Taylormade Stealth Driver vs Callaway Rogue ST Max

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Thanks for checking out my Taylormade Stealth driver vs Callaway Rogue ST Max 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 Stealth during two range sessions.
I tested the Rogue ST Max over four range sessions and one round of golf. 

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

Taylormade Stealth Driver

Taylormade says they’ve reached the limits of titanium faces in their woods. They’ve been working with carbon in the background for 20 years and now feature carbonwood face technology in all their drivers for 2022 (and beyond).

Taylormade says their “60x Carbon Twist Face” is faster and more forgiving. They took a heap-big chance doing this and it appears to have paid off. They say they are sunsetting titanium face tech for their woods. 

Loft – 10.5 degree 
Shaft – Aldila Ascent Red 60 Graphite Stiff Flex
Spin, launch, and flight characteristics

  • Mid-Low spin
  • Mid-High
  • Highest forgiveness
  • Neutral flight bias

Callaway Rogue St Max Driver

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.

Loft – 10.5 degree 
Shaft – Project X HZRDUS Smoke IM10 60 Graphite Stiff Flex
Spin, launch and flight characteristics

  • Mid spin
  • High launch
  • Highest forgiveness
  • Semi-draw flight bias

Testing the Stealth & Rogue ST Max Drivers

Stealth – 2 Range Sessions: About 20 drives per session. I was testing the SIM2 at the same time, so I switched drivers after every swing.   

I measured all drives with my Swing Caddie SC300

Rogue ST Max – 3 Range Sessions: About 15 or so drives each session. I was testing the Epic Max during these sessions too. 

1 Rounds on the course: I played one round with the Rogue ST Max and zero rounds with the Stealth (not ideal, in hindsight). 

My impressions of the Stealth & Rogue ST Max drivers

I’m a strong iron player, so I value forgiveness in a driver above all else. I just need a path to the green.

Bottom Line: Both of these drivers are VERY playable, forgiving, and long.  

They  do everything they can to keep mediocre drivers of the golf ball (like me) in play with a path to the green. The Stealth just did it a touch better for me. 

I think you’d be happy with either driver. I know I would. But, where picking nits here. 

Looks

Stealth

Head shape: I love the head shape of Taylormade drivers and the Stealth didn’t disappoint. It sits nicely on the turf, frames the ball beautifully, and gives me a sense of confidence looking down at address. 

Color/Graphics: I like the flat black finish on the crown of the stealth at address. The simple Taylormade logo for ball alignment works well for me. The red face is a clear departure from typical wood face design, but it’s not shocking or distracting. Sole graphics are underwhelming. 

Rogue ST Max

Head Shape: I’m a fan of Callaway driver head design and the Rogue ST Max fits perfectly with what they’re known for. It sits well at address and frames the ball well.

Color/Graphics: I like the blackish – dark grayish-colored mat finish on the crown of the Rogue. The gold clock-like accents on the rear of the crown work fine and the Callaway chevron logo alignment feature also work for me. You can take most any color, give it a flat or mat finish, and I’m going to be ok with it. The exposed carbon weave is a nice, if not ubiquitous common, touch. 

The graphics on the sole look high-end, in keeping with a driver at this price. 

WinnerRogue ST Max

Sound/Feel

Stealth: Great acoustics and feel at impact, but slightly softer than I like. I have lofty standards for a $600 driver.

Rogue ST Max: Superb sound and feel. Reminds me of the Mavrik. Don’t think it get’s better.

WinnerRogue ST Max

Playability/Ball Flight

Stealth: I got long high draws with my good swings and playable hooks and pushes with my bad swings.

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

Winner:  Stealth 

Forgiveness

Stealth: Really wants to keep my drives in play. Only my worst swings were punished.

Rogue ST Max: 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. 

WinnerStealth 

Distance

These are both long drivers. I don’t think anyone can tell you they’re not.

I tested them in different weather conditions and about 2-3 weeks apart. 

Stealth: The Stealth was at least as long as the Rogue ST Max for me. On the range, anyway.

I used my launch monitor for every drive with the Stealth, but my recording method was garbage. So, I have a sense of the numbers, but not enough to put exact averages here. 

Rogue ST Max: This is a long driver, but my swing deteriorated on the second and third day of testing at the range. I got plenty distance during my rounds.

Distance isn’t a deciding factor in my opinion. 

Conclusion of Taylormade Stealth driver vs Callaway Rogue ST Max driver comparison

I’m a mediocre driver and a strong iron player. I prioritize forgiveness in my driver. I just need a path to the green.

  • I give the edge to the Stealth in this driver comparison for this reason. 

My #1 suggestion is to test them before you lay down your money.

Go to your local golf store or take advantage of Global Golf’s Utry trial program. I use it and recommend it. 

Thanks for checking out my comparison of the Taylormade Stealth driver vs Callaway Rogue ST Max.

Best Driver of 2022
Golfer Geeks Approved
Pros:
  • Long, Forgiving & Very Playable
  • Premium Sound & Feel
Pros:
  • Long, Forgiving, & Very Playable
  • Premium Sound & Feel
Cons:
  • Price
  • Not a big improvement over SIM2
Cons:
  • Price
  • Not a big improvement over Epic Max
Description:

New & Used clubs available

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Description:

New & Used clubs available

Get 8%off from Global Golf with Code: GolferGeek

Best Driver of 2022
Pros:
  • Long, Forgiving & Very Playable
  • Premium Sound & Feel
Cons:
  • Price
  • Not a big improvement over SIM2
Description:

New & Used clubs available

Get 8%off from Global Golf with Code: GolferGeek



Golfer Geeks Approved
Pros:
  • Long, Forgiving, & Very Playable
  • Premium Sound & Feel
Cons:
  • Price
  • Not a big improvement over Epic Max
Description:

New & Used clubs available

Get 8%off from Global Golf with Code: GolferGeek

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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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