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By Jamie Boudreaux
Last Update: July 8, 2022  
Rogue ST Max Driver Sole
Ping G425 Max Driver at the range

Thanks for checking out my Callaway Rogue ST Max driver vs Ping G425 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 tested the Rogue ST Max on the range for 4 sessions and got it out on the course for 1 round.
I tested the G425 Max on the range twice and played one round with it. 

Summary - You'd be happy to own either of these drivers, but the Ping G425 Max is a liiiiitle bit easier to keep in play. That's the whole game for me. I'm an intermittently competent driver. 

It's been a while since I tested the Rogue ST Max, so I'll be getting my hands on it again to confirm my impressions. 

In this comparison of the Rogue ST Max and G425 Max drivers, I discuss my experience with each driver, unique features and benefits, and my pick for which driver I'd buy.

Driver Specs

Callaway Rogue ST Max Clubhead

Radspeed Driver:

  • Loft - 10.5 degree 
  • Shaft - Project X HZRDUS Smoke IM10 60 Graphite Stiff Flex
The Ping G425 Max Driver & Blurry Headcover

LTDx Driver:

  • Loft - 10.5 degree 
  • Shaft - Ping Alta CB 55g Slate Graphite

Callaway Rogue ST Max Driver

Callaway Rogue Driver & Head Cover

Callaway bills the Rogue ST Max as their fastest, most stable driver ever. Emphasis on "stable." It's supposed to give you tighter shot dispersion without giving up distance. I found this to be the case. It's as long as any driver I've tested this year and I had waaaay more playable misses.

I had issues with the shaft that came with the ST Max. The Mitsubishi Chemical Tensei AV Series 65 graphite stiff flex. It was longer - as in the distance I hit the ball - but, I preferred the feel and flight of the Project X.

Rogue ST Max Features & Benefits 

1) Tungsten Speed Cartridge

  • 26 grams of tungsten are placed low and deep in the head to increase forgiveness thanks to a high MOI and increase speed on off-center hits. 

2) Jailbreak Speed Frame

  • Provides added stability for more speed across the face

3) A.I. Designed Flash Face

  • Reduces spin and increases forgiveness.
  • Launches the ball easier and and faster

4) Precision Unibody Frame Construction

  • The frame is made of titanium and the crown and sole are proprietary Triaxial Carbon. The weight savings from using these materials is distributed elsewhere in the clubhead to increase forgiveness, improve launch, and give a slight draw bias.

Ping G425 Max Driver

PING G425 Max Driver

Ping G425 Max drivers have Ping's highest MOI (moment of inertia) to date. It's all about forgiveness, launch, and distance. 

The G425 Max is an easy-to-hit driver. And, I say that as a mediocre and streaky driver of the golf ball. You do NOT have to try to kill this thing to get plenty distance. In fact, I concentrated on swinging easy and feeling like I only took a three-quarter backswing. I ended up with long beautiful draws down the fairway (or at least very playable) with this method.

I got overconfident a few times and tried to kill it. That's where the G425 Max saved me by at least keeping me playable and not sending my ball into the lost and found.

G425 Max Features and Benefits

1) Highest MOI

  • The addition of the movable 26g weight to the rear of the sole gives the G425 Max the highest MOI in the Ping lineup for more forgiveness and an easier time launching drivers higher.

2) Internal Dragonfly

  • Allowed for added weight savings which could be moved around the head and to the back weight for better MOI, and improved CG for more forgiveness and distance.

3) Precision Forged Face

  • Proprietary forged face allows for more flexing which means more ball speed and distance

4) Aerodynamic Design

  • Newly refined turbulators decrease aerodynamic drag for easier speed

5) Internal Ribbing

  • Reinforce key sections of the head for better sound and feel. 

Testing the Rogue ST Max & G425 Max Drivers

Golfer Geek & Callaway Rogue ST Max Driver at Moment 'o Truth
Golfer Geek & Ping G425 Max Driver Post Moment of Truth

Rogue ST Max - 4 Range Sessions and 1 round.

Simple, warm up with 10 or 20 iron shots, then switch to driver. I switched out between the Rogue ST Max and the Epic Max for the 3 days of driver testing. 

