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By Jamie Boudreaux
Last Update: April 21, 2022  
Callaway Rogue ST Max Driver vs Epic Max

Thanks for checking out my Callaway Rogue ST Max driver vs Epic Max driver comparison

I'm an avid golfer, a 9.2 handicap on my way to a 2 (been a 5.6) and frequent tester of golf clubs and equipment since 2015. I'm not a great driver of the golf ball, though I'm working hard to get there. I drive well in streaks, then I lose it completely. I was "on" for this testing. 

I hadn't swung a Callaway driver since the Mavrik (which I love and HIGHLY recommend). I figured Rogue ST Max and Epic Max would be killer drivers, and I wasn't disappointed.

I hit about 30 drives with each and tracked distance and a few other stats with my Swing Caddie SC 300 launch monitor. I also played a round of golf. 

Summary: The Rogue ST Max and Epic Max drivers are within ~4 yds of each other in distance, depending on the day (see below for details), and equal in every other aspect that matters. Can't live without adjustable weights? Epic Max, it is. Gotta be on the bleeding edge of the latest golf tech? Rogue ST Max it is.  

In this comparison of the Callaway Rogue ST Max and Epic Max drivers, I discuss my experience with each driver, unique features and benefits, and my pick for which driver I'd buy.

Driver Specs

The Callaway Rogue Driver & Headcover

Callaway Rogue ST Max

  • Loft - 10.5 degree 
  • Shaft - Mitsubishi Chemical Tensei AV Series 65 Graphite Stiff Flex
The Callaway Epic Driver & Headcover

Callaway Epic Max

  • Loft - 10.5 degree 
  • Shaft - Project X HZRDUS Smoke IM10 60 Graphite Stiff Flex

Testing the Rogue ST Max & Epic Max Drivers

Golfer Geek Set Up with Callawy Rogue ST Max Driver

I busted out the Swing Caddie and recorded the stats for each drive and my DownUnder Board to keep my swing tight. (I'm working hard on my driver swing and the DUB keeps me in my posture and turning more efficiently)

I alternated drivers after every swing. I've performed side-by-side testing before where I hit 3-10 shots with a club before switching. No bueno.

I get sloppier in my setup and swing as I go if I'm not careful, and I didn't want to waste my good swings on one club. This worked very well for this test and will be how I conduct all future testing. (Be on the lookout for my Ping i525 irons vs i59 irons comparison in the next 3 - 5 days... maybe sooner) 

On day 1 of testing, I hit 15 drives with each driver, switched after every swing as mentioned above, and recorded my numbers after each swing. I threw out severe mishits. (These say nothing about the driver and everything about my driver swing.) 

Day 1 Numbers - 15 drives each

Driver setup for Day 1:

  • Epic Max - Project X HZRDUS Smoke IM10 60 Graphite Stiff Flex 
  • Rogue ST Max - Mitsubishi Chemical Tensei AV Series 65 Graphite Stiff Flex

DAY 1

Carry Yards

Ball Speed

Swing Speed

Smash Factor

Rogue ST Max

257.5

151

105

1.43 

Epic Max

254.6

150

104

1.44

Golfer Geek & Callaway Epic Max in Backswing Mode

I prefer the feel of thee HZRDUS Smoke shaft that's in the Epic Max, but the Mitsubishi Tensei shaft is longer. So, I switched shafts prior to testing on day 2. I wanted to give the Rogue ST Max a shot with the HZRDUS Smoke. 

Two things were going against me on day 2. We were hitting from the end of the range on a downslope and I had a little muscle soreness in my lower back. But I hit more than a few decent drives, just not as well as day 1. 

Day 2 Numbers - 14 drives each

Driver setup for Day 2:

  • Epic Max - Mitsubishi Chemical Tensei AV Series 65 Graphite Stiff Flex
  • Rogue ST Max - Project X HZRDUS Smoke IM10 60 Graphite Stiff Flex

DAY 2

Carry Yards

Ball Speed

Swing Speed

Smash Factor

Rogue ST Max

244

148

103

1.43 

Epic Max

249

150

104

1.43

The Rogue ST Max had the slightest distance advantage on day 1, but gave it up on day 2. Because of this, there's gonna be at least a day 3 to settle the score. As stated at the beginning of this article, the differences on both days were negligible. Though, I did like the sound of the Rogue ST Max better. Reminded me of the Mavrik. 

Golfer Geek & Callaway Epic Max Driver at Moment of Truth

Day 3 Numbers - 7 drives each 

Driver setup for Day 3:

  • Epic Max - Mitsubishi Chemical Tensei AV Series 65 Graphite Stiff Flex
  • Rogue ST Max - Project X HZRDUS Smoke IM10 60 Graphite Stiff Flex

DAY 3

Carry Yards

Ball Speed

Swing Speed

Smash Factor

Rogue ST Max

249

149

104

1.43 

Epic Max

251

150

105

1.42

Golfer Geek & Callaway Epic Max Driver Follow Through

Day 1 was obviously my best day swinging. I went in the afternoon and I wasn't sore from swinging a driver for an hour and a half a day for 3 days yet.  

Tale of the tape

Looks: I love the mat black finish on the crown of the Rogue ST, but I prefer the face and sole graphics of the Epic Max.

Sound/Feel: Nod to the Rogue ST Max. Reminded me of the Mavrik - the best sounding driver ever. The Epic Max has a slight hollow sound at impact. 

Shaping: The same. I hit a lot of draws, hooks, mixed with a few pushes and one or two slices.  

Forgiveness: Both offer boat loads of forgiveness and are hot all over the face - good thing for me.

Distance: Neck and neck. Whichever driver I put the Mitsubishi Tensei shaft in was longer, though not by a much. 

So, which driver should you buy?

Going for value and love the adjustability of sole weights? Epic Max likely the choice for you

Golfer Geeks Approved
Callaway Epic Max Driver
4.7

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Pros:
  • Loads of Distance & Forgiveness
  • Looks great at address
  • Excellent fairway finder
Cons:
  • Good, but not great, sound and feel
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Going for the bleeding edge of tech? Rogue ST Max is likely the choice for you

Best Looking Driver of 2022
Callaway Rogue ST Max Driver
5.0

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Pros:
  • Long & Forgiving
  • Premium Looks
  • Great Sound & Feel
Cons:
  • Expensive
  • Not a big improvement over Epic Max
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Which one would I get if I'm coming out of my pocket? Epic Max. Performance is equal and I like bargains. 

Thanks for checking out our comparison of the Callaway Rogue ST Max driver vs Epic Max. Reviews on each should be coming soon. 

About the author 

Jamie

I'm an avid golfer, a 9.2 handicap on my way to a 2 (been a 5.6) and frequent tester of golf clubs and equipment since 2015.

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