Callaway Rogue Driver Review
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The Callaway Rogue family of drivers are said to be “More Powerful. More Forgiving” according to team Callaway. They are able to produce faster ball speed on a larger portion of the clubface through their patented “Jailbreak” & “X-Face VFT (Variable Face Technology)”
I’ll discuss their whitepaper on the Rogue family of drivers and woods later in the review.
Testing The New Callaway Rogue for 2018
My testing of the Rogue driver consisted of multiple range sessions (4 in all) and two rounds of golf. For each session, I would warm up with my sand wedge or sand wedge and 8-iron, then jump into the drivers. I say “drivers” because I hit my current driver- a Taylormade R9 circa 2010 or so and another new driver I was also testing for another review.
My range routine with the drivers consisted of me hitting five drives with my driver, then five drives with the Rogue (or other new driver), then hitting the third driver. I did this repeatedly over the course of approximately 2 hrs for each range session and would switch out with my irons periodically to restore my tempo. I don’t hit balls rapid-fire style when I’m on the range, so the most balls I would hit per session was 150, with the usual being 100 or so.
I’m an 11-handicap and a poor driver by any measure. I used to be Much better, but, “poor” is my current condition. Like most low-mid handicaps, I have potential, but I’ve got work to do. I give up a bunch of strokes off the tee, either from penalties or hitting in the junk. So, about 2-4 shots from penalties and another 5-6 from bad lies.
This makes scoring slightly difficult, as you can imagine.
Adjusting The Rogue
The Rogue comes in three lofts- 9.5, 10.5, and 13.5 degrees and the “opti-fit” hozel which allows you to adjust the lie and the loft. Simply use the included torque wrench to loosen the screw located in the heel of the club to make your changes. There is an upper “cog” and a lower “cog” which give you 8 options for shot shape and trajectory.
The loft options are:
- S- this stands for “stated loft,” meaning the loft showing on the heel of the club is the actual loft
- -1 Degrees
- -2 Degrees
- +1 Degrees
- +2 Degrees
Shot shape options are:
- That’s it
There is no information on the little manual for adjusting the Rogue, or the instructional video provided to indicate that any of this does to the lie of the club.
Jailbreak: Two bars are placed behind the face of the driver, which stiffens the driver body preventing “the crown and sole from deforming and bulging outward at impact.” Callaway calls this “Energy Lensing” (I know; pretty fancy term) and allows for faster ball speeds and better distance.
Jailbreak was first introduced in last year’s Epic driver from Callaway, but the two Jailbreak bars have had their weight reduced by 25%, allowing them to move weight elsewhere on the clubhead to improve performance.
X-Face VFT Technology: Designed to maximize ball speed by faster face flexing, especially on off-center hits. This is accomplished by varying the face thickness in strategic places, which were identified through extensive testing at Callaway Golf.
My Review Of The Rogue
Disclaimer: This review is based on my personal experience with the Rogue. I go at the ball Hard with a driver- too hard. That being said, when I’m off I’m OFF. Conversely, when I’m on, I hit long high draws all day long. During my testing, I was mostly off until my last round played.
At that point, I was kind of “on” and was able to hit nice looking controlled fades and was keeping up with a fellow player 20-years my junior that swung with a vengeance and hit high draws then entire round with pretty much every club in the bag.
I am now taking lessons and putting in a Lot of range time every week to improve my driving, and at the time I’m writing this writing- it’s paying off pretty nicely.
Club Tested: 2018 Callaway Rogue Driver – RH – 10.5* loft -Project X HZRDUS Yellow 60g Graphite Stiff Flex – Grip: Golf Pride – New Dec Platinum/Black/White Teal (46.5g)
The Rogue is at least as long as my current driver, the Taylormade R9, on center hits ( a rare occurrence, indeed) and longer on off-center hits (which were the bulk of my hits).
I’ve always thought my R9 felt and sounded pretty good. Then I hit the Rogue. It’s hard for me to describe, but it’s kind of a tight-hollow sound on impact. Not much, if any reverberation. The face feels Really springy and hot, and the ball seems to jump off the face. Very pleasing.
During testing, my swing path couldn’t help but produce a fade, and too often, a slice. I kept the original settings for loft (10.5*) and a neutral face. With this setting, fades were the shot of choice and were relatively easy to hit.
I have no doubt that I would be able to hit draws with this club today, for the reasons stated above in my disclaimer.
I much prefer the aqua color of the Rogue vs. the bright green color of the Epic from last year. The crown has a little of the carbon fibre look, but the finish is mostly black, overall. The sole of the club has cool design features and the face is classic Callaway- which I like.
I recommend this club to anyone with outdated driver technology who’s in the market and seriously considering dropping a chunk of change for a new driver.
It’s packed with a ton of technology that can help most anyone hit better drives.
But…I strongly believe you’ve got to put in the time to Earn all the benefits this club has to offer. That’s pretty much what I believe about any good club. It won’t cover up for bad golf.