I hit every drive in front of my Swing Caddie launch monitor and I recorded all drives. I threw out severe mishits because they told me nothing about the Rogue ST Max's performance. 

I probably hit 45 or so drives during my testing.

G425 Max - 2 Range Sessions and 1 round. I hit around 10-15 drives per session and swung the Lag Shot Driver in between drives to help my tempo and timing.  

My impressions of the Rogue ST Max and G425 Max

Golfer Geek & PING G425 Max Driver in Folllow Through

Looks

G425 Max (B-)

  • There's certainly nothing flashy about the G425 Max driver. It's got kind of an "industrial" look to it - all business. Colors are shades of black, grey, and silver. It sets up great behind the ball at address and I've got no problem with the non-premium design. 

Rogue ST Max (A)

  • I'm a fan of the mat black finish on the crown. The face graphics are fine, but nothing to write home about. The sole graphics look high-end and are reminiscent of the original rogue, but has copper colored accents. It sits nicely behind the ball at address and I feel confident looking down at it.  

WinnerRogue ST Max

Sound/Feel

Rogue ST Max: (A) Superb sound and feel. Reminds me of the Mavrik. 

G425 Max: (A) The face feels "springy", kind of like a trampoline effect at impact (which I loved). Muted, slightly hollow sound. The ball sounds like it's going to go far.

Winner: Draw

Playability/Ball Flight

Rogue ST Max: Long high draws with my good swings and playable hooks and pushes with my bad swings. 

G425 Max: (A) Semi-high penetrating draw with decent swing and contact. Semi-high push or hook with less good swings. A little easier to hit well and keep in play. 

Winner:  Rogue ST Max 

Forgiveness

Rogue ST Max: (A) Kept most of my drives playable during my round, but I ended up taking a few penalties off the tee box. I fully accept this is most likely due to operator error. 

G425 Max: (A+) Excellent. I hit bad drives, but I had to put effort into it. 

WinnerG425 Max (by a hair)

Distance

Rogue ST Max: (A) This is a long driver, but my swing deteriorated on the second and third day testing at the range. I got good distance on the course.

G425 Max: (A+) As long as any. Hit it on the button and it goes forever. Miss the button a little bit, and it goes a little less than forever.

Note: I tested the Rogue ST Max in April when it was MUCH cooler than now (in July). We are hitting triple digits pretty much every day and the ball is traveling a lot further. 

Header

Carry Yards

Ball Speed

Swing Speed

Smash Factor

Rogue ST Max

257.5

151

105

1.43

G425 Max

269

152

106

1.43

Winner: G425 Max

Price

Rogue ST Max - $549.99 New

G425 Max - $549.99 New

Winner - Draw

Conclusion of Callaway Rogue ST Max driver vs Ping G425 Max driver 

I would choose the Ping G425 Max by the slimmest of margins. My highest priority in a driver is forgiveness and the G425 Max is a touch more forgiving.

Having said that, I would have no problem owning and playing either of these drivers.

My #1 suggestion is to test both clubs before you buy. Either at your local golf store or take advantage of Global Golf's Utry trial program. I use it and recommend it. 

Remember, each driver has 3 or 4 head variations. This test involved 1.


Thanks for checking out my comparison of the Callaway Rogue ST Max driver vs Ping G425 Max driver. Let me know in the comments if I'm leaving out anything you think is important or tell me about your experience with either club.

 Again, I suggest you test before you buy. 

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Pros:
  • Great for mediocre drivers (like me)
  • Long & Forgiving
  • Med-high penetrating ball flight
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  • Long & Forgiving
  • Easier to keep in play
  • Great Looking
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  • Looks aren't premium (like the price)
  • Not cheap
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Editor's Pick
5.0
Description:

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Pros:
  • Great for mediocre drivers (like me)
  • Long & Forgiving
  • Med-high penetrating ball flight
Cons:
  • Looks aren't premium (like the price)
  • Not cheap
Runner Up
5.0
Description:

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Pros:
  • Long & Forgiving
  • Easier to keep in play
  • Great Looking
Cons:
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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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