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The Aldila Rogue White 130 MSI shaft slots in between the successful Silver and Black profiles. Slightly higher launch while maintaining low spin.
From the original 125 MSI to the newer 130 MSI in Silver and Black, the Aldila Rogue shafts have been high end performers that have stacked up wins on professional tours and in fitting bays across the world. For 2020, Aldila is expanding the Rogue family to include the Rogue White 130 MSI, a profile that fits between the Silver and Black, giving golfers the ability to dial in their feel and launch conditions even more precisely.
By now, the Rogue aesthetic should be familiar to all equipment nerds. The futuristic “Rogue” branding matches the busy, eye-catching graphics around it. A stark white background provides maximum contrast. Well before the mid-point of the shaft, the graphics transition to black so that’s there are no distractions at address.
With both the original Rogue 125 MSI and the Rogue Silver 130 MSI (review HERE), I felt the energy smoothly flow from grip to tip. That same even release is present in the Rogue White 130 MSI. For players that like a smooth, active feel but don’t want a shaft that “hinges” in one particular spot, the Rogue White 130 MSI is perfect.
Also similar to the Silver, the White presents a stable tip. Both shafts have the same torque rating in X-flex, though the White does have higher torque than the Silver in regular and stiff.
Overall, the Rogue White 130 MSI has a feel very much akin to the Rogue Silver 130 MSI, just dialed up a few notches. If you liked the Rogue Silver but felt like you had to work too hard to activate it, the Rogue White will be perfect for you.
If you read a lot of my shaft reviews, you know that my launch monitor numbers don’t always change in accordance with the specs of a shaft. I hit more draws with shafts that are billed as “high launch.” Conversely, I tend to hit more straight shots and cuts with stouter shafts, so my numbers all end up looking the same despite the performance being very different.
That goes a long way in describing my experience hitting the new Rogue White 130 MSI next to its older brother, the Rogue Silver. What stood out to me about the Rogue White was how the strong, smooth kick made me want to swing within myself. I didn’t feel like I was putting in a ton of effort, but I was still getting strong club and ball speed. With the Rogue Silver, the slightly stronger profile made me want to swing harder.
As I described above, the slightly softer Rogue White helped me produce more a “natural” draw where the Silver preferred the right side of the course. Given that difference in shot shape, I didn’t see a big gap in launch or spin between the two. As always, it’s worth emphasizing that this is how I reacted to these shafts, and your results may be 180 degrees different. Testing for yourself and being well-fit is always the smart play.
Like the Rogue Silver, the Rogue White 130 MSI is counterbalanced. This means that there is more weight in the butt of the shaft to offset today’s heavier driver heads. I found the amount of counterbalancing to be noticeable but not extreme. It didn’t lead me to boost my angle of attack, as some counterbalanced shafts do, but I did feel a very smooth, effortless release.
The Aldila Rogue White 130 MSI is available in three weight classes: 60, 70, and 80 grams. Regular, stiff, and X-flex are all available in 60 and 70 grams. Only stiff and X-flex are available at 80 grams.
Getting the right shaft is all about finding the feel that makes you most confident when you step up to the ball. With the Rogue White 130 MSI, Aldila has made a strong addition to their line that lets golfers dial in that feel even more precisely. Visit your Aldila fitter to test all the Rogue profiles and see if one will unlock more distance for you.