Callaway Apex DCB Vs Taylormade P790 Comparison And Review

Callaway and Taylormade are two of the top names in the world of golf.

The Apex DCB’s are the most forgiving in the Apex Family. They offer excellent distance and are quite forgiving.

The Taylormade P790’s are forged iirons, usually reserved for the best players but the P790’s are also surprisingly forgiving for an iron of their style.

Callaway Apex DCB Irons Overview

When We are working with Callaway, we know we are going to get good quality and the Callaway Apex, is generally aimed at the higher level golf with the standard version and Apex Pro.

Immediately apparant with the DCB’s is that the head is bigger and the soles are thick, which equates to quite a lot of distance.

You get superior turf interaction with the Apex DCB’s for a game improvement iron and the spin rates can be quite high.

The forged, carbon steel face provides excellent feel out on the course and the DCB’s will be great for a mid handicap golfer looking for a touch more forgiveness.

Tungsten weighting at the heel and toe expands the sweet spot flash face is ultra thin for impressive distance overall in a fine set of clubs.

Taylormade P790 Irons Overview

When you see the shape of the P790’s and how compact they look at address, you will immediately be thinking, players irons.

The forged clubs are forged irons which gives incredible feel and feedback to the golfer but they also possess a number of features that make them longer and more forgiving than a lot of irons of a similar composition, including the 2017 version.

The irons are filled with speed foam which increases distance and also adds to the forgiveness along with a number of other features.

The Speed pocket is located low on the face for a superior connection when you hit ball while inverted cone technology increase the sweet spot along the center of the face.

A visible screw in the face and another in the heel stretches the sweet spot for a set of clubs that feel superior, are highly workable but also offer distance and forgiveness for mid handicappers and beyond.

If you are a high to mid handicapper, the Apex DCB will be the superior irons.

If you are a mid handicapper and beyond, looking for a forgiving set of quality forged irons, go with the P790.

Callaway Apex DCB Irons

Category: Game Improvement Irons

Taylormade P790 Irons

Category – Forged 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.

Taylormade P790 – First Impressions

The first thing to notice about the P790 irons is the compact, forged heads that come in a shape and style that will suit the better players.

Despite the players feel of the irons, they also come packed with technology that will add distance and forgiveness like the Thru Slot speed pocket, speed foam and inverted cone technology which allows more flex on impact.

The forged irons are actually a hollow construction, filled with speed foam which allows much greater distances to be achieved than the original P790’s and the tungsten weighting keeps the CG low for an easy launch for an iron of this type.

The original P790 irons, released in 2017, were definitely for the players but with the remodelling in 2019, these can also be used for mid handicappers looking to test the waters of players irons.

All in all, definitely not for the high handicappers.

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

P790 Irons – Selling Points

  • 2 Tungsten Weights For Low COG
  • Co Molded Cavity Badge For No Vibrations
  • Lots Of Loft In The Clubs
  • Flexible Hinge And Variable Face Thickness
  • Forgiving And Consistent

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 P790 Irons For

The P790 irons will be most effective for the better players and certain mid handicappers who want to work the ball a bit more.

If you are looking for a blend of feel and distance, these are going to be the perfect irons for you.

If you are just starting out in the game, you would be better off with a game improvement iron.

Taylormade P Family Of Irons

The P790 UDI is a driving iron with minimal offset and a straighter top line for incredible distance.

The P790 TI range has more distance and forgiveness built in, so worth a look for those more on the mid handicapper side of the scale.

Distance: 92/100

Accuracy: 95/100

Forgiveness: 89/100

Feel And Control: 96/100

Overall Score: 94/100

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