Ping G710 will suit a variety of performance needs whether you are a beginner or advanced player.

The great thing about these irons is that they provide a lot of value for a wide variety of players. Beginners will love the forgiveness and easy distance while more advanced players will love the high-arcing shots and shaping capability.

If we had to choose one specific group of players who could benefit the most from these clubs though, we’d have to pick beginners and high-handicappers.

They provide a bit more in terms of distance and forgiveness than they do accuracy and scoring.

The G Series From Ping

The Ping G series irons has a set for players of every skill level.

The G series of irons is one of the most diverse lines of golf clubs currently on the market. The G700 will suit intermediate players looking to break into the low handicap region while the G710’s will be more congenial to beginners.

It’s clear that Ping wanted the G series to be representative of as many kinds of players as possible.

Distance: 94/100

Accuracy: 92/100

Forgiveness: 95/100

Feel and Control: 92/100

Overall Rating: 94/100

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