Callaway Rogue ST Max Irons Review
This is Golfer Geeks' review of the Callaway Rogue ST Max irons.
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 irons during a round of golf and one practice session on the range. My problem was that I did those in the wrong order. (see below)
Summary: The Rogue ST Max irons are for golfers looking for max help with their iron game. The faces are hot and forgiving. The lofts are jacked. And, they hit the ball high. There are bigger iron heads on the market (including by Callaway), but I can't imagine any being more forgiving. High mid handicaps and high handicaps need to give these a try if they're in the market.
In this Callaway Rogue ST Max irons review, I discuss my experience with the clubs, unique features and benefits, as well as customer reviews and potential alternatives.
Callaway Rogue ST Max Irons Overview
Callaway bills the Rogue ST Max as their fastest, most stable driver ever. Emphasis on "stable." It's designed 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.
Why Consider the Rogue ST Max irons
High handicappers and upper mid handicaps need to pay attention. These may be the clubs for you if you need a bigger clubhead, more forgiveness, more height, and more distance.
Callaway knows what they're doing in the game improvement category. These offer a LOT of improvement help.
Rogue ST Max irons Features and Benefits
1) A.I. Designed Flash Face Cup
- The face of the Rogue ST Max irons is made from 450 steel and designed by Callaway's A.I to deliver faster ball speed across the face.
- A.I. also optimizes spin, launch, and landing angle specific to each iron as well
2) Precision Tungsten Weighting
- Callaway upped the amount of tungsten it used to optimize launch and ball speed to 62g.
3) Urethane Microspheres
- These are supposed to enhance feel AND maintain ball speed
Testing the Rogue ST Max irons
My first experience with the ST Max irons was a brief warm up before a round of golf. NOT the way to go. Especially with clubs so ill-suited for me.
I took them to the range the day after and got much better results.
My Experience with the Callaway Rogue ST Max irons
As mentioned above, I hit about 20 balls on the range before taking them to the course for my first experience with the clubs. Bad move on my part. It took me basically the whole round to figure out how to hit them.
Not the clubs fault. I'm used to blades and compact clubheads. The Rouge ST Max irons are the furthest thing from that.
I got them out on the range the next day for a nice practice session and got a much better feel for how they perform. Basically... high, straight draws. Exactly what a high handicapper needs.
Review of the Callaway Rogue ST Max Irons
The design is typical Callaway game improvement and is ok. Thick topline, oversized head, and thick sole make them look forgiving and frame the ball well at address.
Sound/ Feel: (C)
Harsh for my liking. A piercing "click" with solid impact. I'm used to soft steel irons, so take that into consideration
As long as you'll find in this category. Lofts and faces are hot.
This is where the Rogue ST Max irons earn their money.
Flight / Playability: (A)
They fly high and straight. Exactly what they are designed for.
I had issues with hooking, but these clubs are so far from what I play, I can't complain.
94% of buyers would recommend the Rogue ST Max irons to a friend.
Who are the Rogue ST Max irons for?
Low Handicap: Nooooooooooooooooooooooo
Mid Handicap: Yes... if you're a 15 handicap on up.
High Handicap: Yep. Certainly worth testing if you're in the market.
Every iron below outperformed the ST Max irons in my testing.