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The Aldila Rogue Elite shaft series uses their Tru-Fit System to optimize fit for more players and is designed to be firmer with lower torque, more stability, and some counterbalance.
Aldila struck gold when they launched the original Rogue shaft. That success resulted in a lot of demand from amateurs wanting to be like Jordan. Unfortunately, not everyone has the swing for the Rogue so Aldila delivered the Rogue Elite series. The Rogue Elite shafts are a little more user friendly and provide options for a range of different swings.
The only major differentiation in the looks of the Aldila Rogue Elite shafts comes in the colors. Each shaft has the signature Aldila circuit board graphic and either a green, blue, or orange paint job. Those familiar with the Tour Blue/Green shafts will find these similar, but the Rogue Elite has a glossy finish.
All three of the Aldila Rogue Elite shafts have significantly different feels. Players familiar with the Aldila Tour Blue and Green shafts that want a touch more “firmness” will find good matches in the Rogue Elite equivalents. I don’t have any experience with the Tour Red, but I imagine the Rogue Elite Orange will be similar.
The Rogue Elite shafts have very similar feels to their Tour equivalents. The Rogue Elite Green has a more solid feel that’s better for aggressive swings. Players with smoother swings will get along better with the softer feeling Rogue Elite Blue shaft. I struggled with the Orange. I thought the Orange felt better than the Blue but was also on the softer side.
Aldila counterbalanced the Rogue Elite shafts to better fit the weights of modern drivers. Other shafts in the market have done this, and I’ve found the difference to be more noticeable in those other shafts. The counterbalance was not as noticeable to me in the Rogue Elite shafts, which may be a good thing based on your personal preferences.
Again, it’s important to remember that the three Rogue Elite shafts are going to be very different for each golfer. My comfort zone was definitely in the Rogue Elite Green, so I had much better performance numbers. I was able to make full, aggressive swings that felt under control and resulted in low to mid launching ball flights as advertised. With the Blue and Orange, I simply wasn’t a good fit and my data proves it. Players with smoother swings will find it easier to launch the ball for more carry with both these two shafts.
If selecting the right shaft for you seems daunting, Aldila has tried to make it easier. The Aldila Tru-Fit System is designed to provide “digitally measured flex zones to identify tip, mid and butt flex” to help golfers pinpoint the exact specifications that are more optimized for their swing. Of course you have to have some self-awareness of your own swing to know what you need. While useful, the Tru-Fit system is not a replacement for a fitting from a professional like Club Champion.
The Aldila Rogue Elite shafts may not be the same as the original Rogue, but they’re still solid shafts. Fans of the Aldila Tour shafts that want something a little more upscale will be good candidates for the new Rogue Elites. Yes, Aldila has made efforts to make shaft selection easier, but as we always preach: you still need to go get properly fit. Understanding your swing is imperative in selecting the right Aldila Rogue Elite shaft for your game.