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The Callaway Rogue Draw driver has huge ball speed and impressive stability. Substantial draw bias.
Last year, Callaway’s Epic drivers introduced Jailbreak technology, a breakthrough that helped to create more ball speed across the club face. This year’s Rogue drivers feature that same Jailbreak technology but in more stable, forgiving heads. Also new is the Draw model, designed to help players tame a slice and produce a repeatable right-to-left ball flight.
The first thing that struck me when I looked down at the Rogue Draw driver was the way the bulge is shifted toward the heel. It’s a triangular head, as many of Callaway’s more forgiving models are, but it’s not symmetrical – it’s shifted heelward.
Similar to the Epic, the Rogue’s crown shifts from black to carbon fiber. I like this look: it balances aesthetic interest with the need to not distract the player at address.
Overall, the Rogue Draw is a great looking club. All the lines are sharp and modern, the branding is clean, and the blue that runs throughout the Rogue line is unique. The color scheme on the head runs through the stock Aldila shaft and the custom Golf Pride grip, too.
Sound & Feel
The most standout thing about the Rogue Draw driver is the stability. There’s little feedback in the hands because whether your strike is pure or off-center, the head doesn’t feel like it twists at all.
The sound of the Rogue Draw is slightly hollow with average volume. It’s not an empty “pop” nor is it a solid “crack” – it’s somewhere in between. The sound is more solid when you hit the center of the face and more hollow when you miss.
The stability that I felt on mishits was easy to see on the launch monitor. Mishits retained more ball speed. Not only that, but the start direction of my shots was incredibly consistent even when my impacts weren’t.
Even more consistent was where the ball ended up. The Rogue Draw has a fairly heavy draw bias, so, unless you have a serious slice, you can say goodbye to the right side of the course. As someone more prone to hooks, I felt like I had to wrestle with the Rogue Draw to produce straight shots, but if I wanted to see power draws, all I had to do was swing away.
One other thing to consider when buying a draw biased driver is where you tend to locate your strikes. Any draw biased driver is going to have the sweet spot toward the heel. If you tend to strike the toe, this is going to cost you ball speed. You may find you’re better off with a non-draw-biased driver that’s adjusted to have a closed face.
Callaway is offering the Rogue Draw driver with a variety of stock shaft options. The Aldila Synergy and Quaranta along with the Project X HZRDUS and EvenFlow are available in weights ranging from 40 grams to 70 grams.
Callaway has done a great job with their Rogue drivers. The technology underlying each of them is rock solid, and each one targets a different kind of player. For the guy who needs help keeping his drives off the right side of the course, the Rogue Draw is one of the best their is. The marriage of substantial draw bias with big forgiveness is a winner.